Hansgrohe Acworth Women's Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Acworth, Georgia
United States
Georgia Multisports Productions, LLC
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 30m 37s
Overall Rank = 254/539
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 40/77
Pre-race routine:

Got up after some terrible sleep. Got ready at my in-laws house and hit the road about 5:30. Got to the race site just after 6 and headed down to transition.
Event warmup:

Met up with Jamie Cornelius, who was parked and racked right near me. We walked around and then went for a short 10 minute run. That allowed us to round the corner to the bathrooms with no line. (score!) Before lining up in our waves I got in the very warm water and swam some pick-ups to get my swim on.
  • 07m 56s
  • 400 yards
  • 01m 59s / 100 yards

The water was so shallow at the start that once we told to go, almost everyone ran in the water to the first buoy. The water barely made it to my knees so there was no way I could have swam that part, and with people running around me there was no reason to try.

I tried to start sort of near the front to try to get some clear water but there wasn't much to be had. Maybe I didn't go out fast enough or everyone I was around was at a similar speed. There were people all around me. I don't think I've gotten groped so much at the beginning of a swim like I did at this race. My sighting has gotten 100% better so I never got off course. We pretty much all stayed together through the whole swim. I felt very crowded because I was swimming in between women the entire time. Swam until the water got too shallow and stood up. When my feet hit the beach, my watch said 7:00; no wonder the swim felt so short.
What would you do differently?:

I don't know what I could have done differently. This swim was one of my better race swims. The only thing would be to go faster but at this pace in a race my HR is already out of control, but I've learned to deal with it.
Transition 1
  • 01m 36s

Ran up the beach and in to transition. The rack in front of mine had a balloon on the end so it was easy to find my spot. Except Jamie was 2 bikes over and she has the same shoes so I ran to her spot first. Shoes on, helmet on, sunglasses, unracked my bike and ran out.
What would you do differently?:

Besides go faster, nothing. I know T1 could be faster but this is a pretty good time for me.
  • 45m 7s
  • 13.5 miles
  • 17.95 mile/hr

This was a good bike for me. I feel like I pushed it the entire time. My HR was still really high from the swim and so was my breathing. I didn't feel like there were under control until we hit Cobb Pkwy. around mile 5. I took a gel after going through downtown Acworth. Then I thought I might vomit. My stomach was doing flips and never really settled down. The part on Cobb Pkwy. is my favorite. It's straight and mostly flat. Stayed aero for most of the ride, except for turns (because they were all about 90 degree turns) and up the hills. There were two decent hills that some people walked up but there was no way I was going to slow down so I tried to push it the whole time. Elena caught me around mile 10 (while going uphill) and yelled at me to hurry up. I caught her and passed her on a downhill and we pretty much stayed together until the end. It was fun to ride with someone I know.
What would you do differently?:

I don't know. I wanted to go under 45 minutes and I would have if the course had been right at 13 miles. My bike computer had it as 13.7 but I took some off to account for transition.
Transition 2
  • 01m 28s

Racked my bike and saw I was one of the first ones back from my row. Changed shoes, grabbed my visor and race belt and put them on as I was running out of transition.
What would you do differently?:

I don't know how to make this transition faster. My rack was pretty much in the middle so I wasn't really at an advantage or disadvantage with my position. I didn't sit down this time but even standing up my time was about the same so I'm not sure which way is better for me.
  • 34m 31s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 11m 06s  min/mile

This is probably where my race sort of fell apart. I had pushed hard on the swim and the bike and didn't leave alot for the run. I never really felt like I found my running legs. I expected the first mile to be slow, and it was, I hit the first mile marker at 11:30 -- yikes. I wasn't expecting to be that slow. But knowing how I'd pushed it, I'm not sure why I thought it would be faster. I was happy to see Leslie and Mila at the first water table. Between mile 2 and 3 I had to take a walk break because I thought again I might throw up - not pleasant. Miles 2 and 3 were about 11 minute pace. Everytime the breeze blew I got a little chill...um, that's not right. Made it to the finish and was glad to be done.
What would you do differently?:

Leave some gas in the tank to run to my ability. I'm not super speedy but this run should have been faster. I know I'm capable of running a 5k around 30 minutes.
Post race
Warm down:

Made it to the finish, grabbed some water and walked around. I must have been dehydrated because I felt awful. Everytime I would stop walking I felt worse. I was getting chilled and knew that was bad. Went up to get my shirt and got some Endurox, that really helped. After that I started to feel better. Before I drank it I didn't think I could stomach any food or drink anymore water but I did wait in the food line and had a cookie and some fruit....much better.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My training in July was not as consistant as it should have been. Dehydration played a role but I think it was more of the fact that something was out of balance; too much water and not enough electrolytes. I really think I pushed as much as I could have on Sunday.

Event comments:

This race is very well organized and once again GA Multisports did a stellar job. If there were any problems, they weren't obvious to the athletes. The post-race food is probably the best spread of any race I've done. They even had chocolate fondue for dipping fruit. The course is very well marked, the volunteers were awesome and everything went smoothly. I would definitely keep this race on my calendar.

Last updated: 2007-01-30 12:00 AM
00:07:56 | 400 yards | 01m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 34/77
Overall: 0/539
Performance: Average
Course: Out to 2nd buoy, turn to another buoy and then a right turn to the beach.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:36
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:45:07 | 13.5 miles | 17.95 mile/hr
Age Group: 34/77
Overall: 0/539
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Back roads of rolling hills around Acworth including a long stretch on Hwy. 41. Course was advertised as 13 miles, but I passed the 13 mile sign at the top of the hill so I changed it. Might as well be accurate.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:28
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:34:31 | 03.11 miles | 11m 06s  min/mile
Age Group: 55/77
Overall: 0/539
Performance: Below average
Course: One lap on the road around the park then out on the residential roads in Acworth.
Keeping cool Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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