Patriot's Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Williamsburg, Virginia
United States
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80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 51m 17s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up way too early, breakfast drive to Williamsburg. Race organization requested athletes arrive by 5:45 AM....for a 7:30 AM race start. Headed over drinking my coffee....Hit the porta potties as soon as we got out of the car. Grabbed my gear and headed down to packet pick up.
Grabbed all my stuff, timing chip.....body marking. Set up transition then wandered around a bit. For a while it was too dark to see much....made a few more trips to the porta potty, darn that coffee and water goes through me!
Event warmup:

Walk around, talked to Susan a bit. Found my old co worker, Bobby and gave him a big hug.
Another trip to the porta potty.....
A moment of silence in memory of tose who died in the terrorist attacks and all those who have died in the wars since that day. Very moving.
National Anthem, also very moving......
Watch the first few waves go off then it's my wave turn....
  • 22m 58s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 48s / 100 yards

My early breakfast seemed to be nonexistant by the time we got to start. I was starving. For some reason I cannot get a rhythm going with this sensation going on. I started off swimming and never swam a consistent 200 meters of the whole course without side stroke, back stroke or breast stroke. I am mad at myself cause I CAN swim, but for whatever reason I don't swim well on race day.
This was another one of my "do what ever you need to do to get from point A to point B in your own power" swims.....
What would you do differently?:

Swimming would be nice.
Transition 1
  • 05m 33s

Long run up a hill, down a hill and in the back end of transition. I ran most of the transition but walked the hill so I wouldn't fry my legs too soon.
  • 44m 54s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 16.61 mile/hr

I pushed my limits on this part of the race. Once I got out of the park I started picking people off as much as possible Played cat and mouse with a couple of people. Fast and faster, I was amazed at how hard I was riding yet not feeling cooked. My legs told me that I was pushing them, but they never said anything ugly in response so I just pedaled as fast as they would give me.
Plenty of course volunteers making sure that the vehicular traffic gave us right of way, even had a couple of sections where they closed the road to cars.
What would you do differently?:

nada, the highlight of my day was on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 02m 12s

Run back in to transition and my back tightened up, walked down to my and socks on, visor and out the chute
  • 35m 41s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 11m 28s  min/mile

I dedicated my run to my friend, Helen. We have both battled injuries over the past year and while it took 8 or 9 months of PT for my legs to heal.....she remains in limbo with the possibility of more surgery. So every step the left footfall was "Hel" and the right footfall was "len", I thought of you and wished I could run harder.....but knew that my goal today was to finish upright and prove that I was recovered enough to tri again.
Somewhere around the 1 mile water stop I was running with a guy who had a total knee replacement a couple years ago. We kept a nice steady but slow pace together for about 1/4 mile then I felt like I could pull ahead so I did. Just as I had begun to wonder if I would ever hit the turn around it came up on us. WooHoooo, head back and my gastrocs are talking, not saying anything ugly....but I knew that the pace I had was all I was going to get out of them. Got to about the last 1/4 mile and the lady in front of me was walking a lot....gave her a bit of encouragement and she thanked me by starting to run again.
The closer I got to the finish chute the more I could feel my tears coming. I was smiling and crying just because I had gotten to the point during all those months of PT that I wondered if a day like this would ever come again. They called my name as I ran through and I was still crying as they cut my chip off.
What would you do differently?:

nothing, this is the run my legs had in them. I pushed my limits on the bike and knew that the run was going to be slowed as a result
Post race
Warm down:

Water, stretch, food

What limited your ability to perform faster:

well, that whole swim thing would be a start.....and coming off a gastrocs tear from last season. This was my only tri this season and I am happy to be able to do this one.

Event comments:

Pizza was not appealing to me post race, but the fruit and chex mix were fine.
How many people asked me why I was wearing "those things" on my legs? Lost count after 3 or 4 of them.

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Last updated: 2011-07-16 12:00 AM
00:22:58 | 820 yards | 02m 48s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course: Rectangular about 300 meters out, turn right with another 350 meters and another right turn for the remainder
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 05:33
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:44:54 | 12.43 miles | 16.61 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: I didn't like the change that had the first and last 3/4 mile of the course on a nasty path from the park to the road, it slowed me down a lot as it was rutted, grassy in spots and a lot of sand & gravel areas. Remainder of the course was a good out and back which waw fast and relatively flat.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:12
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:35:41 | 03.11 miles | 11m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back mostly on the Greensprings trail
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4