New Jersey State Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Princeton Junction, New Jersey
United States
CGI Racing
90F / 32C
Total Time = 1h 26m 11s
Overall Rank = 542/1362
Age Group = Clydesdales
Age Group Rank = 16/25
Pre-race routine:

Running around crazy Friday night just so I could get my ZIPP rentals and then fly over to the park with my two boys to pick up my race packet. Example: I bought my dinner at 5PM and did not eat until 8:30PM. Tried to go to sleep at 9PM but woke up when the boys started crying around 10PM.

The alarm didn't go off - but I woke up at 4:55 AM anyway. Got dressed and jumped into the car. Was at Mercer COunty Park by 5:30 and was only the 4th person in line waiting to enter transition. Am I in bizarro world? 5:30AM and only 3 other waiting??? Anyway got marked, set up transition and went to stretch. I haven't been eating anything on race mornings except for a gel or gu 20 minutes before the start. I guess I have bought into Hammer Nutrition's findings regarding the way that muscle and liver glycogen is utilized. I was trying my best to stay hydrated. I had several frozen bottles of water with Nuun added to them. And another for my aero drink. I also took some Hammer Enduolytes, a gel, some Beta-Alanine and Hammer Anti-Fatigue caps about 30 minutes before the start.
Event warmup:

My wave was the 2nd to last to go off so I had a TON of time to warmup. First I did some dynamic stretches and grabbed my bike to take a 15 minute ride to make sure everything was good to go. I decided to wait until about 8 AM to take my warmup run. I wanted my HR up by the time I go into the water. I finished my run around 8:15, found a toilet and walked down to the Swim Start a little after 8:20. Jumped into the WARM water and tried to get in about 500 yards of warmup. Felt good. Basically swam until it was time for my wave to enter the Swim Start Coral.
  • 09m 31s
  • 547 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

one of my best swims. Found open water early, got out ahead of most of my wave and drafted and sighted really well. Found one guy starting to surge ahead of me to my left and cut across to attempt to draft off him. We stayed together until about the last 150 yards or so when he took off. That was fine for me. Getting out of the water I only saw two others from my wave ahead of me. Could have missed one...

What would you do differently?:

more Masters Swim classes and lots more intensity during training.

#133/1362 Overall

#1/25 Clydesdale
Transition 1
  • 01m 26s

not bad. location in transition has a lot to do with time here. really close to swim in makes you have to run really far with the bike. I much rather run from the swim in to the opposite side of transition than the other way around.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. #65/1362 Overall

#1/25 Clydesdale
  • 31m 23s
  • 11.5 miles
  • 21.99 mile/hr

Rented ZIPPS again. My time last weekend in Stone harbor was a tad faster on the Mavics. This is where my race fell apart. Because not only did I push too hard but I also did not drink nearly enough. 90 degrees - in the sun for 30 minutes - what was i thinking? Well at least I had a good bike split right?
What would you do differently?:

Drink more. Maybe dump some water over my head while riding. Just overextended and good too hot and dehydrated.

Continue with my bike fitness - need to find time to do lots of riding whether that is in the basement on the trainer or outside.

#59/1362 Overall
#4/25 Clydesdale
Transition 2
  • 01m 57s

This transition catergorizes as bad. Not because of anything else than I was SPENT. As soon as I crossed the transition mat in - I knew I was finished.
What would you do differently?:

#572/1362 Overall
#3/25 Clydesdale
  • 41m 38s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 13m 23s  min/mile

My goose was cooked. I ran from the Run Out until I got to the 1st water station. I was dizzy. I was sick to my stomach. The sun was beating down on me. It felt like I was in a furnace. I had nothing left. I spent it all on the bike. I pretty much walked the entire course. I seriously could not run for any more than 30 seconds without feeling like I was going to topple over. I have never, ever experienced this feeling before. I wanted to quit.
What would you do differently?:

Lose more weight so the heat & sun doesn't take its toll on me as much. Get stronger on the bike so I don't have to go all out and spend everything during the bike. Drink more on the bike. This was by far my worst run ever at any distance.

#1238/1362 Overall
#22/25 Clydesdale

Post race
Warm down:

Stand in the misting tent for what seemed like 10 minutes. Walked down to the lake and flopped in and just floated for 15 minutes. Felt so sick to my stomach I could hardly drink anything let alone eat something.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

(Weight)x(heat)x(sun)/(not hydrating enough)= disaster on the run

If I even run - what below average for me in a 5K a 29 or 30 minute run - I probably finish in the Top 3 for the Clydesdale division.

Looking at the splits I was the first Clyde out of the water, through T1. #2 Clyde into T2 and #3 out of T2 into the run - then got passed by 12 outhers in my group. Pathetic. My best Roy Halladay impression.

Event comments:

"A" race. Love it. Although I can't deal with the heat. I'm doing one of two things for next year. 1.) losing 30 pounds and racing at 185 or 2.) switching to the 35-39 year old Wave so I can get an earlier start.

Kudos to Larry and Michelle and CGI on another tremendous event! Here's to many more...

Last updated: 2011-04-18 12:00 AM
00:09:31 | 547 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/25
Overall: 133/1362
Performance: Good
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:26
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:31:23 | 11.5 miles | 21.99 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 0/1362
Performance: Good
Mile 01 - 3:35:85 (16.7mph) Mile 02 - 2:42:75 (22.1mph) Mile 03 - 2:58:55 (20.2mph) Mile 04 - 2:39 (22.6mph) Mile 05 - 2:28 (24.3mph) Mile 06 - 2:32 (23.7mph) Mile 07 - 2:38 (22.7mph) Mile 08 - 2:28 (24.3mph) Mile 09 - 2:32 (23.6mph) Mile 10 - 2:36 (23.0mph) Mile 11 - 2.57 (20.3mph) Mile 11.5 - 1:13 (10.2mph)
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 86
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:57
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:41:38 | 03.11 miles | 13m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 0/1362
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %5
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 1
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5