Giant Acorn International - Triathlon

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
United States
Set Up Events
55F / 13C
Total Time = 2h 32m 29s
Overall Rank = 138/509
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 8/33
Pre-race routine:

Woke up and ate bowl of cereal. Also ate English muffin with peanut butter during hour drive to race site. Ate 2 Lara bars while setting up transition.
Event warmup:

Spent 10 minutes in Lake Anna swimming to get heart rate up.
  • 26m 20s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 46s / 100 meters

I tried to start fast with my wave as I am trying to be less tentative with the swim. After 200-300 meters, however, I started to find difficulty finding clean water. The rest of the swim felt like a struggle, but my time is great.
What would you do differently?:

Continue working on getting more comfortable with the swim. Stop thinking about it so much and rely on my training.
Transition 1
  • 03m 10s

It took me too long to get my socks on as my feet were wet and sandy.
What would you do differently?:

I need to get bike shoes and do this without socks.
  • 1h 15m 34s
  • 26.09 miles
  • 20.72 mile/hr

The second half of the course was more challenging than I expected with quite a few hills. None were overly steep, but they kept coming. I really worked to push them hard.
What would you do differently?:

I need to get clipless pedals and keep working on bike training.
Transition 2
  • 01m 10s

I turned the wrong way in T1 and ran about 5 steps in the wrong direction before realizing where the run start was.
What would you do differently?:

Concentrate more on where the run start is located.
  • 46m 18s
  • 10 kms
  • 04m 38s  min/km

The uphill out of T2 was slow on each lap. I felt great by middle of first lap and started to push the pace for the second half of each lap. I met up with Adam from RTC early on the second lap. We chatted for a minute. I was feeling good and pushed ahead.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder on the uphills at the start of each lap.
Post race
Warm down:

Pizza, gatorade, water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I need to get more comfortable with the swim and continue to push the pace on all 3.

Event comments:

I had an absolute blast at this race. I felt really good. I am sad that the season is over as I want to keep racing. I will try a half next summer.

Last updated: 2013-09-30 12:00 AM
00:26:20 | 1500 meters | 01m 46s / 100meters
Age Group: 10/33
Overall: 205/509
Performance: Average
Suit: wetsuit
Course: simple rectangle - out across, and back to beach
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:10
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:15:34 | 26.09 miles | 20.72 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/33
Overall: 149/509
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Big loop on main roads around and across Lake Anna. The first half was mostly downhill and the second half mostly uphill. Great views crossing the lake several times.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:10
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:46:18 | 10 kms | 04m 38s  min/km
Age Group: 9/33
Overall: 127/509
Performance: Good
Course: Two loops through Lake Anna State Park. It started with fairly steep uphill out of transition and then flattened out in the middle portion. The finish was steeply downhill on a paved trail through the woods. Then along the edge of the lake to the finish.
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