Hansgrohe Acworth Women's Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

View Member's Race Log View other race reports
Acworth, Georgia
United States
Georgia Multisports Productions, LLC
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 45m 40s
Overall Rank = 400/510
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 49/61
Pre-race routine:

Spaghetti dinner the night before. I tried to relax all day but tossed and turned all night and barely got any sleep.
Event warmup:

Hopped out of bed, ate a Luna bar, yogurt, AND a banana. Drove to the race site to pick up my packet. After the transition set-up I stretched, said hello to Amy and Beth, and sat in the water (practiced my stroke), and then stood at the swim start.
  • 09m 42s
  • 400 yards
  • 02m 25s / 100 yards

I was more nervous about this part of the race than anything else. I mean, they do write on your body so that they can identify you if you drown and all. Plus, I'm not that comfortable swimming. I'm inefficient, awkward, etc. All that being said, this was surprisingly easy. I was nervous and claustrophobic, but the distance was so short that by the time I started feeling comfortable it was time to get out of the water.
What would you do differently?:

I ended up doing the breast stroke most of the race. I wish that I would have freestyled more but I was too nervous. I couldn't focus and kept thinking that I was going to get off course.

Oh, and I'd like not to be one of the last people out of the water in the future! I was number 57 out of 61 :(
Transition 1
  • 01m 53s

This transition worked smoothly.
What would you do differently?:

  • 55h 50m
  • 13 miles
  • 0.23 mile/hr

Biking felt good. I started off feeling really tight and sloppy but found my stride around mile 3. I focused so much on the bike to run transition that I wasn't expecting the swim to bike transition to be tough too!
What would you do differently?:

I raced on a mountain bike that I added slicks too. My tires are about twice the size of road bike tires. I feel like I did OK, but I definitely won't do a distance longer than a sprint on a mountain bike. I think it added at least 10 minutes to my time.
Transition 2
  • 00m 28s

I wore the same shoes for biking and running so this transition was smooth. I threw on a hat and race shirt and took off ... in the wrong direction! I lost a few seconds turning around.
What would you do differently?:

Run in the right direction!
  • 37m 48s
  • 3.7 miles
  • 10m 13s  min/mile

This run was hard. I was tired and wobbly. I practiced this transition several times before the race, but I don't think I was as prepared as I needed to be. I didn't find my stride until mile 2 or so.
What would you do differently?:

Practice the full bike/run mileage before the race.
Post race
Warm down:

Nothing really. Picked up my race shirt and walked a mile to the transition area to get my gear. Ate fried chicken biscuits with gravy for breakfast ... I think I'm a little sick from all the fat and grease!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training. I feel like I did OK, but I have a lot of room for improvement in all 3 categories. My goal was to finish and get this first race under my belt but for future races I'd like to be closer to the middle of the pack and not so close to the bottom of my age group.

Event comments:

This was a good first race. Challenging and friendly. I like the t-shirt and medal!

Last updated: 2008-06-18 12:00 AM
00:09:42 | 400 yards | 02m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 57/61
Overall: 378/510
Performance: Average
Course: Muddy lake water
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:53
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
55:50:00 | 13 miles | 0.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 53/61
Overall: 449/510
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Rolling hills
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:28
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:37:48 | 03.7 miles | 10m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 42/61
Overall: 329/510
Performance: Average
Course: Rolling hills
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4