Keuka Lake Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Penn Yan, New York
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 24m 2s
Overall Rank = 49/345
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 4/20
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:00, well out of bed been awake since 4:00am. I never trust even two alarm clocks. Wander around like an idiot for a half hour getting ready. Little toast, coffee and water. R-stops done and what not done,

Everyone on time nice, meeting at my house. Got there at 6:15 and got a parking spot. Picked up number, chip and stuff. Set up transition. which was park bike, put bike shoes down, run shoes behind them, helmet and glasses on bike. Wait.

Pee and watch Oly go out, start of Duathlon, donn wetsuit and pee again. Talk to R, K and host of others.

Event warmup:

Prior to corral no place to warm up really so knelt at shore line and scooped water into top of wetsuit to get it warmed up.
  • 12m 41s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 33s / 100 yards

Started wide right. First buoy was about 50yds out. This made it pretty congested on the turn. After turn started to lengthen stroke and catch breathing. Going stroke for stroke with a guy next to me, bumping arms a little, tried to move over but was stroke for stroke with a guy on the right. Pinged ponged between those two until after second buoy and was able to pull ahead.
Had someone drafting would hit my foot hard now and then, after 5 times in a row I had enough and let him know and pushed ahead. Made the turn and headed to landing. Had the swimmer who could swim fast but not straight. Would move over and he would follow, even swam to the left around someone to block him, thought I was free but lo and behold he likes take a left run across the front of me. I would have drafted off him but he seemed to be all over the place.

Hit the shore and up the stairs to T1. Not to dizzy from the cold water I thought.
What would you do differently?:

Not much it was a good swim.
Transition 1
  • 01m 28s

That was one crowded transition area. Only like three foot aisles. Took 10 seconds to find bike. Stripped arms, put helmet and glasses on. Had enough water in wetsuit legs to strip off easy. Shoes on. Who knows could be faster then T-2. Stood up and grabbed bike and the world took a right hand spin. Thought may have to stand for a minute. Manage to end of row and towards exit without crashing. Then things were clear. To mount line fine and off to try to maintain my lead on Ken and Mike.
What would you do differently?:

Take a pink towel to mark spot.
  • 42m 26s
  • 13.54 miles
  • 19.15 mile/hr

Knew I had to do my best here to stay ahead. I pushed hard like 80% or more, concentrated on pushing up hills. Took a little to sort a lane at start of bike but got up to speed and some room. The disk wheels went flying by. Thinking about getting a disk cover. The shoulder is like a lane and half wide. New pavement!! enough room to safely sling shot off other racer I would pass.
I need to apologize to the Syracuse racer. At the turn around I was looking at the further cones and not the oil barrel. I kinda cut him off his turn. We both made it around and I was able to say I was sorry to him.
At the top of the hill I saw Mike but no sign of Ken. I missed him some where.
Had a guy who decided to play for 3/4 mile or so. He would speed up then slow then if I passed him he would blow by me and run out of steam to keep up pace. Soon I was far enough ahead to keep him behind me.
There is a long no pedal zone so was able to put my feet on top of my shoes. Hit the line a into T2 no sign of Ken or Mike passing me.
What would you do differently?:

Drop a few pounds. Gotta make those hills easier.
Transition 2
  • 01m 49s

So one half of the racks were full of bikes. The second half where my stuff was for the most part empty. Kinda bizarre, not a land mark and the row marker were far from the rows. Missed by three rows and had to hop three of the box racks to get back with Rebecca's help I did find it. It was a cluster f**k there with stuff all over. Not even sure I was in the right bike holder thing but got tired of trying to figure it out. Took a few moments to get situated and helmet off and hat and sneakers on. Got a good cheer from Rebecca a hit the run chute.
What would you do differently?:

That pink towel thing. Probably lost 30 seconds finding spot.
  • 25m 38s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 14s  min/mile

Ouch, ouch, ouch. Thought of peeing but figure couldn't spare the time. If Ken was good on swim he was right behind me and Mike usually passes me in the first mile. Not today!!
I always feel good coming out of the chute and it was no different today. I was pushing hard and actually passed a couple people in the firs half mile and I don't mean little old ladies and baby strollers (although I get passed by them all the time at 5Ks). First reststop 3/4 miles out drink a half cup, splash rest on me then throw another one one me. It starting to heat up like 80 or so. Soon one mile mark where is Mike. OK so I must be running, go figure. Hit the turn around with out cutting anyoneI'm huffing like a off. A guy doing the Oly gave me a good cheer and get going but save some food for me. That helps.
OK so a 1.5 miles back. Maybe 0.2 miles from turn I spot Ken and move over to slap him high 5. He just says he is coming for me. I don't have the breath to say anything. He may had said the wrong thing so now its a foot race both figuratively and physically. Got some downhill to take advantage of, which really means that its not uphill. At the two rest stops I splash more water then drink to try and cool.
Hit the drop to the college and decide I could have this. I just thought don't look back its only lost time. Hot the grass and finish ready to pass out. It was a redline 5K. One of the hardest 5K I have run in a tri ever. I'm a little in shock cause I standing in the finish area with skinny guys I never finish that well.
What would you do differently?:

No much.
Post race
Warm down:

I wanted to puke then lie down then rollover. I stayed upright and chip off, breathing under control and HR came down. Basically just stood there.

Stood there thinking I could hit the podium. I wasn't passed by any of my AG on the run. Got some water and some HEED, strawberry, I know it taste like crap but works great at recovering me. Ken came in a little bit. He congratulated on a good race. Thanks. Kara popped up and we visited until Mike can in.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Fatty acids and Lipids.

Event comments:

First one of the season in the books and I like it. I took 3 minutes off my time from 2 years ago. I won a steak dinner from Heather, I'll make it a philly steak at work to show off a little. The boys and I didn't bet anything this race but give us an idea were we are.
We had a great lunch at the college, the food from here out goes downhill for the season.
I am pleasantly surprised to hold Ken off as he trains three times as hard as me. The guy is dedicated and cleaned my clock at the Spring Duathlon, even if I hadn't made a wrong turn. Its the swim that makes the different, can't win it but it can make it tough to win. Thanks for the push on the run Mike. Ken thanks for the ride and hard chase. Kara you need to start training for mini-mussel, thanks for the volunteers on the course today.
Oh no podium but close 4/23 in AG. Missed by a minute and half. Lots to make up.

Last updated: 2011-03-05 12:00 AM
00:12:41 | 820 yards | 01m 33s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/20
Overall: 20/345
Performance: Good
Suit: Full Vortex
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:28
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:42:26 | 13.54 miles | 19.15 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/20
Overall: 79/345
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:49
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:25:38 | 03.11 miles | 08m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/20
Overall: 94/345
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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] 4