Crystal Lake Triathlon - Triathlon

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Averill Park, New York
United States
Capital District Triathlon Club
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 27m
Overall Rank = 3/198
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 2/6
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:00am, thinking about how tired I was from a poor night's sleep after a backpacking trip the two days prior to the race. Figured it was "just a sprint" and went about packing and eating a pancake breakfast. My body was not cooperating with the usual morning BM, which was worrisome. For the first time ever the kiddos were around on a weekend I was racing, so I was pretty excited to have the extra cheering section today. We all got in the car and headed to the venue.
Event warmup:

A little bit of jogging to and from the bathroom (still no BM) but no real warmup. Then right as transition was closing my body finally decided it was time. Luckily there was no line and the porta-potty was not THAT dirty. Was glad not to have to carry that around with me all day! Got some final goodlucks from the family, and headed to the swim start.
  • 13m 29s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 32s / 100 yards

This was probably my best swim ever in a race! I started up in the front with the hopes of just catching some fast feet and holding a hard pace for the whole way. I started out pretty frenzied and had some trouble finding someone to draft off, but after a few minutes I was able to settle and get behind someone who was swimming fast and straight. Followed this guy around both buoys and most of the home stretch, before switching to another set of feet that was more to my liking. The pace was still very hard, but with the swim exit approaching I just kept motoring along.

Would find out later that there was one guy from my wave that was way out ahead, followed by a small group of swimmers to come out next - a group that I was in. Wow!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Great, great swim for me
Transition 1
  • 01m 14s

Pretty good T1, suit did not get stuck which is a common issue for me. I overheard someone tell another guy in transition that he was 2nd out of the water. What!? Couldn't believe I came out of the water that close to the front!
What would you do differently?:

Not play with my watch, wasted a few seconds for no reason.
  • 52m 46s
  • 18 miles
  • 20.47 mile/hr

Pretty solid bike. My goal was to average around 200 watts, and I ended up at 199 with 204 normalized, so I'd say I was right on. Kept the pressure on the entire way, making sure to push downhill and keep good form uphill. Near the out and back I saw only two guys ahead of me - I was in 3rd place! I calculated I was about 4 minutes behind the lead guy and maybe 3 behind 2nd place. Catching them was probably out of the question, so my goal was to hold on to my podium spot. I was very aware that even if I crossed the line 3rd, someone from another wave could snag that spot, so I was determined to keep pushing hard.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 00m 43s

Solid, simple T2
What would you do differently?:

  • 18m 50s
  • 3 miles
  • 06m 17s  min/mile

Came out of T2 with a big smile on my face, I couldn't believe how well this race was going. Got some high fives from the family as I came down the road leading out of the park. It appeared that no one was anywhere near me - in front or behind - so my only motivation for pushing hard was the possibility that someone from another wave could knock me off the podium. So I ran as fast as I could on legs that were quickly reminding me of their fatigue from hiking in the mountains for two days. Had a big smile coming back into the park, got some more high fives as I kicked it in and crossed the line in 3rd place for the first time ever!
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Chatted with the family - was so happy the kids were there to see my best finish (in terms of overall place) ever. Stretched a little bit and eventually went down to the lake and waded in up to my waist for a few minutes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I mean, this was a pretty awesome all around performance for me, but I'm guessing I could have gone a LITTLE faster hard I not been backpacking in the Catskills right before racing. Still, it wouldn't have changed my place and I am super happy with my result today.

Event comments:

Been doing this race since I started the sport in 2008 (missing '09 and '12) and I just love it. The venue is great and you can't beat sleeping at home for a race. Throw in the fact that this year I had my best finish ever and the whole family was there to see it and I couldn't ask for more!

Last updated: 2014-08-17 12:00 AM
00:13:29 | 880 yards | 01m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/6
Overall: 9/198
Performance: Good
Course: Counterclockwise rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:14
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:52:46 | 18 miles | 20.47 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/6
Overall: 5/198
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Rolling out and back
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:43
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:18:50 | 03 miles | 06m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/6
Overall: 6/198
Performance: Good
Course: Loop around the lake with a climb out of transition and some rollers throughout, finishing on the grass near the parking lot.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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] 5