Kinetic Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
United States
Set-Up, Inc
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 41m 56s
Overall Rank = 191/342
Age Group = Novice Men
Age Group Rank = 8/46
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:30. Accidentally woke up 2 year old so no more sleep. Good long time to stretch out. Took daughter for a brief run to the bathroom to get things moving. Ate English Muffin with jam. Checked bike and bag and rode my bike from our campsite the less then 10 minutes to the beach.
Event warmup:

Set out transition area. Talked to rack mates and met BabsVA. Tried out bike on the uphill start to determine best strategy and good bike gear. Ate a Powerbar and did a quick swim in the water. Nice and warm. Waited around and said hi to wife and daughter
  • 12m 33s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 40s / 100 meters

Loved the swim. I have always wanted to do open water so this was great. Novice/Relay wave was last and small. Started in the front and just went for it. Dived in as soon as possible and tried to get in a good bilateral breathing rhythm. Did pretty well. Felt like I nailed the siting and rounded close to the buoys. Had a little trouble as I was trying to find the second turn buoy instead of the sighting buoy. Freestyle the entire way. Passed stragglers from the waves in front of me.
What would you do differently?:

More time in the pool. Open water would be good, but I don't feel it is necessary for a faster time.
Transition 1
  • 01m 49s

I feel like I rocked T1. Although I think in trying to run out of the water and get the wetsuit off I dropped my goggles and swim cap. :( Didn't even realize it until I got back to camp. Jogged out of the water and heard someone say "That's how you race". Gave me a little boost. Little hard getting on the bike due to uphill start.
What would you do differently?:

More practice, but overall good.
1st in Novice Men
38th overall
  • 59m 10s
  • 18 miles
  • 18.25 mile/hr

First mile or so was uphill including an uphill start. Swerved off the course 6" getting clipped in, but ran 15 feet up course to get away from the pack trying to mount right at the line so didn't hit anyone. Rolling hills, got passed by some and passed others. Felt good on the hills going up and loved the speed going down.
I have to give props to the hybrid and mountain bike rides. Wow.
What would you do differently?:

Need to spend more time doing long rides. My heart rate was way too high and kept me back. Was proud of what I did with my current level. Need to practice mounting in shoes.

Transition 2
  • 01m 9s

I practiced taking my shoes off on the bike and doing a moving dismount, but the downhill finish/dismount line onto gravel made me rethink that. Did a good dismount until my left shoe didn't come unclipped for a few seconds. Thought I would be all over the road, but made it. Running in shoes wasn't that bad, but added to time as I had to take off and then put on shoes. Forgot to take off helmet and ran back 100 feet or so to drop it.
What would you do differently?:

Practice dismount both with shoes and leaving them on bike. Remember to take off helmet. Mark rack somehow so I don't run by it.
5th in Novice Men
90th overall
  • 27m 16s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 46s  min/mile

I have absolutely no idea how I ran a sub 9 minute mile. I am not a runner and just wanted to finish. Saw a tiny turtle crossing the road and cheered a couple people going the other way I knew on the run.
Sprinted into the finish, raised arms, and felt good.
What would you do differently?:

Same thing.
Post race
Warm down:

Collapsed into chair where awesome volunteers cut off timing chip and gave me water. Got breath and walked out. Gave wife and daughter hug. Laid on ground and daughter made sure I was OK. Hung out in the lake and talked to other athletes. Met up with some friends and hung out cheering on others coming in.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Overall lack of time working out. I knew this going in and will step it up as I work up to my next race in August and Nations (Oly) in September.

Event comments:

Lots of fun. Great support. Awesome volunteers. Great place for a race. We camped at the campsite. Had a 10 minute walk to the start. Didn't have to worry about parking. Daughter and wife could play in the lake and at the playground while they waited for me. This is going on my calender again for next year.

Last updated: 2009-04-05 12:00 AM
00:12:33 | 750 meters | 01m 40s / 100meters
Age Group: 8/46
Overall: 129/342
Performance: Good
Suit: Orca Full Sleeve Equip
Course: Two turns beach to beach 1 lap
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:49
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:59:10 | 18 miles | 18.25 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/46
Overall: 220/342
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Rolling.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:09
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:27:16 | 03.11 miles | 08m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/46
Overall: 224/342
Performance: Average
HRM monitor only has one lap. Overall average was 186 with a max of 213. Need need need more time on the bike to bring this down and get my speed up. High was the sprint into the finish for sure.
Course: Uphill start, same as bike. Then one turnaround and downhill finish.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]