mini-Mussel Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Geneva, New York
United States
Musselman Triathlon
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 35m 18s
Overall Rank = 48F/370F
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 6/49
Pre-race routine:

We pricelined the Radisson in Rochester which worked out well. Woke up at 5:00, had my banana, Clif Bar, and pb&j sandwich, then mixed the powder in my water. Out the door at 6:00, was there by 7:00.

Note: 738 competitors total, 370 women, 49 in my AG.
Event warmup:

Just swam out to the buoys and back. I should have known that my inability to swim straight in the warm up was an omen!

Also, I need to bring an extra water bottle for just drinking, because I was thirsty before the swim began.
  • 14m 1s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

81/370 women, 232/738 total for swim. Score-this is showing 1:52 pace.

I knew not to expect much coming into this swim since I have been such a slacker at the pool. I've been swimming on average less than twice a week, and because of Lynne's issues with her lake and my reluctance to go to the HEAT swims because of my lack of swimming, I haven't had any open water swims this year.

Given that, the fact that I couldn't swim in a straight line was not exactly surprising. It's exactly what happened to me at Webster last year. At one point I almost hit a kayak and I heard the lifeguard say, "Go left." It was actually pretty comical. Eventually I just aimed hard to the left, which resulted in a relatively straight path, and I swam HARD. I figured I was losing a ton of time being unable to navigate, so I could at least try to make up for it by swimming hard. I was very surprised to end up with a faster time than last year. Imagine if I had just been able to swim straight. :)

I came out of the water to hear Jeff yelling that I was in 10th (turned out to actually be 11th), which gave me a boost because I figured I had totally blown it.
What would you do differently?:

Swim more - in the pool, and in open water.

Next year I will definitely start participating in the West Hill swims with HEAT so I can get a lot of open water practice in.
Transition 1
  • 01m 52s

10/49 in AG, 56/370F, 155/738 total.

Not a bad T1. I pulled my suit halfway down as I was running to the rack, and anticipated getting my heels caught so I had my fingers ready to slide the suit off.

The only real hiccup was getting my bike shoes on. I had trouble setting up the shoes pre-race, in that I couldn't find the right tension on the straps. I wanted to have the top two already buckled, but I kept pushing the heel of the shoe down when I tried to put my foot in.

Sure enough, same problem when the race started. I think maybe next time I'll have the straps threaded, but not tightened. Maybe that will be the happy medium.
What would you do differently?:

See above re: the heels of my shoes. Otherwise it was actually a good T1, especially for me.
  • 49m 55s
  • 16.1 miles
  • 19.35 mile/hr

30/370F, 168/738 total. Score-this shows a 19.7 mph pace.

This was a good bike. I was flying down the first part - actually thought I would smash last year's time - and feeling really good. I must have been in race mode because it didn't even cross my mind that there was a tailwind. I quickly discovered why I felt so good when I started heading back on the course. Total headwind. Ah well - it's something we all had to deal with. :)

Overall this was a good bike for me, especially given that I haven't biked as much this year. "Hills" were below average for me because I still am feeling pretty weak on them for some reason, but I rocked the flats and ended up being passed by only one (younger) woman. I made a point of standing up every three miles and taking 10-12 strokes, and it made a huge difference for my hamstrings compared to last year. They were still a bit tight coming off of the bike, but the difference was night and day.

The only irritating thing was when I was setting up to make the turn towards the lake. There was a girl next to me and I couldn't get past her before we started turning, so I ended up coming up on her left. She took the turn WAY WIDE!!! All the way over the double-yellow line, which of course pushed me out there too. I wanted to bark at her, "All right, hold your line!", but I realized there were volunteers there and I didn't want to get dinged for being unsportsmanlike. The words, "All right..." came out of my mouth, but then I shut it. Ultimately, I'm the one who is responsible for positioning myself correctly, so there you have it, but I lost a ton of speed on the turn.

What would you do differently?:

Make sure I have a clear path on the turns.
Transition 2
  • 01m 56s

25/49 AG; 180/370F, 419/738 overall.

This was not a good T2. I lost some time because I ran past my bike spot, and needed a few seconds to figure out where I was. Ironic given that I made sure that I brought my UConn towel so it would stand out.

I also had the same trouble with the heels of my running shoes as I did with my bike shoes. I'm not sure if it's because this was literally my last run in them (300 mile retirement) so they heels were more flexible, or if I had them tied to tight. Either way, between the bike racking and the shoes, I probably easily lost 10 seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Take note of my UConn towel - heck, that's why I brought it! Maybe I should get a bright colored one for next time - orange or something. Also, don't use running shoes that are on the verge of being retired.
  • 27m 34s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 53s  min/mile

94/370F; 315/738 total. Score this shows 8:37 pace.

Given that I'm still trying to regain my speed after my winter of discontent with my knee, I had no expectations for this run. The plan was to just run as hard as I could, and if my knee started barking, then slow down. After last year's debacle in T2 with the Garmin, I ran naked so I had no idea of my pace. Sometime after mile 1 I was thinking that if I ran any harder I would throw up, so I was satisfied because I knew I was giving in 100%.

Between mile 2 and mile 3, my knee started making a bit of noise, but I figured the finish line was so close that I would just push through it barring a rapid deterioration. It quieted down, and I finished at a much faster pace than expected so I was thrilled.

It's funny because it's always during the run where I wonder just why in the heck I'm doing this. It becomes a bit of a mental battle. This time I was thinking, "Why are you putting yourself through this? You could just swim, and bike, and run, without ever doing a race, and stay pretty fit." But I soldiered on. :) The mental conversation should be interesting during next month's Olympic.

What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Midway through the winter I wasn't even sure I would be able to run a 5K, so I am happy.
Post race
Warm down:

Made the mistake of chugging the water bottle that they handed me, so I had a pretty bloated belly for a while. Otherwise I just walked around a bit, and then waded into the lake - shoes and all - to bring the core temperature down. It felt great!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My complete lack of discipline when it comes to swimming workouts, and a slow start to the bike season. I've also mentally struggled a bit with finding a happy medium so that I can keep focused on the fun aspect of this sport.

Event comments:

This is a fabulous race - a must-do in our calendar each year. I think next year I'm going for the HIM - my first!

Last updated: 2010-07-12 12:00 AM
00:14:01 | 820 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 11/49
Overall: 81/370F
Performance: Below average
Suit: Profile Design
Course: Deep water start, straight and then turn left into the channel.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:52
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:49:55 | 16.1 miles | 19.35 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/49
Overall: 30/370F
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: Down the lake, right turn towards the lake, right turn back up the lake.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:56
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:27:34 | 03.1 miles | 08m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/49
Overall: 94/370F
Performance: Good
Course: Flat out loop along the lake.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5