Wild Cat Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Lowell, Massachusetts
United States
Firm Racing
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 02m 30s
Overall Rank = 56/337
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 7/19
Pre-race routine:

2 hours prior: apple, peanut butter on whole wheat toast
15 minutes before race: chocolate Gu and some Gatorade (fruit punch) with a salt pill.

Body glide = GOOD STUFF!!

Event warmup:

light jogging in area, very light swim.
  • 05m 47s
  • 437 yards
  • 01m 19s / 100 yards

68 degrees in just shorts is still quite warm. Definitely do not need a wetsuit of any sort for this water temp.
What would you do differently?:

Wear a tri-suit next time.
Transition 1
  • 01m 47s

Horrible transition.... need to simplify and setup the transition area much better.
What would you do differently?:

1) Tape Gu to bike, and eat at start of bike.
2) Put gatorade (or equivalent in bike water bottle).
3) Clip shoes to bike pedals (see if feet will go into shoes with click straps on shoes just barely done, if not, need to practice putting on shoes on the bike).
4) Ditch the riding gloves.
5) Think about going without socks.
  • 32m 24s
  • 11 miles
  • 20.37 mile/hr

Fumbled getting into clips for a while.
Had to stop to buckle shoe that I missed in transition.
What would you do differently?:

1) Have shoes already clipped into pedals for transition. Need to practice this!!
2) Drink much more during bike, so I am not needing to drink for transition / run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 29s

Pretty slow. Shoes with normal laces don't cut it here. Having biking shoes on full through transition doesn't cut it either.
Putting on shirt backwards was awful. Body glide on for shirt was a good idea, but took time and not needed in a tri-suit.

What would you do differently?:

1) At end of bike, get feet out of shoes before transition.
2) Eat Gu at end of bike before transition.
3) Drink plenty on bike
4) Get fast rubber laces for shoes.
5) Take off helmet while running with bike.

  • 21m 2s
  • 2.5 miles
  • 08m 25s  min/mile

Sucked wind badly on run. By far my weakest discipline. Need to work on running... a lot.

Finished with a good kick to win the Clydesdale division by 6 seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Walked for 15 minutes. Drank gatorade and had a salt pill. Never cramped, quite happy about this.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training, lack of practicing transitions.

Event comments:

Only 1 toilet for men for everyone (and 1 for women as well) made for some serious long morning bathroom lines. The post-race wait for awards took forever...

The course itself and the execution of the staff to run the actual race was fantastic. Will definitely be back next year.

Last updated: 2008-08-04 12:00 AM
00:05:47 | 437 yards | 01m 19s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/19
Overall: 13/337
Performance: Average
Suit: Biking shorts
Course: Across Merrimac river, down to another buoy, and back.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:47
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:32:24 | 11 miles | 20.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/19
Overall: 72/337
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Going out very flat. 3Q slight uphill, 4Q slight downhill.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:29
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:21:02 | 02.5 miles | 08m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/19
Overall: 110/337
Performance: Bad
Course: Very flat, down and back.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3