Air Force Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Greenwood, Nova Scotia
Triathlon Nova Scotia
18C / 64F
Total Time = 1h 07m 37s
Overall Rank = 10/50
Age Group = M30-39
Age Group Rank = 3/5
Pre-race routine:

Easy bike/run workout the day before and then getting race kit together. Woke up at 6 to drive to race venue for 9:35 start.
Event warmup:

Short ride (1 loop of bike course) and short splash (25m) in the pool.
  • 11m 32s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 32s / 100 meters

Felt okay through the first 500m and then I started to struggle a little; I want to swim close to where I am for my 1500mTT but I just wasn't able to come close today.
Transition 1
  • 00m 35s

  • 36m 15s
  • 20.46 kms
  • 33.86 km/hr

I felt good on the bike but just couldn't quite push the pace I wanted. Early in the bike Eric went by and my goal was to keep him in sight for as long as possible. In addition, Guy and Liam were just in front of me and John just behind. My goal was to hold my own and catch anyone that I could. The wind was picking up and at times I was really fighting just to keep the speed above 25km/h while at other points I was flying. I was able to limit my loses (only lost 30" to Eric) but still not the best ride I have had.
What would you do differently?:

Ride harder (or skip the Thursday TT).
Transition 2
  • 00m 31s

  • 18m 48s
  • 4.75 kms
  • 03m 58s  min/km

Felt good and was immediately into chase mode. On the first lap I wanted to catch as many as possible from the wave who were in front and at about the halfway point I had caught Liam, Guy and John. I kept moving as I knew Eric was just up the road (he had 37 seconds off the bike) and I was cutting into his lead. Coming through lap 1, Jay told me that Eric was less than 30 seconds up and to go get him. I focused on running smooth and strong and reeling him back in. I put another few seconds on him on the second lap and had him in sight (probably 20 seconds back) starting lap three. I worked like mad trying to reel him in and about halfway through the lap he was only about 15 seconds up when he caught sight of me and put in a surge. He opened the gap a little but on the final downhill I was able to close to about 10 seconds but with less than 400m to go, I knew he had me beaten. So, while he sprinted it out, I checked my shoulder and with the coast clear, cruised in to the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster :) - I should have been able to catch Eric, just a little harder effort during lap 2 and I would have had him.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Wind on the ride and small loss of focus on lap 2 of the run.

Event comments:

Great reace; didn't quite win the chase at the end but solid performance anyway. I was faster in each of the disciplines and 1:10 faster than last year.

Last updated: 2009-06-19 12:00 AM
00:11:32 | 750 meters | 01m 32s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/5
Overall: 13/50
Performance: Average
Suit: Craft Trisuit
Course: Pool swim
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 16C / 61F Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:35
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:36:15 | 20.46 kms | 33.86 km/hr
Age Group: 0/5
Overall: 9/50
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong
Course: 5x4km out and backs; deadturns and some 90*'s
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90+
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 00:31
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:18:48 | 04.75 kms | 03m 58s  min/km
Age Group: 0/5
Overall: 9/50
Performance: Good
Course: 3 laps with a couple of slight hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5