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New York, New York
United States
Jackrabbit Sports
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = 5/21
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up w/my son at 7 or so, had some coffee and a pb&J. Packed up my stuff and biked over to the Y in Prospect Park, about 2 miles away. Checked in, got my shirt.
Event warmup:

Not much. Just organized my gear, put on my swimsuit/cap/goggles, and jumped in the pool. swam a couple of laps.
  • 10m
  • 580 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

Got a good start, and fell into a good rhythm. This was the first time I'd tried flip turns in a race. The pool had a mosaic bottom and very thin, pale lines, not the usual black wide lines like in most pools. When my goggles got a little foggy, it became really hard to see the lines or to pick up the ends of the lanes, so I missed my flips a couple of times--pulling up too short, or realizing I was too close and doing an open turn. The guy next to me was pretty fast and lapped me about 8 minutes in. I also didn't hear either the 5-minute or the one minute warning, so I was basically just swimming my ass off until I realized the guy next to me wasn't swimming anymore, then I stopped. In general, my stroke was ok.
What would you do differently?:

More practice w/flip turns, more practice overall.
Transition 1
  • 15m

We had 15 minutes to transition to bikes (which were upstairs). Didn't rush, just made sure I had everything, loaded my bottles onto the bike, adjusted it. I think the mistake a lot of people make is that they adjust the bike as if they were riding a real bike, instead of just trying to spin for 30 minutes. I had the bars much closer than I normally would, and the seat was further forward and maybe a little higher. Not as much power, but then, I'm using almost 0 resistance. Also easier to breath w/this setup.
What would you do differently?:

  • 30m
  • 19.3 miles
  • 38.60 mile/hr

If I have a "strength" in indoor tri's, it's this. I can spin really fast for an extended period of time. I had to use my running shoes, since there were no clipless pedals, so I just strapped in tight, cranked Mila's playlists which I had loaded onto my shuffle, and spun away. I was going noticeably faster than anyone else in the room, especially the guy from my swim heat. Hopefully, I made some points back that I lost on the swim. Took in a caffeinated gel with about 5 minutes to go. I had one bottle of accellerade that I drank about 3/4 of, and a bottle of water which I drank about half of.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really.
Transition 2
  • 03m

Went from spinbikes to treadmills. Stretched a little, refilled the bottles, and jumped on.
  • 20m
  • 2.55 miles
  • 07m 50s  min/mile

As soon as we got the go, I went right up to a 7:47 mile. I was pretty confident that I could hold it for 20 minutes. About 6 minutes in, my knee started to really hurt, so I tried to push through it. When it wasn't going away, I throttled down to about an 8:00 mile, but, since that didn't make it feel better either, I pushed it back up to 7:47, and figured I'd just suck it up. I could feel myself almost limping at one point, and had to really force myself not to reduce the speed. I started to get really hot, and started feeling my GI, which never happens to me in races. My HR was well over my LT, and my knee wasn't getting better, as it sometimes does after I run for a while. The last 10 minutes were a constant struggle to keep going at this pace. EVERYTHING was telling me to stop, or at least slow down. I made all kinds of justifications in my head, "just slow down for 30 seconds--it won't cost you that much in the end," and I'd talk myself into it, but, just as I was about to push the "down" arrow button, I forced myself to keep going. Over and over again. Finally, when they said "Three minutes", I knew that by the time the song on my ipod was over, I'd be done, and that was a huge lift. I cranked up to about a 7:00m for the last 1:30 or so, and pushed as hard as I could. Once they said stop, and I hit the "STOP" button, I almost fell off the back of the treadmill, I was so spent. My knee was really tight, and I was exhausted, but I was incredibly proud of myself for sticking to my pace and not giving up.
What would you do differently?:

I can't really think of anything.
Post race
Warm down:

I was hammered after this event. I went and lay down in the stretch room and tried to loosen up my calves and legs. I finished my bottles.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Sore knee.

Event comments:

Jackrabbit puts on a good indoor tri series. It's well organized and well managed. I'll renew my complaint that I think it's a little expensive for what it is, but it's a good training barometer right before the season starts. Since this was my second year, it's cool to see the improvements I've made.

Last updated: 2008-02-06 12:00 AM
00:10:00 | 580 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 6/21
Performance: Average
Short 20-y pool. Had the lane to myself.
Suit: None
Course: The idea was to swim as many lengths as possible in 10 minutes. A judge sits at the end of the lane & records each touch.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 15:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:30:00 | 19.3 miles | 38.60 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 3/21
Performance: Good
Avg was around 155, high was 176.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:20:00 | 02.55 miles | 07m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 11/21
Performance: Good
Probably averaged around 167, my LT. Got up into the low 180's for sure. I'll re-do this once I get my HRM data.
Course: Treadmills @ 0% incline.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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?
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-02-17 7:51 PM

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Brooklyn, NY
Subject: Jackrabbit Sports Indoor Triathlon

2008-02-17 8:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Jackrabbit Sports Indoor Triathlon

Nice job!! BUT You're supposed to listen to your body!! Grrrr!!  Well, I hope your leg is OK!!  Sounds like you enjoy these goofy things, so that's good.  So how much did you improve over last year?


2008-02-18 10:08 AM
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Clifton, NJ
Subject: RE: Jackrabbit Sports Indoor Triathlon

congratulations! i hear you on pushing yourself on the treadmill - that took some guts. great job!

was it crowded? my cousin was supposed to do this race, but i don't know if she did or not. 

2008-02-22 3:05 AM
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Melon Presser
Subject: RE: Jackrabbit Sports Indoor Triathlon
Wait, how did I miss this?!Great job--who knew you could "mis-sight" in a pool in an indoor tri ... no, really, good job. And yeah, killer spin--Mila's the bomb! You put out a great race and had fun. I love indoor tris!
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