Virginia Run Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Centreville, Virginia
United States
Fins Wheels Feet Racing
46F / 8C
Total Time = 1h 06m 8s
Overall Rank = 28/378
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 7/38
Pre-race routine:

I got up at 4:30 and left for the race at 5. I got there, checked in and body marked. Set up my transition area and chatted with all the BTers. It's nice having a race close by.
Event warmup:

Stood on the pool deck with Kristin and Jan while laughing at the strange people dancing on the other side of the deck. I was a little annoyed that I was seeded 165. Last year I put the same time and was seeded 100. I don't think that many people improved over last year. Luckily I wore my sweatshirt and sandals down to the start, it was cold.
  • 04m 59s
  • 273 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards

My least favorite part of this race. People were wildly optimistic with their time estimates, so there were a lot of people walking and waiting at the walls. The water was a little cold but I swam a nice race. I passed 4 people and probably lost 10-15 seconds waiting for people. It didn't make much difference in the race but was a little annoying. Anyway, I came out of the water with a low HR and was able to run through transition pretty easily.
What would you do differently?:

Put down a faster seed time.
Transition 1
  • 01m 32s

I had one of the faster times in my age group and I thought it went well. I kept it minimal - no socks, gloves, glasses. Wiped my feet off, bike shoes on and a run to the start line. Passed a bunch of people. Saw a bunch of people sitting down, not sure what they were doing.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - Maybe have Scott set up my transition area
  • 35m 46s
  • 12.4 miles
  • 20.80 mile/hr

The ride went really well. I came out of the water so late with the seeding that I didn't get passed on the bike. I passed a lot of people especially on the second lap. I felt really comfortable on the bike and managed a lot of the turns without coming out of the aero bars. Started seeing a bunch of the BTers on the bike. This was my first time over 20 mph during a race. I think the increase in bike speed has come from riding with the bike club. It's hard to get that type of intensity on a normal training ride. I also rode with a wheel cover for the first time. I couldn't tell much difference while I was riding. It felt very stable and probably contributed to the increase in speed.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe push a little harder
Transition 2
  • 01m 23s

Not as good a transition. I'm not sure what I could have done differently beyond run faster through transition. My hands were cold and I did have some trouble getting my shoes on.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster
  • 22m 26s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 13s  min/mile

This was a PR for a 5k. I felt really strong on the run and the last mile was 6:48. It's kind of downhill but still one of the best miles I've run. I kept waiting to blow up but I felt strong all the way through the run. Saw just about all the BTers during the run. I got to see Brad and Scott dueling on the run. They didn't seem to appreciate my attempt to get them to run faster.
What would you do differently?:

I think I could have run faster but I've never held that pace for that long and was tentative with pushing the pace
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the line and went back to see some other people finish. Then hung out to wait for the results and awards. I had forgotten to start my watch and didn't know how I had finished. I thought I had done well but wasn't sure. I was surprised when I saw my name on the first page of the results and I had finished as 27th male and 28th overall. Unfortunately there were a lot of fast old guys and I was 7th in my age group. I would have finished 3rd in the 35-39 age group which is usually the most competitive group. Go figure.

I'm happy with the results of this race. I improved almost 5 minutes from last year and made nice jumps in time on the bike and run. I've changed how I train this spring and it's helped with my times.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

I like this race and it was fun to race with so many BTers. Shandra, the RD, runs a great race and it was nice to see some improvement

Last updated: 2008-01-27 12:00 AM
00:04:59 | 273 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 14/38
Overall: 96/378
Performance: Average
Course: 5 lap snake swim
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:32
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:35:46 | 12.4 miles | 20.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/38
Overall: 39/378
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Two 6.2 loops through a neighborhood. One small hill, some turns and nice straight away
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:23
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:22:26 | 03.11 miles | 07m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/38
Overall: 39/378
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4