Jetton Park Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Cornelius, North Carolina
United States
Wakeman Charities, Inc.
Total Time = 1h 20m 35s
Overall Rank = 77/196
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 15/37
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:45 and out the door by 6:15. Arrived before 7am, unloaded and rode down to the transition area. Set up transition area, picked up chip and came back to warm-up.
Event warmup:

Went out on bike and at the entrance to the park, chain came off at the front. Found that the shifter cable had come undone. Reset chain and went back to transition area. Got help from bike tech in VW Bug (Big Thank You), rode for a few minutes to check the bike out and then went for a short run. Got into wetsuit and went down to the water for a very quick swim.
  • 15m 55s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

First OWS and the water was very rough. I had trouble with my breathing due to the waves. After the second turn, we were swimming with the waves and was able to swim smoother, however I got off course and swam some extra distance.
What would you do differently?:

More practice in the lake. A nice smooth pool is much easier to navigate. Once I rounded the last buoy and was coming back in, I didn't sight enough and veered to the right.
Transition 1
  • 01m 48s

Not a bad transition, had a little trouble getting wetsuit off. Into shoes, helmet and out on course pretty quick after that.
  • 37m 23s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 19.95 mile/hr

More work to be done here. I love to bike so I've got to get my speed up. I pushed harder than two weeks ago and had a better time, so I'm improving, but I think I can go faster.
What would you do differently?:

More training on the bike
Transition 2
  • 00m 57s

Would have been a good transition, but I left my race belt closed and I wasted time unhooking it and then panicked and tried to connect it behind me rather than in front.
What would you do differently?:

Have race belt unhooked and put on in front then turn it around.
  • 24m 33s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 53s  min/mile

Nice run course through the woods. Uphill to first turn around, then back downhill past start and uphill to front of park. Short flat area in sun on sidewalk to second turn around and then back into park for mostly downhill finish. Legs were a bit tired from pushing a little harder on bike, but was only 33 seconds slower than two weeks ago. They didn't have mile markers (or else I missed them), so that affected me since I couldn't tell what my pace was.
What would you do differently?:

Buy a GPS watch??
Post race
Warm down:

Ate some oranges and banana and drank water they handed out at finish. Watch a couple of friends come in from run.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bike and run went as expected. Need more OWS practice and swim practice in general.

Event comments:

Second race of the year and really liked the course. I'll definitely do this one again next year and see how my second year of training pays off. Lots of volunteers at all the turns, cross streets, etc.

Last updated: 2013-02-28 12:00 AM
00:15:55 | 820 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 21/37
Overall: 93/196
Performance: Below average
Suit: Wetsuit
Course: Triangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: High
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:48
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:37:23 | 12.43 miles | 19.95 mile/hr
Age Group: 20/37
Overall: 88/196
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Rolling with a steep unexpected hill at second turn around. Two tight turn arounds that didn't give me trouble. Felt good and almost averaged 20mph which was my goal. Almost there.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:57
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:33 | 03.11 miles | 07m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/37
Overall: 85/196
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5