Portage Lakes Sprint Triathlon - Spirit of Akron - TriathlonSprint

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Akron, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 15m 10s
Overall Rank = 37/345
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 10/26
Pre-race routine:

Carb up on Friday and Saturday, good sleep Friday night, slept terribly on Saturday night. Up at 5:30, normal breakfast, half cup coffee, leave at 6:15, arrive by 6:45.
Event warmup:

Some running (half mile?) about 45 minutes before the race. Gel about 15 minutes before the race.
  • 13m 32s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 48s / 100 meters

Good start, rounded the first bouy quickly. The wetsuit was great, made the swim much easier. Ran an early part of the race in about 4 feet of water since the guy running next to me was going as fast as I was swimming, saved some energy. Didn't really keep good form through the swim, occasionally breast / side stroking, but, never got really tired. The whole swim was crowded. Made quite a few passes and was passed a lot too.
Gonna say it was an average swim, but, for me, I was pleased with it and felt good about it when I exited the water.
What would you do differently?:

Could have gone a little better by doing more freestyle and concentrating on form.
Transition 1
  • 01m 26s

Felt like a good transition, little wasted time. Didn't remove my wetsuit with my feet as that seems to cost me, but, was smooth with everything else. Shirt, glasses, helmet, good drink, grab the bike and go! Had shoes clipped in and ran barefoot, worked quite well on about 30 minutes of practice.
What would you do differently?:

Had to run around the rack to grab my bike, should have had my equipment set up in front of the bike. Would have saved maybe 7 seconds, not much. Also, need to run not jog through TA.
  • 34m 25s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 21.67 mile/hr

Think I had another good (surprising?) ride, seemed to keep the same effort throughout. Past by some on the climbs, passed almost all of them on the desents and flats. Think I improved on the hills as the race went on. Only remember one rider that, I think, went by me and finished in front of me. Big chain ring most of the race (smallest spocket several times), middle chainring on some climbs.

PS - After checking the splits, nobody pasxed me.
What would you do differently?:

Could have shifted a little cleaner on a few hills.
Transition 2
  • 01m 4s

Feet out of shoes at the right time, fast to the line, smooth from there. Rack, shoes, drink and go. So smooth I hesitated for a second after being ready thinking I must have forgotten something. Only bad part is I'm not a fast runner right now, so, it's takes time getting in and out of the TA.
What would you do differently?:

Don't hesitate. Learn to run faster.
  • 24m 45s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 58s  min/mile

My heart, lungs and energy were good, but, my legs had no spring.Passed by a lot of people, picked up the pace occasionally after being passed, but, would drop off after while. Time was faster than it felt. No knee problems.
What would you do differently?:

I either need more running or more bike/run brick work. Probably both. Should work on running this off season.
Post race
Warm down:

Water, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, watermelon and cookies! Walk it off some. Talk with a couple other racers.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My run. I used to be fast, a loooong time ago. Can I get it back?

Event comments:

I would not nesitate running it again next year.

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Last updated: 2009-08-30 12:00 AM
00:13:32 | 750 meters | 01m 48s / 100meters
Age Group: 9/26
Overall: 83/345
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra sleevleess
Course: Rectangle, some shallow weedy water on first leg (also into the sun. Finish is also into the sun. One 750 meter lap.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:26
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:34:25 | 12.43 miles | 21.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/26
Overall: 10/345
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Road course, rolling hills, more uphill for the first half, down for the second.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:04
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:45 | 03.11 miles | 07m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/26
Overall: 105/345
Performance: Below average
Course: Ashphalt, in the park, steady slight climb for the first half, same descent coming back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4