Buckner Mission Man Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Burlington, North Carolina
United States
Set-up Inc
90F / 32C
Total Time = 1h 48m 53s
Overall Rank = 235/267
Age Group = 30-35 Men
Age Group Rank = 38/41
Pre-race routine:

Got there nice and early and relaxed. I was nervous as I didn't think I had adequetely prepared.
Event warmup:

Did a 5 minute jog
  • 18m 44s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 17s / 100 yards

Swim started out at a wall at the edge of the lake. I felt fairly confident in my swim. When we left I started out way too fast. By time I reached the first buoy I had to turn over and rest for a minute. After I rested and caught my breath I continued on. The rest of the swim was very uneventful and slow. I had to turn over one more time alone the "backstretch".
What would you do differently?:

Start out a little slower and better preparation. I thought I was prepared but then when I got out there found out the hard way that I wasn't even close.
Transition 1
  • 03m 4s

I deliberately took it slow to catch my breath in this transition. I could've gone faster but my strategy by this point had changed to just finishing.
What would you do differently?:

Prepare for the swim better so I could take less time in this transition. Also, maybe dry off a little better, had some trouble with my jersey (or is that my weight???)
  • 47m 35s
  • 15 miles
  • 18.91 mile/hr

I think the aero bars really helped. I did better speed wise than I thought, though, even though it was still slow compared to the other participants. I was very well prepared for the bike though, I had done a lot of biking during this time. For me, I was pleased.
What would you do differently?:

Work on hills just a bit more. I struggled a little on the steep ones.
Transition 2
  • 02m 18s

This was the first time I had used a bar to mount my bike and I mounted it handle bars first. The gap between my front tire and brakes was a little too small to mount that way, so I struggled a little to get it on. Other than that this was fairly smooth.
What would you do differently?:

Mount my bike by the seat instead. I think it will be a touch faster if I can get away with it.
  • 37m 14s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 11m 58s  min/mile

This was by far my worst event of the three. I felt like I walked more than ran. I was just not ready at all. I had some nagging injuries leading up to the event that only affected the run so I was well under trained. The hills killed me going down as well as up. I could not get into a good groove. Not much else to say about that. A run I would love to forget.
What would you do differently?:

Train on hills. Also, change shoes to help prevent some of the nagging injuries that kept me from training as much as I would like.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around for a few minutes and then sat down with a gaterade and relaxed.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training. Most definitely. Had I known how unprepared I was I might not even have attempted this one.

Event comments:

Good race overall. I will attempt it again, as it is my hometown tri. Definately difficult though. I will train especially hard for this one next year.

Last updated: 2006-09-28 12:00 AM
00:18:44 | 820 yards | 02m 17s / 100yards
Age Group: 25/41
Overall: 163/267
Performance: Below average
Suit: Tri Shorts
Course: Loop through middle of lake
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:04
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:47:35 | 15 miles | 18.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 33/41
Overall: 183/267
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Moderately hilly. It was a figure eight configuration kinda with a few decent size hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 78
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:18
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:37:14 | 03.11 miles | 11m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 40/41
Overall: 256/267
Performance: Bad
Course: Mostly trail course and fairly hilly. Nothing sustained, just alway going up and down fairly steep hills. It was also out and back, so there were people running on both sides of the trail. It was a little damp as well from the rain the night before.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
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] 4