Kinetic Sprint, Race #4 - TriathlonSprint

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
United States
Set-Up, Inc
58F / 14C
Total Time = 2h 00m 9s
Overall Rank = 117/197
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 7/13
Pre-race routine:

up at 6am. Breakfast of cereal, banana, and smoothie. My stomach barely wanted all of this. Got dressed. Packed up car. Drive 1 hour to race site. On way ate another banana and a few sips of Accelerade (my stomach definitely didn't want the Accelerade). Arrived about 8:30...raining. Picked up race packet, t-shirt and socks. Next tent for the timing chip. Third tent for body marking. Back to car to get bike ready and bring stuff to transition.
Event warmup:

Setting up transition. Trying to keep everything dry. Got on the wetsuit and booties and headed down to the beach. Got wet, took a few strokes. Cold! Hung out until my wave (8th and last) went off.
  • 20m 22s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 43s / 100 meters

I completely tanked the swim...felt like I couldn't breathe and like I'd forgotten how to swim. I'm assuming it was from needing to put my face in the cold (65F) water. Did a lot of side stroke and elementary back stroke before I finally manage to pull it together and FS most of the final 250m.
What would you do differently?:

Pick a triathlon with warmer water! I need tons more OWS practice!
Transition 1
  • 04m 25s

running out from the water I started pulling off the wetsuit but was having trouble getting my arms out. Turned out that I hadn't pull the zipper down all the way. no problem finding my bike and stuff. feet stuck in suit. socks were dry and went on pretty easily. muddy run out of transition.
What would you do differently?:

get out of the wetsuit faster!
  • 1h 01m 51s
  • 18 miles
  • 17.46 mile/hr

I rocked the ride!

Didn't like getting caught in the rooster tail spray from the other bikes!

I had "Hill Slug" written on my left calf (hoping a BTer would recognize the name and say "hi"). One woman got up pretty close to me on the ride and said "You're no Hill Slug. You're rockin these hills!" I thanked her...and then dropped her!
What would you do differently?:

wear my glasses to protect my eyes from road spray.
Transition 2
  • 02m 32s

I had my running shoes under a piece of tarp so they were pretty dry when I grabbed them, but my socks were completely soaked. On the way out of transition I was running through mud so my shoes were also soaked before I even started the official run.
What would you do differently?:

no rain?
  • 31m
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 58s  min/mile

Overall, the run went pretty well...first triathlon where I actually ran the whole run! Unfortunately, I hit the wrong button on the Garmin so it stopped timing coming out of transition. I managed to figure out what was happening and get it recording a little way in, but missed about 0.5 miles. Probably lost some time on the run while I was futzing with this. My time for the last ~2.6 miles was ~26min. I was hoping to bring it in under 10min/mile and will be really close.
What would you do differently?:

dry shoes? run a bit faster.
Post race
Warm down:

did some walking. ate two orange sections and 1/3 banana. Packed up transition.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

poor OWS! a little trouble getting out of the wetsuit. weather

Event comments:

I think the water was just too cold for me to perform well. Not sure if I'd repeat this race.

Funniest thing I heard: on the run "I think I'm getting swimmer's ear."

Funniest thing I saw: a mile or so into the run: a woman running around a puddle. As if that mattered by then!

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Last updated: 2008-01-04 12:00 AM
00:20:22 | 750 meters | 02m 43s / 100meters
Age Group: 8/13
Overall: 140/197
Performance: Bad
Suit: Pro-Motion full
Course: triangular course keeping buoys right
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 04:25
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:01:51 | 18 miles | 17.46 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/13
Overall: 95/197
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: 2.75mi out the entrance road, 12 mile loop, then back into the park.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 87
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:32
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:31:00 | 03.11 miles | 09m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/13
Overall: 146/197
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4