Pink Power Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Midlothian, Virginia
United States
Richmond Multisports
Total Time = 2h 15m 2s
Overall Rank = 371/392
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 36/36
Pre-race routine:

breakfast -- egg & English muffin
MUST have coffee
Needed more H20/Gatorade
Event warmup:

Wait 90 minutes to hit the pool. Brought my knitting, so I went for H20 at the end of each row. Stretching -- not sure what else I can do to warm up for swim.
  • 13m 54s
  • 437 yards
  • 03m 11s / 100 yards

Got caught behind a woman who WALKED the last few strokes of every lap, then would not pause at the wall and let other pass, so I used a lot of energy trying to pass her. *grumble*

I may be slow, but I can do freestyle & breaststroke the whole time.
What would you do differently?:

Need to bring H20 bottle if waiting on a pool swim.
Transition 1
  • 05m 46s
What would you do differently?:

Need to improve cardio fitness & cut transition time. Taking my time in T1 after the swim didn't really help much in bike prep.

Also, need to freeze water bottles night before & put on bike before leaving for swim so I don't have hot Gatorade. Yuk.
  • 1h 00m 36s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 12.31 mile/hr

Forgot Gu. Got shoelace caught in gears around M1. (Every single rider who passed asked if I was OK. While they were pedaling uphill. Women rock!)
What would you do differently?:

Double knot shoes as long as I'm using toe clips & not bike shoes.

Put Gu in bike helmet so I don't forget it.
Transition 2
  • 05m 58s

Rack mates didn't leave me any room for my bike. Thanks, guys. Oh well, that happens with so many 1st timers. That flustered me a bit, also since I have a hybrid & it's a bit tougher to get onto the rack.
What would you do differently?:

Need to improve cardio fitness & cut transition time. Taking my time in T2 didn't really help much in run prep -- get going sooner since I walked the 1st part anyway.
  • 48m 49s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 15m 42s  min/mile

Not much slower than the 5K I did in June. Need to be able to run entire run leg -- not bad considering I had NEVER run before this summer.

Also, I pulled back a bit since I think I got too much cold water in my tummy & didn't want to barf.
What would you do differently?:

Need to run more. Duh.

Also, keep my own bottle colder, so I don't rely so much on the water stations where the water is a bit too cold.

Need to pull hair back or something -- can't run in a hat b/c I get too hot, but I looked downright scary in the race photos. (I know, I'm shallow).
Post race
Warm down:

Mist tent -- best thing ever. Seriously hot freaking day & I was worried I wouldn't cool down quick enough.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Considering this was my first tri & most of my training time was cut due to me or the girls being sick most of the summer, not too bad.

I think I need to work on everything about the same -- I could get a few minutes faster in the swim, but it wouldn't make as much difference as say, 10 minutes cut off the bike. Or 6 min total cut from transition.

Event comments:

Race staff, volunteers, other athletes -- so supportive. I will definitely race in Richmond again (2 hours away for me, but the inlaws live here, so I have built-in child care).

I'm just bitter enough at coming in next-to-last that I think I'm going to do the Napier Realtor Sprint in October with the husband.

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Last updated: 2009-07-13 12:00 AM
00:13:54 | 437 yards | 03m 11s / 100yards
Age Group: 33/36
Overall: 377/392
Performance: Average
Suit: sports bra, tri top & shorts
Course: 25 M pool -- 16 laps
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 05:46
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:00:36 | 12.43 miles | 12.31 mile/hr
Age Group: 35/36
Overall: 374/392
Performance: Average
Course: SUPER hilly. I didn't train well enough for hills, but muscled through anyway. Also, really isolated in spots. My super-sweet husband came out to second third to give some moral support -- right when I was HATING life, and just before the short but very steep hill to turn onto Coalfield Rd. Oh, and I passed someone! (Ok, so she was 11, but I still beat her.)
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Time: 05:58
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal
00:48:49 | 03.11 miles | 15m 42s  min/mile
Age Group: 31/36
Overall: 357/392
Performance: Below average
Course: pretty hilly -- winding around a pond, then through wooded trails & a neighborhood.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]