TryCharleston Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Mt. Pleasant, South Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 30m 38s
Overall Rank = 42/61
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 3/?
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early for an egg, banana and coffee breakfast. Assembled the rest of my gear and drove to T2 to set it up then catch shuttle over to T1.
At T1, got chip and dried off bike, pumped up tires, got marked. After that just hit the port-a-potties and then just stood around waiting for a while. I was convinced that I was forgetting something really obvious... it was just nerves.
Event warmup:

None. Just watched the half swimmers.
  • 14m 41s
  • 547 yards
  • 02m 41s / 100 yards

The swim started out well. I didn't wait for the rush to subside, but started a little to the left of the pack and went for it. Was grabbed/bumped a few times, but nothing bothersome. For the most part, I felt great and like I was holding a good pace. After rounding the first buoy, I guess I slowed down considerably, although I didn't feel it so much as notice it in that I was no longer with the pack. On the final leg, I was being passed by the next wave and starting to have a sinking feeling about the swim, even though I felt good physically. I was just not keeping a decent pace. Also, I definitely had some navigating "issues" on that third leg.
What would you do differently?:

Keep working on my form. I think that my form must have been suffering. Also, practice breathing on the right, like I do for races, not always using bilateral breathing for workouts. Try practicing different breathing patterns. Catch-up drill.
Transition 1
  • 02m 27s

Fine, but I just need to stay focused and practice being faster.
What would you do differently?:

Be more methodical about what to do first and not stand there thinking it over.
  • 44m 2s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 16.94 mile/hr

Nice ride. I passed many, but in retrospect, should have been more assertive about passing more. I hesitated, sometimes settling in when I should have been moving on. Condition-wise, I felt fine, not tired.
I should have been drinking more during the ride, and I did get a quick drink at the turnaround.
What would you do differently?:

Gain confidence in passing!! Also, practice drinking at regular intervals.
Transition 2
  • 02m 13s

A complete fail! I couldn't find my rack (my fault!) and when I did find it, someone had racked all over my towel, shoes were tossed and no room for my bike. I admit, I didn't have a plan B. Thankfully, a volunteer helped me find a spot for my bike, so I gathered my shoes and changed, standing on the asphalt instead of my towel since it was trapped under that other bike. That sucked, had gravel bits in my shoes for the run. Grr.
What would you do differently?:

First, look at the transition area from the bike entrance to locate my spot. Then, just be ready for chaos in the transition area and roll with it better next time.
  • 27m 17s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 46s  min/mile

Wow, this was my best 5k time ever! I am certain that it was a bit short (and have heard from one other person who measured it at just a hair under 3 miles). Seriously, this would be a +2 min. PR for me on the 5k.
So, all in all, it was awesome. I felt good, I got my pace up in mile 2, held it in mile 3 and pushed at the end until I felt like throwing up right after. Perfect race for me!
What would you do differently?:

Not a thing.
Post race
Warm down:

Talked, drank water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swimming form, not pushing more on the bike, lack of focus in transition

Event comments:

This is a well-run event, but I will say that the run course lacks anything interesting at all. This doesn't matter much for the sprinters, but I can not imagine running a long run on this pathway. Safe, but really boring.

Last updated: 2011-12-01 12:00 AM
00:14:41 | 547 yards | 02m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/?
Overall: 46/61
Performance: Average
Suit: none
Course: Triangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:27
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:44:02 | 12.43 miles | 16.94 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/?
Overall: 0/61
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Out Hwy 17 and back
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:13
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal
00:27:17 | 03.11 miles | 08m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/?
Overall: 0/61
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back on the running path.
Keeping cool Good 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] 4