Tri the Parks - Indian Springs State Park - TriathlonSprint

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Flovilla, Georgia
United States
Blue Sky Sports
Total Time = 1h 29m 24s
Overall Rank = 305/490
Age Group = M - Novice
Age Group Rank = 5/21
Pre-race routine:

Up early, hit the road and ate clif and drank coffee on the way. Set up transition, chatted with a couple of people, and ran into a guy from spin class.
Event warmup:

Got in and swam to the buoy and back -- then did some stretching to work out the calf crunch (really painful last couple of days) and the sore right shoulder...
  • 14m 36s
  • 656 yards
  • 02m 14s / 100 yards

Felt pretty good - but got well off course at one point on the "back stretch". Came home strong and jogged uphill to the T.
What would you do differently?:

I need to practice sighting more, and remember to raise my head more often. I also want to practice bilateral breathing to help with staying straight while swimming. I think some lessons may be in order -- I know I should be faster.
Transition 1
  • 03m 22s

Well, I have no idea where I was for this long! Clearly out in space! I have to practice this and get a LOT faster. I honestly do not know what the heck I was doing all this time.
What would you do differently?:

Practice Practice Practice
  • 42m 18s
  • 12.8 miles
  • 18.16 mile/hr

Starting with the novices at the back of the pack, I had the happy experience of passing lots of people and not constantly being passed (in fact, I was only passed twice, both times by people on the fancy tri bikes. I had a really good ride in a really big gear (for me) and in fact probably could have pushed a bit faster. On the whole, I'm very happy with the result. Had a nice rush of adrenaline seeing my family surprise me on the way out (wasn't expecting them to be there -- gave me a big smile).
What would you do differently?:

I need to practice drinking and eating gu while pedaling hard. I can do drink while riding, but it slows me down a lot.
Transition 2
  • 01m

Now, that's more like it...
What would you do differently?:

Again, I can run faster with the bike, but this was an okay transition.
  • 28m 5s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 04s  min/mile

Well, it was hotter and harder than I expected -- and I really needed to push myself harder. I need to put in some striding out during races. Also, I was too often distracted and not paying attention to the pavement and staying in my zone. I should be able to do better than 9 minute miles.
What would you do differently?:

I need to block out the clutter of people, road, etc. -- stop looking around and focus on running and mechanics.
Post race
Warm down:

Did a lot of stretching, walking around, and ate a bit and drank lots. Chased my 2-year-old a bit and basked in the glow of my family's support. Even my mom (who being Canadian hates hot weather persevered).

What limited your ability to perform faster:

While I'm obviously pretty far back in the pack, I am VERY happy with my performance -- I expected to finish around 1:35, and came in 1:29, so that's good. Of course, I can now see that I (of course) have lots of room and areas for improvement, starting with my training, strength training, and obviously, transitions! I take that all as good news, since I know that I can keep progressing onward and upward. So, I can now get back to work on the areas I need to improve, and keep on improving my fitness -- which was the goal to start with.

Event comments:

I thought this race was incredibly well-run and organized -- I was concerned about the huge group of participants and the possible traffic issues, but it ran like clockwork (at least to my eye). Very good support on the bike course in particular. I had a lot of fun, and of course got my great t-shirt (which is why I do these things anyway : ).

Last updated: 2007-06-18 12:00 AM
00:14:36 | 656 yards | 02m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/21
Overall: 250/490
Performance: Good
Suit: tri
Course: Triangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 03:22
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:42:18 | 12.8 miles | 18.16 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/21
Overall: 311/490
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Mostly flat, with a nice climb out of the park (not too steep) and a couple of other rollers.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:28:05 | 03.1 miles | 09m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/21
Overall: 318/490
Performance: Below average
Course: Mostly paved, mostly rolling, with some decidedly steep sections which took a lot out of me.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5