Buckner Mission Man Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Burlington, North Carolina
United States
Set-up Inc
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 44m 36s
Overall Rank = 250/299
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Perpetuem and some coffee, packed up the Pilot, picked up Swiper Grobe and headed to Burlington. Had a gel and Endurolyte 20 minutes prior to race start.
Event warmup:

Short run and short swim. Obviously not enough of the swim warm-up.
  • 24m 57s
  • 820 yards
  • 03m 02s / 100 yards

I went out way too fast with some other Tri Team members and never recovered. I was 3/4 done with the swim before I could do my normal 4 stroke breathe routine. I was also concentrating on sighting and I think raising my head so much was dropping my legs and killing my stroke. This swim time was a 3 year low for me and let me know the rest of the day was going to be just awesome.
What would you do differently?:

Be more patient! I was sooo pumped for this race and felt like I blew it in the first 100 meters.
Transition 1
  • 02m 32s

Put on socks in T1 that took about 30 seconds. I normally have a long T1 so this time was not bad. I also threw down a couple of endurolytes.
What would you do differently?:

Not much in T1
  • 47m 2s
  • 15 miles
  • 19.14 mile/hr

I had some trouble the first 4 miles. I don't know what it was but the legs would just not pump with any power and then BOOM! It was like a switch was flipped. I rode the last 10 miles extremely well and don't remember seeing under 19 mph during that time. Towards the end a couple of guys with discs passed me going down a hill. I caught them both on the uphill climb. It was my only highlight of the day.
What would you do differently?:

Try to get some leg kick to happen sooner!
Transition 2
  • 01m 40s

I tied my shoes so that took a little extra time.
What would you do differently?:

Try and stretch more in T2
  • 28m 27s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 09s  min/mile

I knew I had problems leaving T2. Both calves were cramping like I have not felt in a LONG time (first tri actually). My left leg cramped all the way out to the road- about a mile. I just had to peg-leg the first mile as best I could. The final 2 miles were actually fun to run and I passed alot of folks going back through the woods.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, drank some Coke, talked with friends.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I was off in the swim but something was VERY off physically for the bike and run. I had been gone for a week 2 weeks prior to this race but all the workouts the week before the race went well. I tried Liquid Endurance in this race and maybe it does not work so well for me. That's the only thing that makes sense for the cramping I had in my legs off the bike. For 2 days after the race I could not walk normally because of the calf soreness and that is most unusual for me.

Event comments:

I gave this race a 4 because now I think the WL Half is the best race I have done. However, this race is at least a 4.5. The event is organized so well and is in such a good location it is hard to beat. The best thing about it is I get to see lots of my friends I don't see much of over the year. Jeff and Denise Bostic were there as well as so many of the Triad Tri Team. It kicks my butt but I do love this race!

Last updated: 2007-08-01 12:00 AM
00:24:57 | 820 yards | 03m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/299
Performance: Below average
Course: Sort of weird this year. The first buoy was a right or left pass-by and caused some confusion.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:32
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:47:02 | 15 miles | 19.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/299
Performance: Good
159 avg
Course: Excellent road surface. Rolling hills but not too steep.
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:40
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:28:27 | 03.11 miles | 09m 09s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/299
Performance: Average
168 avg
Course: Twisty, hilly humidity run in the woods. The part on pavement is actually nice.
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
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] 4