Smith Mountain Lake Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Huddleston, Virginia
United States
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65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 35m 29s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 29 and under
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got up and a bagel with peanut butter and banana and drove an hour to get there around 7:00.
Event warmup:

Ran a few laps around the parking lot, not very far but I got a good sweat going and my heart rate was up.
  • 15m 30s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 04s / 100 meters

This was my first time swimming with a wetsuit and in open water and with a mass start. So there were a lot of new experiences! After a few initial thoughts of "this is how I'm going to die" I feel like I settled into a pretty good rhythm. The water didn't seem too bad and I didn't think of the temperature at all.
What would you do differently?:

I definitely need a lot more practice with OWS. I think I'll do much better next time now that I have a better idea of what to expect.
Transition 1
  • 02m 59s

This took longer than I expected. I was so winded coming out of the water that my run into transition was probably pretty sad. I got the wetsuit stuck on my championchip and had to sit down to get it off.
What would you do differently?:

Practice getting the wetsuit off with the timer on and learn how to jump on the bike and put my shoes on while riding.
  • 45m 1s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 16.57 mile/hr

I feel like I rode about as well as I can ride at this point. Which is sad since I got passed a LOT! But that's where I am. I did pass a few people which felt good (I think one of those people had a broken pedal!). Coming up the last big hill my left calf cramped severely and so I had to do that last hill with just my right leg. That was an adventure!
What would you do differently?:

I am looking forward to getting Aero Bars which I think will help some but in general I just need to develop my legs more to push harder on the hills. I've been training in Williamsburg and there aren't too many hills but I just need to find the ones there are and keep working them.
Transition 2
  • 01m 32s

I feel like I did pretty well here. I have just recently got clip pedals and haven't had much practice with them. I was pretty concerned about wrecking at the dismount but I think that I did much better than I had expected (i.e. no wrecks).

What would you do differently?:

I just need to keep practicing the dismount. I think I got into my running shoes easily enough.
  • 30m 29s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 48s  min/mile

Okay not my best effort but sadly all I had left in me. I've been dealing with shin splints so I haven't run much in training and certainly not on hills. So that first mile was rough running with jelly legs, shin splints, uphill, with no energy left and everyone passing me! I felt much better after the turnaround and picked up my pace a lot. I have a nice swollen bruise on my right shin as a medal for my efforts!
What would you do differently?:

Not have shin splints? I decided to start doing Tri's to cross train because my body is not made for running but I still love to do it (even though I've never been fast). I just need to train harder to build my body up and train for more speed with more hill work.

Post race
Warm down:

Celebrated completing my first Triathlon under my projected time! Walked around stretched a little.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Poor conditioning!

Event comments:

Great first experience and I will be back next year and now I have some concrete numbers to use as goals!

Last updated: 2008-05-04 12:00 AM
00:15:30 | 750 meters | 02m 04s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:59
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:45:01 | 12.43 miles | 16.57 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:32
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:30:29 | 03.11 miles | 09m 48s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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]