Portage Lakes Sprint Triathlon - Akron Internation - TriathlonSprint

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Akron, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
74F / 23C
Total Time = 1h 41m 44s
Overall Rank = 209/270
Age Group = MTB
Age Group Rank = 10/11
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 5am for the drive to Akron. Not much sleep at all the night before the race because of nerves. After showering and putting on my race clothes I stretched for around 10 minutes and then ate half a bowl of cereal (trix aren't just for kids). Scott arrived at my house around 5:45 and we were off.
Event warmup:

No warm up. By the time we got there we had just enough time to set up our transition area, pickup our time chip and get marked. Attended pre-race prayer and we were off to the beach for the start!
  • 21m 51s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 40s / 100 yards

Started off swimming very hard but found myself tiring very quickly so flipped to my back to regain my composure. Used a variety of strokes just to complete the swim, legs did not get as tired as my arms but did get cramp which I really did not realize until I got out of the water.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to swim free style! Buy a wetsuit and practice open water swimming.
Transition 1
  • 02m 27s

Had a bad cramp in left calve after swim which hurt my run to transition. Tried not to rush getting dried and putting shirt on and it seemed to work out better (shirt not sticking to body). Socks and shoes were not a problem.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, but no cramp would have been nice.
  • 46m 27s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 16.06 mile/hr

The course had more big hills than I anticipated and not driving the course prior to riding it also hurt. Had trouble a couple of times when I was not in the correct gear when climbing hills. Hands were very cold (did not think I needed gloves, I was wrong), legs also cold (need to get tri shorts!). Glasses fogged up during ride and I carried them for a couple of miles before finding time to put them in the bag below my seat. Passed a few people but also got passed by quite a few.
What would you do differently?:

Really need bike computer to keep better pace.
Transition 2
  • 59m 36s

Did not have to change shoes, just dropped off bike and helmet, took drink of Gatorade, stretch legs out quickly and hit the course.
What would you do differently?:

nothing, transition went well
  • 29m 59s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 38s  min/mile

First mile was very difficult (had trouble getting my legs back from the bike and also had cramp in side). Around the two mile mark started to feel better (last mile was my fastest mile)
What would you do differently?:

Run harder!
Post race
Warm down:

Bottle of water and a sandwich (PB&J).

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mountain bike for sure, can't wait to get a different bike. The cold weather didn't help things either.

Event comments:

Title of race was Akron Sports festival but the only event going on was the race (no food or things to do for non race participants.) Post race activities were also non existent. Overall learned alot about myself in my second race with this being my first OWS. Can't wait to TRI again!

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Last updated: 2007-09-04 12:00 AM
00:21:51 | 820 yards | 02m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 0/270
Performance: Below average
Suit: none
Course: Rectangular pattern starting in shallow water.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:27
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:46:27 | 12.43 miles | 16.06 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 0/270
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 59:36
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:29:59 | 03.11 miles | 09m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 0/270
Performance: Below average
Course: Course snaked through the park and back (pavement).
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 3