Devil's Challenge Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Baraboo, Wisconsin
United States
Wisconsin Triathlon Series
59F / 15C
Total Time = 1h 38m 53s
Overall Rank = 329/747
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 4/42
Pre-race routine:

So, I laid in bed and listened to my kid cough all night, which is not the most conducive start to race day. But, I got up at 4:25, ate a bowl of shredded wheat, hopped in the van, and went to pick up Anna. We drove up there, were the first ones in transition (yah, I'm ridiculously early), went to register, and found out they didn't have my info. After finally getting that straightened out, we set up our transition areas, and I gave Anna the lay of the land. We decided it was far too cold for a warm up, so we just walked around, stood around, meandered around, until it was time to go.
Event warmup:

Standing on the beach and shivering counts as a warm up right? If that doesn't, I'm sure the ducking down in the water while lined up waiting for the swim wave to go off must count for something.
  • 08m 39s
  • 440 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

I kept my head (and heart rate) down on this swim. At first I wondered why the heck I wasn't getting anywhere, and then I realized I was doing some sort of weird shortened, not warmed up stroke. Oh yah - THAT would be the reason for doing a warm up, eh? So, I concentrated on pulling through a full stroke. I think I caught some of the people from the previous wave. There were some slow folks out there.
What would you do differently?:

A warm up would have been wise, though I'm not sure how to work it with the temps what they were.
Transition 1
  • 02m 18s

This was the third fastest T1. Nice. It's a freaking long run. They make you run all the way to the far end of transition, so that everyone is going in 1 direction through transition.
What would you do differently?:

I would have been even faster if I hadn't briefly put on my fleece, and then decided against it and took it back off. But, taking it back off was the total right decision.
  • 1h 02m
  • 15 miles
  • 14.52 mile/hr

Well, this went way better than last year, when I dropped my chain three times. The hills were hard, but not unmanageable. I had to brake on a couple of downhills due to traffic. That didn't please me all that much. There was a whole lot of people that don't get the whole ride on the right, pass on the left thing. And they way didn't get that if someone calls "on your left" it means to let them pass and not pull out to pass someone else. *sigh*
What would you do differently?:

I need more hill work. Seriously. Oh, and just more time on the bike, as usual. I've been slacking big time, and it showed here.
Transition 2
  • 00m 54s

It's a long run over grass and mud, so I elected to leave my shoes on. Of course, that meant that I came to a full stop before dismounting. I didn't really want a repeat of Pardeeville. And, after the squelchy wet foot run on Thursday, preserving my mostly dry feet was more important that super speed here. Even so - THE FASTEST T2 in my age group. Woo hoo!
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I made good decisions. I could have passed some of the traffic running with my bike, but I really didn't want to crash the novice old guy.
  • 25m 4s
  • 3 miles
  • 08m 22s  min/mile

This run felt harder than it should. Okay, okay, the mildly throbbing toe didn't help, nor did the ongoing nagging bottom of the foot pain which I really need to get looked at. But, mostly, I think the difference was coming off of a road bike instead of my tri bike. I wussed out on taking the tri bike on the hills, and boy could I feel the difference. Tri bike, how I love you during the run. But, I just kept plugging away, and it turned out okay. I had very little left in the tank for a kick, but what I had I used.
What would you do differently?:

Not be a wuss and use the tri bike?
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a bottle of water and waited for Anna to come in. Then, shivered and shivered waiting to get results. I knew I was fairly high in my age group, but my results didn't get posted while I was there.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The usual - more time in the saddle, more time in the wetsuit, more time in the shoes.

Event comments:

I got my fourth place in this race in transitions. Seriously. Apparently, I'm good at them. Not sure why other people aren't as good. But, my best placing outside of transitions was 7th, but I managed 4th overall. That's pretty freaking huge. But, hey, I'll take it!

Last updated: 2008-07-07 12:00 AM
00:08:39 | 440 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 9/42
Overall: 0/747
Performance: Average
Course: Parallel to the shore.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:18
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:02:00 | 15 miles | 14.52 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/42
Overall: 0/747
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Super hills. Hills, hills, and more hills.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:54
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:04 | 03 miles | 08m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/42
Overall: 0/747
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back through the campground. Some hills, but nothing like the bike.
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? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4