Cedars of Lebanon Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Lebanon State Park, Tennessee
United States
Team Magic
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 21m 46s
Overall Rank = 29/248
Age Group = 35-39M
Age Group Rank = 5/40
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:30. Wife got the kids going. Had a Hardees breakfast (which was excellent). Pumped up tires - latex tubes really do lose air quick. The back wheel with wheelcover was a challenge since I had no crack pipe.

Note the overall ranks are for male participants only.
Event warmup:

Swam 200 yds. Ran 1/2 mile. Was not feeling very well, so even now this was somewhat of a struggle.
  • 04m 42s
  • 300 yards
  • 01m 34s / 100 yards

Once again was seeded too low and passed more than a few people. Would have had a bit better swim, but on the last turn some dip#### who I passed decided that it would be a good idea to dunk me and force feed me a mouthful of water. #######. Anyway, despite that I rocked it.

During the whole swim I was pretty much not wanting to be there.
What would you do differently?:

Flip turn the last turn to try and beat the guy who clobbered me. Feel a bit better so I could push a bit harder
Transition 1
  • 01m 58s

Was seeing stars after the swim and definitely didn't push the transition. There was a ~100 yd run to the transition area. Not long. Fumbled with my socks.
What would you do differently?:

Go into the race a bit healthier. Try to ditch the socks.
  • 49m 22s
  • 16.5 miles
  • 20.05 mile/hr

I still need work here. I posted here last week that my target was to beat 20mph. Well, about halfway through the bike I came to a corner where my sight was blocked by a van traveling with the racers. There was no signage at the corner and one park ranger posted on the other side of the street before the turn. Noone in front of me to emulate, so I blew through the turn. Lost 2:33 on the mistake (love my 305 so I can track these things). I don't regard this as my mistake and am actually not too happy with the lack of intersection control here. No excuse for no signage. Other turns were very well marked. My times posted are altered to remove the extra 3/4 mile I rode.
What would you do differently?:

Not take a wrong turn.

I suck at getting back up to speed once I crest a hill or once a steep hill degrades into a shallow hill. I'm gonna be working hard on the bike this winter - me and the trainer are gonna be best buds.
Transition 2
  • 01m 5s

Went down wrong isle, which cost me a couple seconds. Other than that, fine. Instead on putting my race belt on I held it in my mouth and ran out of transition with it - saved a couple seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Get my aisle right.
  • 24m 42s
  • 3 miles
  • 08m 14s  min/mile

This was soooo much better than the first one. I felt better aerobically. This time was :45/mile better than last time, and this run was much hillier. Very pleased with this performance. My limiter here of all things was my hip flexors. They were really unhappy with me. Aerobically I think I could have gone faster. Another in a long list of items to tackle - how to strengthen my hip flexors.
What would you do differently?:

Dunno - considering that 8:00/mile would be a dream finish and how this course was quite hilly I am terribly pleased with this run.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat down, drank water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being under the weather. By mile 4 or so on the bike I was feeling better, but I don't think I biked up to my potential.

Hip flexors.

Event comments:

Better intersection control and signage on biking corners.

Last updated: 2009-09-13 12:00 AM
00:04:42 | 300 yards | 01m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/40
Overall: 7/248
Performance: Good
Course: 50yd pool
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:58
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:49:22 | 16.5 miles | 20.05 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/40
Overall: 36/248
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: This course was nothing but short steep rollers. Long enough so that there is no way to use momentum to push over hills. Hard to get into a rhythm. The first 13 miles were nice road. The last three miles were incredibly rough - almost cobblestone bad. There were two nasty grate bridges on the last bit. I found myself bunny hopping the lips on those. The race folks did cover one of them for us.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 88
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:05
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:42 | 03 miles | 08m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/40
Overall: 69/248
Performance: Good
Course: Rolling hills with one big ass hill from mile 1 to 1.5. Really tough.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4