Endurance Magazine Triathlon at Cane Creek - TriathlonSprint

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Waxhaw, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 33m 52s
Overall Rank = 99/179
Age Group = Clydesdales
Age Group Rank = 3/13
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5am. Had a bagel and peanut butter on the way out to the race. Set up my transition, walked around and found everyone. Had a gel right before the swim start
Event warmup:

Walked about 2 miles going back and forth to the truck and then walking around to the swim start.
  • 14m 12s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

Ok swim. Huge wave, so lots of bodies bumping for real estate. Got stuck behind some dude who swam the BACKSTROKE for the entire race. WTF??? I neglected my swim for the end of March and most of April. I really felt that during the swim. I also spiked my heart rate due to the poor swim prep. I came out of the water with a HR of 180 which caused me issues on the bike.

First race with the wetsuit and only my 2nd time wearing one. I couldn't tell as big of a performance difference in the lake as I noticed in the pool, but still know that it was a help.
What would you do differently?:

Really up my swimming. I wasn't where I needed to be with my swim conditioning. It wasn't a bad swim but I know that I could have done better. Swim had buoys on your right, but I kept cutting the corners and having to swim back out to the buoys to make the turn. Guess that's better than going way too far to the outside.
Transition 1
  • 03m 48s

HR was 180 when I hit the beach. Walked most of the really long transition to try to drop it some. Did the same when leaving the TA with the bike. We had about 100 yds or more over uneven grass to get the bike to the road.
What would you do differently?:

Need to trim the wetsuit legs to help get them off faster.
  • 44m 16s
  • 14 miles
  • 18.98 mile/hr

Not sure if it was my HR or what, but I did not feel it on the bike. I'm questioning having spent the money on the Trek right now. I can't seem to hit a good comfort zone with it yet. I like the aero position but the gearing seems to be off from what I like/am used to using. Took a gel at the beginning and end of the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Try not to have a HR of 175 before I turn the pedals the first time.
Transition 2
  • 01m 45s

Decent TA, nothing spectacular. Long way from the road to my rack.
  • 29m 53s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 37s  min/mile

HR issues continued into the first part of the run. I walked as much of the 1st lap as I ran. Just couldn't get my HR under control. Keith caught and passed me early on the first lap. During lap two, I got things under control, had a really strong mile 2 and a good mile 3. Was able to throw down a strong sprint at the end and passed another couple of people on the way to the finish line.
What would you do differently?:

Keep working on my run. It's continuing to get better but it still has a long way to go. This was actually my 2nd best stand-alone 5k time.
Post race
Warm down:

gatorade, bagel, and banana waiting for more of the Queen City crew to finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

ME--but especially my poor swim conditioning for this race

Event comments:

Enjoyed the smaller race, but our swim wave was huge. Probably half of the 300 racers were in my wave, out of the 4 total.

Last updated: 2007-02-15 12:00 AM
00:14:12 | 820 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/13
Overall: 84/179
Performance: Average
avg 174, high of 178
Suit: Blue Seventy Reaction Long John
Course: Flat U-shape, point to point swim
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:48
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:44:16 | 14 miles | 18.98 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/13
Overall: 85/179
Performance: Below average
avg 163, high of 167
Wind: Little
Course: Kind of a rectangle leaving from the park's access road out to Hwy 200 and back around.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:45
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:29:53 | 03.11 miles | 09m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/13
Overall: 138/179
Performance: Good
Avg of 175, high of 180.
Course: 2 loop, out and back. Part of the course on a gravel access road, down a long hill to the turnaround point, then back up the hill and down the access road. Turn-around point for lap 2 was about 100 yds from the finish which is mentally tough.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3