Greenville Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Greenville, South Carolina
United States
Setup, Inc
68F / 20C
Total Time = 1h 32m 1s
Overall Rank = 83/182
Age Group = Novice
Age Group Rank = 5/41
Pre-race routine:

Does OVERALL Rank mean for Women and for everyone? Setup did not have a race report with everyone on it, so I just ranked myself among other women. Hope that's OK. However, there were 522 total athletes that competed.

Now for the Pre-race:
IT WAS CRAZY! When I woke up at 4:30am to get ready for the race I heard a very loud noise outside of my hotel room. The bottom had fallin' out with a steady dose of rain, thunder, and lightening! This was quite a surprise since I had checked the weather just a couple days earlier and it was supposed to be sunny skies and lower-than normal temps (1 out of 2 ain't bad). I went on to the race (30min late) hoping it would miraculously dissepate. I ate my oatmeal, drank two sips of the especially nasty hotel coffee, put both pair of shoes in bags (to keep dry). God's hand was seeing what we were made of because it did slow up in time for the race.
Event warmup:

It literally rained right up to the start of the event and most everyone waited to lay out the transitions until right before the start. Probably 50-75 people were able to warm up in the pool for a few minutes and I was not included in that crowd. I think everyone was happy that we were having a race and less worried about warming up.
  • 10m 10s
  • 400 yards
  • 02m 32s / 100 yards

My swim was moderate and steady. I've been struggling with my swim and I didn't really want to push myself this time. My first race had me a little freaked. I just enjoyed the swim rather than pushing my limits. I didn't really have any problems in the pool. I ended up pushing off by myself for some reason. There was only a little congestion on the first length and I think at one lane change. Overall pretty nice.
What would you do differently?:

I will definitely conquer my fears and start doing more speed work in the pool. The next race... I will push myself!
Transition 1
  • 01m 59s

Prior to race I set up both pair of shoes in plastic bags to keep them dry. This was a good plan because my bike shoes were dry as a bone. However, it did take me a bit to unravel them out of the bag. I was happy with the speed of my transition considering the complications that the rain had caused.
What would you do differently?:

  • 50m 1s
  • 15 miles
  • 17.99 mile/hr

I felt strong and confident. I was very happy with my bike.
What would you do differently?:

Train more! Get stronger.
Transition 2
  • 01m 45s

As with my bike shoes, my running shoes were also wrapped in a bag. That took a little more effort than normal.
What would you do differently?:

Buy bungy strings and pray to God it doesn't rain.
  • 28m 7s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 04s  min/mile

I know I stayed in Zone 5 my entire run. It was really tough considering I really felt like I was going too slow. I just endured and tried to keep my pace moderate so as not to have my heart jump directly out of my chest onto the ground in front of me which could cause me to trip. So really I was just trying to be cautious.
What would you do differently?:

More bricks!
Post race
Warm down:

They took my chip, I hugged my friends, took pictures and drank lots of water. We found some chairs and sat down while I tried to massage my calves and do a few stretches. Had my husband rub my calves later that night. I wasn't sore the next day.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

1- My transitions could've been faster if it weren't for the rain prior to the race.
2- I really think some more weight training may help my transition into running so that I'll be stronger coming off my bike.

Event comments:

They really managed the rain distraction well. Setup does a great job in my limited opinion. My only criticism would be the poor trail condition. Greenville itself (downtown), turned out to be a very nice surprise.

Last updated: 2008-08-18 12:00 AM
00:10:10 | 400 yards | 02m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 28/41
Overall: 145/182
Performance: Average
Suit: Skirt tri shorts / DeSoto Top
Course: The pool was 50 meters and 8 lanes (pool was one level approx 4.5ft). They sent off two athletes every 10 seconds.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:59
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
00:50:01 | 15 miles | 17.99 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/41
Overall: 65/182
Performance: Good
My computer was working the day before but did not work for the race.
Wind: Little
Course: The course was moderately hilly. There were a few large hills but they were'nt crazy. I just stayed focused and attacked. I train on similar terrain so I felt right at home. The roads were in a little direpair in places. They could've marked some problem areas but I didn't see any markings other than directional. The road was wet from all the rain, which was a first for me, but I took the advice that I heard from other more experienced athletes prior to the race. Most simply said to stay away from the painted lines and watch out for oil spots and you should be OK. Good advice. There was one turn at the bottom of a pretty steep hill about mid-course which could cause some problems if you didn't ride the course before. I did fine on that one but slid on an oil spot around the 11th mile going down to a turn.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:45
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:28:07 | 03.1 miles | 09m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/41
Overall: 105/182
Performance: Average
I didn't have my Hr strap on but because I pushed my last 0.5 mile so hard on the bike I really struggled getting my Hr to come down for the foot race.
Course: Don't pay any attention to the elevation maps. I was pretty pshyched out by those. However, the trail portion of the race was on the dangerous side but only a 1/4 mile. It was rocky, muddy in spots, with huge ruts from water run-off. They really could've done better by cleaning that up a bit. That aside, the paved portion was fine with some uphill grades. Not at all scenic.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
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