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Michigan's Triathlon & Duathlon Championship - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Waterford, Michigan
United States
56F / 13C
Total Time = 1h 17m 1s
Overall Rank = 53/216
Age Group = 35 - 39
Age Group Rank = 10/25
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:30am...actually 4:28 as I woke up before alarm. Got dressed, drank a Protein Boost and ate a banana and read some news on the internet. Got my stuff in the car and left for the race. Arrived about 15 minutes early and had to wait for them to open the gate. Found a parking spot, picked up my registration packet and set up my bike. 2nd row in from bike exit and 1st spot on the rack!!!
Event warmup:

Very little warm-up. It was freezing cold with the low temps and rain. Miserable is a better way to put it. I'm still racing without a wetsuit and paid for it pre-race.
  • 13m 5s
  • 500 meters
  • 02m 37s / 100 meters

The swim is sooo frustrating. To make it worse I forgot my goggles. My eyes were okay during the swim but the OWS felt more disorienting than usual. Water was murky and I felt like I could never see the feet in front of me. Did a fair amount of breast/side stroking. Within the 1st 150M I felt like quitting. Last year average pace was 2:31 vs 2:37 this year. Very disappointed that I was slower this year. NOTE TO SELF: get some good lessons/coaching this winter.
What would you do differently?:

Remember goggles, swim more in weeks leading up to race and finally get around to fixing whatever must be wrong with my technique.
Transition 1
  • 03m

Ranked 9th our 25...didn't feel that fast...felt tired coming out of the water and the transition seemed a long way up hill.
  • 36m 23s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 20.50 mile/hr

Felt like a good job, second guessing myself and wondering if couldn't have gone a bit harder. Little trouble getting shoes in cleats at the start due to the rain and the soles of the shoes being slippery. Last year my avg speed was 19.1 versus 20.4 this year. I had hoped to be a bit faster but still was an improvement.
What would you do differently?:

More time in the saddle. Still think I can improve here.
Transition 2
  • 01m 27s

Ranked 17th in my age group. T2 still slow and wondering if it has to do with putting on socks. Got to work on conditioning feet to run without socks.
  • 23m 8s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 26s  min/mile

Boy, if the course distance was accurate I am extremely happy with this run. Last year I ran a 8:38 pace versus this years 7:27. I feel like the middle mile was slower...seemed uphill and that I really turned it on for the last mile. I finished exhausted and was in zone 5 for the last 3/4 mile.
What would you do differently?:

As with the bike still feel I can get faster. I've been running 1 year and next year will have to shoot for breaking 7:00 pace.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and drank a generic brand of mountain dew...boy did that taste good. When the hot food came out it was just nice to feel something hot.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The swim segment. Overall, finished in 1:17:01 versus 1:24:42 last year. Have to be happy with the improvement just wish that my swimming had improved at least a bit this year.

Event comments:

Give the organizers credit for fixing the bike course safety concerns from last year. The staggered starts and coned off lane really helped.

Last updated: 2008-09-07 12:00 AM
00:13:05 | 500 meters | 02m 37s / 100meters
Age Group: 15/25
Overall: 118/216
Performance: Below average
Suit: none
Course: Out - across - and back.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:36:23 | 12.43 miles | 20.50 mile/hr
Age Group: 11/25
Overall: 44/216
Performance: Good
Heart rate monitor ended up around my waist...therefore no data.
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back. Much better this year with the staggered starts and cones at the troublesome intersections from last year. It was very wet due to the rain.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:27
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:23:08 | 03.11 miles | 07m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/25
Overall: 45/216
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back...rolling hills
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-09-07 2:28 PM

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2008-09-08 12:59 PM
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Shelby Twp
Subject: RE: Michigan's Triathlon & Duathlon Championship - Sprint Distance
Nice job out there yesterday, and nice improvements!!!! You swam with no goggles.. haha! Not like you can see in that water with them though
2008-09-08 2:39 PM
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Yeah, not sure if being the last wave only made it worse...seemed very murky and cloudy.  Oh well, lesson learned, keep a separate pair of goggles in my car.
2008-09-08 3:35 PM
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Subject: RE: Michigan's Triathlon & Duathlon Championship - Sprint Distance
Nice job. We're in the same age group, so look for my report (hopefully soon).

Lost MY goggles after the race - probably jammed in the mud where my bike was!

2008-09-11 11:06 PM
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Great race! Congratulations on another one under your belt!
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