Keuka Lake Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Penn Yan, New York
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 34m 19s
Overall Rank = 136/346
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 4/20
Pre-race routine:

Slept at the bosses cottage on Keuka. Had a cup of coffee, a bagel and nervous breakdown. My brother was racing as well, the bathroom at the cottage could have benefited with the assistance of an air traffic controller.

I felt much more relaxed after my transition area was set up. Meeting some of the folks from BT in the area prior to start and chatting off some more nervous energy helped.
Event warmup:

Stretched only
  • 15m 59s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 57s / 100 yards

Took off in the dead center of everything. Swam by braille for the first 200 meters till the pack thinned out and I found a comfortable pace. Made all the turns right at the buoys but wandered a bit during the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Practice some more OWS to improve sighting.
Transition 1
  • 01m 44s

Tied for first in clydes for transition. First race so over all pretty happy
What would you do differently?:

not wear socks.
  • 47m 46s
  • 13.67 miles
  • 17.17 mile/hr

This was by far my worst performing part in the race. This was 96.5% engine and 3.5% the bike. I ran out of gear and kept spinning out on downhills at around 28mph, and I got quite a bit of spark knock trying to go up the hills.

I got on the bike and my quads felt sore immediately. I haven't put my time in on the bike and I knew it. I just got in the drops and tried to keep even pressure on the pedals with as high a cadence as I could without making my heart explode.

Having people I knew I was racing against blow by me on carbon fighter planes was a bit demoralizing. At the same time I was glad that I didn't have an expensive bike because I thought I saw a 6 year old girl with tassels on on her handlebars ends pass me like I was standing still. I would have looked like a jackass on a SC 7.

My main thought on the bike was OMGWTFBBQ!
What would you do differently?:

Ride more roads less of the Erie canal, and then ride more roads again. Overall I think I need to ride more. maybe even do some hill workouts. that sounds like a plan.
Transition 2
  • 01m 35s

3/20 of clydes

I knew which row I was in and roughly how far down I was - I thought. I had a distinctive towel that I was using as a marker. Someone was nice enough to drop their wetsuit on it so I couldn't find my row. I ran down the wrong one. Found my spot eventually but all the spaces were taken on either side for like 3-4 slots so someone else ended up with my bike in their space.
What would you do differently?:

not sure. Tie a helium balloon to my transition area maybe.
  • 27m 15s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 46s  min/mile

Hi legs this is your brain. please move faster. No? ok how about just keep moving. No? OK, fine override engaged.

I never stopped to walk and kept my legs moving. I thought for sure my right quad was going to snap off at one point about 2mi in. I pushed thru this on nothing more than pure stubbornness and a mental refusal to walk.

I worried more about this part than any other due to the post-traumatic arthritis in my L ankle. I broke it in 9 places with a compound fracture about 12 years ago. I threw out my knee after my second run workout in the spring and I ran less than I biked prior to the race cause I was was afraid to injure myself again.

What would you do differently?:

go to Fleet Feet and get some specialized insert to correct for my lack of dorsiflection and run more.
Post race
Warm down:

inertia alone kept me going to the HEED coolers. I waddled out thru the exit and walked around till I could breathe. I then promptly sat on my rear end for about 30 minutes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I have flown over 50,000 miles since jan 1st (60 flights to be exact), and over 100k since September. I am not going to blame travel totally but it isn't conducive to a regimented training schedule. I only biked three or four times and I ran and swam a little more but not nearly enough to be in shape.

Event comments:

The race was well executed. The support staff was wonderful. I will do it again.

Last updated: 2011-05-31 12:00 AM
00:15:59 | 820 yards | 01m 57s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/20
Overall: 94/346
Performance: Good
Suit: Vortex
Course: Rectangle -all turns were left
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 62F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:44
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:47:46 | 13.67 miles | 17.17 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/20
Overall: 201/346
Performance: Bad
Wind: Little
Course: 98% Nice and smooth. 2% Ouch I don't think there was any part of it that was level. Rolling hills and one slow long grade.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:35
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
00:27:15 | 03.11 miles | 08m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/20
Overall: 133/346
Performance: Average
Course: slightly rolling, a little bit of incline here and there. Well marked
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? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5