Giant Acorn International - TriathlonOlympic

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Bumpass, Virginia
United States
Set-Up Inc.
68F / 20C
Total Time = 3h 50m 13s
Overall Rank = 401/412
Age Group = Clydesdales
Age Group Rank = 19/20
Pre-race routine:

This was my first triathlon and I can truly say I was a bit nervous. the night before I drove the bike and run course which gave me a little bit of confidence at least on getting lost. I got there Saturday morning about 8:30 the race started at 10:00 with my wave leaving at 10:18. Setup my stuff and talked to a few people, amazing how nice everyone is at triathlons. 9:45 everyone was kicked out of the transition area so I spent some time with family and friends. About 10:00 started getting my wet suite on, took a lot longer than it had previously. I still got it on in time, but left some skin from my fingertips on it, I have no idea how. Of course this is a 270+ trying to get in an XL suite, XXL was too big I need a half size, argh. Lined up with my wave and started getting nervous, but everyone around me was pretty friendly.
Event warmup:

I had wanted to get in the water before the swim, but waited too long a little distracted with my "fan" base. Stretched a little bit and walked the transition area a couple times to get the route down. That's it.
  • 39m 37s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 25s / 100 yards

My first traithlon and I said I would start slow in the swim portion. Well that was a lie instead of waiting 20-30 seconds to let the wave get away I waited maybe 5 seconds. Just too much excitement. This caused my breathing to go through the roof and to be in the middle of the pack getting hit or running into someone every 5 strokes. I ended up swimming with my head out of the water a lot and almost threw the towel in. Finally after 150 meters it cleared out and I got into a good TI rythym. I hard a horrible time spotting and would almost stop my stroke for spotting. In the end I zig zagged the course figure I added on at least another 150 meters.
What would you do differently?:

* Wait 20-30's for wave to start and purposelly start slow
* Practice deep water starts and starting faster than I expect then forcing myself to slow down.
* Train more on spotting every 6 strokes at least
* More open water swimming during the summer
* Get in the water for a practice swim prior to wave
Transition 1
  • 03m 46s

Not bad for the first time, but can certainly get the time down. I was out of breath from the swim which never happened in practice so a little slow jogging through transition area. Wetsuit came off pretty easily but had trouble getting gel packs and cliff bar into tri top. Also I put on my bike shoes in transition which are unfortunately tie instead of velcro. Overall though pretty happy as we had a long uphill run with the bike before mounting.
What would you do differently?:

* Practice transitions more
* Practice running bike mount
* Upgrade shoes to velcro
  • 1h 31m 59s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.21 mile/hr

I underestimated what "rolling hills" meant. They were tough and the area I train is pretty flat so the first loop was a bit painful especially the big hills. Which also means I need to work on smooth gear shifts and cadence on hills. I also was using a basic road bike with flat handle bars and had my bike for only a month before the race due to cash flow. Before that I relied on stationary bike and that just doesn't cut it. The race course was really well marked and the volunteers awesome. One other challenge was I only ate one goo for the bike race not enough for someone my size. Finally my computer didn't work for the bike portion, no idea why because it worked when I took it too the car after the race.
What would you do differently?:

* Train on bike earlier and not stationary bike
* Practice on real hills
* Practice turns to keep speed up
* Work on gear shifting
* Eat more goo to keep energy for run
* Check bike computer before race
Transition 2
  • 03m 33s

This was a mess, I guess I was a bit tired. I put my bike on the rack and knocked off my computer. Then started to run with my helmet on, but a volunteer yelled at me thank goodness. Got that fixed and started to run halfway through tranistion area without a race bib. Luckily I remembered it as someone was DQ'd for that in the race. So slow and long time. By the time I finished the transition I was down to a slow jog.
What would you do differently?:

* Train on transitions more

  • 1h 31m 19s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 14m 42s  min/mile

I hate running, okay hate is a strong word, but wow I dislike it. In practice coming off the bike it took me a mile to get my legs back this time it took almost 3 miles. The first 3 miles I ended up walking most of the time and it's sad to watch everyone pass you by and it got crowded. Part of the problem is that I didn't eat enough goo, if you can call it eating. So in first mile started on a cliff bar ate half of it. I think that kicked in and my legs came alive the second loop (3.2 miles) as I was able to jog a lot of that, at least the downhills and flats. I will say knowing you have 1 more loop to go was depressing especially after the turn around at 1.5 miles. I just kept thinking if I can finish a marathon I can certainly do this. Ohh, I fell down at the turn around which I seem to do at least once in each race.
What would you do differently?:

* Train more, train more, train more
* Lose weight
* Eat more goo\cliff bar prior to run to have energy
* Train on "rolling hills"
Post race
Warm down:

Does collapsing count? I didn't much of a warm down. I had enough energy crossing the finish line to attempt a cartwheel not sure how it came out. After that I just needed to breath a bit. Walked around for awhile, loaded my car and took advantage of the free food for some pasta and bread.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

* Train more and harder
* Nervous and new experience
* Spotting well on swim
* Hills training bike
* Practice transitions more
* Eat more during race
* Hills training run

Event comments:

It was my first race and everyone was very helpful. Setup Events staff was friendly and put up with my questions. Hate the run loops but otherwise course was laid out well except for the trail section just had too many roots.

Last updated: 2010-10-07 12:00 AM
00:39:37 | 1640 yards | 02m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 14/20
Overall: 367/412
Performance: Below average
Suit: Yes
Course: Almost a triangle setup with a treading water start. Started near the docks on the right hand side and swam about 400 meters almost to other side of lake and then had a long 650 or so swim out in the middle of the lake. This was followed by another 350 meter swim and a short 50m section that took us to the left of the penisula. There were a set of stairs here and 2 volunteers to help us up. Overall not a bad course, but I had a really hard time spotting the buoys.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:46
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:31:59 | 24.85 miles | 16.21 mile/hr
Age Group: 20/20
Overall: 401/412
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: This was a 2 loop course over country roads with "rolling hills". I don't know about the rolling but there was definetly hills. Mostly going up from bridges crossing Lake Anna, but one particular hard one 2 miles before the end of the loop on Green Corner road. I shifted down to 2 and 3 for this hill almost had to get off the bike the first loop. I liked the two loop course since it let me prepare the second time around for those hills. Although it's a bit depressing to be passed by all the top racers early on your first lap. One other challenge was the turn back near the marina which was tight and you shared the road with runners so you had to slow down, but immediately faced a long hill so took some work.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:33
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
01:31:19 | 06.21 miles | 14m 42s  min/mile
Age Group: 20/20
Overall: 403/412
Performance: Bad
Course: 2 loop course on country roads. Basically 1.5 miles up, turn around back almost to transition area and back out again. Included some hills but the designers were nice and they weren't nearly as bad as the bike hills. Still hard to do a 2 loop run course. Water stops about every mile. We all ran on one side of the road. One down side there was a section through the woods that had a lot of roots had to walk that portion.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %1
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
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