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MotorCity Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Detroit, Michigan
United States
3 Disciplines Racing
67F / 19C
Total Time = 1h 15m 53s
Overall Rank = 45/361
Age Group = 20-24
Age Group Rank = 3/19
Pre-race routine:

Wake up at 0430, drove over to race. Set up transition areas while eating a CLIF bar and GNC pre-race drink.
Event warmup:

  • 12m 28s
  • 500 meters
  • 02m 29s / 100 meters
What would you do differently?:

A different triathlon perhaps? The swim course is just way too shallow, it was mostly a water walk.
Transition 1
  • 02m 26s

Not my fastest transition area; but they had 2 at the race, so I had to make sure all my swim stuff was in a bag that they would take to the finish line.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
  • 34m 5s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 21.88 mile/hr

Not as fast as I wanted to be, but no one passed me at all, I kept passing everyone else. Someone with a $5000 bike tried to pass me, but I was a douchebag and sped up so he couldnt pass me in the 15 second window. Sucks to be him. I never saw that guy again.
What would you do differently?:

Know the course, ride it the day prior.
Transition 2
  • 02m 4s

I put my running shoes under the wrong bib number at set up, so I couldnt find them under my own number obviously. Wasted lots of time like that, otherwise it was fine when I found them.
What would you do differently?:

Double-check bib number placement at set up.
  • 24m 52s
  • 3.4 miles
  • 07m 19s  min/mile

I felt relatively strong, passed a lot of people, a few in my age group. I think I could have been significantly faster, but I was pretty disheartened from misplacing my shoes.
What would you do differently?:

Move faster.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swim course sucking, misplacing shoes, not fast on the run.

Last updated: 2008-06-11 12:00 AM
00:12:28 | 500 meters | 02m 29s / 100meters
Age Group: 6/19
Overall: 72/361
Performance: Below average
Suit: Tri suit.
Course: Horrible course. Everyone walked at least 200 yards of it, because the whole thing was way too shallow. No one swam under 10 minutes for a 500 meter, which is lame!
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:26
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:34:05 | 12.43 miles | 21.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/19
Overall: 37/361
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Pretty good course, 2.5 laps around the island, not too crowded but you can still see your competition. Good scenery.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:04
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
00:24:52 | 03.4 miles | 07m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/19
Overall: 33/361
Performance: Average
Course: Flat open road for a little over first mile, then skinny trail with lots of roots sticking out and turning around at halfway point.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-06-23 1:14 PM

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Subject: MotorCity Triathlon - Sprint Distance

2008-06-27 4:20 PM
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Ida, Michigan
Subject: RE: MotorCity Triathlon - Sprint Distance
I did Motor City Sprint last year and thought the swim was terrible too.  Nice bike (especially on Belle Isle where the winds can be terrible) and congratulations on a blistering run.
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