mini-Mussel Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Geneva, New York
United States
Musselman Triathlon
Total Time = 1h 21m 58s
Overall Rank = 31/666
Age Group = 20-24
Age Group Rank = 1/20
Pre-race routine:

Ate a clif bar before getting on the road a little later than I hoped. While picking up our packets, I thought I would try to move my bowels but it wasn't happening.. luckily this didn't turn out to be an issue!
Event warmup:

Barely had time to set up transition before heading to the swim start. Got a chance to swim around while waiting for our wave to start.
  • 13m 33s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 49s / 100 meters

For me this was a great swim. I went hard but stayed under control. Being in a canal really made navigation easy too. The only negative thing I can say is sometimes the water had a funky smell to it, yuck.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, maybe try to draft more.
Transition 1
  • 01m 27s

I got my suit off and everything on pretty quick, but while running out of transition I dropped my shot blocks. I wouldn't even have noticed but a spectator said something so I had to set the bike down and run back a few feet to pick them up. Only cost me a handful of seconds, but still.
What would you do differently?:

Not drop anything, otherwise this was a good T1
  • 44m 41s
  • 16.35 miles
  • 21.95 mile/hr

I really kicked some butt on this ride. I didn't get passed by one person the entire ride, while passing countless others in the process, including everyone in my age group who came out of the water ahead of me. I settled into a nice hard effort early on and held it throughout. With such a big field there was always someone within sight to focus on so I never had that moment where I'm all alone and my pace drops. 22mph avg is really fast for me, but if it weren't for the gusty crosswinds I think it would've been even faster.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, great ride.
Transition 2
  • 00m 54s

This was a funny transition. This was the fasted dismount I've ever had, almost too fast as I stumbled a bit when my feet hit the ground until they could catch up to speed. I racked my bike and got my shoes on quick and took off, then I heard someone yell "Helmet, helmet!!". That would have made for an embarassing run. I took it off and bowled a strike back to my area with it, only losing a second or two.
What would you do differently?:

Take my helmet off!
  • 21m 23s
  • 3.2 miles
  • 06m 41s  min/mile

Lots of pain on this run, but this time it was the good kind. My legs felt like jell-o so I had no concept of how fast I was moving, but I was catching up to people so I knew I had to be doing good. At the first mile marker someone passed me for the first time since I got out of the water, I tried to hang with him but he eventually pulled away. I was still catching people after the turn around loop and was checking their calves, worried that I hadn't seen anyone from my AG on the run course. I found out later it was because there was no one to catch! When the finish came into view I picked up the pace and caught the last guy I could see ahead of me and finished strong.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, given the effort I put out on the bike this was about as fast as I could have ran!
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed some fruit and water, then found a good spot to watch Jamie finish. The girl has barely been training and finished 2nd in the 20-24 AG, just incredible! While waiting for the awards to start we grabbed some more food and packed up our things.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I didn't try to peak for this race, but still came out with what I consider to be a peak performance. All around this was my best race performance, and I got lucky enough that no studs from 20-24 showed up and I got to stand atop the podium. Can't ask for more than that.

Event comments:

I just love this race. 700 registered athletes (666 finishers) and they managed to have everything completely organized and on time. The volunteers were fantastic, and the whole town really comes out to support everyone the whole weekend. I would recommend this race (or the HIM) to anyone.

Last updated: 2009-03-11 12:00 AM
00:13:33 | 750 meters | 01m 49s / 100meters
Age Group: 9/20
Overall: 126/666
Performance: Good
Course: This was the most unique swim course I've had yet. We started in the lake and swam down a canal. There were lots of people cheering us on from the docks which was cool, usually the only spectators of the swim are the lifeguards in kayaks.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:27
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
00:44:41 | 16.35 miles | 21.95 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/20
Overall: 37/666
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: A mostly flat loop with some rolling hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 00:54
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
00:21:23 | 03.2 miles | 06m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/20
Overall: 47/666
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back along the lake, finishing on the beach.
Keeping cool Drinking
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? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5