Twin Lakes Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Palatine, Illinois
United States
Salt Creek Rural Park District
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 26m 52s
Overall Rank = 54/277
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 11/27
Pre-race routine:

Stayed at Chris's house, 1 mile from race site. Slept well. Got up @ 5:05, ate 2 scrambled eggs and jelly toast. Arrived at race site about 5:50. Transition was pretty full, and little space was to be had. Get there earlier next time.
Event warmup:

Jumped in for about 150m during open swim. Stood on shore, visualized, prayed. Ready to roll.
  • 11m 12s
  • 700 meters
  • 01m 36s / 100 meters

Started at the front of the wave, and glad I did. Clear water for the first 300m until I caught the previous wave. Two others (in wetsuits) in my wave kept pace with me. Rounding the first bouy good. 2nd bouy felt longer than it was. Good finish, though started to get crowded, so speed was compromised by positioning. Overall 35 seconds faster than 2010.
What would you do differently?:

Train, train, train. Hold my top gear longer. Maybe seed higher to give me more drafting possibility.
Transition 1
  • 00m 53s

No wetsuit, so easy transition. Helmet on and number on quickly. Shoes clipped into bike. Slight pause to get the mud off my feet before the ride. No socks. Ran bike to line, another wipe of the mud on the pavement and stationary start. Strapped feet into shoes ~0.1m in by the hotel parking lot. Went smooth. Remember to stay to the side.
What would you do differently?:

Great T1! 3rd in Age group. 4th fastest T1 overall.
  • 39m 53s
  • 14 miles
  • 21.06 mile/hr

Good Ride, much faster than 2010 on the hybrid. Felt strong. Hung with a pack of other riders for most of the ride. Didn't lose much ground, if any. Cornering went well. Hammered it home, no mercy for those letting up the last mile.
What would you do differently?:

Keep practicing hills and sprinting. Not much more I can do on my 15 yr old aluminum road bike. It's fun keeping up with guys on carbon bikes.
Transition 2
  • 01m 18s

Went well and quick for lacing up with standard laces.
What would you do differently?:

Good T2
  • 33m 39s
  • 4.5 miles
  • 07m 29s  min/mile

Run felt good. Took about 2 miles to hit my stride and get the rubber out. Could have pushed it harder at the end.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked it off, grabbed some fruit, water, and settled down.

Event comments:

Awesome race for the money and community of athletes.

Last updated: 2012-03-19 12:00 AM
00:11:12 | 700 meters | 01m 36s / 100meters
Age Group: 8/27
Overall: 37/277
Performance: Good
Suit: tri singlet
Course: Horseshoe. Warm, clear water. Out (west), around island and back (east) right into sun.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 00:53
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:39:53 | 14 miles | 21.06 mile/hr
Age Group: 14/27
Overall: 76/277
Performance: Good
21.8 mph
Wind: None
Course: Good course. Lots of hairpins in Inverness slowed things down a bit.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:18
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:33:39 | 04.5 miles | 07m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/27
Overall: 69/277
Performance: Good
7:29 min/mile
Course: Flat bike path and road.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5