Richmond Tri Club Sprint Presented by 3Sports - TriathlonSprint

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Richmond, Virginia
United States
Set Up Events
60sF / 0C
Total Time = 1h 28m 13s
Overall Rank = 106/161W
Age Group = 40-44W
Age Group Rank = 19/22
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, ate a larabar, had a diet Dew, drove with hubby down to the race.
Event warmup:

Setting stuff up, 'splainin' to hubby about what was going on, finding friends.

Didn't actually warm up - 21 minutes from gun-time until my start...
  • 11m 41s
  • 400 meters
  • 02m 55s / 100 meters

Oh. Dear. God. My swim needs a lot of work. I can swim forever if I get in a rhythm - slow, but forever. But I couldn't get in a rhythm today and had to stop every 100 m to reconsider my thinking. Not a good swim leg.
What would you do differently?:

I need to get the OWS thing out of my head - and this was in a pool. I just couldn't find my space to hit my stroke, etc. Of course, in a true OWS, I may be able to hang back from the pack and find some space there, but here, another wave was off every 30 seconds.
Transition 1
  • 01m 52s

The swim really threw me, so I had a heck of a time getting my mind right for the bike. Took me probably 0.25 mile to get both feet clipped in - despite yelling at my shoes that entire time.
What would you do differently?:

Not swim so poorly? :)
  • 42m 53s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 17.39 mile/hr

Happy with the bike portion. My first race (and only 3rd ride) on Freyja the tri bike. Even though I didn't stay in aero (rough road the back half, plus my shoulders hurt from swimming, tension, and not being used to the bike) for the whole race, I felt really good for the whole ride (except that whole clip in thing at the beginning).
What would you do differently?:

Keep up riding hills, even though I hate them. Hate them. Makes races like this seem downright easy. Plus I get to say "passing on your left" lots more. ;)
Transition 2
  • 02m

Hmmm. I didn't feel this slow, but I guess it's possible. Helmet, bike shoes off; baseball hat, running shoes, belt on - shouldn't take so long!
What would you do differently?:

FASTER Pussycat!
  • 29m 49s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 35s  min/mile

Yeah me! Breaking 10min miles on a tri5K! It's been way too long since I've seen 9! The run was awesome. I felt soooo good coming off the bike - short strides for the first mile or so, and then just ran. (Yeah, you can tell I'm a runner...I was passing people, I was chatting, I was joking with the volunteers...while other people looked like they were on a death march.) It was awesome. Picked up the pace for the 2nd loop and then sprinted it in. (And then felt like I was going to hurl on the man who was cutting off the chip...that passed without event, thankfully.)
What would you do differently?:

Keep running. My old running self is making a come back.
Post race
Warm down:

After I decided I WASN'T going to hurl on anyone...met up with Hubby (doing his first tri - YEAH!) and Jen (Artemis). Ate some good food (french toast w/ apples, eggs & cheese, hashbrown & sausage casserole), drank some water/G2/diet Coke, and chatted. Then I went and showed Jen my pretty new bike. :) (Or should I say my pretty, fast! new bike...)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

SWIM. SWIM. SWIM. I got to get my shizzle together on the swim. I can do 2000 at Masters without dying (and more on my own)...but this 400m faux-OWS killed me.

Event comments:

Great race! RTC (and Jay Peluso) know how to put on a good event, plus SetUp is usually solid. Everything about this race was done right.

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Last updated: 2013-01-29 12:00 AM
00:11:41 | 400 meters | 02m 55s / 100meters
Age Group: 21/22
Overall: 152/161W
Performance: Bad
Course: Typical snake-pool swim, except done a'la open water...starting in groups of 10 with buoys at the turns. 50 meter GRAP pool
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 01:52
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:42:53 | 12.43 miles | 17.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 14/22
Overall: 81/161W
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: One big ol' circle - classified as "rolling" but given the routes around our house, I'd say it was downright flattish. Guess there's one benefit to riding those soul-sucking hills in the wind.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:00
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:29:49 | 03.11 miles | 09m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/22
Overall: 99/161W
Performance: Good
Course: Flat 2-lap course around a soccer field & grocery store parking lot.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5