Indianapolis Sprint Triathlon Series - TriathlonSprint

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Indianapolis, Indiana
United States
Tuxedo Brothers Event Mgmt
Total Time = 1h 01m 40s
Overall Rank = 78/577
Age Group = F 35-39
Age Group Rank = 1/32
Pre-race routine:

Got there early to pick up race packet and set up.
Event warmup:

Not really. Did a little stretching while waiting for the start.
  • 09m 40s
  • 500 meters
  • 08s / 100 meters

They started people individually 2 seconds apart rather than in waves. I thought it worked pretty well, although it would have been nice to have been ordered by swimming ability rather than age group. The water was very murky due to a storm the night before (I assume - it might be like that all the time, I guess), so it was impossible to see the other swimmers and I had several collisions. Apologies to anybody I collided with, I really couldn't see you AT ALL! I tried to swim to the outside for a clearer lane, but I wasn't the only one with that idea.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe stay farther outside - the extra distance would be worth avoiding the many stops involved in running into and going around people.
Transition 1
  • 01m 8s

Didn't wear a wetsuit, so no problems there. I put my shoes on at the rack. I have old lace-up mountain bike shoes so I got some Yanktz laces for them as well as my running shoes and they did the trick. The mtn bike shoes were great for running through the transition area!
What would you do differently?:

  • 29m 4s
  • 10 miles
  • 20.64 mile/hr

I pushed hard on the bike - I could feel my quads burning early on - and I was surprised and pleased with my pace. I need to do a lot more work on the bike to feel more comfortable at race speed (felt too wobbly to attempt aero), and to increase my endurance so I can still expect to run after a longer bike leg. I let myself cruise the last half mile or so to let my legs recover a bit for the run. The people around me seemed to be doing the same. There were a few slick spots due to the storm the night before, but the organizers posted volunteers at those spots to remind us to slow down and take it easy on the tighter turns. Thanks for that! I probably would have wound up flat on the pavement without the advice!
What would you do differently?:

More riding experience.
Transition 2
  • 01m 13s

Kept mtn bike shoes on for run to the rack. Legs felt super rubbery when I hit the ground! No problems switching shoes, put my hat and sunglasses on as I ran.
What would you do differently?:

More bricks in training so I can fun faster off the bike.
  • 20m 33s
  • 3 miles
  • 06m 51s  min/mile

I SO wish I could own that run pace, but I don't think it's accurate. There were rumors around the finish that the run course was 2.8 instead of 3 mi, so I checked it on mapmyrun and it looks like even 2.8 is a little generous. The pace for 2.8 mi would be 7:20 per mile, which still sounds faster than I felt but is closer to the truth. Anyway, it took about a mile and a half to feel right on the run, but once I got my legs back I pushed it as fast as I could. Loved the downhill at the end that made everyone look like a million bucks at the finish!
What would you do differently?:

More bricks in training, otherwise I'm thrilled with the run at either pace.
Post race
Warm down:

Lots of walking around, not enough stretching. Drank lots of water and ate a clif bar.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I lost the most time on the swim, due to the many collisions and not pushing my pace as hard as I could have. I need to practice OWS to get a better feel for pacing without walls and clocks, and just get myself out of the pack the next time.

Event comments:

The event started late because of some problems on the course (big puddles, downed tree limb, etc.) related to a big storm that blew through the night before. So the blame goes to the weather not the organizers, who did a great job of setting everything back up (the signs and tents had been blown over) and getting things cleaned up (volunteers were picking up tiny sticks in the transition area!).

Last updated: 2009-04-12 12:00 AM
00:09:40 | 500 meters | 08s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/32
Overall: 85/577
Performance: Below average
Course: Rectangle off beach in Eagle Creek Reservoir.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:08
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:29:04 | 10 miles | 20.64 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/32
Overall: 149/577
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Mostly flat, a few small hills.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:13
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:20:33 | 03 miles | 06m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/32
Overall: 81/577
Performance: Good
Course: Small hills, nice and shady.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4