Shermanator Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Augusta, Michigan
United States
Sherman Lake YMCA Outdoor Center
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 21m 44s
Overall Rank = 235/391
Age Group = 30-34 Female
Age Group Rank = 13/38
Pre-race routine:

I landed at DTW at 9:00pm on Friday after a week in Ft. Lauderdale for work. From there, I went straight to Mike's house. He lives in Augusta and is right on Sherman Lake...where the Shermanator Triathlon is held. I got there before 11:00pm and we went to be shortly after. We were up by 6:15am and rode our bikes over to the race, which was less than a mile from his front door. Nice!
Event warmup:

Stretched, applied a ton of body glide, and swam just a little before they made everyone get out of the water.
  • 11m 21s
  • 500 meters
  • 02m 16s / 100 meters

They started us in the water where it was over 5 feet deep. This is no problem for me, but some of the other ladies were commenting that they couldn't touch. I jokingly said "all the ladies that can't touch out here should start waaaay at the back". That got them laughing.

I had looked at the times from last year on Friday night and the swim times seemed very slow. If I remember correctly, I didn't see one woman in my age group that finished in under 11:35 last year. I watched closely as the waves in front of us went off and there seemed to be a lot of congestion. There were some racers that couldn't even make it to the first bouy, which wasn't more than 50 meters from shore.

I'm not a super fast swimmer, but I can hold my own. I'd normally be a little nervous starting up front, but I thought this race gave me a great shot at finishing close to the front on the swim. I didn't want to get held up in the middle of the pack.

So I positioned myself in the front, but to the far left. When the horn went off, I shot straight for the first bouy. I worked harder on the first 200 meters in this race than I ever have before and my plan worked. I was able to get out in front of the majority of our group. Once I felt I had a good gap and some space, I slowed just a little to get my breathing under control.

Before I knew it, we rounded the far bouy and only had another 250 meters to go. Right about then I began picking off guys and gals from the waves in front of us. I swam until my hand touched the sand and then ran the entire (long) way to transition.
What would you do differently?:

I'm happy with this swim. I worked really hard for the first 200 meters or so and got a good gap on most of the ladies in my wave. I finished strong and I felt great going into T1.
Transition 1
  • 01m 16s

Not bad, not great. I always aim for transition times under :60. Today, I didn't hustle.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe it's time I start practicing with my shoes already clipped into the bike. That would cut down at least 20-30 seconds.
  • 34m 31s
  • 10 miles
  • 17.38 mile/hr

I felt good to start. This was a rolling course and I felt slow getting up the hills. I averaged a decent pace, but just felt a little sluggish throughout the ride.
What would you do differently?:

Work harder throughout...really push the up-hills.
Transition 2
  • 01m 17s

Chris was there at transition taking pictures. Just as I was leaving T2, Mike was finishing his race! I got to give him a high-five just before he crossed the finish line. Very cool.
What would you do differently?:

Move faster.
  • 33m 20s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 43s  min/mile

The first section, out of the park, was ALL up hill. It had to be close to .75 of a mile up hill. It took me a long time to get my legs under me and I walked. Once out on Sherman Lake Dr, I ran the majority of time (walked at the water stations). I felt ok for the last 2 miles and picked up the pace heading back into the park. There were a TON of people at the finish line and I saw Mike and Chris cheering for me. It was very cool.
What would you do differently?:

More run training. I have been slacking big-time. And toughen up. And wear socks. I have a big blister on my right arch. Ouch.
Post race
Warm down:

I met Mike and Chris at Trainsition. We got some food, chatted up some friends and then made our way back to Mikes for the after-party!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Run training...I just need to run more. And I haven't been on my bike as much lately as I should be, so I think that is why I felt slow. Just more training in general.

Event comments:

This was a fun, little, local race. It was VERY cool that it was right on Mikes lake and the run and bike courses were through his neighborhood.

The park-area was some what small (not the park it-self, but the area where transition and the start/finish was), but it made it REALLY cool at the end, and even during transitions, with all of the spectators gathered around and watching.

I had a great time and I can't wait to do this race again next year.

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Last updated: 2010-05-21 12:00 AM
00:11:21 | 500 meters | 02m 16s / 100meters
Age Group: 7/38
Overall: 98/391
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri shorts and top
Course: Straight out and back
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:16
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:34:31 | 10 miles | 17.38 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/38
Overall: 212/391
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Rolling hills throughout the course. Only one short segment where the roads were bad. Otherwise, it was smooth and fast.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:17
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:33:20 | 03.11 miles | 10m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 24/38
Overall: 298/391
Performance: Below average
Course: Out the park and down Sherman Lake Dr., past Mikes house. Then, back the other way to the 38th, and then back into the park. The course was almost shaped like a T.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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