Mountain Lakes Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Guntersville, Alabama
United States
Team Magic
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 47m 12s
Overall Rank = 440/519
Age Group = M2529
Age Group Rank = 52/59
Pre-race routine:

Playing xbox until about 11:00 the night before with a few of my fellow athletes.
Event warmup:

I warmed up with a 100yd swim prior to the event.
  • 17m 25s
  • 600 yards
  • 02m 54s / 100 yards

This is the only part of the race where I almost died. I had not focused on the swim training and intended to muddle through it. After about 300 yards, I realized that maybe this was not the best plan. On two separate breaths, I got a direct splash in the mouth from another swimmer and had to tread water to recover.
What would you do differently?:

Train harder. Focus more on technique rather than trying to survive the swim and make up for it on the other legs. Also, I forgot to hit my watch when I went into the water, so I had no idea what my time was while on the course.
Transition 1
  • 03m 18s

T1 went pretty smoothly, not stellar, but good for my first event. Went as I had practiced. I did lose the two shot blocks that were pressed to my bars. Had to squeeze through two bikes in the mounting line that were having trouble...navigated it well. No real issues since I was not pulling off a wetsuit, just throwing my jersey on with the tri shorts that I was wearing.
What would you do differently?:

A small stool would be great.
  • 51m 28s
  • 16.2 miles
  • 18.89 mile/hr

The bike segment went well for me as it is my strongest event. The course was not as flat as I had heard, and I overworked myself on a few of the hills. Didn't hydrate enough on the bike and started to cramp on the run.
Transition 2
  • 02m 21s

no issues.
What would you do differently?:

Again, a stool for shoe changes would've been good. In the future I may attempt riding with feet on top of shoes and jumping off while moving.
  • 32m 42s
  • 3 miles
  • 10m 54s  min/mile

My calves began to cramp immediately upon hitting the run course, so I started hitting the water stations as much as possible. Had to stop 2 or 3 times to stretch my calves out. Overall, I was spent by the time I got to the run, and was pretty slow.
What would you do differently?:

Better nutrition and hydration leading up to run. Since I forgot to start my watch from the beginning, I had no idea what my total time was. I though that I was way over my 1:45:00 goal. It turned out that I only finished 2:12 over my goal, so if I had known this, I probably could've picked up the pace a little and made my goal.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

not enough training.

Event comments:

Race was a great event, well run, and smooth (other than being about 15min late on the start).

Last updated: 2009-08-11 12:00 AM
00:17:25 | 600 yards | 02m 54s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/59
Overall: 0/519
Performance: Below average
Suit: Tri shorts
Course: 200yds out, 200yds parallel to coast, 200yds back
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:18
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:51:28 | 16.2 miles | 18.89 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/59
Overall: 0/519
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Rolling hills around Lake Guntersville.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:21
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:32:42 | 03 miles | 10m 54s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/59
Overall: 0/519
Performance: Average
Course: Flat. Out and back.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
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? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5