Finger Lakes Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Canandaigua, New York
United States
Mary M Gooley Hemophilia Center
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 33m 14s
Overall Rank = 136/581
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 20/45
Pre-race routine:

Got up 3:20AM was at my traininng partners house to pick him up at 4AM. We got baggles for breakfast. We were there right at 5AM to set up our transition areas and get marked. It was good to see how everybody got setup. I learned alot just seeing how 1000 transitions were set up. I kept all my layers on till 15 minutes before the transition was set to close. finally put on the wetsuit and headed off the the lake.
Event warmup:

Since this was my first Tri I didn't know what to expect. The weather was cold and raining/misting all the way up till race time. My main goal was just to stay warm, since I had a sleeveless wetsuit I wanted to stay as warm as possible since I was in Wave 7 which didn't get into the water for almost an hour. The Water temp was 64% so once I got in I tried to get as acclimated to the water as possible.
  • 18m 10s
  • 792 yards
  • 02m 17s / 100 yards

Being that this was the start of many of first, the swim portion had the most firsts. Never have swam in open water for any length of distance, also first time wearing a wetsuit. I had a hard time getting my breathing under control. Not sure if it was the cold water hitting my face, or not used to the wetsuit compressing on my chest, or the open water. I swam it anyway I could. I guess I can't complain since I just started swiming since July.
What would you do differently?:

Would have practiced more in open water, and with a wetsuit. It will be one of the first purchases for next season.
Transition 1
  • 02m 7s

Had a little difficulty getting off the wetsuit which I expected. It wasn't too bad but I think it could have been better. Did great with putting on the socks and shoes. Also I was pleased with my running out of the transition and able to jump on the bike without stopping. The only thing I forgot was my gloves that were on the hood and I dropped them.
What would you do differently?:

practice more getting out of the wetsuit.
  • 44m 10s
  • 13 miles
  • 17.66 mile/hr

The course was pretty wet and it was misting pretty good. So the choices to wear sun glasses or not was a game time decision. Had a hard time with visibility but I think I would have with or with out. I felt pretty good on the bike even with all the hills in the begining, plus this was really the first time I have ridden it that length since getting 4 days before the race. Being able to change gears with out having to reach down was great. I felt I could change back and forth and keep my cadence the same, and not burn out my legs. After finding out what my avg was I was really happy.
What would you do differently?:

Practice dismounting the bike while it's moving. Get clipless shoes (This will be my first purchase for next season). Get a smaller water bottle. Since I just got the bike 4 days before the race I never tried the new water bottle cage with my existing water bottle. It was really tight so much so that I didn't feel comfortable with me being able to put it back in the cage while riding.
Transition 2
  • 00m 54s

This was easy for me since I was wearing my running shoes. So all I had to do was to remove my helmet and put on my hat then take off.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster I guess, I felt there was really not anything else that I could have done faster.
  • 27m 53s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 59s  min/mile

Once I started running within the first 100 yards I felt my right calv was thinking about cramping on me. It calmed down and didn't have any problems with it. I'm not sure if it was because of the lack of fluids or just being my first time putting evrything together for race day. I was really happy with my pace considering it was not a fresh 5K
What would you do differently?:

Run faster. maybe make sure I had enough fluids to avoid cramps
Post race
Warm down:

I stood at the end drinking a bottle of water watiing for my training partner to cross the finish line.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think just not knowing what to expect. More practice swiming in open water and in a wetsuit. I think I could have gone harder on the bike, but wanted to make sure I completed the race.

Event comments:

Being my first race everybody was very helpful to make sure I got through it in one piece. Even the other athletes were really nice. I thought it was a great first experience and now I'm hooked.

Last updated: 2010-06-27 12:00 AM
00:18:10 | 792 yards | 02m 17s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/45
Overall: 0/581
Performance: Bad
Course: 1/4 mile out and then around 2 buoys, then back to shore
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Bad
Time: 02:07
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:44:10 | 13 miles | 17.66 mile/hr
Age Group: 21/45
Overall: 149/581
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: The course was wet but seemed to be manageable. There were some good hills in the beginning but then it went downhill towards the end then ending with a good flat section.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:54
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:27:53 | 03.1 miles | 08m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 30/45
Overall: 204/581
Performance: Good
Course: Was pretty much flat running on a trail and then pavement.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5