Lums Pond Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Bear, Delaware
United States
Pirhana Sports
90F / 32C
Total Time = 1h 53m 30s
Overall Rank = 404/597
Age Group = F 25-29
Age Group Rank = 14/23
Pre-race routine:

had half a bagel and tried to psych myself up. I went into this race with a "I'm going to kick arse" mentality.
Event warmup:

some stretching, but not quite enough.
  • 18m 51s
  • 805 meters
  • 02m 20s / 100 meters

The water was insanely hot. It made it difficult to breathe and every time I went through a cold spot I just wanted to stay in it. The water also stunk like poop and tasted terrible. Overall, I'd say it was a slightly above average swim but nothing fantastic.
What would you do differently?:

I need to kick less in races. I tire my legs out too much when I race but when I train I use my arms more. Gotta focus on the arms.
Transition 1
  • 01m 49s

I got too tired in the swim and couldn't run into transition. Took 1 electrolyte pill to help with hydration and went on my way.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I think the transition went very smoothly.
  • 58m 33s
  • 19.5 miles
  • 19.98 mile/hr

I wish the course had a few more hills--since I'm used to hill riding I can completely rock it and pass people :) There was a lot of clumping and it was really difficult not to draft. I spent more time worrying about getting a drafting penalty than focusing on the riding. I also enjoy the hillier rides b/c I tend to take a drink when coasting and coasting on a flat just loses speed.
What would you do differently?:

Not too much, drink more and use more than 1 gu packet for the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s

this was quite slow for me, but I couldn't find where to re-rack my bike so it added some time. I also took another electrolyte pill since it was getting wicked hot & humid out.
What would you do differently?:

pay attention to my rack location coming from both directions and dont chug water before the run.
  • 33m 6s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 10m 41s  min/mile

this was brutal. I hated the first/last bit on the grass--I kept slipping and nearly twisted my ankle a few times from stepping in a hole. it also made it really difficult to get going when running on the soft grass. It was also getting insanely humid and hot out at this point and I just couldnt get going. my legs were like lead and I felt like I was going to vomit. I got a cramp in the middle of my stomach about half a mile in and it didnt go away until nearly the end.
What would you do differently?:

No caffinated gu during a race. They dont bother me in training but this is the 2nd time I've used one in a race and its the 2nd time I've had cramping during the run. also, don't be afraid to go all out and try a little harder and dont be so defeated.
Post race
Warm down:

walking around, rinsed off with the hoses, had some water & gatorade & a banana. felt really ill for about 20 minutes but after sitting in the shade for a little while I felt better.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

running and the humidity. I was not prepared for this kind of climate.

Event comments:

This race was a disappointment to me. Based on my past times and last year's results I thought I had a chance to make top 5 in my AG. But no, I didn't even make top 10 or top half. I wasn't set mentally b/c of the loooong time it took to get into the park and then issues with the CO2 thing not working right plus the super hot conditions all-around. The course was easy, but it still got to me. I'm very disappointed with this. And I really need to do something about my running. Its getting super depressing that I could do so much better if I could only run faster.

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Last updated: 2005-08-16 12:00 AM
00:18:51 | 805 meters | 02m 20s / 100meters
Age Group: 14/23
Overall: 366/597
Performance: Average
Suit: Javelin tri suit
Course: counterclock-wise triangle in a pond.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 87F / 31C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:49
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:58:33 | 19.5 miles | 19.98 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/23
Overall: 284/597
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: 19.5 mile out and back loop on mostly flat course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:12
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:33:06 | 03.1 miles | 10m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 21/23
Overall: 540/597
Performance: Below average
Course: out and back on mixed surfaces (grass, dirt, rocks, pavement). half in the woods/shaded, half in the sun.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4