Tri the Parks - Indian Springs State Park - TriathlonSprint

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Flovilla, Georgia
United States
Blue Sky Sports
WarmF / 0C
Total Time = 1h 22m 58s
Overall Rank = 164/461
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 20/35
Pre-race routine:

Got up about 5:00, ate a cereal bar and drank a grape G2. I was actually surprised since it went down a lot easier than it normally does. My standard routine is to look at the food and then not eat it due to a flip flopping stomach. As a side note this doesn't seem to go away, at least not for's part of the fun. Walked next door and talked trash with Brian while we waited for Joe to arrive. Finally we headed over to the park around 6:10.
Event warmup:

I took my bike over to All3sports to have the front derailleur adjusted while I checked in. Racked my bike, set up my zone and then went to see what was taking Brian so long. After I found the remaining members of my group I released that Brian may in fact be far more intelligent than I gave him credit for...he had stopped on the way down and picked up a Tanz balloon to mark his T Zone. Luckily for me he happened to be right next to me...Way to go B! Anyways I digress, we ran around for a couple minutes to warm up the legs then do a few transition walkthroughs. Finally we headed down to the water in order to warm up. By this point I was bouncing around overflowing with anxious energy...
  • 15m 7s
  • 656 yards
  • 02m 18s / 100 yards

The lake felt like bath water and was real complaints.
What would you do differently?:

Need to put in more time swimming. Have the endurance just need to work on cranking up the intensity.
Transition 1
  • 00m 58s

Felt good coming into T1 but had a little trouble getting my feet into the shoes. The straps had stuck to each other and I had to pull them apart before I could get my feet in. Other than that I was much faster than my last race.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster out of the water and up the hill. Make sure I check the straps prior to the swim start.
  • 39m 29s
  • 12.8 miles
  • 19.45 mile/hr

I messed up the entire start to the bike fumbling with my straps...luckily there were no bikes around and I was able to get moving fairly quickly. The last thing I wanted to do was mess up someone else's start due to my issues. The first hill got me pretty good but once over it I settled in and found a good cadence. My only gripe is that on 3 occasions I ran up on a group of bikes that were completely hogging the roadway. I was forced to slow down and wait until there was ample room to go around them on the FAR left (in the other lane which was awesome) Is it too much to ask that if you are not passing, or in the process of passing, to stay to the right?
What would you do differently?:

Get my feet into the shoes faster, and hit the hill a little better/harder.
Transition 2
  • 01m 9s

I was a little worried about this b/c I had only practiced on my new bike about 2 dozen went just fine and felt good. I racked my bike, taking note that Brian's was already hanging there...real surprise, and threw on socks/shoes and out I ran. I tried a new way of putting on my socks (I picked it up on BT in a video!!!!) and it worked great. Just rolled them right up my foot.
What would you do differently?:

Practice more on the dismount.
  • 26m 13s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 28s  min/mile

It tricks you with a downhill into the woods to start off then it's out onto the road. Rolling, slightly long, hills mark most of the road way out to the 1-1.5 then you head into alps. At first it's not so bad but then you realize that the people that are coming out of the loop don't look so good. That's not to say that anyone looks bright eyed and bushy tailed by this point in a race but tired is one thing, crawling on hands and knees is another. After I made it back up from the trek down I realized I still hadn't seen the 2 mile marker yet. I announced out loud that the miles were really rolling but slowly today...and to my surprise the 2 runners immediately in front of me began to tell me their endless road theory. I was listening intently until, without warning I tumbled down into the center of the earth. I know this because I had to run back up the other side to get out. There was a point I would have sworn I wasn't moving although my legs were continuously chopping at the pavement. Alas once out I knew I only had about half a mile to go. It was uneventful from there until the finish line. I will say that I am all for the soul crushing uphill finish...I think it builds character.

What would you do differently?:

Complete more bike/run bricks. My calves cramped up into knots for the first mile, very unpleasant.

Post race
Warm down:

I drank 2 bottles of water then jogged around for a few minutes. After that the group I came with stayed around to cheer on everyone else as they came in towards to finish. I know it is always a great feeling for me when random people cheer me on; the least I could do is do the same for others. Everyone that is involved in these events is always so nice and supportive, it's almost as much of an accomplishment to watch someone perk up when you cheer for them as it is to finish the race yourself.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing just need to train more.

Event comments:

Good race with great support people. I am looking forward to competing again next year.

Last updated: 2008-06-24 12:00 AM
00:15:07 | 656 yards | 02m 18s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/35
Overall: 0/461
Performance: Below average
Suit: No
Course: Kind of a Rhombus shape...yep I said it. Out at a right diagonal for about 200 meters then a 90 degree turn to the left around a buoy. Then it was straight for 300 meters then a 90 degree left again straight back to shore.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 00:58
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:39:29 | 12.8 miles | 19.45 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/35
Overall: 0/461
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: One large hill right outside of the park but once you got past it the course was relatively flat. Although to be fair there were a number on short hills spread throughout and a long false flat.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:09
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:26:13 | 03.1 miles | 08m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/35
Overall: 0/461
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back with 2 loops into camp grounds. Unfortunatly the loops harbor hidden hills.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4