mini-Mussel Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Geneva, New York
United States
Musselman Triathlon
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 48m 59s
Overall Rank = 430/753
Age Group = F40-44
Age Group Rank = 34/68
Pre-race routine:

As usual, I got there way early. I ate breakfast in the car on the way (bagel/PB and a banana). I was at packet pick-up right about as it opened at 6:30. I wandered over to the park, got my stuff around, and headed toward transition. I stopped for marking and to get my chip before setting up transition. Then I just hung around waiting for the others to get there.
Event warmup:

None - just the walk from transition to swim start. I ate a pack of sport beans right before we left transition to head to the swim start.
  • 15m 54s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

I don't understand what is wrong with me. I can swim - I'm a good swimmer, but for some reason, I end up doing back stroke in the middle. This time I started out pretty well - purposely held back to avoid going out too fast. I don't know if it's the contact that throws me. I do know that I don't like the tightness of the wetsuit on my forearms and calves. Maybe I need a sleeveless suit. Luckily I'm almost as fast doing backstroke, but I can't sight that way. I almost crashed into a kayak and one other time I had a guard ask if I was OK. Yes, I'm OK, I just shouldn't be doing backstroke!
What would you do differently?:

I need to do something differently as this is becoming frustrating for me. To start with, I should have spent more time in the pool. I guess I should look for opportunities to practice in open water with the wetsuit, but I don't know where or how that would be practical. Perhaps a sleeveless wetsuit would help with the tightness on the arms?
Transition 1
  • 02m 17s

T1 was OK - I've been faster, but it wasn't terrible. I had more trouble getting my shoes on (while trying to keep tape over bandaid on blister) than getting wetsuit off. Took a good drink while still in transition too since it was pretty warm out.
What would you do differently?:

Not much - I've gotten pretty good at getting the wetsuit off. I think I would've been faster if I wasn't fussing with the shoes and I guess I could've waited to drink on the bike.
  • 59m 24s
  • 16 miles
  • 16.16 mile/hr

It was a fun ride. I knew I would be slower than normal so I made sure to stay to the right and well out of the way! I really hate the part where you have to go across the carpet to get on 5&20 and then back! I was a mile/hr slower than I was last time I did this race and that's from doing nearly NO training.
What would you do differently?:

Training on the bike would be a good idea for starters!
Transition 2
  • 01m 50s

This wasn't too bad - again I've been faster, but had trouble with the shoes again. Gave up on the tape and just tried to keep the bandaid on.
What would you do differently?:

Not much to differently here other than try to move faster!
  • 29m 34s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 32s  min/mile

I should have been faster, but I think my lack of bike training did me in. My right calf was very tight until about mile 2 - after that I at least felt faster.
What would you do differently?:

Train for the bike!
Post race
Warm down:

Got handed a cold wet towel as I crossed the line - that was a nice touch! They had cooling pools set up so I did sit in one of those for a few minutes. Walked around, talked to the guys, and then got some food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of bike training and a mostly pathetic swim.

Event comments:

This really is a nice race. Well organized and a fun course. I know they are trying to be green, but it seemed like water was lacking at the finish line. There were big coolers of water at the food table, but nothing to put it in unless you walked all the way back to transition to get your own. Supposedly the water pipe by the cooling pools was a drinking fountain, but I couldn't figure out how it worked (and there didn't appear to be anyone around to ask). Overall it's a great race though and I'm tempted to try the half one of these times!

Last updated: 2011-07-04 12:00 AM
00:15:54 | 820 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 33/68
Overall: 412/753
Performance: Bad
Suit: Promotion Full
Course: Along canal to boat launch.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 02:17
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:59:24 | 16 miles | 16.16 mile/hr
Age Group: 42/68
Overall: 504/753
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: Not a bad course - no really big climbs. Pretty much a big box.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:50
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:29:34 | 03.1 miles | 09m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 28/68
Overall: 387/753
Performance: Average
Course: Doesn't get much flatter! Pretty run along the lake and back.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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