mini-Mussel - TriathlonMini Sprint

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Geneva, New York
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 28m 48s
Overall Rank = 11/297
Age Group = F40-44
Age Group Rank = 2/41
Pre-race routine:

overall rank is of females. Was 97/666 total

I loaded my bike the night before including pumping up tires so was just ready to pour some cereal down my throat and grab some coffee at 5.00 in the morning!!! Went to pick up Rob and we drove together.
Had to stop off and pick up my registration packet but no queues and we got to race site about 6.45?, one of the first (note for future year - stay in bed an hour longer!)
Event warmup:

I went for a 10min jog and then put my wetsuit on and warmed up in the lake for 10mins before the pre race meeting. The water seemed warm.
We'd walked up the little pier earlier and it looked weedy and had huge fish (HUGE) in the shallows - and a couple of dead floaters! I'm OK with this but I did spare a thought for newbies that might freak out.

  • 12m 28s
  • 750 yards
  • 01m 40s / 100 yards

rank of 11 for females

This was weedy swim. I found my hands full of weeds and on my face on several occasions - on the first bit before the turn more than the second bit which surprised me. I just kept a swimming though. I swam pretty much on my own for the first part. One pink cap had shot off at the start (think she must have had a jet ski attached), there were a few other pink caps around but none close enough to draft.
I caught up with a few of previous wave before the first buoy and then was passing for rest of race
After the turn I got some feet to draft off for a few minutes which was nice. I followed her in and out the people we overtook. Then I lost her cos she headed off across the canal. Not wanting to go the wrong way I swam on my own for the rest. Towards the end I saw she'd swum across to get on the feet of another pink cap who was swimming a bit wider.

I turned into the ramp, put my feet down, found it slippy then heard the cries of "swim up the ramp" so I swam a bit more until knee deep and was easy to stand up then.

This was a good swim for me - my second in open water this year. I remember thinking my arms felt tired so I knew I had given it a good effort.
What would you do differently?:

Um, er, maybe train a bit more in open water :)
Transition 1
  • 01m 47s

Transitions aren't my best but i was 2/41 for my ag (122/66, 34/297 f) so could have been worse. I purposely didn't sit down for this.

What would you do differently?:

Same old same old
I like to take my time to get my breath back so not really concerned here
  • 47m 31s
  • 16 miles
  • 20.20 mile/hr

11/297 female, 87/666 overall. The number 2 in my age group beat me by 1 sec and as I had a little mishap on my way back in (see below) I still feel comfortable that my biking is quite strong (so how the heck did ridgelake beat me by 1min and a half????)

I found this hard, maybe it was just the relentless pedalling. It felt into the wind to me for the whole way (perhaps I went a different route to ridgelake - where was that with the wind????). I just didn't enjoy this ride - it felt like something to get through rather than enjoy and I kept looking at my computer hoping it would be over soon. A female wave had gone before me and I was overtaking them the whole way plus a few men here and there. I only got overtaken by one female (my ag winner - she was over 6ft!) but a handful of men went whizzing by on the last bit of the course.

Hard to overtake on the narrow coned bit on way back. Once in the park I shouted "on your left" to a guy who was fiddling with taking his shoes off ready for transition I suppose. Anyway he swerved straight into me and I ended up off the road, nearly fell and had to pedal across the grass and across a little ridge to get back up. Heated words were exchanged!
What would you do differently?:

Train more maybe, haven't done that much lately but perhaps it just wasn't my day.
I am disappointed with my speed - knowing it was a flat course I was hoping for better but heh, no big deal - I wanted to focus on pushing myself on the run today.
Transition 2
  • 01m 28s

6/41 ag 82/297 f 250/666 overall

same old same old.
I was hopeless getting off my bike. I caught my leg and almost fell over. I managed not to, carried on trotting along and heard cries of "good recovery" so I knew there had been no elegance there!
Had to adjust my running shoes but all in all kept moving reasonably well
What would you do differently?:

I wasn't really racing racing so not really worried about this. I know I could have gone a bit faster if needed
  • 25m 34s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 15s  min/mile

This race was about fun for me but the one thing I did want to do was try and push myself on the run because this is where I need to work on getting faster. Unfortunately it just wasn't happening today and I have no good reason. I'd pushed on the bike but hadn't hammered it so hard as to affect the run (might have hammered on the bike if I knew ridgelake was going to get me by a minute and a half but that's hindsight).

I was hoping for something well sub 8min miles but at least I snuck in just a second below that. Given that I did the flt oly run (double the distance) at sub 8min miles today wasn't so good really. Oh well.
The atmosphere was amazing, lots of supporters and quite a few people that I knew (people doing the musselman tomorrow from my old coaches team, my ex coach, and a load of BT people manning the BT aid station). That was awesome to have people calling you by name to cheer you on. Thanks guys and gals.
I had conversations with my lungs and legs all the way on the "out" and they just told me they couldn't go faster. So I decided to be patient and wait for the turnaround.
Got to the turnaround and it didn't feel so bad and I realised we must have been running into the wind. I couldn't go much faster but I didn't feel any worse at the end than I did at the start and I reckon I probably negative split the out compared to the back.
rstocks was there taking photos near the turnaround, he told me to smile - I thought I was so perhaps it was more of a beastly grimace.
What would you do differently?:

More running
Post race
Warm down:

Water, chat, icecream, yum

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was low key race for me so overall I don't really mind although it isn't nice to know you're not performing how you could.
However I guess I have been very inconsistent training wise for the last month because of having visitors from the UK.

Event comments:

The atmosphere and organisation of this race are top notch.
And free icecream to boot!

Last updated: 2009-06-09 12:00 AM
00:12:28 | 750 yards | 01m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/41
Overall: 11/297
Performance: Good
1:40/100y per results 62/666 overall
Suit: full
Course: deep water start at end of canal/ harbour entrance - straight down,left turn down narrowish canal to water exit ramp
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:47
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:47:31 | 16 miles | 20.20 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/41
Overall: 11/297
Performance: Average
race data said 20.6mph
Wind: Some
Course: loop with shared in/out riders for first mile The course went along the park, over matting to the main road, along main road for a bit and then a loop. Nothing too hilly
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:28
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:25:34 | 03.1 miles | 08m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/41
Overall: 48/297
Performance: Bad
race results said 7:59 average pace
Course: out and back along the lake shore. Flat all the way
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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