Devil's Challenge Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Baraboo, Wisconsin
United States
Wisconsin Triathlon Series
35F / 2C
Total Time = 1h 27m 54s
Overall Rank = 63/735
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 20/84
Pre-race routine:

Drove up from Madison, following the line of cars with bike racks. It was nice to be able to sleep in my own bed the night before a race. Tried to see if I could spot a landmark for sighting during the swim, but could only see sun.
Event warmup:

Went for a warm-up jog before the race, something I've neglected to do in the past. Since I had strained my calf during the run at the Chicago Accenture tri, I put on a neoprene calf sleeve under my wetsuit for support. I had a lot of anxiety beforehand, not just because of the predicted temperature, but also because I had cut back my training quite a bit after hurting my calf and wasn’t sure how well I’d be able to bike/run.
  • 06m 54s
  • 440 yards
  • 01m 34s / 100 yards

Standing in the sun with my wetsuit, shoes/socks, and a sweatshirt on as the first few waves went out, I started to think that I felt pretty warm and maybe I wouldn’t be too cold during the race. Yeah, right. A lot of people in the first few waves seemed to try to walk as far as they could before starting to swim. You could walk about ¾ of the way to the first buoy if you wanted to. I followed race director’s advice for dolphin dives to start instead of running/walking and was one of the first to the buoy. I settled in behind a guy in front of me and tried to keep going in a straight line. I think both he and I wound up doing an arc towards the middle of the lake, wasting a few strokes. After rounding the second buoy, I passed quite a few people who stood up as soon as they could. It seemed strange to be swimming by people who were running/walking. I felt pretty good for the swim and was one of the first from my wave to the bikes.
Transition 1
  • 04m 47s

I had decided before the race to try to keep warm during the race, knowing that it would cost me in transition, and I didn’t disappoint. I dried my hair, arms, and legs and put on windproof pants, wool socks, a long sleeve jersey, a vest, gloves, and had booties over my bike shoes. I realized while running to the bike out that I hadn’t really dried my feet much before putting my socks on and that they were still wet. That wasn’t smart.
What would you do differently?:

Remember to dry off my feet if it's cold out. Maybe put those chemical hand warmers in my shoes beforehand.
  • 53m 16s
  • 15 miles
  • 16.90 mile/hr

Holy crap those were some long hills. I thought I had done a fair amount of hill training beforehand, but realized that what I thought had been long hills in training, were actually quite short compared to this course. The first hill seemed to never end. After the first hill, I seemed to get going pretty well, but somewhere in the middle of the course, it didn’t feel like I was going very fast and it felt like my tires were starting to go flat. I looked down and my tires were fine, so it was my legs starting to go flat. I had a Hammer Gel taped to my aero bars, but looked down to eat it and it already had fallen off. Oh well. I sucked down some Gatorade and kept pushing on. As hard as the uphills were, the downhills were fun. That last hill right before the end kind of sucked, but at least I knew it was the last hill.
What would you do differently?:

Find some longer hills for training. Secure gel better so I don't lose it.
Transition 2
  • 02m 16s

I wasted some time here because I couldn’t decide what to wear on the run. My whole body was at a comfortable temperature, with the exception of my feet, which had no feeling. Do I want the vest on? Yes, No? Keep the gloves? Finally decided on just running in my tri top and sweatpants and took off.
What would you do differently?:

Decide what I'm going to wear beforehand and just go with it.
  • 20m 43s
  • 3 miles
  • 06m 55s  min/mile

I had to look down quite a few times to make sure where my feet were hitting the pavement because I couldn’t feel them at all. For about 2/3 of the run, it felt like I just had stubs at the end of my legs. About halfway through the run, I was wishing I had kept the vest on. I was worried about the run beforehand, due to my calf strain. The first two miles were somewhat painful, but I found that if I focused on using my quads/hamstrings as much as possible and not pushing off with my calves, it was manageable. About a mile into the run, I was cursing whoever wrote the description of the race part of the run on the Devil’s Challenge web site. They had described it as a fairly flat run. Maybe in comparison to the bike course, but the run was definitely not flat. After about 2 miles, I started getting feeling back in my toes and the calf pain seemed to subside, though it was probably just adrenaline. I kicked it up a notch and finished fairly strong. Was surprised to see afterwards that I’d done a 5k PR.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure I'd do much differently.
Post race
Warm down:

Sucked wind for a while. Thanked the timing chip lady for removing my chip for me while I attempted to breathe. Stretched out and got some food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Besides the calf injury, messing around with clothing in transition while trying to keep warm.

Event comments:

I'll definitely look forward to doing this race again next year. It was a fun way to end my first tri season. It figures that it's supposed to be 80 degrees today, two days after the race.

Last updated: 2007-08-29 12:00 AM
00:06:54 | 440 yards | 01m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/84
Overall: 0/735
Performance: Good
Suit: QR HydroJohn
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:47
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:53:16 | 15 miles | 16.90 mile/hr
Age Group: 16/84
Overall: 0/735
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: LONG hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:16
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:20:43 | 03 miles | 06m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/84
Overall: 0/735
Course: Through the campgrounds with some hills.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
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