8th Annual Frantic Frog Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Scottsboro, Alabama
United States
American Red Cross
68F / 20C
Total Time = 1h 23m 23s
Overall Rank = 25/147
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 1/6
Pre-race routine:

Woke up about 5:30. Stubbed the crap out of my toe in the dark. Oatmeal and peanut butter for breakfast. Drank a G2 on the way there + some water. Setup transition (actually got a good spot), got marked, had a little extra time to stand around. Took a GU 15 min before the start.
Event warmup:

It was freezing and overcast so I didn't get in the water before the race. Just did some dynamic stretching on the beach.
  • 08m 49s
  • 437 yards
  • 02m 01s / 100 yards

I wasn't really pushing it hard enough at first. I think the cold water kinda startled me. Rounding the buoy was not very good as I got clogged up with some slow swimmers. But overall the performance was pretty good. New goggles did great. Last year's time was 9:22 so nice improvement there.

Would have been 5/15 if I had raced AG.
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure how to avoid getting stuck behind the slow swimmers. Obviously, they are significantly underestimating there swim time.
Transition 1
  • 01m 59s

Ear plug got lodged again (like last year! weird that this has only ever happened twice including training and both times were at this race) but instead of panicking, I just kept moving and managed to get the thing out by the time I got to my bike. It was rather painful though. Too bad my ears are so sensitive or I'd just give up the ear plugs for the races. Everything else went smoothly.
What would you do differently?:

Practice more.
  • 44m 52s
  • 14.9 miles
  • 19.93 mile/hr

The wind was pretty rough. I pushed myself hard hoping to break the 20 MPH barrier this race and came really close but just missed it. I did really well though and it was a good performance. Had the wind not been an issue, I definitely would have gotten the 20 MPH goal. I took a GU around mile 10. Last year's time was 47:23 so again, nice improvement.

Would have been 3/15 if I had raced AG.
What would you do differently?:

I had a great bike. I'll just continue to work hard and improve.
Transition 2
  • 00m 57s

Had to move somebody's bike a bit to get my wedged in, but overall a very quick and smooth transition.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I've been practicing T2 during my BRICKs so I think it went well.
  • 26m 48s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 38s  min/mile

I felt strong and good on the run. I love that I had such a great time on a hilly course. Yea me! Finished with a sprint on the last 200 yards or so.

Last year's time was 31:57 - sweet improvement here.

Would have been 5/15 if I had raced AG.
What would you do differently?:

I had a great run. I'll just continue to work hard and improve.
Post race
Warm down:

Water, pizza, cookies, stretching, talking to family and friends. Went to the awards ceremony - got a cute little trophy with a frog on it and a medal and a $20 gift certificate to Fleet Feet.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The stubbed toe turned out to not be an issue thank goodness. I guess my only real hindrance was being stuck behind some slow swimmers around the buoy and of course the ever present hindrance of always needing more miles. :)

Last year's time was 1:32:01 and I thought I was smoking. I am pumped to have taken 8:38 off of last year's time. WTG me!!

Would have been 3/15 in my age group (20-24) if I had raced AG - which means I still would have podiumed!!

Event comments:

One of my favorite races and it is already on the schedule for next year. Very well organized and just a fun race. The volunteers did great and I would recommend it to anyone.

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Last updated: 2009-08-10 12:00 AM
00:08:49 | 437 yards | 02m 01s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/6
Overall: 28/147
Performance: Good
Suit: none
Course: Out and back. Start type was actually jump in - no diving allowed because the water wasn't deep enough.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 81F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Below average
Time: 01:59
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:44:52 | 14.9 miles | 19.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/6
Overall: 30/147
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: Loop. Pretty flat.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:57
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:26:48 | 03.11 miles | 08m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/6
Overall: 45/147
Performance: Good
Course: Winding, hilly, shaded. Last 1/4 mile or so was on grass.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5