Abe's Mini Tri - TriathlonMini Sprint

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Petersburg, Illinois
United States
Petersburg Triathlon Group
55F / 13C
Total Time = 23m 18s
Overall Rank = 33/54
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 2/3
Pre-race routine:

Sleepless night, jitters were out of control. With race start at noon, it was hard to know what to do. Had toast, juice and coffee at 7:00 a.m. and a power bar around 10:30.
Event warmup:

Swam a couple of 50 yd laps in the pool.
  • 02m 41s
  • 100 yards
  • 02m 41s / 100 yards

Despite using inhaler, asthma acted up a bit, just enough to cause a little hyperventilation toward the end. I rolled into sweet spot and regrouped for a few seconds, long enough for a big guy to barrel past me and knock me against the pool wall. This being my first tri, I was unprepared for how violent this seemed.
What would you do differently?:

Overall pretty satisfied with swim portion, considering that 8 weeks ago I couldn't swim half a lap. Just work on endurance and staying calm and relaxed.
Transition 1
  • 01m 53s

This went ok. Fingers felt cold and clumsy, after coming out of the warm pool water into a cold drizzle. Lost a little time digging shoes out of a plastic bag, but it was worth it to have dry socks/shoes.
What would you do differently?:

Set up camp on other side of bike.
  • 07m 49s
  • 2.5 miles
  • 19.19 mile/hr

Very happy with bike leg. A fellow BTer had suggested lowering air pressure in tires to 110-115, this served well on the slick road. I know that in the sprint distance at least one person wiped out on the first corner. It was a little confusing coming back to the transition area, mostly because two people in front of me were unsure where to go. Couple of kids struggling on the slick pavement, I was careful about passing them.
What would you do differently?:

I don't know if anything could have been done differently, when I went to clip in, the pedals were so slick that my right foot slipped off. Forget leaving the shoes clipped in, that's far beyond my level.
Transition 2
  • 01m 40s

Fingers were cold, biking gloves seemed glued to my hands. It took a while to get them off. Biking shoes came off easily, had to pull running shoes out of plastic bag. This seemed to take an eternity.
What would you do differently?:

Instead of putting shoes in a bag, just cover them with plastic. Start pulling off gloves before racking bike.
  • 09m 13s
  • 1 miles
  • 09m 13s  min/mile

All my long slow marathon training at an 11:30 pace has definitely hurt me. The 15 lbs. I gained didn't help either. But overall I'm pleased with my time. Went anaerobic just past turnaround, asthma chose to act up and I had to back off briefly.
What would you do differently?:

Speed workouts.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a little, got a drink of water. After awards, Steve and I hit the Oakford winery for some good Illinois wine.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Endurance on swim, asthma acting up and lack of speed training for run. Rain made for challenges I had not expected.

Event comments:

This was the first year for this race. post race food was awesome --- penne pasta. My only criticism is that I registered as an Athena because this was an option, but there was not a Clydesdale/Athena award for the mini division. Not a big deal, just a little confusing.

Last updated: 2008-04-19 12:00 AM
00:02:41 | 100 yards | 02m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/3
Overall: 0/54
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri Top + shorts
Course: PORTA high school pool
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder:
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:53
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:07:49 | 02.5 miles | 19.19 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/3
Overall: 6/54
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Out of parking lot, down BlueJay Lane and onto country road, then turnaround at cone.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:40
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:09:13 | 01 miles | 09m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/3
Overall: 36/54
Performance: Good
Course: Out of PORTA parking lot, toward Petersburg. Glad I opted for short course, the 5k people had some bricks and hills and a lot of turns to contend with.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4