Yorktown Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Yorktown, Virginia
United States
Set-Up, LLC
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 14m 59s
Overall Rank = 193/334
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 23/38
Pre-race routine:

Stated drinking lots of G2 the day before. Forecast high for race day was over 100. Race time forecast was to be in the mid 80s going up to 90 by the end of the race. It's going to be hot!
Woke up at 0400! Read morning Bible passages. Drank two cups of coffee and ate two pieces of dry whole wheat toast. Prepared a bowl of instant oatmeal but decided not to eat it because of the forecast temperatures. Loaded up the truck and left for Yorktown at 0530. Arrived at Yorktown Courthouse parking lot right at 0600. Walked down to the tranisition area with Melissa and Matt. Got the timing chip and body marked. Found bike rack and got tranisition area set up. All was completed by about 0630.
Event warmup:

With the walk and the quickly rising temperatures, didn't do much warming up. Stretched a little and walked around the transition area.
  • 13m 47s
  • 650 meters
  • 02m 07s / 100 meters

Time was slow compared to field, but this was my very first competition OWS and I am still a very weak swimmer. I had set a personal goal of completing the swim in under 15 minutes, and the CAT group swim on the previous Thursday left me very concerned about being able to even complete the swim at all. All things considered, I am not disappointed with the swim results.
What would you do differently?:

I need a swim coach!!!!!
Transition 1
  • 02m 6s

There was about a 200 yard run from the beach back to the transition area. Did not wear a wet suit and I took my goggles and swim cap off as I exited the water and ran with them in my hand. Tossed goggles and cap onto my towels once I was at the bike rack. Put on socks that I had previously rolled up and prepared. Put on bike shoes, grabbed bike and ran with bike about 50 yards to the mount line.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Maybe run a little faster to the transition area, but was trying to get my heart rate back down and didn't want to push too hard.
  • 32m 25s
  • 12 miles
  • 22.21 mile/hr

I kept the bike geared in a mid-range most of the time. Passed lots of riders along the course. Had a gel pack and some water about half way along the course. I don't know if it helped or hurt. It sat heavy on my stomach for the rest of the race.
What would you do differently?:

I don't know. I pushed myself as hard as I wanted to considered the temperature and the run that was ahead.
Transition 2
  • 01m 22s

Arrived at dismount line with 5 other bikers. Rubbed tires with a couple going across the timing mat. Appoligized and kept going. Racked bike, helmut off, bike shoes off, running shoes on a sip of G2 and out.
What would you do differently?:

Don't know.
  • 25m 21s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 09s  min/mile

Very hot, stomach was nauseated througout. I had set a personal goal of sub 24 minutes. I was a little disappointed in the time, but considering the heat and my performance on the swim and bike, I'll take it.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe not take the gel on the bike course.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a lot.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

New to the sport. Need more conditioning and coaching especially in the swim.

Event comments:

For my second triathlon ever it was great! It was challenging and I had a great time.

Last updated: 2008-03-30 12:00 AM
00:13:47 | 650 meters | 02m 07s / 100meters
Age Group: 35/38
Overall: 295/334
Performance: Average
Suit: TYR
Course: In the York River from beach number 1 about 50 meters out then a right turn for a straight line swim of about 550 meters then 50 meters back to beach number 2.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:06
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:32:25 | 12 miles | 22.21 mile/hr
Age Group: 23/38
Overall: 154/334
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Faily flat slightly winding roads has been described as a diamond shaped lollipop. It did have two sharp left hand turns.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:22
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:21 | 03.11 miles | 08m 09s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/38
Overall: 172/334
Performance: Average
Course: Started out on grass along the river front then a brick side walk. Flat for first 1/3, one hill up and back down to the turn around then back up and down for the second 1/3 then flat for lasst 1/3.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4