Kinetic Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
United States
Set-Up, Inc
64F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 46m 21s
Overall Rank = 79/220
Age Group = 45-49F
Age Group Rank = 5/13
Pre-race routine:

Kept well hydrated on Saturday and had fun "carboloading" a cheesecake desert at dinner.Pooped out and got into bed at 10:30. Slept well for a night before a tri.

Up around 6am; got dressed and had my usual race breakfast of Cheerios and yogurt smoothie. Packed and drove to the race site
Event warmup:

Got body marked and then set up my transition area; I was first onto the rack and got what I thought to be a good position. Had a gel around 30 minutes before race time. Got into my wetsuit around 15 minutes before race time and got a short practice swim. Then hung out for my wave start.
  • 15m 19s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 02s / 100 meters

I just couldn't get my breathing under control and it had nothing to do with the water temp (a balmy 69F). I did FS the short leg out and the short leg in but but gave into my nerves and did some side stroke in between (I'm still kicking myself about this); had to flip onto my back for a moment during the first leg to deal with a leaking goggle. Stayed to the outside the whole way and avoided most of the contact.

As I came out of the water I had a hard time stripping the suit because I couldn't find the zipper pull because it ended up hanging in front of me.

I beat my target time of 16min, taking 5 minutes off of lasts year's awful swim, but did not have a good swim at all. I'm wondering if the course was short.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 03m 3s

it's a fairly log run from the beach to the transition area but that gave me time to finally get the suit stripped and my cap, hood, goggles and earplugs off. I had a little problem getting my feet out of the suit, but not terrible. Socks, shoes, helmet, and sunglasses went on quickly and I ran it out of TA well. Mounted and got moving pretty well, too.

About 1 minute faster than last year.
What would you do differently?:

I need to add some velcro to the suit to hold the end of the zipper cord. Everything else went pretty well.
  • 57m 58s
  • 17.5 miles
  • 18.11 mile/hr

almost had a crash at the beginning with a guy who was trying to start up and swerved into my path; around the mid point I was standing and accelerating out of a turn and somehow hit my pedal on the ground...somehow as a result my saddle nose got tipped down and the spent the 2nd half of the ride sliding towards the front of the saddle. Also about half way through I got passed by a women with a "46" on her calf and we spent the rest of the race leap-frogging ahead of each other; we crossed the mat with her right in front of me.

All in all a great ride and I got in under my 1 hour target, shaving off about 3 minutes from last year's time.
What would you do differently?:

other than the saddle issue the ride went great and I got faster each lap. I would have liked to have ridden my tri bike but I wasn't comfortable enough yet with it's shifting and gearing
Transition 2
  • 01m 33s

went down the wrong row and had to rack my bike from the other side and duck under the rack (good thing there were only 2 bikes on it).

About 1 minute faster than last year.
What would you do differently?:

less time fumbling with the Garmin
  • 28m 40s
  • 3.14 miles
  • 09m 08s  min/mile

the first mile is basically up hill and hurts really bad on bike-tired legs; I knew if I just kept it moving that it would eventually get better, and it did. After the turn around I picked a pace bunny and worked at catching up to her and then hung off of her shoulder as we pushed each other; with about 300m to go she started to fade and I think she fell off to walk. My hammies were cramping up and my quads were screaming on the final downhill but I kept on pushing through it. In the final sprint I started to make a passing move but knew that it wasn't happening.

I got in solidly under my 9.5min/mile target, about 2:30 faster than last year. Negative splits. My best ever tri run!
What would you do differently?:

smile more :)
Post race
Warm down:

spent some time talking with members of my tri club and then stood in the lake for a while

What limited your ability to perform faster:

panicky feeling during the swim

Event comments:

well organized; good course; decent food

Profile Album

Last updated: 2009-01-12 12:00 AM
00:15:19 | 750 meters | 02m 02s / 100meters
Age Group: 6/13
Overall: 122/220
Performance: Below average
Suit: BlueSeventy full
Course: rectangle making right turns
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:03
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:57:58 | 17.5 miles | 18.11 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/13
Overall: 54/220
Performance: Good
Lap 1: 17m 26s; 5.00 miles; 17.21 mph/ Lap 2: 16m 17s; 5.00 miles; 18.42 mph/ Lap 3: 16m 09s; 5.00 miles; 18.58 mph/ Lap 4; 07m 27s; 2.50 miles; 20.10 mph
Wind: Some
Course: out the park road; 12 mile loop; back into the park
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:33
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:28:40 | 03.14 miles | 09m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/13
Overall: 102/220
Performance: Good
Lap 1: 09m 50s/ Lap 2: 09m 09s/ Lap 3: 08m 40s/ Lap 4: 01m 01s
Course: out and back with loop within the park
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5