Virginia Run Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Centreville, Virginia
United States
Fins Wheels Feet Racing
46F / 8C
Total Time = 1h 08m 58s
Overall Rank = 5/163
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 1/20
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 430 AM and begrudgingly (I wanted to sleep) drove over to Centerville (which is pretty close at about 20 minutes away). Headed right over to transition and started setting up. I was number 21 and that put me towards the swim exit and far away from bike in/out so I made the decision to keep the shoes on the bike. Small races like this are sort of funny because I was racked with pretty much either hybrids/mtn bikes or P3Cs with Zipp wheels. Half of the people in the top 30 or so numbers were younger swimmers.
Event warmup:

VAMDDCBTTC met-up at the swim start and then filed into our lines. 3558 and I were on the same side so we spent the time dancing, singing, and speaking in various english accents pretending to be slake angry about losing his tire leeeeevers. My race started quickly, since I think a few of the top 20 ahead of me didn't show.
  • 04m 7s
  • 273 yards
  • 01m 31s / 100 yards

Good swim for me. I was worried with all the younger swimmers that I would be too slow, but I ended up seeded well. I got passed by 1 and passed 1. Once I passed that person I had about 125 meters of clear water, which was nice. Right before the finish I was almost hit head-on. Oops by that guy.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 01m 21s

I threw on my crocks to run in (good idea) because I know I run much more comfortably in shoes, especially on that pavement. I also put on socks because my new tri shoes are still a bit rubbing in one place on the left foot, so I put them both on then instead of t2. Good transition so far. 1st in AG in T1.
What would you do differently?:

PUT SHOES ON.. Find out later
  • 37m 46s
  • 12.54 miles
  • 19.92 mile/hr

Well I crossed the mat and then stuff got messed up. For some reason I kept sticking my foot in through the spot between the velcro and the front of the shoe, instead of just on top. Then the other shoe dragged on the ground and I almost fell over (rubber bands next time!!) so I got off and tried again. This time I knocked my sunglasses on the ground. They broke (brand new rudy's that the Elite guys gave me). The earpiece was not connected anymore. So I through them in the bushes to get later. But, SHYT! that is a penalty so I walked over (with my bike) and retrieved them. I then looked for a place to put them. I ended up putting them in my bento (stuffing is a better word). Then I gave up on the shoes hand un-clipped them, and put them on slowly while holding the bike up. And looking like a stoopid triathlete with a new bike and an aero helmet, but can't start the ride ;)

Then I rode the bike course, went fast, passed a bunch (no girls passed me and I passed a ton of guys - mostly on the second loop) and got passed by "angry triathlete" Slake at very end of the ride. That was his goal, and he was successful within 1/2 a mile to the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Haha. See above. Still 1/20 in AG so not THAT bad.
Transition 2
  • 01m 24s

My first goal in T2 was to repass Slake. Which was easy because he was running like a puss all slow over the rough pavement. We both whined to Shandra, the RD, and kept going to our racks. Fast transition for me
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I was good at getting the shoes off, better than getting them on
  • 24m 19s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 49s  min/mile

Great run for me. Started with Slakey which was nice. I got ahead quickly and tried to just not get passed by any women (I knew I was in 2nd at this point - the other woman passed me while I was standing around working on my shoes). I felt good, but my feet were numb so I just ran as fast as I could. Quickly ScottB and Brad passed me. At the turnaround I got to see Slake again and was happy to see him IT-band free. Then I saw Z, Ernie and Kristin. I love out and back runs.. I enjoy getting to see everybody. I did get passed by two girls - but I am used to that ;)
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - I am finally getting faster :)
Post race
Warm down:

None. Hung out with the crew and waited for the results/award ceremony. WE had quite the showing!

The crew of friends really makes these races fun.. Looking forward to the rest of the season :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing - though I didn't really taper, just had two easier days beforehand.

Event comments:

I really like this race.. Close to home. Awesome RDs. Nice race gear. Nice 20 dollar GC and hat for AG win. Nice cause.

Last updated: 2008-01-02 12:00 AM
00:04:07 | 273 yards | 01m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/20
Overall: 3/163
Performance: Good
Suit: trisuit - no wetsuit
Course: snake
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:21
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:37:46 | 12.54 miles | 19.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/20
Overall: 5/163
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:24
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:19 | 03.11 miles | 07m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/20
Overall: 11/163
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
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