Culpeper Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Culpeper, Virginia
United States
Set-up, Inc.
Total Time = 1h 32m 5s
Overall Rank = 86/361
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 8/33
Pre-race routine:

Man, I didn't really realize how far away Culpepper was until the day before, so I wasn't really mentally/physically prepared to get up at 5am to make the trek down there. I was planning on going to bed at 9:30 but then realized I had forgotten my goggles at the gym, so I had to make a trip to Wal-Mart to get some (lousy) replacements. Got to bed at 11/1130. Got up at 5am, left at 545...probably should have gotten up at 430 in order to leave by 5-515am. It was neat driving down there and seeing all the other contestants' cars and their bike racks on 29.
Event warmup:

Didn't arrive and get checked in until 7-715. Once I got my transition area setup, I went and took a short jog ~ half mile ~ and then got in the lake and swam about 200m to try to get used to the water and the OWS situation.
  • 16m 29s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 01s / 100 yards

Well, this was my first OWS, so I wasn't expecting any world records to be set here. It was not as frantic as I thought it was going to be though, only ran into (got ran into by) a couple of people. My biggest problem seemed to be my navigation, I felt like I was getting way off course and adding a bunch of time due to that. I felt fairly solid and in a groove, but the line I was taking was not optimal and hurt me.
What would you do differently?:

Get used to looking up every X stroke in order to take a better line.
Transition 1
  • 01m 10s

For this tri, I went w/ no socks for the bike and run, so I came into T-1, threw down my goggles/cap and (i) put on my glasses and helmet, then (ii) my bike cleats, then ran the bike out of T-1, up the grass hill to the mount point.
What would you do differently?:

It was overcast and my glasses were sunglasses. I need to purchase clear glasses for these circumstances. Also, I need to practice mounting the bike with my cleats already in (although when I tried practicing this it seemed slower but running with the cleats is somewhat dangerous).
  • 51m 46s
  • 17 miles
  • 19.70 mile/hr

So, I get out there on the bike course and I immediately notice that my hamstrings are killing me. I'm pretty confused by why this is because I last biked Thursday, ran Friday, and took Sat off to rest. However, the Thursday ride was my first time with aero bars and the aero position. So, I am thinking that maybe that workout was just really hard on my hammies in a way that was different from my usual non-aero position. So, from the get-go I knew this wasn't going to be that great of a bike performance, which was disappointing considering I view this as my best event. So, mentally I was beat from the get-go and just tried to stay with someone who was going about the same pace. I was fast on the downhills but my hammies killed me on the uphills, but I felt I did decently considering my leg conditions.
What would you do differently?:

Not do a hard bike workout so close to a race.
Transition 2
  • 00m 59s

Totally forgot to undo my bike straps until I was right at the dismount point. Also, I am thinking I should carry my bike instead of rolling it, because the shoes continually hit the ground and spin and all that junk. Also, my belt took a few seconds to get snapped...I should have just ran and figured it out while running.
What would you do differently?:

Put on shoes, grab race belt, and then start running and THEN try to put on belt while running. Carry bike instead of rolling.
  • 21m 42s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 59s  min/mile

It took the first 3/4 mile to get my running legs, but after that I actually felt very good and passed a number of people, which was a huge confidence boost after the subpar bike. Had a nice kick the last 800.

It was not cool seeing the first place guy coming to the finish line as I was just getting to the run :(
What would you do differently?:

Get to the run portion faster ;)
Post race
Warm down:

Uhhh, yeah, I should probably warm down better. Drank 3/4 bottles of water, talked to some random people, ate a few slices of pizza, looked at the prelim. results, and then headed out.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My hamstrings were not fresh! My course navigation on the swim was subpar.

Event comments:

Well run event, very very smooth checkin process, I was surprised how fast this was done. Will probably do this event next year too.

Last updated: 2009-08-03 12:00 AM
00:16:29 | 820 yards | 02m 01s / 100yards
Age Group: 20/33
Overall: 188/361
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri top / Tri bottom
Course: Rectangular course...out to yellow buoy, round that to other yellow buoy, then around 2nd yellow buoy back to the dock.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:10
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:51:46 | 17 miles | 19.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/33
Overall: 96/361
Performance: Bad
Wind: Little
Course: Hilly country roads, one loop (which is a major plus for this course...the same loop over and over is lame)
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:59
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:42 | 03.11 miles | 06m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/33
Overall: 52/361
Performance: Good
Course: Rolling hills, nothing severe though.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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