ChesapeakeMan Skipjack 75.2 Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Cambridge, Maryland
United States
Columbia Triathlon Association
65F / 18C
Total Time = 5h 26m 59s
Overall Rank = 25/125
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 2/7
Pre-race routine:

rasin bran, 20oz gatorade, 20 oz infinit...could have used more food
Event warmup:

minor stretching
  • 37m 35s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

better swim than April and May wetsuit tri's ...
What would you do differently?:

practice technique
Transition 1
  • 05m 49s

First time using changing tent. It was okay but I'd rather have my gear by my bike instead of the whole bag shuffle thing. The bag's were organized and distributed to athletes in motion very well.
  • 3h 15m 19s
  • 66.3 miles
  • 20.37 mile/hr

The course was 2.3 miles longer than advertised and judged against. Good organized race but RD PLEASE GET THE DISTANCE RIGHT. TWC said 8mph winds. At the swim start the flag was rippling briskly...looked more like a 15-20 mph. Doesn't matter, the wind falls on the just and the un-just. Stopped to void 3 times. Kept the HR in the mid 130 to low 140's. Mostly under 140.
What would you do differently?:

lost time peeing but I'm not holding it for 3 hours...and since I wasn't changing out of my bibs I wasn't do the nasty
Transition 2
  • 02m

happy with t2
Kid volunteers take your expensive bike from you and rack it as you get your bag handed to you and go to changing tent...volunteers did great
  • 1h 26m 19s
  • 10 miles
  • 08m 38s  min/mile

run hurt the whole time started in the mid 130 HR. I didn't know my pace but figured I was in the mid 8's when I got to 150 HR. I stayed in the low to mid 150's from mile 2-10
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

little food, quick shower, quad massage, hung out with T1 rack mates. We finished with in 10 seconds of each other

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think I left it all on the course. No regrets

Event comments:

This was a good race for the race itself. It was the pre and mostly the post that irked me. I mostly don't care about swag. But, as a 1/2 competitor (or Oly) your given an all encompassing event shirt that promotes the name of the ultra event. Get a medal (it's nice but they go in a drawer to toss later). The awards ceremony was >40 min late and the announcer stopped it to give updates on the Ultra. There were awards for 1,2,3 for most age groups but not others. It was frustrating to watch. In the end it was worth it as a training race for my 140.6 next month. I would do it again for that. I would not do Skipjack as an A race or a way to cap off the year...

Last updated: 2012-05-02 12:00 AM
00:37:35 | 2112 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/7
Overall: 44/125
Performance: Good
Suit: xterra vortex full
Course: 3 right turns in Choptank
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:49
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
03:15:19 | 66.3 miles | 20.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/7
Overall: 18/125
Wind: Strong
Course: flat course, crosswinds first 10 miles, tail wind second 10 miles, crosswinds next 30, headwinds last 15
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:26:19 | 10 miles | 08m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/7
Overall: 38/125
Performance: Good
Course: flat out and back. Nice country-side but nothing to break the monotony. Glad I wasn't doing the Ultra and running it 3 times
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 2