Ramblin Rose - TriathlonMini Sprint

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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
United States
Endurance Magazine
52F / 11C
Total Time = 1h 09m 15s
Overall Rank = 217/411
Age Group = 32
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

this was my first race so I didn't have a "routine." I set up my station as best as I could. Someone else who racked their bike on the same row as mine tied a Happy Face Balloon on the bike rack as a marker. Mental Note, good idea, be sure to do that for all races. Then I went and had my number written on, got my chip, and then stood around freezing for an hour before the race started.
Event warmup:

  • 06m 14s
  • 250 yards
  • 02m 29s / 100 yards

pool lap swim,down and back in same lane, then under the rope to next lane x5, there were people in the lanes that were misplaced (could not swim the 100m time they submitted) and that held up the group and caused some problems

Also there was a long run from the pool to cross the time line into the transition area so that added time to the overall swim time
What would you do differently?:

improve my swim to attempt to get in a faster group, it seemed like there were a lot of novices that didn't really swim their swim times
Transition 1
  • 02m 45s

had to run through the grass to get to the road and start, it was difficult to move quickly while carrying the bike and trying to run in road bike shoes
What would you do differently?:

lay out a towel for me to stand on at the Transition site
  • 35m 36s
  • 9 miles
  • 15.17 mile/hr

felt bad for the vast number of people who were riding mountain bikes and didn't even have road tires. That must have been challenging on the hills
Ate a gel about 2 miles before the end of the bike section - good idea!
What would you do differently?:

push harder on the flat areas. Replace water with Cytomax. It was not hot and I think the Cytomax would help better than water.
Transition 2
  • 02m 27s

took a while to re-rack my bike and get my running shoes on. Didn't run out of the transistion area to the start of the run - I was tired and not looking forward to running (my hardest part)
I sat down to put my running shoes on
What would you do differently?:

run out of the T station, improve on getting my running shoes on. Possibly try bungee laces that do not require tying. I need to practice this transition to involve covering distance while carrying my bike and figuring out how to move in those shoes!
  • 22m 18s
  • 2 miles
  • 11m 09s  min/mile

run faster!
What would you do differently?:

run the whole time. Learn how to run. Feed more off the energy of the crowd.
Post race
Warm down:

drank water and ate a banana. Wrapped up in a sweatshirt and cheered in other racers. They had an announcer reading off your name as you passed him - that was cool!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

aerobic conditioning and ability to run

Event comments:

very friendly atmosphere, a woman’s only event is not competitive, rather it is very supportive and encouraging. I was encouraged by fellow racers all throughout the race. It was nice to see young girls competing. I had a great time and it was a super introduction to triathlons. I will compete in this race again next year as well as some more challenging distances. My daughter wants to compete in this race as soon as she is old enough. What better endorsement can you get!

Last updated: 2008-01-14 12:00 AM
00:06:14 | 250 yards | 02m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/411
Performance: Below average
Suit: tight fitting top and tri shorts
Course: pool
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:45
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:35:36 | 09 miles | 15.17 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/411
Performance: Below average
Wind: None
Course: through neighborhoods and along town roads, then on a major 4 lane hwy last 1/2 mile - not bad. Didn't like all the speed bumps in the residential area, they slowed me down on what should have been a flat/fast section. I ride faster than this!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:27
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:22:18 | 02 miles | 11m 09s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/411
Performance: Average
Course: uphill through the neighborhood with a waterstation at the turn around point (nice downhill return) running through the neighborhood meant a lot of people on the sidewalks and not much room. Hard to pass people on the grass
Keeping cool Good 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