T-Gator Series - Race #1 - TriathlonSprint

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
United States
Lake Charles Triathletes
75F / 24C
Total Time = 58m 47s
Overall Rank = 58/87
Age Group = 35-40
Age Group Rank = 16/17
Pre-race routine:

T-3hrs woke up and ate peanut butter & honey on whole wheat bread and drank cup of water. Went back to sleep until T-2hrs and had banana and another cup of water. At T-15minutes had a clif shot with water.
Event warmup:

Ran 1.5 miles at easy pace and stretched.
  • 09m 11s
  • 437 yards
  • 02m 06s / 100 yards

Very bad swim. I've never been in open, cold water and wasn't prepared for the difficulty in getting my face in the water. I tried to start with the face down, but either reflex or psyche kept me from doing it. I took on some water and soon my breathing was running away, which made getting face down even harder. Luckily I've built upper body endurance and could still stroke my arms the whole way. Some others couldn't and it hurt them even more.
What would you do differently?:

I've got to learn to get comfortable on the open water. This really hurt me overall as my run and bike were adequate for a much better time had the swim gone better.
Transition 1
  • 02m 34s

No problems with transition.
  • 29m 18s
  • 10 miles
  • 20.48 mile/hr

Felt like I did well here. I caught up to the back of the group after falling back in the swim. So I made up 2-3 minutes here.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing other than getting my own, fitted bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 2s

Had my shoes untied! Normally I've got them laced in a way I can just pop the shoes on and they are already double tied. They became untied later and became an issue later.
What would you do differently?:

Tied the shoes double-knotted before
  • 16m 3s
  • 2 miles
  • 08m 01s  min/mile

Having my shoes untied in transition area slowed me a bit. I then only single-tied them and then the right one came undone about halfway through the run. I ran on anyway... Passed an AG at the end to come in next to DFL.
What would you do differently?:

Double-tie shoes
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

My whole family had tee-shirts with "Team Brad" printed on them. My infant son and 4yo daughter had "Team Daddy". They cheered as I was racing along. It was nice because people would be saying "You're Brad." It definitely helped keep me in the water as well. Thanks everyone.

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Last updated: 2006-11-19 12:00 AM
00:09:11 | 437 yards | 02m 06s / 100yards
Age Group: 15/17
Overall: 75/87
Performance: Bad
Suit: Neosport Short John
Course: Down the river
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:34
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
00:29:18 | 10 miles | 20.48 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/17
Overall: 40/87
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 5 miles out and back
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:02
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:16:03 | 02 miles | 08m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/17
Overall: 55/87
Performance: Average
Course: 1 mile out and back
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 3