Portage Lakes Sprint Triathlon - Akron Internation - TriathlonSprint

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Akron, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
40F / 4C
Total Time = 1h 27m 37s
Overall Rank = 121/270
Age Group = Mountain Bike
Age Group Rank = 2/11
Pre-race routine:

I did not arrive with enough time to warm up. By the time they were calling for the contestants to the beach, I still did not have my wetsuit on. I was running around like a chicken with his head cut off just trying to get my transition set up.
Event warmup:

Running to the bathroom, and running to the truck to get the gels that I forgot.
  • 17m 41s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 22s / 100 meters

I think the weeds really through me off although I did swim faster than my 2 open water practice swims at home.
What would you do differently?:

Swim closer to the front of the pack, and try to stay closer to the buoys.
Transition 1
  • 03m 45s

T1 was way too long. I think I could have saved some time with a little more effort in the transition. Although this is easy to say sitting in front of a computer instead of 40 degree weather after swimming a half mile.
What would you do differently?:

Try to go faster. By my next race I will have new running shoes fully equipped with YANKZ! The yankz were obviously the difference since willie05 had them! Just kidding.
  • 41m 1s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 18.18 mile/hr

I made my own custom aero bars for this race. I was at about the 8 mile mark when my left aero bar broke off at the weld. Apparently I need more practice welding aluminum! The busted aero bar broke my concentration for about 1.5 miles. Other than that I was really cold.
What would you do differently?:

Test my aero bars before the race. Get a pair of tri shorts.
Transition 2
  • 01m 34s

I do not have cycling shoes, therefore this transition is easy. I did have to dig in my bag to find my camera for my wife since she got lost and arrived at the race late.
What would you do differently?:

Send my camera with my wife.
  • 23m 36s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 35s  min/mile

Great run time for me. My goal was 8 minute miles and I beat my goal so overall very good.
What would you do differently?:

Run a little harder.
Post race
Warm down:

Got water and ate some food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Preparation at the beginning of the day.

Event comments:

I thought the race was well prepared and organized. My only complaint was that the HFP racing website titled this event as a "festival". I brought my family and friends thinking there would be something for them to do besides watch me race. There was no food, games, or any activities at all for the spectators. I left within an hour of finishing the race because of the lack of festivities.

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Last updated: 2007-09-18 12:00 AM
00:17:41 | 750 meters | 02m 22s / 100meters
Age Group: 7/11
Overall: 180/270
Performance: Good
Suit: Orca S1
Course: The course was laid out well with the exception to the weeds between the course entrance and the first turn. Once you rounded turn one the water got deeper and the weeds were not an issue.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:45
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:41:01 | 12.43 miles | 18.18 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/11
Overall: 104/270
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: The course was great. I do not get to ride too many hills at home as Mansfield is pretty flat. I enjoyed the bike course. The up hills were challenging yet fun and the down hills were fast and exciting.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:34
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:36 | 03.11 miles | 07m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/11
Overall: 74/270
Performance: Good
Course: Run course was good, a few hills and the turnarounds made it cool since you could see who was ahead of you and who was behind you.
Keeping cool Good 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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3