Tower Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Niles, Illinois
United States
Leaning Tower YMCA
46F / 8C
Total Time = 1h 14m 38s
Overall Rank = 90/250
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 4/22
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:00. Shower, made a bagel, drank a Coke Zero. Brought my bags out to the car and headed over to Eileen's. Slapped my bike on the back of her car and took off.

Once at the race, we racked out bikes right next to run out ... it was the best we could do. Went inside and got marked (and warmed up!). Amazingly, we did NOTHING to warm up physically.
Event warmup:

Watched Eileen's wave go off, and another guy I knew was there, watched his wave go off. Hung out, gelled about 15 minutes before my wave, counted the wave before me. Hopped in the water. Of course, the lane I was in had the swimmer who was last in heat before me. I had time to dunk my head and go!
  • 08m 29s
  • 450 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

Good swim. I was in a later wave because I mistyped my time when I signed up. I was the first one out by a lap and a half. Ooops. Although, I really didn't mind being the first guy out and looking like a rock star.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure I sign up with the right time.
Transition 1
  • 01m 29s

Not my swiftest entry into my shoes once on the bike. My feet were still a little wet. VERY windy on half the course. Nice and fast on the other part. All balanced out.
What would you do differently?:

Dry my feet.
  • 36m 30s
  • 11.18 miles
  • 18.38 mile/hr

Into the wind just sucked. And it was COLD but really, I figured everyone else was as cold as I was. I got passed by 3 guys, but no women. :)
What would you do differently?:

Keep hammering on the bike. This is clearly an area for improvement.
Transition 2
  • 02m 37s

Everything was going okay and as I tried to jam my right foot into my running shoes AAARRRGGGHHH! Major pain ... cramp in my right calf. I had to take time to rub that sucker out.
What would you do differently?:

Umm, drink more to avoid the damn cramp!
  • 25m 34s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 13s  min/mile

I held back on the run in hopes that I wouldn't tweak the cramp anymore. I would call it painful comfort. When there was a mile left I though f' it ... I'm going. And I did. Definitely negative splits.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder on the run regardless. Deal with the consequences later. It cost me 3rd place in my AG.
Post race
Warm down:

Took a HOT shower. Ate a bananny. Drank lots of water. Got the hell out of the cold and into a warm car.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Cramping ... clearly a hydration issue.

Event comments:

The course isn't anything special but the people/volunteers made the race well worth doing. It was really nice!

Last updated: 2007-05-10 12:00 AM
00:08:29 | 450 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/22
Overall: 0/250
Performance: Good
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:29
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:36:30 | 11.18 miles | 18.38 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/22
Overall: 0/250
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: BORING but fine. 5 laps around an industrial park.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:37
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:25:34 | 03.11 miles | 08m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/22
Overall: 0/250
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back through the industrial park. No big whoop. Wind was at our backs on the way back. NICE!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3