MotorCity Triathlon @ Belle Isle - TriathlonSprint

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Belle Isle, Michigan
United States
3D racing
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 35m 40s
Overall Rank = 158/219
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 1/4
Pre-race routine:

There was two transition areas so it was a bit hectic getting everything in place. Picked up my chip, then went back to the car and changed and got my bike and everything together. Walked to T2 and set up my run stuff. Then rode (very slowly) to T1 and set up my bike. Went to the bathroom a couple times and then put on my wetsuit.
Event warmup:

Just some stretching on the beach and a little swimming.
  • 14m 52s
  • 500 meters
  • 02m 58s / 100 meters

The buoy kept moving away from us so at least half of my wave turned before the buoy. Either that or the current had us going backwards. One woman got caught on the bouy and started going with it. It was crazy.
What would you do differently?:

Stay back and to the outside to get out of the pack.
Transition 1
  • 03m 51s

Because there was two transition areas, you had to put your wetsuit into a bag before you could leave the transition area. This made for some extra time. Walked bike to street - transition area was grass - and got on with shoes already on the bike. Found that my front brake was rubbing for the first two miles - was only going 12 mph! Moved it over and then was able to get up to speed. Found out after the race that my front tire was loose and that was the really problem. I was lucky I didn't crash.
What would you do differently?:

Double check my wheel when setting up bike.
  • 41m 48s
  • 12.4 miles
  • 17.80 mile/hr

Once I got the brake to stop rubbing I felt good.
Transition 2
  • 01m 18s

Good transition. Put on socks and shoes and started running.
  • 33m 52s
  • 3.22 miles
  • 10m 31s  min/mile

Need to work on speed in my bricks.
What would you do differently?:

Didn't stop for water because I felt like I had to go to the bathroom when I got off the bike. Probably should have stopped once halfway.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Got a ART massage. Stretched.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of open water swimming experience. Not enough bricks.

Event comments:

The two transitions was a bit confusing. Need to have a bigger bag for T1 to fit the wetsuit. The swim was too hard for me because of the current. Needed to have more waves to spread people out.
On the positive side, the bike course was awesome and the run was decent although a little tight at spots. I would consider doing this race again next year. Also, the racing jerseys they gave out to all entrants were very nice.

Last updated: 2006-02-26 12:00 AM
00:14:52 | 500 meters | 02m 58s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 178/219
Performance: Bad
151 average - was anerobic almost the whole time.
Suit: Pro Motion
Course: Out and back. It was nuts! Had to walk a long way before it got deep enough to swim. Then the current was really strong and I got caught in the pack and kept running into people and getting run into. Lots of starting and stopping. Never got into any kind of rhythm. Had to backstroke a couple times to catch my breath. All the drills I was working on went out the window - I just worked on surviving.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: High
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Bad
Time: 03:51
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:41:48 | 12.4 miles | 17.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/4
Overall: 0/219
157- felt pretty good the whole time.
Wind: Some
Course: Two laps around the island. Flat and mostly smooth although there was some rough spots.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:18
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:33:52 | 03.22 miles | 10m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 144/219
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back. Some trail.
Keeping cool Average 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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3