Kinetic Sprint, Race #4 - TriathlonSprint

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
United States
Set-Up, Inc
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 31m 2s
Overall Rank = 66/371
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 14/73
Pre-race routine:

Late start so we slept in. The romper room was fun.
Event warmup:

Stood in the rain. Stood in the covered area. Set up transition as best I could. Did a one mile warm up run.
  • 12m 51s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 34s / 100 yards

Lined up at the front and to the inside. Wished BITM and Slake good luck and then we were off. Had a good break and had some clear water pretty quickly. Saw a couple of guys to my left. Tried one set of feet, nope too slow. Tried another set, bingo. Stayed with this guy the whole time. Just before the first turn there was traffic. This guy was swimming straight and picking a good line so I was just hanging on for the ride. On the way into the finish I went by him. Popped my head out of the water and saw 3558 getting out in front of me.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I think this part of the race went really well. Swam hard, had a good draft, didn't go off course.
Transition 1
  • 02m 24s

Suit got stock on both feet and on the timing chip so I had to sit down to yank it off. Of course got some of those crazy cramps in my calves. That always annoys me. Shouldn't happen.
17/73 AG
80/371 OA
What would you do differently?:

Get the suit off faster. This spring during OWS practice I will work on getting the wetsuit off as fast as possible every time I get out of the water.
  • 52m 27s
  • 18 miles
  • 20.59 mile/hr

I don't know where my legs were during the bike. Had a bit of trouble with mud in my cleats but wasn't as bad of a time as others seemed to be having. Out of transition my breathing was going nuts and my legs were still uncramping themselves from the wetsuit stuff. I settled down once out of the park, but lost a few places along the way. I really didn't seem like I was generating the power that I thought I should have been. Most of the bike I didn't see anyone. Just a few guys here and there. I felt like I was out there by myself on a cool and rainy day in farm country just riding alone.
What would you do differently?:

Push the pedals harder. A lot harder. It was only my 4th or 5th time on the new bike so I'm sure that didn't help, but I think I should have been significantly faster than that.
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s

This was smooth. Despite the fact that TA was looking more and more like Woodstock (minus the hippies, rock and roll, drugs, and sex of course).

5/73 AG
35/371 OA

What would you do differently?:

Nothing that I cant think of. This went off without a hitch. I was right up there with the fastest times in my AG.

  • 22m 10s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 08s  min/mile

Ok run. The hill out of transition kicked my a$$ pretty good. I never hear myself breathing when I run, and I was sucking wind. Recovered from that and started going to work. Passed a couple of guys and got passed by a couple of guys mostly from the previous age group that started before me.
What would you do differently?:

Run harder. I had too much gas in the tank at the end. I am capable of running at least 30 seconds per mile faster at this point in time.
Post race
Warm down:

Watched the finish. Saw everyone else come in during the pouring rain.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Rain, new bike. I did ok. Not great, not bad. Wish the bike and run were a bit faster.

Event comments:

Setup always puts on a good show, except for the announcer, he sucked.

Last updated: 2008-01-18 12:00 AM
00:12:51 | 820 yards | 01m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/73
Overall: 32/371
Performance: Good
Suit: QR Sleeveless
Course: 3 sides of a rectangle. Beach start.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:24
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:52:27 | 18 miles | 20.59 mile/hr
Age Group: 26/73
Overall: 115/371
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: Flat to rolling terrain on rural roads. Most in pretty good condition just wet and raining.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:12
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:22:10 | 03.11 miles | 07m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 20/73
Overall: 96/371
Performance: Average
Course: Hill out of transition, along park road to an out and back, and then downhill to another road before a down hill finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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