Culpeper Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Culpeper, Virginia
United States
Set-up, Inc.
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 30m 59s
Overall Rank = 72/360
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 8/34
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:30 (actually 4:00 when the thunderstorms rolled through.) Had a PB on english muffin, banana and 24 oz of 7-11 coffee. Hit the road. Got to race at 6:15 and set up.
Event warmup:

Walked around and did a 5 minute swim to stretch out.
  • 14m 2s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

Pretty good race and pace overall. Got in behind a guy before the first buoy and followed almost all the way in. Caught earlier wave about 4 minutes in and dodged that flotsam from that wave and the one in front of that all the way in. Went to move ahead of my pace guy about halfway in, but was unable to bridge the gap to the next person without getting cut off so I stayed behind him, though it was a tad slower than I could have gone (OK, mayyybe could have saved 30 seconds or so overall.) Happy to cruise and let someone else sight for me.
What would you do differently?:

I could have been more aggressive, but chose not to fight too hard and expend energy early in the race. Save it for the bike...
Transition 1
  • 01m 36s

The uphill run was not fun, but I didn't slip in the wet grass and mud like I feared. My rack was the third closest to the water, so I had a good 50 yard run to get out with the bike. Someday I'll get a good spot. Feet were really grassy and muddy and I took time to clean them pretty well.
What would you do differently?:

No socks? Bribe the Race Director for a better rack? Change my last name to Aardvark for spot #1? Hmmmmm....
  • 50m 21s
  • 16.1 miles
  • 19.18 mile/hr

Was surprised I did this well compared to the field. With slick roads, turns were a bit slower than normal and a few uphills after turns caught me by surprise and I'd slowed down too much. Never got in a great spinning zone and was changing gears often. On the last uphill in the last mile I made the mistake of downshifting too quickly and almost jammed my chain. Was able to save it but lost all momentum and about 45 seconds to the guys I was keeping pace with.
What would you do differently?:

Keep pushing myself in training.
Transition 2
  • 01m 20s

uneventful...took a few seconds to drink before hitting the trail. Didn't know where water stations would be. Turned out there was one right outside the transition area.
What would you do differently?:

  • 23m 42s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 37s  min/mile

I knew I pushed harder on the bike than I normally do, so I was interested to see what I had left for the run. Did 7:40s last year and hoped to beat that. Accidentally left my watch at home too, so I had no idea of pace which certainly didn't help me push. I know I tend to get out too fast and can die at the end so I think I took it too easy up the hill. Like to think I could have been about a minute faster.
What would you do differently?:

Bring the watch, dummy!! Or, save a little more energy on the bike. Time-wise, though, I consider that a wash.
Post race
Warm down:

Water, water and....water. Waited for all my friends to come in and give them the "I've been waiting" smirk. Great having a big group to be happy for out there. Ate food and then got drenched in the monsoon.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Here's the excuses list: held back on the swim for the bike - smart or not? Rain didn't help on the bike. No watch on the run messed with my head and pacing.

Event comments:

The post race rain was a bummer, but Setup always does a great job. Pizza, oreos, soda, water, fruit: all great. Thanks to all the volunteers - all so nice!

Last updated: 2009-06-18 12:00 AM
00:14:02 | 820 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 10/34
Overall: 82/360
Performance: Average
Suit: none
Course: counterclockwise, 150 out, 400 back, 200 in? Some hydrilla in the shallows, murky but able to see about 3 feet in front.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 83F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:36
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:50:21 | 16.1 miles | 19.18 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/34
Overall: 72/360
Wind: None
Course: Rolling hills that were challenging but not killers.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:20
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:23:42 | 03.11 miles | 07m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/34
Overall: 115/360
Performance: Average
Course: Up the grassy knoll, through the gate, up a hill, two lollipops and downhill all the way home.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4