Yorktown Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Yorktown, Virginia
United States
Set-Up, LLC
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 12m 22s
Overall Rank = 122/437
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 21/38
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 0440 (ouch!). Had 2 bags of instant oatmeal and a cup of coffee and hit the road. Got up to Yorktown about 0550 or so. I parked at the visitors center, but that was quite a hike to the race area...there are closer places to park. Set up my transition, then went back to the truck to get my swim gear. About 90 minutes prior to race, had a banana. At 60 minutes, a chocolate Cliff Bar.
Event warmup:

Stand around in transition area...and getting into wetsuit
  • 14m 35s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 56s / 100 meters

I really underperformed in the swim. I was having a hard time relaxing and getting into a good rhythm. First, I had to pee something fierce, which plagued me the entire race. Then I struggled against the wetsuit...next time I want to try a sleeveless. I didn't like the suit near as much as I thought I was going to...(First time in a wetsuit)...Finally, I kept veering left and I was way outside of the main swimlane. I swam my ass a couple races out there zig zagging all over tarnation and back. Bottom line, I never got comfortable and in the groove...too many waves in the face and too many things I wasn't used to with the open water swim. I'm glad I'm current on my shots, because I drank quite a bit of the York River today.
What would you do differently?:

1. Go with a sleeveless wetsuit, or train with a full sleeve suit...my shoulders got really tired trying to move that thing around.
2. Practice OWS. That is a pain to setup when you don't live where it is convenient, but there is a reason EVERYBODY tells you to practice OWS.
3. Do a better job on swim workouts during training...swimming is my least favorite event, but if you don't train to it, you ain't going to get any better!
Transition 1
  • 02m 37s

No problems...at least that I can remember.

Age Group (17/38)
What would you do differently?:

Try to move a little faster coming out of the water.
  • 31m 34s
  • 12 miles
  • 22.81 mile/hr

After my swim, it took a bit to get into the groove on the bike. However, the course was fast and my pace was fast (at least for me :P ).

3 min 34 seconds off the lead pace in my age group...1 minute 58 seconds off top 5 in age group.
What would you do differently?:

Don't know...I enjoyed the bike...maybe I was just happy to be out of the water!
Transition 2
  • 01m 29s

The bike rack was about 1 inch too short, so I couldn't get my seat under it to re-rack

28/38 in age group.
What would you do differently?:

Practice popping the bike shoes off and leaving them on the pedals
  • 22m 10s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 08s  min/mile

I was pretty damn tired by this point, but I felt pretty good. I need to get more conditioning to be able to keep up the intensity by this point...and lose more weight.

3 min 49 seconds off age group run leader, 2 min 20 seconds off 5th place in age group.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Stand around.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Sucky swimming and not training between Oct 05 and Apr 07.

Event comments:

Good race!

Last updated: 2007-05-19 12:00 AM
00:14:35 | 750 meters | 01m 56s / 100meters
Age Group: 28/38
Overall: 259/437
Performance: Below average
Suit: Xterra Ventilator Full Sleeve (L)
Course: Straight out about 50 or 75M, right turn and follow the shoreline down...turn right and finish. The water was a lot muckier than in Florida.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Below average Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Below average
Time: 02:37
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:31:34 | 12 miles | 22.81 mile/hr
Age Group: 19/38
Overall: 94/437
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Very moderate rolling. A big triangle lollipop.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:29
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:22:10 | 03.11 miles | 07m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/38
Overall: 92/437
Performance: Good
Course: 1.5 mile out and back. Parallels the river on a brick path for just over a mile...then, then there is a LOVELY climb up from the river.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4