Greenville Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Greenville, South Carolina
United States
Setup, Inc
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 12m 14s
Overall Rank = 5/157
Age Group = F 35-39
Age Group Rank = 2/28
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:30am. Ate 1 bagel with cream cheese. Drank 1 cup of coffee. Drove to the race site at 5:15am. Got to the race site at 5:45. Wanted to get there early because they were expecting 546 participants and parking was gonna be scarce. Mingled with SuzanneS and other friends before warming up as this is our hometown race.
Event warmup:

500 meters in the pool followed by a yummy CarBOOM strawberry kiwi gel.
  • 06m 34s
  • 437 yards
  • 01m 30s / 100 yards

We were sent off two at a time. I fudge my race time and looked up my lane partner before the race. I knew he was gonna be way faster than me (he finished 10th overall in the whole event last year) but thought if I could hang off of his feet, I might have a pretty good swim. We swam side by side the first length then he moved in front of me on the second length then we started passing other people. He was much better passing than me and he soon disappeared but I was not surprised. I ended up passing three other people myself and never got passed.
What would you do differently?:

I'm glad I put down a fast time. I didn't get caught in any congestion. I would have liked to have done all my flip turns (I only did one) but going off two at a time put a damper on that as you don't want to kick your lane mate in the face and it seemed like most of my passes came at the wall.
Transition 1
  • 01m

They screwed up our timing and the first 200 participants T1, Bike and T2 times were all lumped together. For the sake of simplicity, I'm gonna put myself down for 1 minute transitions for both T1 and T2 and take the rest for my bike split.
What would you do differently?:

  • 39m 11s
  • 15 miles
  • 22.97 mile/hr

I wish I had more than a guesstimate here. My total time for T1, Bike and T2 was 41.11. I know I felt strong. But almost 23 mph average?! I started out conservative, especially on the first climb. I dropped down into my little ring to keep my cadence high. A friend of mine passed me and I saw how smooth and high his cadence was and I lifted mine and passed him right back. He is a better climber than I am, so this did not last long and he passed me. I tried to keep close (but not draft) but alas, he pulled away. Then I saw a girl in my age group who is a much faster swimmer ahead of me. I knew if I could pass her, she would have to really work her butt off on the run to get me. She is a stronger runner than me and I needed to put as much distance between me and her on the bike as possible. Mission accomplished!
What would you do differently?:

Climb better.
Transition 2
  • 01m

I didn't think much about this at the time, but after seeing how close I was to winning my age group, I think this may have played a part. I counted the racks in transition and saw people standing in my spot, so I went up one extra row to back my bike in. When I actually backde my bike in the spot, I see they are standing on my towel!!! They are relay members just hanging out talking. I was like "Look out, coming through!" As I ran out of T2, one of them called out, "Subtract 3 seconds off your time because of us". The first place chick beat me by 7 seconds. It makes one wonder what if. But it is no use to ponder shoulda coulda woulda at this point.
What would you do differently?:

Not have relay members standing on my stuff!
  • 23m 25s
  • 3 miles
  • 07m 49s  min/mile

I still have lots of work to do on my run. But I did take 1:15 off my time from last year. I know I need to lean forward more and relax. My coach was sitting on the dirt and gravel hill encouraging all of her athletes. She told me that I needed to relax, smile and have fun. I am so tense and panic so easy on the run. It rarely feels good. But I tried to take little steps and pump my arms and keep a quick cadence. I know that quick cadence is the key and the more I practice this, the better I will become. I did pass three guys on my way down the gravel hill on my last lap. That is exciting, cuz I don't do a lot of passing on the run.
What would you do differently?:

Breathe deeper, relax, faster foot turnover and lean forward!
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched and mingled. There were so many people here. And I had lots of friends doing the race. I was a very happy girl because I took over four minutes off of my time from last year with over a minute of that coming off the run.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat, my lack of running prowess and people standing on my stuff in transition!

Event comments:

I am very pleased with my performance. And my arch rival only beat me by 7 seconds! You can't really complain about being fifth overall and second in your age group!

Profile Album

Last updated: 2007-06-15 12:00 AM
00:06:34 | 437 yards | 01m 30s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/28
Overall: 10/157
Performance: Good
Suit: Zoot tri shorts and sport bra
Course: 8 lap serpentine of a 50 meter pool.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:39:11 | 15 miles | 22.97 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/28
Overall: 3/157
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 15 mile rolling loop out into Pickens county returning to Greenville through some little neighborhoods.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:00
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:23:25 | 03 miles | 07m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/28
Overall: 30/157
Performance: Average
Course: 2 laps around the aquatic center parking lot, up a dirt and gravel hill, around a neighborhood and back down the dirt and gravel hill.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
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