Kinetic Sprint, Race #4 - TriathlonSprint

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
United States
Set-Up, Inc
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 37m 42s
Overall Rank = 127/372
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 26/62
Pre-race routine:

Set up of transition area was good.
Event warmup:

None. Cold rain, cold lake.
  • 18m 45s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 17s / 100 yards

Terrible race day swim yet again. Could not control breathing or heart rate at all - probably from the cold, maybe also a crowding factor. Ended up swimming backstroke/sidestroke - overall pretty pathetic. All that time in the pool...

If I could figure this out, I might actually be pretty good at this whole triathlon thing.
What would you do differently?:

Learn how to swim.
Transition 1
  • 03m 5s

Trouble getting shirt on, b/c it was soaking. Also forgot gloves, but was ok with that. Maybe skip them in all Sprint races?

Bike start was uphill, so no jumping on.
What would you do differently?:

Wear the shirt under the wetsuit.
  • 50m 47s
  • 18 miles
  • 21.27 mile/hr

Overall good ride, passed a ton of other riders, was only caught by some top age groupers on their fancy tri/TT bikes. Imagine what I could do with one of those...

B/c of weather dismounted well before time pad, so T2 was even longer.
What would you do differently?:

Still need to be better about fluids on the bike. Was ok, but didn't finish the bottle, and should before the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 42s

Downhill finish, no jumping off there. B/c of weather dismounted well before time pad, so T2 was even longer. Too slow.

Muddy into T2, managed to slop through it alright.
  • 23m 25s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 32s  min/mile

Slow start uphill, kept it going ok. Was pretty beat - mainly a result of the swim I think, not the bike. Would like to be faster, but was ok with this time at this stage in the season.
What would you do differently?:

Need to practice downhill running more, was oddly tough coming into the finish.
Post race
Warm down:

None, it was pouring. Did get cover up from medical tent, so that helped.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Due to rain, no post race activities, canceled awards ceremony, and everyone was very crowded getting food. Not organizers' fault really, was a weather issue.

Last updated: 2008-02-13 12:00 AM
00:18:45 | 820 yards | 02m 17s / 100yards
Age Group: 50/62
Overall: 260/372
Performance: Bad
169 Avg HR
Suit: Full wet suit
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:05
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:50:47 | 18 miles | 21.27 mile/hr
Age Group: 14/62
Overall: 75/372
Performance: Good
Avg HR 169
Course: Rolling, only a couple of noticeable hills.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: ~90
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:42
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:23:25 | 03.11 miles | 07m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 28/62
Overall: 136/372
Performance: Average
Avg HR 175 - getting tired!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4