Musselman Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Geneva, NY
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 22m 49s
Overall Rank = 66/294
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 9/29
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:00, dressed, ate a banana, clif bar. Drove to the race (1 hr). Forgot my Gatorade in the fridge. Got a coffee on the way. Got pulled over by a local cop for doing 50 in a 35. I was riding exactly with traffic, but whatever. He was nice enough, professional, only wrote me a ticket for not having an insurance card in the vehicle which I can apparently get out of by showing proof of insurance. Got to the race, set up transition. This was interesting. There wasn't much room left on the rack I was assigned. Found a spot, but the person next to me had set up their transition area next to their bike, effectively taking up 2 spots. I moved their stuff over a bit to make room expecting some sort of confrontation over it. When the owner showed up, she was very nice, and asked if I needed more room etc. The lesson here is don't judge someone by how they set up their transition area.
Event warmup:

Swam a bit while waiting for our wave to start.
  • 10m 45s
  • 500 yards
  • 02m 09s / 100 yards

I decided at the last minute not to wear the wetsuit. Between the water temp and the short swim course and the debacle of my last swim leg in a tri I wanted to prove to myself I could do this without a wetsuit. I expected my swim split to suffer, but the time was less important than doing it well.

It was fine. I stopped once briefly to site the shore after rounding the bouy, but only because the pack I was in had people headed in different directions. I'm totally happy with this. It's slow for anyone else, but for me in open water without a wetsuit it's really good. The washing machine wasn't bad. I started in the back but shouldn't have. I passed a good number of guys. Should've known by all the first timers in the wave.

The wind was into shore and pretty strong and the waves were kind of high, maybe 9 inches to a foot. A number of people afterward talked about the amount of water they swallowed going out. I didn't have a problem with it.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, I'm happy with it. There were lots of bikes in T1 when I got there this time. :) I have to become a better swimmer, but for the Florida half IM in May I know I can do an OW swim without a wetsuit. This one goes in the win column. Once this season is over, time invested in becoming a better swimmer will be very worthwhile.

Would the wetsuit have saved me time? Maybe. The time taking it off would probably have been a less than the time gained and it probably would have been easier to do the long wade with more bouyant legs, but the mental boost was worth any time penalty.

Put my goggles on correctly. Thankfully Jeremy noticed I had them on upside down before the start.
Transition 1
  • 01m 51s

Due to the shallow water in the lake, the 100yd wade in knee high water took a lot out of me for this. I was efficient enough in this transition, but once again had problems mounting the bike. I swung my right leg over, put my left foot on the pedal, tried to swing my right leg over and the left foot slipped off the pedal. Argh.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to mount my bike in race conditions.
  • 47m 46s
  • 15.7 miles
  • 19.72 mile/hr

Got passed in the first few miles by some really fast people with discs and aero wheels and such in the first few miles, but that's it. Passed a lot of people too. Mostly road bikes with no aero bars. Aero bars make you faster kids. Only saw one knucklehead drafting and blocking, he was doing both at the same time and ended up with a train behind him. Other than that it was a very civil, sporting group out on the bike.
There was one section after the end of the first long climb where I got to stay above 30 mph for about a mile. That was fun.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Train more, build a better base, but I'm ok with this bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 4s

Almost injured myself and a volunteer here. The return to transition from the bike course included a few 90 turns and a trip over grass, so I decided not to take my feet out of my shoes before dismounting. I timed unclipping and slowing down ok, swung my left leg over the rear wheel and just as I was going to step off, my right shoe clipped back in. So I was rolling while clipped into one pedal with my opposite leg over the rear tire. Headed straight at a volunteer. I remember saying "My foot clipped in again" or something to that effect and hearing the people in the area kind of gasp. The volunteer was *awesome*. She grabbed my shoulders, slowed me down and balanced me while I unclipped my right foot. (I returned after finishing to thank her.)

Forgot to put on my number belt. Transition area was a mess. I guess I was a little shaken up from the near crash and also rely too much on visual cues in this transition.
What would you do differently?:

1 - Learn to dismount
2 - Put on my number belt.
  • 23m 2s
  • 3 miles
  • 07m 41s  min/mile

I just didn't have a strong run in me today. I was mentally prepared to suffer for a while, but my legs just wouldn't turn over at the rate I wanted. My HR was what I planned on putting in, I just thought I'd get a faster result. Tried to sprint at the end, but it just wasn't there.
Did I push too hard on the bike? Maybe.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

FOMOP in my AG! Best showing so far. 5 seconds faster and I would have been BOFOP.
Had a great time. I ran into Hugh (Beez89), but didn't meet any other BT'ers despite wearing my BT shirt. Really enjoyed hanging with Jeremy, Glen and their nephew Jamie.
A fun, really well run race. Gotta like an RD who wades into the water with the athletes bullhorn in hand to start the race.
Next year, it's the Half IM distance.

Last updated: 2005-03-06 12:00 AM
00:10:45 | 500 yards | 02m 09s / 100yards
Age Group: 14/29
Overall: 157/294
Performance: Good
AHR = 161.
Suit: Nope
Course: Inverted V. 200 yds out to the buoy, turn 30 deg. left, 300 yds back in.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:51
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:47:46 | 15.7 miles | 19.72 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/29
Overall: 75/294
Performance: Average
AHR = 168
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Mostly uphill for 4 miles, flat and downhill for 3 miles, up for 6, down and flat for 2. Very little in the way of turns.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:04
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:23:02 | 03 miles | 07m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/29
Overall: 68/294
Performance: Below average
AHR 176
Course: Flat out and back on pavement.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4