Smithfield Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Smithfield, Virginia
United States
Setup Events
63F / 17C
Total Time = 55m 49s
Overall Rank = 32/253
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 5/25
Pre-race routine:

Ate a serving of Sport Beans and a Gu.
Event warmup:

None. Since it was a pool swim it wasn't really possible to do a good swim warmup.
  • 05m 23s
  • 328 yards
  • 01m 38s / 100 yards

I was hoping that I would be able to come in under 5 min and I thought that I was doing good because I never touched feet or got my feet touched. But as you see by my time it didn't happen. I improved my swim from last year by only 25 sec but on the bright side I felt that I was more in control and felt much better after getting out of the water than last year.
What would you do differently?:

Figure out where I am going wrong with my swim training and fix it.
Transition 1
  • 00m 39s

15th Overall, 2nd AG. I was very happy with with this and felt good when I saw some people with faster swim times struggling and all I had to do was put my helmet and sun glasses on and go. I was back in a corner of the transition area which added a couple of seconds but since I had no control of that then there is no use in dwelling on it.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. It was perfect. The only thing I can do is hope for a a better transition spot.
  • 28m 13s
  • 10 miles
  • 21.26 mile/hr

When I started the bike I had a hard time getting my feet in mt shoes but I got them in and started to fight the headwind that caused everyone problems on the first half. The wind wasn't much of a problem but when I tried to down shift to get ready for the small hill right after the sharp 130 degree turn, my chain came off the chainrings. I stopped at the bottom of the hill to place it back on and lost about 15-30 seconds with the whole ordeal. I had only one person pass me the entire race and it was during this that it happened (I ended up catching him during the run). The ride back was very fast with the wind at our back and made up a lot of time. This was the first race using my new aerobars and they felt good but I somestimes felt like I wanted to slide back on my seat a more than usual.
What would you do differently?:

Practice getting into my shoes more and figure out if it is mechanical in nature or if it was the way I shifted. If it was me then I need to figure how I did it and how to prevent it.
Transition 2
  • 00m 47s

53rd Overall, 7th AG. I got out off my shoes with little effort and dismounted at a relatively high speed and ran straight to my rack. The guy who passed me was on my rack and had only one brake lever on the racking bar. When I threw my bike on there it knock his down. I thought about just leaving it there but thought that I would hope that if someone knocked mine down that they would rerack it. So I ended up wasting another 10 seconds or so reracking it. This was the first race using my Zoots and also not using socks. They went on well and I was on my way
What would you do differently?:

Pay more attention to how other people rack their bikes and try to be a little more gentle with racking mine.
  • 20m 48s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 41s  min/mile

My run started out rough and I knew that I would have a problem getting the sub 20 minute time that I was shooting for. I started to have what felt like cramps at he top of my abs but they went away around the half way mark. I wished that it was a bit longer because I could have made up a lot of ground once I felt better.
What would you do differently?:

Do more high intensity bricks.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and drank water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think I did well considering that we just had our first child 3 days earlier and the rest that I needed to perform at my best wasn't there. I also have been doing more endurance workouts to build a base for the Patriots Half later in the season, so my anaerobic endurance isn't quite there.

Event comments:

As usual Setup Events put on a great race. I was a little disappointed in the new awards policy in which they eliminated the Elite class. Now they just give awards out to the top 3 overall and the rest get put into their respective AGs. Its going to make getting a podium spot much harder. Just have to train more.

Last updated: 2008-12-01 12:00 AM
00:05:23 | 328 yards | 01m 38s / 100yards
Age Group: 15/25
Overall: 83/253
Performance: Average
Course: Pool
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:39
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:28:13 | 10 miles | 21.26 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/25
Overall: 39/253
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: Loop along country roads.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:47
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:20:48 | 03.11 miles | 06m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/25
Overall: 26/253
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5