North Shore Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Waialua, Hawaii
United States
Hawaii Swim
74F / 23C
Total Time = 1h 05m 58s
Overall Rank = 72/275
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 9/23
Pre-race routine:

Got to the park right at 4:30 a.m. (remind me again why we do this to ourselves...), set up transition right away and got my chip and body marking done. Chatted with a couple of friends. Used the facilities.
Event warmup:

Stretched, jogged down the beach and swam about 100 yds.
  • 14m 6s
  • 437 yards
  • 03m 13s / 100 yards

The only gripe I had about this race is that they needed to break up the start waves a little. It was incredibly crowded for the men's wave for the fairly restricted swim area we had. I never had a moment where I wasn't bumping someone or getting bumped/kicked/slapped by someone. Despite other reports, I thought the water here was pretty shallow and there were plenty of reef scrapes amoungst the athletes to support that claim. I think the crowd impeded my first 200 yds of the swim.
What would you do differently?:

You really need to get out in front of the group for the swim start. There is no starting on the edge and getting around the crowd.
Transition 1
  • 00m 54s

Had a pretty good transition, not my best T1, but pleased. My main fault was that I missed my aisle where the front of my bike was, caused me to have to double back, seconds lost there.
What would you do differently?:

Pay attention to my markers to get the right aisle
  • 28m 48s
  • 10 miles
  • 20.83 mile/hr

Not a bad bike leg. This was definitely where I made up my time. I passed a lot of people on this leg and only got passed by 2 (one was the overall female winner :) ).
What would you do differently?:

Not much. A little more training to prep and build up speed.
Transition 2
  • 00m 40s

My best T2 of any race. I ran without socks this time so my T2 time dropped significantly. Used some vasoline on the blister prone spots in the shoe and that really seemed to work. I have no blisters or even hints of blisters the day after the race.
What would you do differently?:

Just practice.
  • 21m 29s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 06m 56s  min/mile

Should have pushed a little harder the last 1/2 mile. Again, the guy who finished right in front of me just happened to be in my age group so I lost a place by just a few seconds. I felt pretty strong throughout the run. I spun my pedals in a low gear coming into T2 which I think helped my legs shift into run mode.
What would you do differently?:

Need to add some speed work into my training routine. Got to stop letting the guy beat me in the last few secs of the race.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked, stretched, drank, snacked.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Race needed some improvements. First off, 3 porta potties for 275+ athletes, their friends and family, spectators, and volunteers??? Not a good idea there. This caused the swim to start late while waiting for athletes to finish doing their pre-race business. There weren't tons of volunteers here, but the race course was so simple and short, they really didn't need tons. I think they had just enough. It woould have been nice if the results sheet also had Age Group placings as every other Tri I've done has had. There was also some silliness going on during the awards ceremony. All in all though, I had a good time and will probably do this one again.

Last updated: 2008-11-21 12:00 AM
00:14:06 | 437 yards | 03m 13s / 100yards
Age Group: 15/23
Overall: 203/275
Performance: Bad
Suit: Tri suit
Course: Triangular, coounter clockwise loop; water was pretty shallow and if you came out of a freestyle stroke, you were likely scraping reef; to finish, there is about a 100+ yard run down the beach with a short climb up to get to transition
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:54
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:28:48 | 10 miles | 20.83 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/23
Overall: 51/275
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: An out and back course with a small loop at the turn around point. Road was real straight for the most part with a very gentle, barely noticable grade.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:40
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:29 | 03.1 miles | 06m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/23
Overall: 60/275
Performance: Good
Course: Flat, relatively shaded, out and back course.
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] 3