Memphis in May Olympic Triathlon Race Report
Pre-Event- we actually got to the venue in Tunica, MS on Sat afternoon, we usually spend the night at the host hotel because it is so nice to jump out of bed and be at the swim start. I was able to get checked in the hotel and everything was going fine until I went to packet pickup. My registration was good, but I had not received my new USAT membership card showing that I was a current member. Luckily, the guy there let me use his iPad and log on to the USAT website to show I was a current. I did not want to drop $12 for a single day membership. After that, the wife and kids went to the pool while I got my bike to the transition area. We had dinner and played a game in the hotel room before turning out the lights and going to bed.
1640 yards 31:28 1:55/100yds
Only thing about T1 was that I decided to go ahead and put on socks rather than waiting for the run, other than that, there was not much I would change. I would like to learn to run with my bike and jump on with shoes in the clips, but there is time for me to learn that.
Bike: This course is a very flat course, pancake flat is the way the race organizers describe it! I wanted to make sure I had a strong bike, but I was concerned about going out to fast, crushing it and then having nothing left to run. So I tried to make sure I stayed in control and raced my race. The first 13 or so miles, we had a headwind which kept me in the 18-19 mph range, which I was happy with. Then we made a turn to head back and suddenly we had a tailwind that boosted my average up to 24-25 mph! I felt like I was flying and since my AG started so far back, I really had the chance to pass a lot of people, which was a nice change for me! I was able to stay in aero position for about 90% of the time which another win for me on the bike. My goal was to average 20 mph, which I hit.
24.85 miles 1:12:41 20.51 mph aver
Nothing to talk about here.
|Heading out on the run, my boys are there cheering me on!|
6.2 miles 1:00:07 9:41 pace
|I am way far ahead of this lady, I am under the N in FINISH!|
Memphis in May Triathlon
Total Time = 2h 47m 58s
Overall Rank = 439/818
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 61/103
So there it is, a new PR for an Olympic distance triathlon. This was a great race and I really felt like I raced my race and I hit my goals. One area I did not do great on, and I felt it later that day was with hydration. I knew it was hot and I emptied a bottle on the bike and hit every water station on the run, but it was still not enough because I just felt hot all day and had a massive headache up until that evening. Other than that, it was a good race for me. I Brought it!!
|Who is that masked man? A man with a new PR!|