Crystal Lake Triathlon Race - TriathlonSprint

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Averill Park, New York
United States
Capital District Tri Club
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 33m 53s
Overall Rank = 17/236
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 2/9
Pre-race routine:

English muffin, half a clif bar and some fruit then headed over the race site with my friend Andrew, who was also racing.
Event warmup:

I wanted to do a normal warmup, but there was some mix up with my USAT number that caused me to barely have time to get my wetsuit on before the start.
  • 15m 18s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

Given how little training I've done this season, I can't believe how good this swim was for me. Felt like I had good form throughout and stayed pretty much straight the whole time. Also this was one of the least chaotic starts I've ever had, only got hit a few times before settling into a pace. Only thing that could've made the swim faster was if I had some opportunities to draft.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, this swim was much better than I hoped for.
Transition 1
  • 00m 57s

Once you come out of the water you are basically already in transition, which makes for a fast time, but when it was time to get ready to bike I was still quite dizzy. The wetsuit gave me some issues but overall this was a decent T1.
What would you do differently?:

A little practice taking off my wetsuit might've helped out here
  • 56m 4s
  • 18 miles
  • 19.26 mile/hr

More than the other two legs of the race, my lack of training really showed up here. Its really tough to get into any kind of rhythm on this course because its so up and down, you are never in the same gear for very long. I was able to ride the steeper hills well, but on flats or slight grades I had a hard time pushing the pace. Considering the course and my fitness level, this split was solid.
What would you do differently?:

Train more.
Transition 2
  • 00m 52s

Good transition here. Got my feet out of the shoes quickly and had a very quick/simple T2.
What would you do differently?:

  • 20m 43s
  • 3 miles
  • 06m 55s  min/mile

Given how poor my training has been, this leg was the hardest to predict coming in, I really wasn't sure what to expect. As I was running I had no idea how fast or slow I was going. I just knew I was in pain but if I sucked it up I could probably hang on for the whole 3 miles. Turns out I was right and breaking 21:00 was faster than I hoped for.

The best part was I arranged to finish with my dog Indy for the last 50 yards or so and that was sooo much fun!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really, very solid effort on the run. I used my experience from the marathon more than once to mentally keep pushing past the pain and desire to let up, something I'll probably do more than a few times down the road because it worked great.
Post race
Warm down:

Hopped back in the lake to cool off then went back to watch Andrew finish. Did some stretching too.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

In case I didn't state it enough already, my training has been pretty bad this season.

Event comments:

I really love this race. It just has a good vibe to it and the venue is really nice. I'll definitely be back next year.

Last updated: 2010-08-02 12:00 AM
00:15:18 | 880 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/9
Overall: 31/236
Performance: Good
Course: Rectangular course on a beautiful lake
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:57
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:56:04 | 18 miles | 19.26 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/9
Overall: 25/236
Performance: Average
Course: A rolling out and back course with a couple tough climbs.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:52
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:20:43 | 03 miles | 06m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/9
Overall: 18/236
Performance: Good
Course: Nice loop course around Crystal Lake. Rough hill at the very beginning but mostly flat until a slight incline before the finish.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
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