Giant Acorn International - TriathlonOlympic

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Bumpass, Virginia
United States
Set Up Events
55F / 13C
Total Time = 2h 57m 48s
Overall Rank = 469/712
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 48/64
Pre-race routine:

Drank lots of Powerade and water the day before. Packed some the night before and pulled the rest together in the morning. Had cereal with a banana for breakfast - usually eat instant grits since it's almost all carbs and goes/stays down easy, but couldn't find it. Left a little later than I planned and there was a huge line at packet pickup.
Event warmup:

Due to the line at packet pickup, I had about 10 minutes to set up transition. Did that, got marked, got the wetsuit on, and swam about 100 yards to warm up. I've never worn a wetsuit before other than to try it on - I'd heard about the flotation that it gives, but couldn't believe just how much - really incredible.
  • 33m 59s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

I just can't believe the difference a wetsuit makes. I'm a slow swimmer - last Olympic tri I was 32 of 32 in my AG. This time I was in the mix - sure I was toward the back of my AG, but still in the pack. Drifted around a bit and found it hard to see the finish on the last leg, but everyone else seemed to have the same issue. The wetsuit seemed to rescue my bad form and the fact that I probably turn my head too far out of the water to breathe actually helped me in the chop.
What would you do differently?:

Focus more on bilateral breathing. I was new to the wetsuit and felt like I was better off breathing every 2 strokes instead of every 3 like I do in practice. Wound up swimming in circles more. I'm pretty straight when I breathe every 3.
Transition 1
  • 05m 16s

I managed to get the top of the wetsuit peeled down fine by the time I got to my rack, but I could not for the life of me get the frickin thing off my legs. My calves cramped up like crazy while I was wrestling with getting the thing off my legs. First time doing this, I guess I should look into some lubricant. The rest of T1 went ok, but I was pretty flustered by then. I'm usually pretty good at transitions.
What would you do differently?:

Bring a tub of Crisco?
  • 1h 21m 22s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.32 mile/hr

This was my 2nd international distance (Colonial Beach was my first). Last time I blew up on the run, so I took the bike a little easier this time. Now I think my failure on the run last time had more to do with heat and the fact that I had strep a week earlier. I think I held back a little too much this time. This was also my first race with bike shoes and clipless pedals (previously used toe cages) - I'm not seeing a speed improvement at all, but maybe I just need more time to develop the different muscles.
What would you do differently?:

Go a little harder.
Transition 2
  • 02m 9s

That's more like it. I got my feet out of my shoes before dismounting. This was my first time doing this, so I gave myself a lot of distance to do it. I probably did it too early, but I didn't want to get to the end and still be fighting the shoes.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe wait a little longer to get out of the shoes, but I didn't want to risk being stuck in the shoes when I got to the dismount line.
  • 55m 3s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 52s  min/mile

I can't complain. I wanted to hold it together and finish in 57 minutes in order to get a sub-3hr overall time. I managed to do it and even sprint to the finish against another guy.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing at all.
Post race
Warm down:

Wait in line for the food that didn't exist when I got there.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of Crisco to get the freakin wetsuit off. Need to bike harder. Conventional wisdom says clipless is better than toe cages, and I do like the ability to pedal 360 degrees when climbing a hill, but my numbers have yet to show an improvement after 1 month.

Event comments:

It was mostly run well - on time, adequate volunteers for the water stations, plenty of kayaks on the swim, all-in-all on-course support was good and that is the most important thing.

However, packet pickup took about 45 minutes. Also, post-race pizza and subs were advertised, but they were out when I got there. Guess I need to race faster.

Last updated: 2011-09-27 12:00 AM
00:33:59 | 1640 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 46/64
Overall: 475/712
Performance: Good
Suit: Quintana Roo Ultrafull
Course: Triangle in a lake. No current, but quite choppy.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 05:16
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:21:22 | 24.85 miles | 18.32 mile/hr
Age Group: 59/64
Overall: 519/712
Performance: Average
Avg HR 161
Wind: Some
Course: 12-mile loop twice.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: ~80
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:09
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:55:03 | 06.21 miles | 08m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 41/64
Overall: 64/712
Performance: Good
Avg HR 167 Splits 8:19 8:39 9:06 8:59 9:06 9:10
Course: Out and back 5K course - two laps. A little hilly, but not bad. I joked with the other runners that the second lap seemed hillier than the first.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4