White Lake Sprint Triathlon I - TriathlonSprint

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White Lake, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
61F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 22m 23s
Overall Rank = 71/249
Age Group = 20-24
Age Group Rank = 5/10
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3AM and got ready to leave for the race. Drank a glass of skim milk with nesquick powder in it, and made a peanut butter, banana, cinnamon, and blacberry jam wrap in a muti grain tortilla to eat on the road. Loaded up the bike and the race bucket and headed out. Arrived at White Lake a little before 6:30AM and headed straight to packet pick-up. Got my chip and got marked up while I was there, and then went to set up my transition area. I had a spot right on the end of the rack in the center of transition, so I was really pleased with that.
Event warmup:

I decided to save some cash and go without a wetsuit for this race. I was really psyched when it was announced that the water temp was 71F. I decided to test the water and get in a short swim as a warm up. I swam from the dock across to the last bouy, and back.
  • 19m 5s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 20s / 100 yards

This was my first Open Water Swim besides my two short training swims in Jordan Lake over the last week and a half. My swim has really improved over the last few months since my last tri, but open water is very different than swimming in a pool. I would have finished 750 in a pool much faster. I was almost 7 minutes behind the fastest in my age group and almost 9 minutes behind the leaders. Since this was my first in open water, I really can't be upset. My navigation was good and I'm excited that I now have something to build on. I got kicked and hit a few times, but I dealt my share of blows as well. It's all part of the chaos of an open water swim.
What would you do differently?:

Get more experience in open water and possibly employ the benefits of a wetsuit. I wasn't cold, but I know wetsuits add a speed advantage.
Transition 1
  • 01m 43s

I'm very happy with my run from the water to the transition area, and how quickly I got the bike and headed to the road. The most disappointing part of my transition was my mount. I do a "flying squirrel" style mount, and the guy in front of me at the dismount line stopped dead in his tracks and took his sweet time getting on his bike. It totally killed my momentum and I almost fell off the bike. It took forever to get clipped in after that. Once I did finally get control, I got up to speed quickly and down into aero.
What would you do differently?:

Pay more attention to what the guy in front on me is doing at the dismount line.
  • 38m 48s
  • 14 miles
  • 21.65 mile/hr

After I got up to speed following the near fiasco at the dimount line, I made it my first order of business to pass the dude that held me up. I got in my highest gear and down into my aero bars. There were a few people who took spills on the bike and an ambulance showed up for one rider. I passed a lot of people on the bike and made up some of that time I lost mounting my machine. Not quite as fast as I was expecting, and I drank too much, but a good bike leg none the less.
What would you do differently?:

Don't waste time getting into top gear. Learn to go through turns in aero, and possibly get a handlebar hydration system, I had to get out of aero to drink.
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s

Lost a shoe when I dismounted and decided to leave it, but luckily I wasn't penalized for "abandoning equipment". Overall it was a good transition.
What would you do differently?:

Don't lose shoes.
  • 21m 38s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 58s  min/mile

I drank too much on the bike, so I didn't need to hydrate. I threw a cup of water in my face as I left transition in order to keep cool. My stomach was churning after downing a full bottle of HEED on the bike. I felt good despite the stomach discomfort. During training, I began breaking in a new pair of race shoes and they had been rubbing my ankles and making them bleed. To prevent this on race day, I covered the areas of skin with 4 layers of New Skin the night before the race and used some Hydropel as lubricant in my shoes. That combination worked beautifully and I never once felt my shoes rub. I gradually upped my tempo on the run, especially after the turnaround. I ended up running the second half a minute faster than the first. As I got closer to the finish line, I felt a guy drafting off me, and decided I was done with him. I upped the tempo one final time in a big way and left him. I ran hard to the end and when the announcer read my name at the line, he said I had the "best mustache of the day"!(I sported a big, thick handlebar mustache for this race).
What would you do differently?:

Push a little harder on the first half of the run. I'm extremely pleased with my run time, but I'm still curious as to how fast I can run off the bike.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and spoke to a few people. Ate some of the provided food and waited around to see results.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not enough experience in open water and poor decision making at the dismount line. Other limitations may have been due to equipment or mentality.

Event comments:

What a great event! I loved this event, and I plan to try to do atleast one White Lake race every year.

Last updated: 2011-04-28 12:00 AM
00:19:05 | 820 yards | 02m 20s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/10
Overall: 164/249
Performance: Average
Suit: Sugoi Turbo Tri Shorts
Course: This was a triangular course with only two turns. There were plenty of sighting buoys to aid in navigation.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:43
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:38:48 | 14 miles | 21.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/10
Overall: 57/249
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Two 7 mile loops around White Lake. There were only two right hand turns. The road surface is a little rough in spots, but the course is very fast.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 01:12
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:38 | 03.11 miles | 06m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/10
Overall: 40/249
Performance: Good
Course: Great course. Very flat and very easy to follow. It goes down Highway 53 and then into a beautiful subdivision next to the lake.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
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] 4