Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Huddleston, Virginia
United States
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Total Time = 1h 20m 53s
Overall Rank = 63/333
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 8/21
Pre-race routine:

Oatmal, toast and a little coffee. Arrived at the event site about an hour prior to the race and had plenty of time to set-up everything.
Event warmup:

No real warmup other than the 15 minute walk from parking area to the race site. In hindsight I probably should have swam a little bit.
  • 16m 2s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 57s / 100 yards

What a disappointment! I put a lot of effort into becoming a better swimmer this year and it paid the pool. This was only my second triathlon and in the first I got a little freaked out in the swim. It happened again and I can't explain why. There was some mild chop and it seemed that each time I breathed on my right side that I inhaled the entire lake. I also started toward the back which may have been a mistake since at the start I couldn't navigate around the people ahead. Ended up doing the backstroke for the last half, which actually didn't seem too bad.
What would you do differently?:

Need to practice open water swimming. Start closer to the front next time.
Transition 1
  • 02m 5s

Haven't mastered the art of having shoes clipped in on bike yet. Regardless I think this went pretty well.
  • 39m 50s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 18.72 mile/hr

Loved this bike course! The event manager said it was kinda hard but I didn't think so at all.

I would have enjoyed it even more had I not been a bonehead and crosschained up one of the hills which caused my chain to fall off...twice. The first time I must not have put it on quite right because I went about 20 feet before it fell off again. Hard to get back going in the middle of a hill too. My guess is that it cost me at least a minute
What would you do differently?:

Try not to be an idiot when changing gears. My training paid off as I felt very strong on the bike despite everything.
Transition 2
  • 01m 5s

Haven't mastered the flying dismount yet and I have the nasty scar on my knee as proof. Scraped it up pretty good practicing before the race and decided to just go with what I'm comfortable with for now.
What would you do differently?:

Work on flying dismount - on grass!
  • 21m 53s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 02s  min/mile

Wow, the first half of this run is kinda tough. Rather than concentrate on my pace I just focused on slowly picking off the runners in front of me. Got to the turnaround and my guess is the last half was about a minute faster than the first.
What would you do differently?:

Start the run portion of brick workouts with a long hill.
Post race
Warm down:

Water, kiss from my wife.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Getting freaked out on the swim, I should have been at least two minutes faster there. Need to be smarter about when to switch rings on the bike.

Event comments:

Setup Events does a great job managing there events. The only problem I had was that I thought there was going to be a race meeting 15 minutes before and then the national anthem. I never heard any of it but I may have just missed it.

Last updated: 2010-05-02 12:00 AM
00:16:02 | 820 yards | 01m 57s / 100yards
Age Group: 12/21
Overall: 118/333
Performance: Bad
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Beach start. Out about 200 yards, then over about 400, and back to a different section of the beach.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:05
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:39:50 | 12.43 miles | 18.72 mile/hr
Age Group: 11/21
Overall: 83/333
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Rolling hills. A few miles are inside the state park with the rest on a rural road.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:05
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:53 | 03.11 miles | 07m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/21
Overall: 29/333
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back. The first half is gradual grade with the last part back down. About 400 meters before the finish there is a gut-checking uphill grade.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below 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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4