Finger Lakes Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Canandaigua, New York
United States
Mary M Gooley Hemophilia Center
62F / 17C
Total Time = 1h 42m 29s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = F 40-44
Age Group Rank = 15/60
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5 am and drank coffee as I drove to Canandaigua. I brought a PB and J to eat closer to race time. As usual I had to wait > 2 hours for my wave to go off. I was in my wetsuit and running shoes (didn't wear the UGGs, though I was tempted) and I was still chilled by the time the race started. The water was 64 degrees and COLD! And it was a little rainy and cold out. I had the sandwich at about 6:45, and two gels spaced out before the swim started. Ran to the bathroom a few times.

Has anyone noticed that there's a rule that there MUST be a labrador puppy at every triathlon?
Event warmup:

Warm? Ha!
  • 20m 44s
  • 792 yards
  • 02m 37s / 100 yards

I started way outside and got stuck behind some walkers. I probably should start in closer next year. I stuck very close to the bouys, but when I came around my goggles fogged up and I started having a really hard time seeing the shore. I think I probably drifted some, and swam farther than I had to.
What would you do differently?:

Swim faster, and get new goggles with antifog.
Transition 1
  • 03m 4s

Considering I couldn't feel my feet at this point it was OK.
  • 48m 15s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 16.29 mile/hr

It was hard to warm up at first, and I was passed by some people in my AG. Then I warmed up and started passing them back. I also was having lots of technical difficulties- I couldn't get my Garmin to work (I need to practice the auto multisport function- I tend to press start, not think it started, press start again, which makes it change to the run. On top of this, my cyclocomputer distance function wasn't working, so I had no idea how far I had gone, or how fast.

I was nervous about biking in the wet conditions, but that was OK. I was careful on the corners, but otherwise didn't change what I did.
What would you do differently?:

Bike more, and do more power intervals. Also, PRACTICE WITH THE GOSHDARN GARMIN. And check my electronics before the race. Also, armwarmers would have been really nice. I did put a t-shirt on, which was very smart.
Transition 2
  • 01m 36s

I almost fell dismounting- I was so cold that I couldn't feel my foot when it hit the ground, and I slipped, which made my hip abductors seize up! It was all I could do to hold it together and not fall over, which would have been terribly embarrasing.
What would you do differently?:

Get stretchy laces, and carry an extra hairband on my wrist (I'm going to look like Brett Michaels in my run photos!).
  • 28m 50s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 18s  min/mile

I didn't have my Garmin so I didn't have a good sense of my pace and how hard I was pushing it. I was pretty done by the time I finished, so I'm not sure how much faster I could have gone, but I think that info does help. I passed a fair number of people, including several in my AG.
What would you do differently?:

Train with intervals more often. I've also gained 7 pounds in the past year, which I think is affecting my run times quite a bit. I know I can run faster than this!
Post race
Warm down:

Saw husband and kids, send them home, changed, looked unsuccessfully for people I knew, and went home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Weight, and interval training. My distances were fine, but I think I need to do more speed training to get faster (uh...duh...). I've clearly reached the limits of how fast I can go with a relatively relaxed approach to training :). I also need to swim more this winter.

It looks like my whole AG was a little slower this year (and it's MUCH bigger- from 48 to 60!). I was a little disappointed to go slower than last year, especially with the shorted bike course, but if I did last year's time this year, it would have put me in 8th place. So I think on a relative basis I did pretty much the same.

Event comments:

A great race as always. I just got an email from the RD saying that they are trying to figure out how to reduce the wait for the poor sprint athletes who have to wait until after 9 to start. And people who walk the swim need to stay on the outside so those of us actually swimming don't bump into you. I'm thinking I may switch to the Oly for next year!

Last updated: 2010-08-12 12:00 AM
00:20:44 | 792 yards | 02m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 37/60
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: BlueSeventy Reaction
Course: Square
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:04
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:48:15 | 13.1 miles | 16.29 mile/hr
Age Group: 15/60
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Big circle
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:36
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:28:50 | 03.1 miles | 09m 18s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/60
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Irregular circle (sort of octopus shaped).
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4