Mountain Lakes Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Guntersville, Alabama
United States
Team Magic
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 15m 54s
Overall Rank = 32/590
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/50
Event warmup:

Swam 550yds as a warmup. Typical pattern I used to start practices.
  • 09m 49s
  • 750 yards
  • 01m 19s / 100 yards

Beautiful morning. 65 at start - incredibly odd for Alabama in August. Did 550yds in the pool there as a warmup and felt pretty crappy - been having issues with shortness of breath. The lake for the swim was awful - murky, dirty, and weeds all over. Regardless I wanted to take the swim at a reasonable tempo pace. The swim ended up way long - ~750yds instead of 600. This is to my advantage, obviously. I put in the only time in my AG under 10 minutes and was in the top 2% of all swimmers. This is a time trial start, so things are usually pretty sedate out there - except today. Never had so much contact. People were running into me constantly and I had to fight to get around just about every buoy. Inadvertently groped a couple people (sorry about that). Despite all that I fell into a very good rhythm and felt pretty good the whole way. Never did get passed. Despite being long the swim seemed to go by very quickly. All in all an excellent swim.
Transition 1
  • 01m 55s

Decently good transition. 15/50 here.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster up the hill.
  • 40m 35s
  • 16.2 miles
  • 23.95 mile/hr

I had good a transition - headed out on the bike. Held good power for the first ten miles and then just pooped out. Not sure why - very disappointing. That said, I think I was in the 3rd percentile of bikers. My time was :20 slower than last year, though there was more of a headwind on the long backstretch and times were somewhat slower overall here. Held 237w, 24.2mph, and was 1/50 in AG. Really wanted 25mph - maybe next year.
What would you do differently?:

Put more time into the new TT bike.
Transition 2
  • 00m 55s

21/50, but most people were within just a few seconds of me.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
  • 22m 41s
  • 3 miles
  • 07m 34s  min/mile

Another good transition and headed out feeling pretty good on the run. Had to stop for :10 to stretch out a crampy calf. Other than that the weather made this this nicest 5k I have run. Finished :15 seconds faster than last year - all due to weather. Right on 7:30 miles. Considering I haven't been breaking 8:30 in any of the hot runs I have been doing this summer this was a pretty nice result. As always my relative placement here among other results sucks, but evidently good enough to hold on to the decent swim and bike results.
What would you do differently?:

Run more. Say that every year, and every year the heat tends to kill my running plans for summer.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

As far as placement, I was a bit fortunate in that two guys in my AG got promoted to the overall Master's category. Got some good swag for winning - a gift certificate a beach towel. Most importantly I beat all my training partners (one of them by :03 :boxing: ). Need to work on running (obviously) and on putting out good power on the bike while in aero for long distances (which I don't do except in races). Other than that it was a beautiful morning and a great race.

Last updated: 2012-08-02 12:00 AM
00:09:49 | 750 yards | 01m 19s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/50
Overall: 50/590
Performance: Good
Course: Swim was way long. I figure 750yds.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:55
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:40:35 | 16.2 miles | 23.95 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/50
Overall: 17/590
Performance: Average
237W average.
Wind: Headwind
Course: Around the lake. Decent headwind on the long backstretch, which seemed to lead to slower than last year's times.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 98
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:55
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:22:41 | 03 miles | 07m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/50
Overall: 0/590
Performance: Good
Course: Flattish running trail.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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] 5