Buster Britton Memorial Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Birmingham, Alabama
United States
Team Magic
84F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 13m 19s
Overall Rank = 112/418
Age Group = Beginner
Age Group Rank = 7/71
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:45. Ate two pieces of toast with peanut butter and a few pieces of mixed fruit. Ate a banana at 6:00 and half a Clif bar at 7:15. Drove 30 minutes to race venue. Arrived at 6:05, picked up race packet, got body marked and began to setup tranistion area. I did not have an opportunity to ride this morning and check my gears. This was a concern of mine.
Event warmup:

Stretching, stressing and pacing. I began warming up about 7:20. Typical stretching. I did get in the lake and took in about 5 minutes of swimming. I was able to find that mental zone leading up to the race so I stayed there until it was time to go.
  • 07m 16s
  • 400 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards

So I guess I overestimated my time, lol. I wasn't nervous in the water. I started out off to my right a bit. Within 10 yards I caught the woman in front of me and another 50 began catching more people. My stroke and breathing were good until I began navigating traffic. There was a jam at the first buoy. I was able to split the crowd and ease through. I tried to find my rhythm again. I had about as much rhythm as a sober white boy on the dance floor. I never was able to find it. So I did all I knew to do and that was simply swim. I rounded the next buoy and could see the shore. The only problem was that you were swimming directly into the sun. I began struggling about 25 yards out. I had successfully kept my heartrate down and breathing was in control. I was only passed by one person and probably passed 20-30.
What would you do differently?:

Well this was my first OWS so I have to be pleased. I still need to work more in open water. I also need to learn how to regain my composure once my stroke is broken.
Transition 1
  • 01m 38s

I couldn't ask for a better racking position. The transition area was small and they let you ride in and out (as opposed to a set mount/dismount line). Goggles and cap came off...I took a brief second to get my composure and I was good. I took off sprinting across the parking lot (stepped on a rock...OUCH!). Found the bike with no problem. Decided with the dirty feet that I would ride without socks
What would you do differently?:

Not much to improve upon. I would love to learn how to jump on my bike. I still have to stop, clip and go. This is the only area to improve time.
  • 39m 30s
  • 12.6 miles
  • 19.14 mile/hr

This was my best bike ever. I had relatively no problems. I was a bit concerned about overdoing it and out of fear, I dropped a big gear a couple of times. Fortunately we didn't have to ride in the bike lane and essentially had the entire road lane. My climbs were great. I was killer on the downhills and often caught people (which made me feel REALLY fast). I estimate that I moved up about 50 positions on the bike. Only 2 people passed me. I rode with a half-bottle of cytomax in the cage and water in my aero bars. This made a world of difference. I could suck down water on the climbs.
What would you do differently?:

I would push it more up the hills. I am thrilled with my results and a 19+ ride.

In retrospect, I wouldn't have hit on a girl while riding. Don't think I made a good impression. I would have loved to chat but I was faster, lol.
Transition 2
  • 01m

Time is estimate, no split available. This is where the transition area was my friend. You could ride to the row with your rack. Well I was the second rack, so I was only 15 feet away when I dismounted. Everything came off, threw on socks (rolled up) and shoes. I bought a set of Yanks last week....wow they made the difference. Then the run out was only 50 feet at the end of my row.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing....i lucked out with the transition area.
  • 23m 57s
  • 3 miles
  • 07m 59s  min/mile

I wasn't feeling good going into the run. My back tightened up the day before my race and I was concerned. It kindly reminded me. I held a steady but slow pace. When I went over the course the other day, I couldn't understand the route. I thought we turned around in the parking lot. What I didn't see was the massive hill after the one mile mark. First mile was around 7:45, second mile around 8:45, final mile around 7:30 (it was confusing because there were water stations, signs and road markings all in the same area). I did have enough energy to kick the final 100 yards and beat the guy breathing down my neck.

I was upset that I was passed by about 6-8 people on the run leg. I vowed to let no one catch me on the last mile and chased down the only guy who did. I still managed to net a few extra spaces.
What would you do differently?:

Scout the course better!!! I need to do more bricks. There is no reason I am sucking this bad on a run. I need to get this time around 22!!!
Post race
Warm down:

I wanted to puke! I took about 10 minutes and found my parents, then kicked off the shoes and jumped in the lake. The minute I did, my body said get out of the water you crazy fool. But it did cool me down. I stay for the awards to enjoy the ambience of the area.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think the stress of the week hurt a bit. Also, taking about 5 days off left my hamstrings a bit sore from the brick the other day. I definitely need to strategically prepare for my next race better. I think I can take a Sprint for granted, but an Oly will kick my ass.

Event comments:

The Xterra Southeast Championship was being held this weekend with a duathlon this afternoon and the tri tomorrow. It made for a great atmosphere. Tons of bikers, tris and athletes were everywhere cheering you on.

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Last updated: 2006-06-01 12:00 AM
00:07:16 | 400 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/71
Overall: 163/418
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri Suit
Course: Large counter-clockwise triangle.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:38
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:39:30 | 12.6 miles | 19.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/71
Overall: 110/418
Wind: Little
Course: Moderately hilly. Two major climbs. You had a quick turnaround at half a mile then another at 6.5 (at the bottom of a hill). Course bends quite a bit which made it fun.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:57 | 03 miles | 07m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/71
Overall: 151/418
Performance: Average
Course: Relatively flat. Large hill from mile 1-1.5. Rest downhill.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4