Azalea Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
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39F / 4C
Total Time = 1h 00m 43s
Overall Rank = 150/423
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 14/43
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 0530, had breakfast and vitamins and left for the 1hr 20minute drive. Arrived at 0730, easy chip p/u and set-up in T area. Watched the Elite category transition from swim to bike then hung out in the pool area until my start time.
Event warmup:

10 minutes of easy warm-up in the dive pool.
  • 06m 28s
  • 300 yards
  • 02m 10s / 100 yards

Guy behind me caught me by the middle of 50 yds, only for me to pass him 100 yds later. That really threw my pace/rhythm/breathing off. I'm not a strong swimmer (especially on short swims), so my overall time was right at the time I was expecting.
What would you do differently?:

More time training for a sprint specific event, especially with other swimmers in a pool to get used to swimming with others in front and behind you.
Transition 1
  • 03m 3s

I didn't wear clips due to the race being a sprint. I put my socks/shoes right outside the pool area, prior to the 100m run to the T area. This worked out fine and I would do it again seeing as there are no mats on the sidewalks or parking lots.
What would you do differently?:

I didn't rush to the T area, trying to get my heart rate down from the swim. Definitely cost me at least a minute, then I joked around with those in the corral, wasn't taking that Transition too seriously.
  • 28m 5s
  • 10 miles
  • 21.36 mile/hr

Ride was a faster pace than any of my training rides and still felt great getting off the bike.
What would you do differently?:

I would have ridden the course prior to the event, I drove the course, but that didn't do much for me on race day. I had a plan for what avg pace I wanted to be at for specific mile markers, then I didn't stick to it or even really consider it.
Transition 2
  • 01m 24s

I didn't wear my clips, so this was a really easy transition.
What would you do differently?:

I forgot to start my wrist Garmin while on the bike, so as I started to leave the T area I stopped to let the watch try and get some reception. I finally gave up on it and left for the run. Over .25 miles later the watch started to work, big rookie mistake on that one.
  • 21m 45s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 59s  min/mile

Terrible run course. It's all on sidewalks, with some 90 degree turns. There are also those going out and those coming back, the sidewalk isn't big enough for more than 2 at 1 time. I lost a considerable amount of time on my run waiting to be able to pass people, on top of that the course was not very well marked and the majority of the volunteers pointing which way to go were looking the other direction. I enjoyed the run, but if I was someone who was very competitive at the sprint distance, that run course would be enough to not return to the event.
What would you do differently?:

Start my Garmin while on the bike so I could actually pace myself.
Post race
Warm down:

Nothing, checked for results, kissed the wife and kids, packed up for the drive home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My own mistakes. You can't blame anyone but yourself for your times, that's the beauty of the sport.

Event comments:

Great race to start the season. Maps for bike and run course were wrong, that was pretty frustrating during the race.

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Last updated: 2013-03-10 12:00 AM
00:06:28 | 300 yards | 02m 10s / 100yards
Age Group: 38/43
Overall: 0/423
Performance: Average
Swim timing mat is outside the pool, which is 2 flights of stairs, so actually swim time was probably closer to 6:10.
Suit: 2XU Compression suit
Course: Snake pool swim.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:03
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:28:05 | 10 miles | 21.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 21/43
Overall: 0/423
Performance: Good
My bike GPS had the course at 8.81 miles.
Wind: Some
Course: Pretty simple course, if the volunteers are paying attention. Few very sharp turns and large speed bumps while on campus and off. I enjoyed the course and found myself enjoying the scenery and not paying much attention to my cadence and pace.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 84
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:24
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal
00:21:45 | 03.11 miles | 06m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/43
Overall: 0/423
Performance: Average
Course: Flat, out and back on campus sidewalk.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %0
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3