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Three Sports Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Richmond, Virginia
United States
90F / 32C
Total Time = 1h 29m 19s
Overall Rank = 133/185
Age Group = 45-50
Age Group Rank = 9/15
Pre-race routine:

I had a rough night sleeping last night. As in did I get any sleep? My husband snored badly, his pager went off twice and then his cell phone when he thought a page was for the on call team and not him. That being said, I flew out of bed like an oversprung jack in the box at 4:30 with the alarm. Threw on my tri suit and started the coffee/bagels. Went upstairs to make sure Susan and Chrissy were awake too. We ate breakfast and grabbed our gear bags, Susan followed Chrissy and I up to the site.
Event warmup:

Got marked. Had the girl write a "for Lucy" on my leg when she marked me. Found my chip. We got there early enough but the transition area closed at 6:40 so there wasn't a whole lot of warm up time since we had to park farther away from the Y than we usually do.
  • 07m 30s
  • 328 yards
  • 02m 17s / 100 yards

I was tired and feeling hungry when the swim started. I didn't get into the water until after 8:30 so that was a long time since breakfast and I had neglected to pack an Optimum bar to eat. Got passed by one person who then finished the swim WALKING. Damn, why bother to pass a swimmer if you're only going to effing WALK the pool? I didn't feel in my swim groove, didn't feel bad just no mojo. I think my fatigue was a hurdle for me here.
What would you do differently?:

go sleep on the couch so the snoring, pagers and phones wouldn't bother me! Remember to pack NUTRITION even for a sprint!

9 seconds less in swim time from Shady Grove Power Sprint last year.
Transition 1
  • 02m 37s

Transition run is relatively long behind the Y and into the parking lot. THere's a small piece of old carpet thrown down but you still feel the gravel under the mat.
What would you do differently?:

move faster
14 seconds faster than last year
  • 45m 24s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 16.43 mile/hr

There's no comparing my bike this year to my first tri last season(same couse). Last year I was on a hybrid and it was pouring. I was DFL for the age group on the bike last year. Today was sweet. I felt shaky and was very glad I had packed a bottle of Heed on the bike. I drank that most of the ride. Kept a pretty good speed for most of it. Had a problem when I turned on to Ashland Rd, changed gears in the back ring and it felt like the chain slipped, like there was no chain on any ring. I tried back pedaling and it didn't feel like it had caught so I quickly hopped off to make sure things were okay back there since I was in no mood to wipe out. Played cat and mouse with one of the ladies from Tri Girls along this stretch of road. Started passing folks toward the end and met my goal time (yay) I think my bike split today was 18 minutes faster than when I did this course last year at Power Sprint. I'll take that any day!
What would you do differently?:

Still need to get the fit adjusted more since it's still not quite high enough to turn the cranks when I go aero to be remotely comfortable

This was a huge improvement over Shady Grove Power Sprint last year...about 12 minutes worth!
Transition 2
  • 01m 55s
What would you do differently?:

I grabbed my water bottle from the bike which was hard to run with but I was glad to have it.
  • 31m 55s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 16s  min/mile

I never got past a slog with this run. I was slurping on the hammergel and water for most of the first part of the run but my lack of sleep and the heat were catching up to me. I know it was SLOW, but I kept running (if you can call it that for how slow it was). Once past the turn around I sporadically poured water from my water bottle on my head, neck and chest. OMG that felt good. It's didn't give me the push to kick up my pace any but it felt better.
What would you do differently?:

It all starts with the lack of sleep last night compounded by my forgetting to grab the Optimum bar for my transition bag when I put stuff in last night.....

Hmmm, run time is about 1:55 slower, just felt like a slog...lost the time improvement on the bike to this...
Post race
Warm down:

Stood under a fan in the pavillion, finished my (warm) water. Chrissy, Susan, Kristen and I found each other and hung out. The Chipotle tacos were awesome. There wasn't anything else to drink but water but it was at least COLD so it tasted great!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being overtired and hungry.

Event comments:

Set up events always does a great race! If I had felt better physically this would have been a terrific race for me. It wasn't craptastic, but I wouldn't say it was awesome.

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Last updated: 2008-06-30 12:00 AM
00:07:30 | 328 yards | 02m 17s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/15
Overall: 0/185
Suit: tri
Course: serpentine swim across the pool
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:37
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:45:24 | 12.43 miles | 16.43 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/15
Overall: 0/185
Wind: Little
Course: A big loop from the Y going through the area back to the Y
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:55
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:31:55 | 03.11 miles | 10m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/15
Overall: 0/185
Course: Up one small hill make a left turn and go up a low, slow hill. Turn around and it's all down hill. Not well shaded, all sidewalk.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-07-20 4:40 PM

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West Chester, Ohio
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2008-07-20 6:02 PM
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Liverpool, New York
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Nice race Judi!  Awesome bike leg!


2008-07-20 7:06 PM
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Out running or enjoying a fine glass of red...
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Nice job, Judi - a 12 minute improvement over last year is amazing!!!

2008-07-20 7:07 PM
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Brandon, MS
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Great race!!!

2008-07-20 7:58 PM
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Simpsonville, SC
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12 minutes is a HUGE improvement. Way to go on the bike. It is always difficult to run in hot weather. Congrats
2008-07-20 8:38 PM
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Lacey, Washington
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Great job and massive improvement out there!!

2008-07-21 12:20 AM
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Berkeley, Calif.
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Subject: RE: Three Sports Triathlon
Sweet race!! That bike split was awesome, and I don't know, that run looked all right to me. You did great dealing with sleep and nutrition issues -- I know how tough it is to push yourself when you're not feeling 100 percent.

Congrats! You're having a great season!
2008-07-21 7:33 AM
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I agree with Kristen - 12 minutes off your time is great, esp. with not getting any sleep That run course was HOT by the time you were out there, too. Great job, and so great meeting you!
2008-07-21 8:14 AM
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12 minutes is great improvement - enjoy it!  and it was ridiculously nasty outside too.  i think you had a great race!
2008-07-21 1:28 PM
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Lafayette, IN
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Great race!  Congrats on the huge improvement vs. last year's race!
2008-07-21 4:16 PM
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Great race sleep and no nutrition,  I would say you rocked the course.  You are getting better and better every race you do.  That training is paying off.

2008-07-21 7:11 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
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Congratulations on the great improvement!!  You rocked out there!!  All your hard work has really paid off this year. 
2008-07-21 9:50 PM
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Well dam.   You got under 1:30 before I did.  Great Job!!  I hate those slogging runs.   Tough running on no sleep.  I'm proud of you. 
2008-07-22 5:58 PM
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Orange, Massachusetts
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Hmmm, a fast bike and a slow(ish)'ve been hanging around my blog too much.  Actually, I would take a 10:16 pace on any run and think it's pretty darn good so don't be too hard on yourself.  I'll come down there next year and do the same race with you and show you what a slow run REALLY is!  The trouble is, with another year's training, you'll probably beat me on the bike too.  LOL 

Great job!!

2008-07-24 2:26 PM
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A farming town in MN
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Awesome race Judi, but when is it gonna sink in...if you're gonna lose sleep, make sure it's for a good reason...

Great improvement from last year, and Chipotle burritos...mmm...I think I'm gonna throw one in my transition bag in a cooler, so I can have some DECENT post-race food...


2008-07-25 12:34 AM
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Melon Presser
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You LOOK and PERFORM amazing, especially when you didn't feel at your best. CONGRATULATIONS on all the hard work and improvement.

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