Virginia Run Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Centreville, Virginia
United States
Fins Wheels Feet Racing
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 19m 29s
Overall Rank = 137/354
Age Group = F 30-35
Age Group Rank = 2/21
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:30 and in the car by 5:10. Had some coffee and a bagel on the way. Brad and I set up our transition area and then waited inside to stay warm. We found Ron, Ernie and Rick and talked to them for a bit.

Event warmup:

After being called to the poolside, we shivered until the race started.
No real warm up per say.
  • 04m 39s
  • 250 meters
  • 01m 52s / 100 meters

Similar to last year's race, the swim was a little bit of a mess. Before I started, everyone was swimming on top of eachother during the first lap. I had clear lanes for most of the swim. I passed someone at one of the walls and attempted to pass two others at the 225 meter mark (but they weren't letting me pass). Flip turning and pushing off into the other lane was above average. As I was getting out of the pool, I hit my shin on the lip of the cement pool *OUCH* (and now have a huge, painful bruise).
What would you do differently?:

Not completely happy with this swim time, but I feel it's hard to have a fast split in a pool swim like this. Also, I wore my Team GU shorts and jersey - first time swimming in a shirt. I would have swim harder/be more agressive about passing and not hit my shin.
Transition 1
  • 01m 6s

Actually felt great running from the pool to the bike. As with last year, the run is on very rough blacktop which hurts your feet. My bike rack was pretty close to the swim so it wasn't too bad.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Great T1 - shaved 2 minutes from last year. Last year I put on a long sleeved shirt and went without it this year.
  • 44m 35s
  • 12.4 miles
  • 16.69 mile/hr

I felt great on the bike from the start, besides being wet and cold. First loop was uneventful. Brad passed me mid-way through the first loop. I spun up the two hills and enjoyed the tailwind on the way to start the second loop. Second loop was similar to the first except my feet were getting progressively colder and colder. Ended the bike strong pushing it hard down Pleasant Valley with that extra kick from the tailwind.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing at all...I felt awesome on the bike (and was 2 minutes faster than last year)!
Transition 2
  • 01m 17s

As I got off the bike, my feet felt like frozen blocks. I racked my bike and had a little bit of an issue getting it into the rack (I've never used this kind holds just your wheel). I sat down to change shoes so I could brush off the rocks that were in my bike shoes on the run from the pool. Grabbed my visor and glasses and I was off.
What would you do differently?:

Not sit down...I probably would have moved faster if I stayed standing.
  • 27m 50s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 57s  min/mile

As soon as I started running, my feet felt like frozen blocks! I grabbed a cup of water at the beginning of the run and continued on. Besides my feet, my body and breathing felt great right off the bat. I saw Rick early on my run and he was cruising and looking strong! I then saw Brad before hitting mile one and he looked great! I hit the first mile marker and was so happy with my first split! I saw Ernie before I hit the turn around and water stop. I grabbed some water and knew I was almost finished. I saw Ron shortly after I made the turn around. In some ways, I would have been happy for him to catch me so we could run together (or I could pace with him). On the other hand, I didn't want him to catch me. It was just something to keep me going and to push me. I hit the turn and knew the finish was close. As I turned the last corner to the finish, I saw Brad cheering for me and I finished strong.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing at all! It was the best run I've had off the bike ever!!
And it was fun to keep an eye out for friends on the course! Ended up shaving 5 minutes and 30 seconds off of last year's run time on the same course.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed some food and hung around talking to peeps (Ron, Ernie, Rick, and met Chippy for the first time). After Brad checked out the results and thought he placed 4th in his AG, we decided to hit the road. I didn't even look at my results. I knew I did better than last year, but wouldn't have ever thought I'd place in my AG!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I am not sure I could have performed much better (especially after riding 100 miles the day before). I felt strong from the start!

Event comments:

After doing this race again, I'd say it's again a great race! Besides being local so we can sleep in our own bed, it was well run, and a decent course for being in a neighborhood. Despite the weather being chilly and the start being early, it's a fun, organized race that I'll add to my calendar for next year.

Last updated: 2007-02-05 12:00 AM
00:04:39 | 250 meters | 01m 52s / 100meters
Age Group: 2/21
Overall: 61/354
Performance: Average
Suit: none
Course: Odd numbers started on one end of the pool and evens started on the other. It was a snake swim, up and back in the same lane.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:06
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:44:35 | 12.4 miles | 16.69 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/21
Overall: 186/354
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Course was two loops in/around Pleasant Valley Drive.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:17
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:27:50 | 03.11 miles | 08m 57s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/21
Overall: 199/354
Performance: Good
M1: 9:08 M2: 9:19 Last 1.1: 9:23
Course: Out and back on neighborhood street with some rolling hills
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4