Grandman Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Fairhope, Alabama
United States
82F / 28C
Total Time = 1h 20m 36s
Overall Rank = 32/623
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 5/47
Pre-race routine:

The usual restless sleep. Up at 4:00am. Shower then coffee, wheat bagel and ensure. A few peanut butter crackers and sipped on Accelerade while setting up transition . Left for race at 5:10am...only a couple of miles so plenty of time to set up.
Event warmup:

Ran a couple of hundred yards. Visited with folks. Short swim.
  • 08m 17s
  • 587 yards
  • 01m 25s / 100 yards

Really only needed to swim about 50 yards prior and after the far buoy as the water was so shallow. Everyone was packed together so it was congested at the turn. Certainly could have pushed harder wading through the water but you have to weigh how a hard run through the water can hurt you later.
Transition 1
  • 02m 19s

Pretty long run from swim into transition. Had a little trouble with one shoe but everything else went fine.
  • 45m
  • 18 miles
  • 24.00 mile/hr

Course is only a couple of miles from the house so I know it well. First few miles went quickly. Only got passed by 1 guy from earlier wave and I felt like I was hitting a comfortable but hard pace. I probably could have pushed a bit harder over the last 7 miles but felt like there was a bit of a headwind so tried to keep power output in check. First time averaging 24 mph in a race. Yeah!! AP 228/NP 244
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. I knew the course and stayed on the low end of the power numbers I was shooting for.
Transition 2
  • 00m 57s

Pretty solid T2. I think its the first time I've been under a minute.
  • 24m 1s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 45s  min/mile

A little disappointed with my time as I had averaged 7:31/mile in an Olympic a few weeks prior. But it was much hotter in this race and the hill out of transition really takes it out of you. Had to walk through the first aid station to get my breath. Pushed the pace over the last half mile or so. Nothing left at the finish so guess I can't complain.
What would you do differently?:

Run training is still a work in progress as mileage is still building after quad/hamstring problems.
Post race
Warm down:

Water, walked for a couple of minutes then sat on a bench to recover. Great to have my family there. Visited with friends, ate some pizza, looked at results and drank a couple of beers. Home by 11:00am..nice to do a local event.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing really. My goal was sub 1:25 so I beat my goal by a good bit. There was a really strong field of racers present this year. My time would have won my AG by 3 minutes in 2010. Was hoping for a top 3 AG finish but given the quality of the field and the guys in my AG I probably did well to finish 5th.

Event comments:

Beautiful setting for a race. Everything well done.

Last updated: 2011-05-06 12:00 AM
00:08:17 | 587 yards | 01m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 16/47
Overall: 76/623
Performance: Average
Course: Straight out into Mobile Bay. Around far buoy and then back
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Below average
Time: 02:19
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:45:00 | 18 miles | 24.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/47
Overall: 24/623
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Steep uphill for about .30 miles out of transition and then gradual uphill for another .30 miles. 8-9 miles of some small rolling hills. Last 7-8 miles very flat. Back down steep hill into transition.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:57
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:01 | 03.1 miles | 07m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/47
Overall: 73/623
Performance: Average
Course: Steep uphill for first .25 mile and then mostly uphill to the first mile. Then back dowhill to 2 mile mark. Remainder flat and well shaded through the park.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5