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Cayuga Lake Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Trumansburg, New York
United States
Ithaca Triathlon Club
73F / 23C
Total Time = 1h 28m 5s
Overall Rank = 211/541
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 21/38
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:30. This one was done on a pretty good sleep deficit. Insomnia the past few days kept me to 3 hrs of sleep per night.

Drove 1.5 hours on a beautiful morning to the race. Had a DD coffee and egg and cheese on a croissant. Given the lack of training and sleep I had no expectations so decided to eat what was yummy and easy.

Check-in etc was totally uneventful. I reminisced a bit about the 2004 race, my first ever tri. I was so nervous for that and now I was complete blase about this race. I knew I'd finish and just was out to have some fun on a beautiful summer's morning.

Event warmup:

No warmup other than a few strokes in the water. I was there early but spent most of my time socializing with Bob, Jackie and other tri-friends. One of my favorite parts of a race.
  • 14m 7s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

Started on the right just behind the line of "competitors". Still, once the gun went off it was a washing machine for the first 150 yards or so. Didn't get at all nervous, just did what I had to do to keep moving forward.

Once the crowding eased up, I just set the cruise control and swam. Sighting was easy due to the number of buoys. Drafted off of one guy for a while after the turnaround but his navigation sucked so I peeled off and got back on the rope. I did drift a little to the left near the end, but corrected it.
What would you do differently?:

Look for someone a bit speedier than me to draft off. I should pick a group who are positioned near the front and seen how long I can hang off their feet.

Overall, this swim felt good.
Transition 1
  • 01m 56s

23 AG
288 OA
Slow. I ran to the bike from the water. Must have been during the transition itself where I lost the time. Dealing with the Garmin costs me some time. I need to get a bike mount for it.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster?
  • 46m 25s
  • 14 miles
  • 18.10 mile/hr

I knew this would be slow. My AG placement is actually higher than I expected given that this was the National Championship for this distance.
Had a good time.

I was hoping to make it to the turn around before Mr. Whipple aka Bob passed me. Alas, it was not to be. About mile 7 I hear "Like a Rhinestone Cowboy!" and he blew past me. I yelled something that would have got me an Unsportsmanlike Conduct penalty if a ref heard.
Transition 2
  • 01m 39s

AG 29
OA 424
What did I do, lay down and take a nap?
What would you do differently?:

Got to try no socks for short races.
  • 23m 58s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 43s  min/mile

I brought the slow. And lots of it.
What would you do differently?:

Bring some speedy.
Post race
Warm down:

Ate. Talked. Got to work on not doing those at the same time...

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My lack of ability to perform faster.

Event comments:

This is a fun, fun race. The ITC and Jane Miller do such a great job. A beautiful run course, like nowhere else. Rte 89 is fun to ride on. Nice swag from USAT, a good job announcing by Tim Yount.

Last updated: 2007-11-19 12:00 AM
00:14:07 | 820 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 18/38
Overall: 210/541
Performance: Average
Suit: Ironman Sleeveless
Course: Out and back. My favorite type of swim course.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:56
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:46:25 | 14 miles | 18.10 mile/hr
Age Group: 24/38
Overall: 241/541
Performance: Below average
AHR 163 MHR 173
Wind: Little
Course: Up a big hill. A couple rollers. Turn around. A couple rollers. Down a big hill.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 01:39
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:23:58 | 03.11 miles | 07m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/38
Overall: 188/541
Performance: Below average
AHR 174 MHR 189
Course: Beautiful. Run up to the falls, run back.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-08-03 9:30 PM

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Fairport, NY
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2008-08-04 11:38 AM
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Malvern, England
Subject: RE: Cayuga Lake Triathlon - Sprint Distance
Good to see you marmadaddy and a couple of BTers I hadn't met before!  It is a beautiful venue and the icecream made it worthwhile.
2008-08-04 3:27 PM
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Southern Chicago Suburbs, IL
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Subject: RE: Cayuga Lake Triathlon - Sprint Distance

Mr. Whipple?!?!?!

Nice race.  Seriously.  And you already said you were just out for some fun.  And it appears you had it. 

2008-08-04 3:50 PM
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Rochester, NY
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Sounds like a lot of fun!
2008-08-04 9:22 PM
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Binghamton, NY
Subject: RE: Cayuga Lake Triathlon - Sprint Distance

Hey Mike!! Mr. Whipple here! You crack me up! Great report, I just wish I could have tucked in behind you and gotten a whole verse in!

It's always a highlite to see you at these races Mike. You, my friend, are what triathlons are all about. Don't get me wrong, I have my share of fun even if it's in the porta-potties!!

Let's keep doing what we do for a looong time!! 

2008-08-05 8:12 AM
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Canandaigua NY
Subject: RE: Cayuga Lake Triathlon - Sprint Distance

Nice job Mike!  Sounds like you had a good time!

I understand the Mr. Whipple referance, but I am still lost on the Rhinestone Cowboy!  Did you get a new tri suit or something ?

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