Virginia Run Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Centreville, Virginia
United States
Fins Wheels Feet Racing
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 01m 14s
Overall Rank = 11/354
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 3/21
Pre-race routine:

it was a 6:45 start. we had everything packed and ready to go the night before so we woke up ~4:30, had a bagel and threw the bikes on the car. once there, we set up the transition area, got body marked and picked up our chip, and then headed to the bathroom. we sat around in the foyer to stay out of the cold until the sun came up.
Event warmup:

none. i thought about going for a quick ride or run to see how the legs were feeling, but decided against it. instead, i hopped up and down to try to stay warm. we also got to watch jon do the swim. he is a special olympics athlete that does this tri every year. he seems like a good guy and it's pretty cool to see him out there.
  • 04m 32s
  • 250 meters
  • 01m 49s / 100 meters

swim went well. i passed 1 person after 150 meters and then had open water the rest of the way. time includes getting out of the pool and 30 yard run to the mat, so pretty fast time for me.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 01m 14s

i decided to go without socks so it was faster than last year. it doesn't look like i gave up much time this year.
What would you do differently?:

  • 35m 25s
  • 12 miles
  • 20.33 mile/hr

it was cold to start the bike, but i settled in and warmed up pretty quickly. i rode 100 miles the day before, so i wasn't sure what to expect, but i felt good. i pushed it a little, but i could tell i would be a little slower than last year (partly the strong winds and partly the heavy week of training). i didn't get passed at all, but it's obvious i'm losing time on the bike to anyone in the top slots.
What would you do differently?:

nothing. happy for not tapering or training for sprints.
Transition 2
  • 01m 5s

dismount was fantastic, but had trouble getting the bike to stand up in the new usat racks. i guess i should have practiced that during set up, but it went in so easily before the race it didn't even cross my mind.
What would you do differently?:

look at new racks more closely.
  • 18m 58s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 06s  min/mile

luckily i can run. i gave up time all day, but was able to end well. i was very happy with the run. i pr'd at a 5k on friday, so i wasn't sure if i would be fully recovered. i felt ok and was actually pretty comfortable. i tried to catch a guy on the final turn, but he was able to hold me off with a good sprint. that's always fun.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

strectched and talked with 3558 and daremo who both had awesome races. waited for ron and k to come in. they both had great races too and came in before i was expecting them. we grabbed some food and were ready to head out with the whole day left to do nothing!
wthe results were posted, but i counted wrong and thought i got 4th again this year so we took off. i ended up getting 3rd! not sure what you get for that, but i'll have to make arrangments to pick it up.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

in the last 4 days, i ran 17 miles, rode 38 miles, ran a 5k, and then rode 100 miles, so i wan't exactly tapered. generically though, i need to do more specific bike training and speedwork if i'm going to try to be competitive.

Event comments:

for a small local sprint, this is a great race. they are very organized, fun, chip timing is perfect, and i like the post race food. for being in a development, i really like the course.
there are small things like inconvenient packet pickup and the race starting late as well as things outside their control like the transition set up incorrectly (bike in/out has to be the same in that parking lot). all in all though i would definitely recommend this race for anyone.

Last updated: 2007-04-23 12:00 AM
00:04:32 | 250 meters | 01m 49s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/21
Overall: 52/354
Performance: Good
Suit: none
Course: pool swim. 1 lap in five lanes (up and back in same lane)
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:14
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:35:25 | 12 miles | 20.33 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/21
Overall: 28/354
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: two loops of 2 lolipops. some flat, some rolling, and a short climb on each loop.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:05
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:18:58 | 03.11 miles | 06m 06s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/21
Overall: 6/354
Performance: Good
Course: out and back with long slight inclines.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4