MotorCity Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Detroit, Michigan
United States
3 Disciplines Racing
82F / 28C
Total Time = 1h 16m 29s
Overall Rank = 33/272
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 5/24
Pre-race routine:

Got up at a quarter after "holy cow is it early". Had the usual pre-race breakfast (coffee, water, and peanut-butter toast). Loaded up the truck and headed out to the race. Stuck with tradition and got lost on the way to the venue (happens everytime I race someplace new).

Eventually, found the place. Picked up my packet and setup T2 (this race uses two transition areas). Road my bike down to T1 and set that up. Got body marked and just mingled for a bit talking with people about wetsuits(trying to decide between a 2XU full and QR full). Hit the bathroom multiple times and headed out to warmup about an hour before the first wave. Ate a cliff bar right before the course meeting.
Event warmup:

Pretty normal warmup. Some light running and stretching followed by some running drills. Since there was about an hour wait between the first wave and my wave, went for a short swim about ten minutes before my start.
  • 12m 19s
  • 547 yards
  • 02m 15s / 100 yards

Ran out to the buoys trying to stay in the middle pack. When the water got thigh deep dove in to start swimming and immediately got kicked pretty hard. Had to stand up to recover from that one. Looked for some open space and tried it again. This worked for about five strokes until I caught some people in front of me. I don't know if it was intentional or not but everytime I tried to pass they swam into me. Didn't want to swim over someone, so went way wide to get around them.

Found a little swimming room but kept drifting to the right so I had to site and course-correct quite a bit. Things got violent again at the turn around buoy; got kicked several times and had to knock the arms away of a guy who kept trying to swim over me.

Eventually, found some room to swim again. Was still drifting to the right so I had to site often. When the water got knee deep, got up and started running in.

What would you do differently?:

Things just haven't "clicked" in the swim portion of the two races I have done this year. I am not swimming bad (for me), but not great either. Not sure what I need to do different.
Transition 1
  • 01m 46s

Good transition. Didn't bother drying my feet off this time. Just wiped them on my towel and slapped on the shoes and socks. Worked good--no problems getting socks on wet feet. Grabbed my helmet (a little problem getting it buckled), race belt, and nutrition and headed out. Picked up a few spots here as I am sure I got out of transition before some people who beat me out of the water.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, this was a smooth transition for me.
  • 36m 41s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 20.33 mile/hr

Pretty uneventful ride. Course was crowded (300+ people on a 5.5 mile loop), so had to do some weaving in and out to get by some of the other riders. For the most part though, the slower riders were staying to the right and I never felt like I was being blocked and never witnessed any blatant drafting.

Goal for this race was to push hard enough be a little uncomfortable on the bike. Was definately pushing when the wind was against me, but I could have gone harder when the wind was at my back. A solid ride though, I think I passed more people than passed me.

What would you do differently?:

When we had a tailwind or a beneficial crosswind should have moved to a harder gear and hammered a bit more.
Transition 2
  • 00m 46s

Got a little agitated as I entered transition and saw that someone had racked in my spot. There was no gray area here, his/her front wheel was in my shoes. Shifted that bike over changed shoes and headed back out.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, the only problem was something that I had no control over.
  • 24m 58s
  • 3.4 miles
  • 07m 20s  min/mile

Felt a little winded coming out transition. Wasn't too worried as every brick I have done this year I have gotten stronger as the run progressed. Skipped the aid station that was close to transition as I had finished a full bottle of gatorade on the bike. Did the first mile in a little over 8 minutes, a little slower than I wanted but I was starting to feel good. Sucked down a gel and grabbed a water before the next aid station (even managed to get some of the water in my mouth).

Right as we entered the woods I started feeling great, so I really picked up the pace. I passed a lot of people in the woods including two guys from my age group. Had to slow down a little when the path diverged and I didn't know which way to go. Lucky for me there was a runner behind me who was on his second loop of the Olympic race and yelled to stay to the left (thanks!!!).

Was still feeling good and steadily passing people (including one more in my age group) as I exited the woods. Right before the aid station, got passed by two 20 somethings who were absolutely flying--wanted to stay with them but knew I would blow up if I tried. Tried to get water at the aid station but they did not have any ready and I wasn't waiting.

Right before we entered the finish shoot I saw a guy in my age group. Really wanted to take him so I started sprinting for all I was worth. He must have heard/felt me coming because he started sprinting before I got to him. I was gaining on him but I just ran out of room.
What would you do differently?:

Start my kick earlier, think I could have taken the guy if I had another 15 yards or so. Overall, I still think I can push harder--not fully trusting my run endurance yet, especially in the early stages.
Post race
Warm down:

Found the guy that beat me in the sprint finish and congratulated him. Walked around a bit trying to get the heart rate under control. Grabbed some food and cheered on the other competitors. Waited for the preliminary results to be posted (took forever because they were having problems with their Champion Chip system).

Couldn't stay for the raffle/awards so I picked up my bike and found my cycle computer missing. Went and checked to see if it was at lost and found (it wasn't). Took another look for it in the transition area and bike-in. Couldn't find it, so just waited in line to get my swim gear and then headed home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

In short, the swim. Very happy with how I am biking this year and ecstatic with how I am running. Think I need to work in some more OWS as part of my swim training.

Event comments:

Only a so-so race. They didn't have enough people doing body marking so the lines were exceptionaly long. They were handing out chips at T1 but wouldn't give you the chip unless you showed them your number; so people were having to go back to T2 to pick up their race belts (this was corrected later). Backup/manual timing had to be used do to problems with the ChampionChip system.

Also didn't like the two transition areas. Prefer having all of my gear in one spot and not having to wait in line as they unload the swim gear from the truck.

This is the only second year at this venue, and 3 Disciplines normally puts on a great race, so I am sure it will be better next year.

Last updated: 2007-05-29 12:00 AM
00:12:19 | 547 yards | 02m 15s / 100yards
Age Group: 11/24
Overall: 76/272
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri-Suite
Course: In the Detroit river. Out and back course in shallow water paralleling the shore. Distance was measured buoy to buoy and did not include the run to/from the buoys.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:46
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:36:41 | 12.43 miles | 20.33 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/24
Overall: 58/272
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: Two loop course around Bell Isle. Mostly flat with a few very minor hills. It was windy though. Seemed to be mainly a crosswind.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:46
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:58 | 03.4 miles | 07m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/24
Overall: 22/272
Performance: Good
Course: First mile or so was on blacktop down the middle of the island. The next mile was through the woods on an unpaved trail (definately some rugged spots). Last portion was same as the first.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 2