Giant Acorn International - TriathlonOlympic

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Bumpass, VA, Virginia
United States
Setup Events
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 15m 45s
Overall Rank = 28/295
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 3/27
Pre-race routine:

Up at 6. Had a PB and honey on WW and some OJ. Off to the race site. Had a banana an hour before the start and a GU 30 minutes before the start. Water along the way.
Hung out with Ernie for a bit.
Event warmup:

10 minute run on the first part of the bike course. Couple hundred yards in the water.
  • 22m 14s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 22s / 100 yards

This was kind of a crazy swim. All the college kids were in my wave (Navy, Virginia Tech, UNC-Wilmington, Georgetown, etc). They were talking tons of trash at the start line. I raced in a wave with these schools once before so I kind of figured it was gonna be a bit wild. It was a bit chaotic at first as things got sorted out. I hopped onto some feet but the guys were zig zagging all over the place so I left them just before the first turn buoy. Had clear water the rest of the way. After the second turn buoy navigation became an issue as it was damn near impossible to find a buoy. We were all headed back towards the general area but the pack ahead of me (the lead pack) was way off course. I think it was a combination of a long way to the next buoy and the sun was in our face. Finally found a buoy and got back on track (I was a bit inside of the buoys, while the lead pack was WAY inside the buoys). Them going off course allowed me to catch back up a bit, but they were still 30 seconds or so up on me.
What would you do differently?:

Site just a tad better on the back stretch. I was sort of stuck in no-mans land. I need to get a bit faster (or start faster and hang on) in order to be with the front group at a race like this.
Transition 1
  • 01m 25s

My snag here was that when I put my aerohelmet on it caught my sunglasses and I had to take it off and readjust again. Cost me a few seconds. They had just cut the grass (it must have been a foot high) so there were grass clippings all over the place. It didn't seem to get in my shoes (shoes already on bike) too bad though.

50/295 OA
7/27 AG
What would you do differently?:

Practice getting my helmet on over my sunglasses.
  • 1h 07m 11s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.19 mile/hr

Did pretty good on this ride. The first part of the ride was nice and quiet. A few of the college kids around to race against. 2 guys came by me from my age group. They were hauling ass. The second loop was pretty crowded. A couple of the turns on the second loop I really backed off cause I just wanted to make it through without having someone crash into me. Plenty of people were blocking, etc. Usual stuff. At the last turn a car was totally blocking the road, had to slow way way down as there were other riders near by which kind of sucked. Otherwise it was a good ride for me. Had good mental focus and raced.
What would you do differently?:

Not much here.
Transition 2
  • 01m 3s

This was decent. I turned into my row and got confused because I didn't see my stuff. My wetsuit was on top of my shoes/towel so that threw me off. Otherwise I was pretty smooth. Readjusted my shoes but figured I wanted to get them good and snug in order to run a 10K sockless.

44/295 OA
4/27 AG
What would you do differently?:

Not throw my wetsuit on top of my shoes, but I don't remember doing that!
  • 43m 54s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 04s  min/mile

Got going really well off the bike. Really liked the trail section. I think it helped me to stretch out my legs. First couple of miles were 6:45s and I felt pretty good. The rollers on the way back hurt a bit but then I settled back down again on the way back out. Second loop got crowded. Was doing lots of passing again. People weren't really staying to one side of the road or the other so that got a bit annoying. Passed one girl as she threw a gel packet on the road. Told her that was bullshit. Middle few miles I focused on my stride and my breathing and then the last couple of miles I just left it all out there. Felt really good at the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Not much here. This is one of my best runs in a tri. I suffered because I wanted to, not because my legs were hammered. IMO, that's the way it should be if you pace the bike correctly and train appropriately for the distance.
Post race
Warm down:

Jumped in the lake. Got pizza. Hung out with Ernie.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Clean up transitions a bit more. They are much improved but there is still work to be done. I thought I could go right around 2:20, so to be 4 minutes faster than that makes me happy. Good way to end a season that started off not so good for me - bike wreck, staph infection.

Event comments:

Setup is setup. They do their thing and you know what you're gonna get.

Last updated: 2009-07-14 12:00 AM
00:22:14 | 1640 yards | 01m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/27
Overall: 12/295
Performance: Average
Suit: QR Sleeveless
Course: Triangle. 2 long sections and a shorter section in the middle.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:25
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:07:11 | 24.85 miles | 22.19 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/27
Overall: 52/295
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 2 loops. Mostly flat, a few rollers.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:03
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:43:54 | 06.21 miles | 07m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/27
Overall: 34/295
Performance: Good
Course: Little trail section. Then 2 loops out and back along a rolling road, and then back through the trail section.
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4