Giant Acorn International - TriathlonOlympic

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Bumpass, Virginia
United States
Set Up Events
80F / 27C
Total Time = 3h 43m 57s
Overall Rank = 135/146
Age Group = athena
Age Group Rank = 5/7
Pre-race routine:

It was nice to not get up at 4 am for a race for once. The 10 am start meant I could get up at 6:30 like usual and get on the road around 8. I didn't have much for breakfast - raisin toast and tea - b/c I was afraid of GI issues. Fed the baby and left. Got to race site. No problems. My rack was right by the swim exit/run start.
Event warmup:

Walked down to the swim start (down a gravel road) in my sandals. (They collected our shoes in boxes by race number to pick up later.) Got in the water and practiced sighting a bit. Water felt great! And it was pretty smooth.
  • 40m 9s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 27s / 100 yards

This is the first race I've done with prescription goggles. Holy cow! Way better when you can see! The water got choppy the farther up the cove I went. That was challenging. Sighting and counting my strokes was much better than my last OW swim. I was slower than I expected, however. My stroke suffered when I got tired. I also got a foot cramp, but eventually it went away.
What would you do differently?:

I need to train more and do more drills. I have been taking swimming for granted.
Transition 1
  • 03m 14s

7/7; 107/146. I was slow.
My shirt got stuck putting it on this time. And I wasted time putting on gloves. Maybe I should have skipped that. Extra time was largely running up the hill, though. I also had a wave of nausea, which took me by surprise.
What would you do differently?:

I should get a tri shirt I can wear in the water.
  • 1h 28m 29s
  • 23.5 miles
  • 15.94 mile/hr

I had trouble catching my breath at the beginning, but eventually settled into a good race pace. The wind was significant, especially crossing the causeway. Most of the course was very nice - few short uphills, but nothing terrible. There were a couple miles towards the end that were a slog - a slow, long incline - miles 8-9/20-21. Doing two loops actually made the second loop better since I knew what was coming. For instance, there is a sharp turn after a downhill that goes up. I did better on the gearing second time around. I had Clif Shot at miles 3, 6, and 12 or thereabouts.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe take gatorade instead of water? I could have drunk a little more, but I realized heat was going to be an issue on the run no matter what.
Transition 2
  • 01m 46s

3/7; 69/146. my best rank of the race! lol
Running down a hill to transition with bike was rough on the legs. When I was done and stood up to "run" I said "Oh Lord!" I was TIRED and it was HOT.
What would you do differently?:

nada for the transition.
  • 1h 30m 17s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 14m 32s  min/mile

Man, this was a ROUGH run. First of all, it was hot and sunny and there wasn't much shade. More than I expected, but not much. Secondly, the two loops was so demoralizing. Finally, you run right past the finish FOUR TIMES before you actually finish! On the first loop, I kept thinking, "I can't believe I have to come do this again!!" My main problem, though, was with the heat. I was starting to get some heat exhaustion symptoms. The drink stations had water and HEED. I'd never tasted HEED. It has no sugar! That was not what I needed. I was hungry and running low on glycogen. Anyway, I did some HEED, and a couple more shot blocks, even though I felt sick. I spent a couple minutes in a port o potty. I walked A LOT. The first loop, I wasn't sure I would finish. The second loop I was determined to finish, but I though I might end up in the ambulance with heat stroke. I also had some abdominal cramps, though I didn't pay much attention. After walking some, I'd usually feel a bit better and run some more. The second lap actually felt better than the first. I felt really tight across my collar bone and in my shoulders. Nerves? And what limited me was my fitness - my lungs and heart - my legs could have done much more.
What would you do differently?:

Train more, I guess. I did a bunch of bricks that went well, but I guess I haven't really run that much since having baby 8 months ago.
Post race
Warm down:

I sat down and drank water in the shade at the finish line. I wanted to cry. I was so spent and so glad to be done. I was bummed that I had to walk a long way to get pizza. After I got food and sat in the tent, I got really cold. It was windy. Weird. I was bummed that I couldn't find any bananas or cookies. Just gatorade, chips, and pizza. Listened to the awards a bit before heading home. I was feeling lonely since my boys all stayed home for this one.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat was the big one. Wind and chop contributed. Need to run and swim more. And lose more weight. I guess being 8 months post-partum didn't help.

Event comments:

My only complaint was the post-race food. Aren't oreos mandatory triathlon fare? Or at least choco chip cookies. That and bananas or oranges!

Last updated: 2012-06-21 12:00 AM
00:40:09 | 1640 yards | 02m 27s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/7
Overall: 104/146
Suit: zoot shorts + danskin bra
Course: up the narrow cove, two left turns and back, and then one more turn into the finish. wooden steps and hill up to transition.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:14
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:28:29 | 23.5 miles | 15.94 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/7
Overall: 118/146
Performance: Good
Wind: Cross-winds
Course: GORGEOUS course. Cross the water some 6 times, rolling hills. Two loops.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:46
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:30:17 | 06.21 miles | 14m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/7
Overall: 142/146
Performance: Bad
Course: Two loops of a course with two out and back spurs, grass - road - grass - gravel.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %0.2
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3