Crystal Lake Triathlon Race - TriathlonSprint

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Averill Park, New York
United States
Capital District Tri Club
Total Time = 2h 46m 43s
Overall Rank = 235/246
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 17/17
Pre-race routine:

Had problems with achilles tendon for over a week, woke up & it seemed worse than ever. Topricin & ibuprofen.
Coffee, chia pudding, herbs.
For the drive: The Believers & The Pretenders
Event warmup:

Got wet!
  • 27m 31s
  • 920 yards
  • 02m 59s / 100 yards

I still freaked out and gagged whenever I got a little lake water in my mouth, but I think I did a pretty good job of redirecting myself back to swimming again.
Listened to The Believers pre-race - "WTQ" has pretty good rhythm for swim!
Definitely felt I did better than Cayuga Lake!
What would you do differently?:

Definitely need more open water swimming practice - less gag breaks will equal better time.
Transition 1
  • 02m 26s

This transition area was smaller than CL so that of course made T1 time shorter, but I still think I did a decent job of focusing on the necessaries and taking off.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe someday I'll master the art of putting my shoes on while standing up, but meanwhile I will accept the fact that I come out of the water dizzy and will plant my arse down.
  • 1h 38m 53s
  • 18 miles
  • 10.92 mile/hr

I bitched and complained to myself through this whole ride - it just seemed really hard! I tend to ride my brakes on the downhills cuz I'm scared of going too fast, and it seemed like I got that burning brake smell in my nose and smelled it the whole time. My butt REALLY HURT, and the hill at the end was such torture! But as you will see in my final comments, perhaps the course really wasn't as bad as I was making it out to be....
What would you do differently?:

I need to work on blowing my nose and drinking while I'm riding. Well, not so much drinking, but swallowing the water once it's in my mouth. Not sure why that seems so hard, maybe it's the head positon.
I also seem to have a constant struggle with shaking the numbness out of my hands. Some have commented to me that it may be that I'm riding a mountain bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 31s

I did blow my nose, but didn't dilly-dally with anything else, knowing that I could grab water while exiting transition.
What would you do differently?:

I think I'm pretty happy with it.
  • 36m 25s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 11m 45s  min/mile

Ate a Stinger gel when I saw the water station coming up. Wasn't sure I needed it, but it was prob a good idea.
Had decided I might need to walk the run depending on how bad the achilles felt, but by the time I got off the bike the opposite knee wasn't working right either, so it almost felt better to run. So I did both.
What would you do differently?:

I think with a little more focus I could have cranked it out at the end a little more.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Well, as it turns out, when I got home it was discovered that my front brakes were rubbing pretty badly the whole time, and my seat was slightly askew. If only I had INSPECTED MY BIKE PRE-RACE, I'm sure I would have had a much easier, faster and enjoyable ride, my left butt cheek would have been much happier, and my knee very well might not have been screwed up for the run. One more for the tri "live & learn list".

Event comments:

For such a small race, there seemed to be a lot of awesome volunteers! I was surprised and kept wondering where they all came from!
Very grateful to have such a nice race so close to home!

Last updated: 2011-04-09 12:00 AM
00:27:31 | 920 yards | 02m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 231/246
Performance: Good
Suit: tri suit
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:26
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:38:53 | 18 miles | 10.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 238/246
Performance: Below average
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:31
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:36:25 | 03.1 miles | 11m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/17
Overall: 221/246
Performance: Average
Course: A little anxiety at beginning of the run because there was a lot of traffic and no side of the road to speak of - much relief when volunteers guided me into a little park, and then it was back to a pretty little road going around the lake. Nice to look over and see the finish area from across the lake!
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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