Tri the Parks - Indian Springs State Park (All Female) - TriathlonSprint

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Flovilla, Georgia
United States
Blue Sky Sports
76F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 40m 59s
Overall Rank = 43/73
Age Group = Novice
Age Group Rank = 2/7
Pre-race routine:

Wake up early. Breakfast of cheerios and strawberries and then 1.25 hour drive to race. Protein bar at site.
Event warmup:

  • 17m 40s
  • 656 yards
  • 02m 41s / 100 yards

This was my first open water swim and was the hardest part of the race. I started at the back of the pack to avoid the jostling (single wave start) but then I had the problem of running into the swimmers in fromt of me. I couldn't figure out how to swim through them. Finally, I gave up and moved to the inside. This helped with my stroke but I had a terrible time sighting and swimming straight. I am convinced my Zig Zag course added 50 meters to my swim at least. At one point I was inside the bouys, over corrected and found myself on the far right of the pack. I was convinced I was the last swimmer in the water although there were a few behind me. Once I rounded the first bouy, my stroke improved and my breathing was OK. I never was able to maintain it though as I had to keep sighting and correcting my line. There was zero visibility in the water.
What would you do differently?:

Figure out a way to train in open water.
Transition 1
  • 02m 16s

Because the transition area was on a hill, the mount line was actually down the hill quite a bit requiring a trot with the bike on clips. Went OK. I was having a little trouble getting my helmet to feel right and my glasses were foggy from my wet skin, but both issues went away quickly.
What would you do differently?:

this should get better with more races
  • 49m 16s
  • 12.8 miles
  • 15.59 mile/hr

This was the leg I was most worried about due to hills and found it surprising easy. Due to the limited size of participants, I was usually riding alone and it was easy to pass people.
What would you do differently?:

More riding outside on hills.
Transition 2
  • 01m 5s

Again, had to dismount at the mount line and then run uphill with the bike. A little awkward but once at the transition area it went fine.
  • 30m 43s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 55s  min/mile

Running was much harder than expected. I really thought I was barely moving the entire time and would have terrible times. I was very surprised to find out I did better than 10 min miles as this is a good time for me. The course was very hilly.
What would you do differently?:

Train more outside (more hills) and try and get some bricks in. Biking to running was very difficult.
Post race
Warm down:

water, fruit and quick rinse in the lake.

Event comments:

This was my first tri and a great experience. I placed second in the novice group, which was a huge and pleasant surprise. I know the fact that it was all female and a small group (only 73 participants) helped make it a great first time experience.

Last updated: 2009-05-09 12:00 AM
00:17:40 | 656 yards | 02m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/7
Overall: 61/73
Performance: Below average
Course: triangular course with buoys on the left. although the temp was 76 and wetsuit legal, there were only a handful of suits. the water was actually not cold at all.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:16
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:49:16 | 12.8 miles | 15.59 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/7
Overall: 43/73
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: out and back loop on highways. good course marking with sherriffs at any intersection holding cars
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:05
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:30:43 | 03.1 miles | 09m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/7
Overall: 43/73
Performance: Good
Course: very hilly, on roads and trails, through camp grounds.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5