Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Huddleston, Virginia
United States
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65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 31m 57s
Overall Rank = 174/265
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 26/35
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 6:00 AM. Showered. Doubled checked my bag. Ate breakfast - bowl of strawberry medley cereal, cup of coffee, PB on toast. Hydrated - two or three bottles of water. Drove to site. Grabbed timing chip. Set up for T1 and T2. Stretched.
Event warmup:

None - that was a mistake!!!
  • 17m 46s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 10s / 100 yards

Aweful start. Not sure whether it was the cold water or the running start but I lost my breath immediately and never gained composure until the last leg of the swim. I never felt cold but I think it really affected my breathing from the beginning. Since I couldn't catch my breath I never developed a rhythm. In addition, my goggles fogged up immediately.

Some how I still managed to beat my previous OWS 750 time by almost 2 minutes. I didn't know this though because I forgot to start my watch.
What would you do differently?:

Should have gotten in the water before the start to acclimate my body to the temp.
Transition 1
  • 03m 44s

4th furthest rack from bike start. That was a long run with bike shoes on. Bike start is on a hill. Followed others by running to the top of the small hill to mount.
What would you do differently?:

Should've just started immediately... I like hills :-) Need to learn how to start with feet out of shoes.
  • 41m 28s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 17.98 mile/hr

I liked the course a lot! I had a great time on the bike. I started to cramp up a little and had to stretch my leg a couple times on DH's but I think I had more to give on the bike. I think I was depressed about the swim and gave up a little thinking I wouldn't be improving anyway. STUPID STUPID STUPID!!!
What would you do differently?:

Push harder. Add some tonic water to my water bottle for cramping.
Transition 2
  • 01m 38s

Long way to run in bike shoes. Think I sat to take off my shoes. Can definitely improve here.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to ride ON shoes.
  • 27m 23s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 49s  min/mile

Thought to myself... "man you're running slow but stay here for a couple minutes until you get your legs." Never really picked up until after the turn around. Too late to make up any real time. My run felt great as a pacing run but I should've and could've pushed harder.
What would you do differently?:

Need to practice more bricks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Post race
Warm down:

Stretch. Gatorade. Meet up with buddy's family to watch him finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mostly mental I think. The swim really got me off my game. Plus I didn't keep track of my swim time so I had no idea that even though it felt crappy I was still improved from last year.

Event comments:

I will be there next year!

Last updated: 2008-05-04 12:00 AM
00:17:46 | 820 yards | 02m 10s / 100yards
Age Group: 28/35
Overall: 210/265
Performance: Bad
Suit: Sleeveless WS
Course: One loop. Beach start/finish.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:44
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:41:28 | 12.43 miles | 17.98 mile/hr
Age Group: 24/35
Overall: 145/265
Performance: Average
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Rolling to hilly... no real climbs. Overall great course! 33.7 top speed. Could probably get going a little faster. Had a head wind going into the second turnaround. Nice tail wind on the way back to the park.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 01:38
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:27:23 | 03.11 miles | 08m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 28/35
Overall: 179/265
Performance: Below average
Course: rolling
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4