Angels Race - TriathlonSprint

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Winston Salem, North Carolina
United States
Angels Foundation
Total Time = 1h 21m 26s
Overall Rank = 153/226
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 10/13
Pre-race routine:

Sat. traveled to Winston for packet pick up and took a ride around the course for a preview. Glad I did. Note to self, when staying with friends the night before a race make sure they aren't having a cookout to watch the big game. Although, I must say, my buddy derek came through in the clutch and offered up his bedroom so I could crash early. Went and had some great italian food. Tossed and turned a bit (prerace jitters)before finally falling asleep. Awoke, dressed and left. Arrived about 6:15ish, plenty of time..since my frickin' swim time wasn't until 9:41 (you're right Jenn..i don't think it was changed) setup my gear then to warmup. My mom, grandmother, and great aunt came to watch, which was sweet.
Event warmup:

Went for a short run to warm up. This was a change from the last race and I want to standardize a warmup routine. Going to work on that. Shouldve had a second pair of shoes to run closer to my swim time. Need to get the logistics down.
  • 06m 47s
  • 300 yards
  • 02m 16s / 100 yards

I signed up for this race as my first and did so at the beginning of the summer, sooo my time was rEEally slow. I changed it by the deadline, but as I was informed there would be a chance that it would not be changed and I don't believe it was. Obviously I shouldve been swimming around 150ish and I swam #348. The water was chilly probably low to mid 70's (i prob suck at estimating). I started and it only took me about a lap and a half to catch the first person, from there it was atleast one per lap and on one lap two at the wall...pain in the neck, for real!! I saw this coming early on... Get a clue people...there's no way you can do 1:30/100's by doing the damn BREAST STROKE. I felt bad for the early crew, people who were going off in the first 60 or so people were side and/or breast stroking halfway through the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Accurately assess my time the first time.
Transition 1
  • 01m 35s

The transition area was set up in the grass as opposed to the parking lot. Knowing that I didn't need to get any dirt in my cleats I grabbed my shoes with my bike and decided to just put them on at the mount/dismount area. Saw someone early on do this with speedplays and decided to go with it. Probably need to practice with the shoes already in the pedals, but I wasn't even going to let the race be my first attempt.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to mount with the shoes in place already.
  • 40m 41s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 18.33 mile/hr

The dismount was slow due to putting my shoes on there. As I said before, gotta practice this before Pinehurst. Out and the first loop was pretty good. I definitely knew I was pushing harder than the last race. I kept a pretty steady burn until probably a little over halfway through, became a little more comfortable in stride. The low point was probably being passed by a 50 some yr old man climbing a steady grade. Felt pretty good coming back into the park and knew that I had the steepest climb to come. I set my gearing pretty well I thought and used as much of my downhill momentum to climb until I slowed to where I was geared. I popped out of the saddle...oh remember that old guy...yeah smoked him on this climb. Finished pretty strong (grandma was proud), which felt good...until I started to run. I dismounted decent and tried running with my bike shoes on, but it didn't work too well. So I stopped just entering the transition area and popped them off.
What would you do differently?:

Log more miles...drink more...Log more miles
Transition 2
  • 02m 13s

Just kind of lolly gagged, I reckon. This being my first race with the clipless probably was to blame for part of it. I also want to start trying to run in my running shoes without socks, that would definitely save some time.
What would you do differently?:

Work on the shoes issue.
  • 30m 11s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 43s  min/mile

The first part of the run was tough. I'm not sure if the more intense climb right at the end of the bike was the cause, but it took me a good 1/2 to 3/4 of a mile to get comfortable in the run. After I got my heart rate and breathing under control I fell into my "could run like this forever" pace. Oh and the really cool old guy from earlier that I was battling on the bike. Yep, he was here on the run as well. He passed me on the run, and then started walking...I passed him. The next thing I know here he comes by me again, and what'd you know he stays in front for a little while and starts walking. Probably the second or third time he came by, I stared pacing with him. I knew if I couldn't keep the pace, so I fell back down into my pace and shortly passed him again. After this, I didn't see him again and that was right before the last 3/4 climb to the finish.
What would you do differently?:

log more miles...push a little harder.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Picked up something to eat and downed a couple of waters. Cheered the others on and talked with the fam.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Preparation and probably not pushing harder.

Event comments:

It being the angels race, I did it in honor of my cousin,(Rick) who was recently and unexpectedly killed. This made it a little rough on my aunt. It was a good time and a great race. It definitely pumped me up for Pinehurst and training for Duke next year. Made me realize how important other races are to keep me motivated towards the A race.

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Last updated: 2006-05-23 12:00 AM
00:06:47 | 300 yards | 02m 16s / 100yards
Age Group: 10/13
Overall: 143/226
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri shorts & top
Course: 6 laps in the washing machine, sent off every 15 secs.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 01:35
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:40:41 | 12.43 miles | 18.33 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/13
Overall: 140/226
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Pretty decent course. It was out of the park, two laps and then back into the park. A solid downhill right out of the transition, but as you know that meant for a mean climb right before the dismount. Once out of the park it was fairly flat with a few slow and steady climbs.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 99
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:13
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:30:11 | 03.11 miles | 09m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/13
Overall: 166/226
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back. Down hill out...leveled off with a slight steady uphill at the turn around. A solid uphill on the way back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
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? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4