2010 Mountain Lakes Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Guntersville, Alabama
United States
Team Magic, Inc
Total Time = 1h 35m 48s
Overall Rank = 137/284
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 6/14
Pre-race routine:

The norm - ridiculously early wake up, breakfast, out the door, drive to Guntersville from the parents house (Huntsville). Picked up the packet, got my spot set up - tight fit on the rack. Nothing out of the ordinary.

(If I had raced AG: 20/45)
Event warmup:

Dynamic stretching.
  • 09m 13s
  • 600 yards
  • 01m 32s / 100 yards

1 2 3 GO! Cut my foot open on a rock. Last year they had rugs down at the beginning and end of the swim because Guntersville lake has a lot of rocks in the shallows. Apparently not this year. I wasn't sure how bad it was at the moment and I didn't stop to check but it didn't bother me too bad on the rest of the swim.

I tried a new thing this time. Dolphin dives where you dive and glide, jump up dive and glide again until you get into deeper waters and then again at the exit of the swim. I think this really worked to my advantage.

Decent swim. I forgot to put my ear plugs in. First time that's ever happened. Guntersville Lake was really dirty and I swam through quite a lot of seaweed. I got kicked in the ribs. People were veering around at weird angles. I physically moved a person out of my way one time. It was incredibly packed out.

Much faster than last year but not really a fair comparison due to the weird marking of the course.

If I had raced AG: 14/45
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, the swim went well.
Transition 1
  • 02m 19s

Since I left my ear plugs in my back pocket, I was trying to fish them out so I could leave them with my stuff. I lost one to Guntersville Lake, and I lost some time trying to find it. I should have just left them alone.

Very similar time to last year.

AG rank: 4
Overall rank: 107
If I had raced AG: 21/45
What would you do differently?:

Not get hung up on one little thing. Transition was a bit slow.
  • 54m 3s
  • 16.2 miles
  • 17.98 mile/hr

It was a pretty uneventful ride. It was a great day to be out there. Overcast and therefore unseasonable cool (cool is an overstatement). The foot didn't bother me on the bike. I enjoyed the ride and even though I wasn't as prepared as I hoped to be, still put in a good effort. I took a GU toward the end of the ride.

Last years time was 50:01 so that's pretty crappy.

If I had raced AG: 24/45
What would you do differently?:

Eh, obviously this was pretty much a direct result of my issues this season leading to not enough miles on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Time lumped in with run. They didn't do this last year so maybe the mat was broken. Did the flying leap off the bike. All went smoothly except for some unknown reason I took my sunglasses off and then had to go back and get them. I've never done that before so that was pretty weird.
What would you do differently?:

  • 30m 15s
  • 3 miles
  • 10m 05s  min/mile

Pretty good run. Foot bothered me a bit, but didn't slow me down. I just took it at a pace I could handle. I saw a girl with an A (for athena) on her leg at one point and though "No way," but it's on the honor system at all the local races so oh well. I thought I did really well for what I had to work with this season. According to my watch, the run was about 28.5 min. Not shabby. Powered out a nice sprint finish complete with loud grunting. :)

Last year's time was 26:27 so again yuck for that.

If I had raced AG: 21/45
What would you do differently?:

Eh, obviously this was pretty much a direct result of my issues this season leading to not enough miles on the road.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretching, huffing and puffing - I'm always incredibly winded after that sprint finish. Ate some food, talked to my folks. Got a good look at my foot which had a nice deep gash in it. Took one turn down the slide into the pool. :D

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Like I mentioned before, this season was riddled with bad stuff - first the foot injury then 2 sinus infection, not to mention a close friend of mine going through a very difficult situation, my sister-in-law being so sick, and my own surgery only 2 days after the race. All this led to very low motivation even when I was able to train. So I'm just hoping that this stuff clears up and next year I'll be able to focus a little better. An interesting note - at every other race I've done, I'm always thinking stuff like - "half way done with the swim" "swim is over now just 2 more events" "only 3 miles left in the bike" "done with biking now just running left" "only 1 mile left in the run" ect. Always counting down the seconds until I'm done. But this time I didn't want the race to end. It felt really good to be able to focus on something other than all the crap going on in my life. It was a really good break for me.

Event comments:

I was pretty disappointed not to podium this race, but I know I didn't deserve it. I missed out on some sweet swag though.

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Last updated: 2010-02-16 12:00 AM
00:09:13 | 600 yards | 01m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/14
Overall: 63/284
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back. I'm almost certain it was marked short. We were packed in there like sardines.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:19
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:54:03 | 16.2 miles | 17.98 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/14
Overall: 152/284
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Nice flat course around a portion of Guntersville Lake. It's easy because it's all right turns.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:30:15 | 03 miles | 10m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/14
Overall: 138/284
Performance: Good
Course: Windy, pretty flat, out and back on the walking trail next to the lake.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5]