Cranberry Trifest - TriathlonSprint

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Lakeville, Massachusetts
United States
Sun Multisport Events
83F / 28C
Total Time = 1h 39m 56s
Overall Rank = 265/341
Age Group = Clyd
Age Group Rank = 12/17
Pre-race routine:

Well, I started with the usual insomnia before the race. Got up at 3:30 to pick up DK. Nice ride as always, and I enjoy the company.Got on site just about 6 AM, right on time. Parked, grabbed my gear with DK and hit packet pickup. It is good to be early. No lines and decent parking :)

I went to set up as DK went to volunteer. This time I was certain to make sure my transition would be set up correctly. Wore my BT top and Trifury bottoms. I ended up with the opportunity to meet CFG and KaBurns as they came over to introduce themselves. Always nice to chat with BTers and put faces to screen names.

This weekend had one goal, cross the finish line at both races with good photo opps. This was a planned A race, but 5 of the last 6 weeks of bronchitis will put an end to A racing really fast.
Event warmup:

Gasbag, what else.
  • 17m 50s
  • 880 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards

Started off pretty well. Quickly lost my breath. It normally takes me about 3 swims to get my rhythm and cardio back to swim well after a long break. By the first buoy I was doing the breast stroke and breathing every stroke when doing the freestyle stoke. My only thoughts were you can get through this and tomorrow is going to SUCK!

This is one time being seeded in the last wave had a huge upside, I did not have to worry about being overtaken from behind.
Transition 1
  • 03m 38s

This race has a decent climb out of the water and a fair jog to the bike racks. Anytime I can pull off a decent transition time here is a plus. This was a very rare occasion to have heal issues on my QR suit. I chose it because it is the biggest suit I own and a sleeveless. I went into this race feeling heavy and did not want to have issues with any of my other suits not fitting right. I guess you could consider this suit my binky of suits.

  • 42m 56s
  • 11.5 miles
  • 16.07 mile/hr

I knew heading out on the bike that I would have to hold back for at least the first lap. I had no idea how my body would respond with so little training. First lap set up hills were a little slow. At no point would I actually be racing, so this was fine. Second lap was a little stronger effort.

The biggest thing for me was finding the flatter sections of the course and getting into a nice spin. The whole race was about finding the good form I have developed on the CompuTrainer. I am not sure I would have done this well without the lessons I have learned from the CT.
Transition 2
  • 03m 12s

The running shoes was a different issue than usual. I opted to do something I had been thinking about all summer, race with VFFs. I only made my final decision on this as I reached for my shoes. The Five fingers are much harder to put on when your feet are wet, so I scrubbed some time there. The worst part was, as I left T2, I realized I had forgotten my hat. I could deal with that. A few strides later, I realized I did not have my race belt on, so back I went, scrubbing about a minute of time from my transition. Oh well it is better to get the belt that close to transition than miss it.
What would you do differently?:

Not leave transition without extra gear. The VFFs have a risk reward in racing, so I think that is kind of a game time decision for me.
  • 32m 23s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 10m 27s  min/mile

I chose the VFFs to try and keep my form honest. I have learned that I can not cheat on my form in them. When my hips start to drop back, I can feel the extra shock in my body. Plus when climbing, I can get up on my toes better.

This course was quite nice and just what I needed. I really enjoyed this, which is very different for most of my runs. I was actually passing people. I ended up swapping positions with a nice lady as she had some lace issues and we kept passing each other. Towards the end of the race, I had put a little distance on her. As we entered the Ted Williams camp, I could tell she was closing in. Since I had saved some for a good finish line photo, I was able to put on a really good push and actually race to the finish. We both congratulated each other in the finish corral. It has been a long time since I have come out ahead in a finish line sprint.

The best part of the race for me was no walk breaks. I so wanted to, but I kept telling myself this is only a 5k. I credit the VFFs for helping keep my form and keeping my run ergonomically.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a water bottle, a 1/2 bagel. Went to packet pickup only to find out I needed to wait until later for someone to be there.

Event comments:

This is always my favorite race of the year. I can not say enough about Eric, Mark and his crew. They have managed to put together a marque event year after year. Not quite sure how they do it, but it is all good in my book.

The weather was fabulous, sure beat the tropical storm wash out last year. The field size was good and I really like the addition of the sprint and kids Du to the weekend.

Only down side was partly due to my time issues setting up, I did not put up any tents and BT activities post race were limited. As there was no BBQ after the race, people seemed to leave a little quicker than after the oly dose. Can not wait until next year.

Last updated: 2010-06-27 12:00 AM
00:17:50 | 880 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 162/341
Performance: Below average
Suit: QR sleeveless
Course: Square, 1/2 lake, counterclockwise.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:38
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:42:56 | 11.5 miles | 16.07 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 261/341
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: This is the oly run course backwards, twice.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:12
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:32:23 | 03.1 miles | 10m 27s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 279/341
Performance: Average
Course: Winding little course with a decent climb in it. I had not previewed it, so it was interesting.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5