Mountain Lakes Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Guntersville, Alabama
United States
Team Magic
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 12m 55s
Overall Rank = 20/779
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 1/59
Pre-race routine:

got up at 3am on the road by 3:30am drove for 2.5 hrs to race site. But I arrived with plenty of time and had a stress free pre-race routine.
Event warmup:

Jogged gently for about 1 mile. Stretched a little. got in the water for about 200 meters of swim.
  • 10m 47s
  • 600 yards
  • 01m 48s / 100 yards

Bad swim course. It was waist deep 100 yards out. But the bottom wasn't conducive to running in. Rocks, Trash, Debris, broken bottles.
I did some dives for a while.
What would you do differently?:

I would prefer an entry that allows a run, a dive, then swimming. I would prefer no broken glass in the entry too...I heard a participant was taken out with a horrible cut.
Transition 1
  • 01m 23s

I started in a time-trial fashion at number 289. It made for a crowded T1. I wasn't slowed much in the run up from the water to the bike, but I was held back behind a crowd while leaving T1 with the bike.
What would you do differently?:

  • 38m 15s
  • 16.2 miles
  • 25.41 mile/hr

Biked nice and strong. Happy to see a good average pace for a course with a constant stream of gentle rolls.
Transition 2
  • 00m 47s

Great T2. Nothing slowed me down. I even slipped my shoes on easily without fumbling from lack of balance.
  • 21m 46s
  • 3 miles
  • 07m 16s  min/mile

First run in new racing shoes. No hot spots, very comfortable. Didn't run as well as I expected.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster! But how?
Post race
Warm down:

Just walked it off. Got in to the swimming pool to rinse off.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Probably nothing.

Event comments:

Pretty good race. With all they did well, it's hard to complain...but the dangerous beach entry should be cleaned/groomed somehow. And the transition exit to the bike should be wider to avoid clogging with people.

Last updated: 2011-08-15 12:00 AM
00:10:47 | 600 yards | 01m 48s / 100yards
Age Group: 12/59
Overall: 147/779
Performance: Average
Suit: tri top/shorts
Course: rectangle. Straight out, turn left, turn left, straight in.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:23
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:38:15 | 16.2 miles | 25.41 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/59
Overall: 2/779
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Course was billed as flat and fast. It certainly was relative to Middle Tennessee where I usually race and train, but it was more rolling than I had expected from the race comments I'd seen. It stayed in the big ring the whole time, and in the saddle the whole time, but barely.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 00:47
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:46 | 03 miles | 07m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/59
Overall: 74/779
Performance: Average
Course: paved trail along the lake shore. nearly flat.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3