Giant Acorn International - Triathlon

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
United States
Set Up Events
60F / 16C
Total Time = 3h 05m 58s
Overall Rank = 193/261
Age Group = 45-49M
Age Group Rank = 22/34
Pre-race routine:

Woke up still battling my cold. Energy drink and a bagel with peanut butter for the road. In the car by 6:15. Listened to 'Happy' as I got closer to get me going.
Event warmup:

I just don't get much of a warm up. I calmly get transition set up. I walk around a bit. I hit the bathroom. Nothing unusual.
  • 33m 30s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 14s / 100 meters

In a wetsuit, I am faster. I came hoping to break 40 minutes. When I got out of the water, I thought it said 39. When I looked again and saw 33, I was shocked. Stumpy Creek, my only previous Olympic swim, was 41:29. 2:03 pace for 1500M is pretty impressive for me.
What would you do differently?:

It's not complicated. I need to learn how to swim.
Transition 1
  • 04m 1s

Totally forgot how to get the wetsuit off. Stuck on my heels. Forgot to do the zippers. And I was a bit gassed from the fast swim. I can do better.
What would you do differently?:

Practice, practice, practice.
  • 1h 28m 20s
  • 26.1 miles
  • 17.73 mile/hr

The ride felt like to was a constant gradual incline. I know that's not possible, but it was strange. I felt all sorts of new pains, particularly in my upper quads.
What would you do differently?:

More serious road work. Biking with the boy is activity and accomplishment.
Transition 2
  • 02m 30s

Pretty smooth in transition. No real problems.
What would you do differently?:

I need to learn how to keep my shoes clipped in.
  • 57m 38s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 17s  min/mile

Splits: 9:42, 8:26, 8:33, 9:54, 9:34, 9:33, 1:57. I kept moving. I was to break an hour. It was either that or the run would break me. My feet were really complaining by the end. Hell, everything was complaining by the end.
What would you do differently?:

Put in more miles. I need to practice that brick if I am going to do more in the future. A bike-run brick is good, but the consequence of the swim really played today as well.
Post race
Warm down:

Not much of one. Grabbed and gulped a water and a gatorade. Had a Cliff Bar. Packed up and got on the road.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Given that this was my first international, I'll absolutely take this performance. Battling a cold since Thursday slowed me down a bit as did September training. But middle of the pack? Really?!? I'll take it.

Event comments:

I stepped up to international. I could have done it in '10, but chose not to because I thought I'd just stink. This time I stepped up because I knew I was strong in all three disciplines. Doing all three together is MUCH harder than I expected. But I got it done. Beat all my targets coming in. A wonderful finish to the season. Next up ... racing 50.

Last updated: 2014-08-06 12:00 AM
00:33:30 | 1500 meters | 02m 14s / 100meters
Age Group: 22/34
Overall: 191/261
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes
Course: Three sides of a long rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:01
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:28:20 | 26.1 miles | 17.73 mile/hr
Age Group: 24/34
Overall: 205/261
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Rolling course around the lake.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:30
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:57:38 | 06.21 miles | 09m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/34
Overall: 164/261
Performance: Good
Course: Double loop. The hill out of transition was tough on loop one and outright brutal on lap two.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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