Got The Nerve - TriathlonSprint

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Mt Gretna, Pennsylvania
United States
Chris Kaag
Total Time = 1h 35m 35s
Overall Rank = 264/588
Age Group = F 45-49
Age Group Rank = 4/15
Pre-race routine:

Set up transition area, visit porta potty, etc.
Event warmup:

Not much... There was not much time allowed for swim warm-up, but we were able to get a few minutes in the water before the race started.
  • 09m 30s
  • 500 yards
  • 01m 54s / 100 yards

My swim was okay. My swim training hasn't been that great, so I knew it wouldn't be very speedy. No problem covering the distance, though. A few people lined up in front of the swim wave, and proceeded to breast stroke almost right away, so it took some time to get around them. I never really found anyone to reliably draft off of... Navigation was pretty good.
What would you do differently?:

Better drafting, and just more swim training in general.
Transition 1
  • 01m 30s

I was fortunate to have a PRIMO rack spot, which helped with my transitions.... However, I lost a little time fumbling with getting my garmin on, and I forgot to leave my bike shoes unstrapped, so lost a few seconds getting bike shoes on as well.
What would you do differently?:

Pay better attention to prep for speedier transitions before the race.
  • 56m 57s
  • 16 miles
  • 16.86 mile/hr

Pretty good bike leg. I probably could have pushed a little harder on the hills, but held back a bit to save legs for the run. I lost a little bit of time when I dropped my chain early in the course.... bummer. I don't think I lost too much time, though - probably no more than a minute. Not enough to affect my age group placing....
What would you do differently?:

More hill training, NOT DROP MY CHAIN!!
Transition 2
  • 01m 26s

Not a bad transition. Bike shoes off & running shoes on pretty quickly, I could have shaved off a few seconds by running toward the run-out while putting on my race belt. Overall pretty decent transition, though.
  • 26m 12s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 25s  min/mile

Pretty decent run. I need to do some more threshold work, though... I know I can eek out a little more speed than I did here, but overall felt it was a solid run for me.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of swim training, sloppy transition, need to do more hill work on the bike and threshold work on the run.

Event comments:

I really enjoyed this race. It's a beautiful course. LOTS of volunteers and great spectator support. This is a race I would definitely do again!!

Last updated: 2010-04-22 12:00 AM
00:09:30 | 500 yards | 01m 54s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 239/588
Performance: Average
Time includes fairly long run up from the swim exit to transition area.
Suit: Rocket Science Sport Full Sleeve
Course: Triangle swim.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:30
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:56:57 | 16 miles | 16.86 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 294/588
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Rolling to hilly.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:26
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:26:12 | 03.11 miles | 08m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 356/588
Performance: Good
I think the run was a little short - my Garmin showed the distance as 2.95 miles.
Course: Out and back, most of the run is on a nice wooded trail.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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