Kinetic Sprint, Race #4 - TriathlonSprint

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
United States
Set-Up, Inc
Total Time = 1h 27m 35s
Overall Rank = 43/371
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 5/43
Pre-race routine:

Up at 6:30. Bagel with PB. Made bets on what time it would start raining. Twiddled my thumbs. Ate a banana. Waited for the rest of the BT house to get their crap together so we could head over to race site. Drank some water. Finally left around 8.
Event warmup:

Hung out with BTers for awhile but then I kind of zone out and get in race mode. Went for a short 5 minute run to check out the end of the new run course. Got into wetsuit. Peed. (yes, those are in the correct order). Posed for some sweet pictures. Short swim. Waited for the start.
  • 15m 43s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 06s / 100 meters

This was the longest 750 meters I've ever swum in my life. Getting out of the water I was thinking about how good I felt and how good my swim had been. F that. Looked at my watch and it was already on the plus side of 15. (General consensus afterward was that we swam way long, but I didn't know it at the time so felt like I was already digging myself out of a hole).

Swim was pretty uneventful.
What would you do differently?:

I still have a lot lot lot lot lot lot lot of work to do on my swim. Look at my AG and my T1, Bike, T2 and Run are all ranked 1, 2, or 3. My swim was 16. I could be the duathlon poster boy.
Transition 1
  • 01m 47s

Ok T1. This is where I did stupid thing #1, which was make the decision to take my arm warmers. I didn't try to put them on, but somehow over the course of approximately 0.5 seconds I decided I would be able to do it on the bike. Yeah, right, like that was going to happen. I struggled getting them in my jersey pocket. Probably a good 10 seconds that I wasted. Stupid, stupid.
What would you do differently?:

Don't try to make decisions in T1. Set it up beforehand and go with what I have. Transition isn't a time for thinking. I was 2nd fastest in AG on this, but I seriously pride myself on my transitions and always like to be first.
  • 49m 41s
  • 18 miles
  • 21.74 mile/hr
What would you do differently?:

Bike started with Stupid thing #2, knocking water bottle out of cage as I was mounting the bike. Another 10 seconds wasted. I step on the left shoe, get enough momentum to kick my right leg over, and as I did this I knocked the bottle out (part of the problem is shitty cages that I've yet to replace). Volunteer was kind enough to pick it up for me, but I still had to stop, back up, and remount. Pain.

I've done this race 4 times so I know the course pretty well. This race was the first time that I didn't really see many people on the bike. (ultimately it was because I was out of the water farther up in the pack than I normally am). Around mile 11 I started to have trouble on the rollers. Just felt like my legs weren't working (it was cold and wet and rainy). The only thing that kept me sane was that I had another guy behind me, probably a hundred yards or more, and he wasn't getting any closer. I figured it wasn't just me. Once I got to the final turn to head back to the park it's all downhill. I love flying back in at 25+ and still seeing all the people coming back out the other way. Love it.
Transition 2
  • 01m 7s

Decent T2. Although it involves stupid thing #3 which was getting the arm warmers out of my pocket this time before taking off. Other than that it was pretty smooth.
What would you do differently?:

I like to be under 60 seconds on these, but the water and mud took and extra few seconds to get into my flats.
  • 19m 20s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 13s  min/mile

Pretty good run. The first mile is tough, mostly uphill. Pushed myself to a 6:23 split. Settled in on the second mile, but probably settled in too much as I only went 6:21. The last mile+ goes all down hill with the last part on a narrow winding walking trail (and then four very sharp turns all within the last 50 meters that pretty much eliminates the ability to sprint it out). Anyway, I pushed myself as much as I could in this part, but running downhill is hard and I can really only go so hard before it hurts. I had one more guy that I was trying to run down (and turns out he was in my AG). He beat me by 5 seconds. I know that I should have caught him.

Running Cherry Blossom this year has REALLY helped my run. That one will be on the calendar for sure every year.
What would you do differently?:

Catch the last mofo on the run.
Post race
Warm down:

Food, clearing out transition, trying to get dry and find everyone.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Weather. But everyone dealt with it, so ultimately it evens the field.

Event comments:

Word to big Bird. I'll be back. Gotta get on the podium eventually.

Last updated: 2008-01-23 12:00 AM
00:15:43 | 750 meters | 02m 06s / 100meters
Age Group: 16/43
Overall: 147/371
Performance: Average
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:47
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:49:41 | 18 miles | 21.74 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/43
Overall: 54/371
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:07
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:19:20 | 03.11 miles | 06m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/43
Overall: 16/371
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]