Got The Nerve - TriathlonSprint

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Mt Gretna, Pennsylvania
United States
Chris Kaag
67F / 19C
Total Time = 1h 21m 25s
Overall Rank = 57/378
Age Group = M20-24
Age Group Rank = 6/20
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, ate half a clif bar and drank a bottle of gatorade endurance. Dirve the 40 minutes from the hotel to the race site and arrived early at about 6:15. Picked up our bags, body marked, set up in transition, bathroom, walk around and relax until the start.
Event warmup:

As always, I use the swim as the warm-up. I don't feel much need for a warm up when I'll be racing for over an hour.
  • 07m 46s
  • 500 yards
  • 01m 33s / 100 yards

Took the swim pretty easy. My wave seemed to have some pretty solid swimmers. It didn't take long to start running into people from the wave before ours.
Transition 1
  • 01m 32s

Long run up from the swim to the transition. My rack was pretty far away from the bike exit so I had further to go than some other who had their rack right at the bike exit/swim entrance (a bit unfair but eh). Suit zipper got stuck so had to walk for a moment to get it to work properly. Once I found my rack all went well.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure the zipper works the first time.
  • 48m 10s
  • 16 miles
  • 19.93 mile/hr

The hills got awfully crowded and there were a few slower riders blocking passing but all and all a good fun ride. Didn't catch my wife until the top of the second hill. It was very nice to start in a later wave so the bike had more people to chase than usual.
What would you do differently?:

Need to practice more hills as they tore my legs apart. Probably could have used a more forgiving cassette as well but pushed real hard, passed a lot of people (got passed by a few too), and still had legs for the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m

Took me a couple seconds to find my rack but besides that it seemed pretty swift.
What would you do differently?:

Find a better mark to find the rack quicker.
  • 22m 57s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 24s  min/mile

Still trying to figure out how to run faster but felt like a solid run. Way back was a slight false flat and was a little tough. Felt good and ended up being one of if not my fastest 5k ever so can't be dissapointed. I was happy my legs weren't burnt from the hills.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster...if I could.
Post race
Warm down:

Grab a water and wait at the finish for the wifey.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of course knowledge, limited strength on the hills, transitions, no run speed, etc, but was very happy with my results. Always room for improvements though.

Event comments:

Very well run race and for a great cause. Would love to have another crack at the bike next year. Very fast field too. Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for a quality race.

Last updated: 2010-05-24 12:00 AM
00:07:46 | 500 yards | 01m 33s / 100yards
Age Group: 9/20
Overall: 71/378
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Vortex3 full
Course: Counter-clockwise triangle. Timing mat was a good couple hundred yards up a hill.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:32
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:48:10 | 16 miles | 19.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/20
Overall: 58/378
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Loop with three large hills and numerous large downhills. Some pretty tough turns as well. Fun but challenging bike ride.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:22:57 | 03.1 miles | 07m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/20
Overall: 164/378
Performance: Good
Course: Mostly flat out and back mostly on a gravel path with a downhill finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5