Tri the Parks - Indian Springs State Park - TriathlonSprint

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Flovilla, Georgia
United States
Blue Sky Sports
80F / 27C
Total Time = 8h 00m
Overall Rank = /522
Age Group = Clydesdales
Age Group Rank = 14/24
Pre-race routine:

Got up, forgot to eat the breakfast I had laid out, and drove to the park. Stopped at McDonald's on the way. I set up transition and saw Lou, Leslie, and Ron. Got down to the beach about 15 minutes before the start and chatted with people I know. Drank way too little.
Event warmup:

Short swim in the lake.
  • 14m 36s
  • 656 yards
  • 02m 14s / 100 yards

Some day I will stick to my plan and start near the front. I can swim faster than the majority of the clydes and I still can't bring myself to swim over people. For the first half of the swim I felt like I was swimming in slow motion because full strokes would cause me to run into the people ahead of me. I had about 200 yards of pretty open water but then I ran into alot of people from the two waves ahead of me. I was thirsty before the start and, while on the beach, realized that I had only had about 4 oz. to drink that morning.
What would you do differently?:

Definitely start towards the front and push it. There's no reason for me to be slower than 1:45 100's in a sprint. Drink more the morning of the race.
Transition 1
  • 02m 18s

I'm not sure why my time was so bad here, other than having trouble putting on my socks.
What would you do differently?:

Try going sockless?
  • 42m 50s
  • 12.8 miles
  • 17.93 mile/hr

I felt pretty good on the bike. For the first time I was actually passing people! And only a few of them were on mountain bikes. I only got passed by two people and I must of passed 25 or 30. I was in the next-to-last wave with only the novices and relays behind me so I should not have been passed much. I dropped my chain twice, costing me less than a minute each time (once it came off the lower pulley of the rear derailleur too) but I was able to chase down those who went by both times. My goal was to average 18 mph for the ride and I almost did that even with the chain delays.
What would you do differently?:

Be more careful with my shifting. Both times I dropped my chain I was trying to shift while in the aerobars. I have an older ('82) bike with downtube shifters so it's a little bit of a challenge to shift while in aero.
Transition 2
  • 01m 6s

Not a bad transition. I did not run all the way up the hill and out the run exit.
What would you do differently?:

Run all the way.
  • 31m 57s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 10m 19s  min/mile

This is where I fell apart. I probably pushed too hard on the bike and I definitely was dehydrated. I ran a little too fast for the first half mile and then started walking the hills. By this time it was too late to catch up on hydration. I also have been doing mostly long runs and slow 5k's with my running group. I need to start doing more speed work and race pace runs.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more starting days in advance. Not push quite so hard on the bike. Do more running at race pace. More bricks too.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around to find friends. Drank 3 full bottles of water in the hour after the race. I waited around to see Rebecca and Dan get their hardware before heading to Fresh Air Barbeque for a recovery meal.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not following my game plan with nutrition, hydration, and placement on the swim. It was still only my third tri and I have two more sprints before I tackle the South Carolina HIM.

Event comments:

The race was great. It's my performance that wasn't.

Last updated: 2007-05-25 12:00 AM
00:14:36 | 656 yards | 02m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/24
Overall: 0/522
Performance: Below average
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:18
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:42:50 | 12.8 miles | 17.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/24
Overall: 0/522
Performance: Good
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:06
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:31:57 | 03.1 miles | 10m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/24
Overall: 0/522
Performance: Bad
Course: Rolling hills.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
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