Mini-Mussel - TriathlonSprint

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Geneva, New York
United States
MusselMan Triathlon
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 18m 15s
Overall Rank = 22/738
Age Group = M 35-39
Age Group Rank = 7/57
Pre-race routine:

spoke with team...
Event warmup:

swam a few minutes
  • 10m 39s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 18s / 100 yards

Got in the water, warmed up, and I could tell my swim would be good....just felt easy. Started off hard, typical sprint swim, nothing too exciting...came out in good position
Transition 1
  • 01m 4s
  • 40m 57s
  • 16.1 miles
  • 23.59 mile/hr

Got on the bike and wasted little time, as this is my strength. On the way out, there was a tailwind, whenever my speed was over 30, I soft pedaled or coasted as I wanted to conserve for the headwind on the way back. Passed a few riders, and was told I was in 3rd by a volunteer, and felt really good, and thought I had a shot, though with wave starts it's hard to tell. Not the position I expected to be in today as the bulk of the competition was in this wave.

Headed back into the wind, and conserving power I believe helped, as I was able to extend the gap on some folks behind me. Did get passed by one guy, a local rival of mine, however from experience I can out run him, so just tried to stay behind him 4-5 lengths. He gapped me at the end by a good 1-2 minutes, but a fast T2 on my part had him leave for the run only 5 seconds ahead of me.

Transition 2
  • 01m

good T1!
  • 24m 35s
  • 3.2 miles
  • 07m 41s  min/mile

I thought ... holy shit, wasn't expecting this based on how I felt... now just run, it's only 3 miles, top 5 is in reach, from there maybe I can sneak into BOUS....

I actually felt good, and was about to pass 3rd, then out of nowhere, side stitch comes on, I think it's just like any other, and it will pass, so I push through it. Then, it feels like someone is twisting a knife into my mid section--a sensation I'm sure we've all had.

Crap. No. Not now.....6:30/mile becomes 7:00, 7 becomes 8, 8 becomes I got to walk.

What is this I think? This is a 5k in a sprint? Suck it up. Start running again, each footstep causes the pain to become more intense. I have to stop. Don't. Run. It's only pain. 15 more minutes. Chase him down. Block it out.

None of the mental tricks work. Sadly I walk again, embarrassed to look as I am being passed. Darwin Theory of Evolution and Natural Selection has never been more clear. I'm the wounded buffalo in the heard; the "inferior species."

In the end, I walk 2 times for 1-2 minutes each time, quite a bit for a 5k...but I do find a way to suck it up, and run (I use the term "run" loosely).

Hit the tape fairly discouraged; but such is IM training I suppose.
What would you do differently?:

slowed down as soon as stitch came on. I tried to push through it and that took me over the edge.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

lack of motivation during the run. Side stitch.

Event comments:

I simply love this race, but both last year and this year did not perform. Last year it was the bike, this year the run.

After thinking more, I believe it was a combination of dehydration and pre diet.

Though I really think it was just a bad day...we all have bad days sometimes.

Last updated: 2009-09-22 12:00 AM
00:10:39 | 820 yards | 01m 18s / 100yards
Age Group: 9/57
Overall: 25/738
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:04
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:40:57 | 16.1 miles | 23.59 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/57
Overall: 7/738
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:35 | 03.2 miles | 07m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 33/57
Overall: 156/738
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
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] 4