Devil's Challenge Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Baraboo, Wisconsin
United States
Wisconsin Triathlon Series
36F / 2C
Total Time = 1h 57m 54s
Overall Rank = 556/735
Age Group = 45+
Age Group Rank = 12/25
Pre-race routine:

Woke up in the chilly, chilly morning air and didn't want to get out of my sleeping bag but nature called so...

I brewed a pot of coffee, ate an oatmeal/raisin performance bar and drank some chocolate milk. Made sure I had everything in my bag and was thankful that I threw in a long sleeve shirt as an after thought.
Event warmup:

Rode bike from my camp site down to the start area. Checked in, set up the transition area, walked around a bit. I ate a banana right before I left the transition area and was glad I did.
  • 09m 6s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

It was actually a relief to get in the water which was much warmer than the surrounding air. The water was very clean and calm and I thought quite warm.

I found some open water and actually had a good swim. I sited well but it helped that the course was straight and the markers were large. I started swimming early and swam almost up to the steps. I find running in the water tiring so prefer the swimming.
What would you do differently?:

I don't know if I "race" enough. I am so concerned about the rest of the race and finishing that I don't think I swim as hard as I could. It also didn't help that I haven't been in the water for well over a month.
Transition 1
  • 04m 12s

The run from out of the water to the bikes was pretty long or it seemed like it anyway. This was a particularily slow transition. I had a hard time getting my shirt on so dropped that and moved on to sox and shoes. That was no easier. Finally got everything on and was very glad I had thrown in a light pair of gloves.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure - run faster to bike. Get in "race" mentality.
  • 1h 14m 36s
  • 15 miles
  • 12.06 mile/hr

Wow, those are some hills! They just kept coming and coming and coming. I looked down once and I was pedaling away only going 4mph. On a couple of the downhills I hit 39mph, which was unnerving. I used the brakes as I was not all that comfortable with that speed and/or trying to pass people. The thought of falling over from going slow just didn't seem as painful as the prospect of wiping out at 40mph!

I did drop a chain during the race which was a bummer but at least it was at the bottom of a hill not halfway up. In the grand scheme of things it probably didn't cost me a lot of time but it made me wonder if it would happen again.
What would you do differently?:

The obvious - more hill training. Not sure if I can find any hills that size around here but will do some research. I also need to spend more time riding bike period.
Transition 2
  • 02m 23s

I loosened my bike shoe laces to take my feet out and then thought the better of it - the ground was wet and muddy and my feet were already freezing. I ended up clipping out but it was tough running with loose shoes that were about to fall off.

What would you do differently?:

Think first! Am I running to slow in the transitions?
  • 27m 40s
  • 3 miles
  • 09m 13s  min/mile

My feet were so cold it was like running on clubs. They didn't warm up until 2.5 miles or so.

The final bit was a sprint. Some woman was trying to pass me and her fans were saying easy, schmeasy to catch me - no way! I didn't let her pass me but it made me think I am not running fast enough the rest of the way if I have that much left.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster earlier so I have nothing left at the end.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit, got a bite to eat, talked with some people, packed up my gear and went back to the camp site.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack or "race" mentality? I am new to triathloning so I'm not sure if I'm just a whimp or lack the "race" mentality. I have met my goals in each of the races I did this summer but maybe they are too easy. If I can sprint at the end it makes me think I haven't left it all out on the field. Need to evaluate what my goals are - to finish or to race.

Event comments:

I really enjoyed this race - hills and all. It was well organized with plenty of volunteers. I will do this race again.

Last updated: 2007-05-28 12:00 AM
00:09:06 | 440 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 0/735
Performance: Average
Course: Lake swim in a clear lake. A few weeds at the exit end of the race.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:12
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:14:36 | 15 miles | 12.06 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 0/735
Performance: Good
Course: Hills, hills and more hills.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:23
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:27:40 | 03 miles | 09m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/25
Overall: 0/735
Performance: Good
Course: Fairly flat out and back through the Quartzite campground.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5