Tri the Parks - Indian Springs State Park - TriathlonSprint

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Flovilla, Georgia
United States
Blue Sky Sports
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 12m 58s
Overall Rank = 44/458
Age Group = 45-49M
Age Group Rank = 3/25
Pre-race routine:

Drove down from Atlanta - Oatmeal/Gatorade

Event warmup:

Found a quiet spot next to the woods and stretched/stretched/stretched

Ran the first third or so of the course with some lifts on the hills.
  • 13m 31s
  • 656 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

This race last year I tried to swim with the big boys. BIG MISTAKE..HUGE! Heart rate was through the roof in the first 100m, race effectively toast. Duly chastened, I now maintain an MOP position for the swim and try to catch up later.

I got boxed in the first little bit and wasted a little energy going around. Caught some feet after the first turn and really tried to turn it on just before the second turn. Another swimmer and I traded elbows for a few strokes 'til he got tired of it and and dropped his stroke 'til I was past.

No blistering fast time but my standards are modest.
What would you do differently?:

Adopt a more aggressive attitude about the segment..

Transition 1
  • 00m 43s

Shoes already clipped in/No shirt - It's pretty dang speedy. The lanes are really narrow at this race and there was a guy from an earlier wave lollygagging his way towards the T-exit..I called gangway twice as I approached and clipped him with the bike as I went past- Sorry, bro. It's a race.
What would you do differently?:

Try a flying mount.
  • 34m 42s
  • 12.8 miles
  • 22.13 mile/hr

Interesting ride..A couple of riders from 40-44 exited T1 at the same time and we leapfrogged the rest of the race. I would pass on the up-hills, they'd catch me going down - Made for a little bit of congestion at times but everybody minded their manners and I didn't see any locked handlebars or drafting. Only saw one person from my AG and dropped him after the turnaround..

What would you do differently?:

I think I could have really hammered the first hill if I'd remembered more about it..Approached the thing just a little bit cautiously. Beyond that, an ok ride.
Transition 2
  • 00m 53s

All that's missing here is the flying dismount..It's a nice looking trick.
  • 23m 8s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 28s  min/mile

I ran the 5k in 23mins..A good time would have been closer to 21, so not a career day. Really not sure what was up because I came out of T2 feeling good and it wasn't hot in the least..Reduced to walking at the top of one of the hills - The shame/Humiliation of it all. All that was missing at that moment was children throwing filth at me to complete the picture.

Anyhoo, Fitness not up to snuff is the only possible answer so will have to consult the oracle.

I was passed by one person in my AG - That was the diff btwn podium and not. He was running faster than me even on my best day, so an AG place was probably not in the cards from the git-go.
What would you do differently?:

Move it, lard-a$$!
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Fitness level = Good not Great

Event comments:

Took 2 minutes and change off last year's time, and about 10 places in AG rankings..From that point of view, the day was good. Slight buzz-kill on the run but I'll be back to fix that.

TTP is well run and a great opportunity to RACE! There are studs in dang near every AG so it's probably not the place to back into a podium spot.

Last updated: 2008-05-01 12:00 AM
00:13:31 | 656 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/25
Overall: 0/458
Performance: Good
Course: Triangular with 270' turns at the the buoys
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 00:43.2
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:34:42 | 12.8 miles | 22.13 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/25
Overall: 0/458
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Out and back. One sustained climb, then rolling.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:52.7
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:08 | 03.1 miles | 07m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/25
Overall: 0/458
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back mostly paved with some trails. Rolled nicely in a looped campground area.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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] 5