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Smithfield Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Smithfield, Virginia
United States
Set-up Events
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 06m 5s
Overall Rank = 130/430
Age Group = 40-45
Age Group Rank = 20/37
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5:30. Finished packing,drank coffee and ate 2 packs of oatmeal. Got to race early. Set up in T1 and got marked. Ate banana and raisins. Used bathroom several times and waited.
  • 06m 33s
  • 328 yards
  • 01m / 100 yards

Heavy congestion during parts of the swim. One guy basically swam over me. I think he seeded himself way too slowly. He didn't wait till end of lane to pass, or go around. Lots of wake and splashing. Ingested a fair amount of water that threw my breathing and rhythm off a little.
What would you do differently?:

Should have increased the pace. I was trying to control my adrenalin and not go out too fast, but probably could stepped it up a little.
Transition 1
  • 01m 50s

Faster than last years T1, but entrance and exit were in slightly different locations.
What would you do differently?:

Should have dried feet and torso better. Socks were wet rest of race. Struggled getting cycling jersey on. Will have to get tri-top.
  • 30m 58s
  • 10 miles
  • 19.38 mile/hr

Winds were 15-20 mph according to weather man with gusts even higher. The course was not closed and immediately out of T1 myself and another rider were behind an SUV that practically stopped, on a hill no less. I know that the biking split would have been better otherwise, though I'm still pretty satisfied.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. I pushed it pretty hard.
Transition 2
  • 01m 42s

I stumbled and almost fell in T2 trying to push my watch split button. Recovered fairly quickly. Hopefully did not impede other racers.
What would you do differently?:

Was sitting awkwardly when putting on running shoes. Had slight pains in abdomen afterwards.
  • 25m 3s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 03s  min/mile

Should have drank more water before leaving T2. Felt okay during most of run. Had to stop and tie shoe during run. Lost momentum (and time). Had a strong 100 yd. kick to finish. Wife and son were cheering me on which is really cool.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe could have pushed a little harder.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Cruddy weather and the inherent uncertainties of a pool swim. Better preparation.

Event comments:

I was 1 min. and 5 secs. slower than last year (my very first tri). I was hoping to improve the time but w/ the conditions it would be comparing apples to oranges. Overall, I'm pretty satisfied.

Last updated: 2008-02-21 12:00 AM
00:06:33 | 328 yards | 01m / 100yards
Age Group: 0/37
Overall: 0/430
Performance: Average
Course: Indoor pool
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0C / 0F Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:50
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:30:58 | 10 miles | 19.38 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/37
Overall: 0/430
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: A few hills and one sharp uphill left hand turn that is a real momentum killer.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:42
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:25:03 | 03.11 miles | 08m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/37
Overall: 0/430
Performance: Below average
Course: Somewhat hilly urban course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-03-31 1:46 PM

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