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Cy-Man Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Polk City, IA, Iowa
United States
Iowa State University Triathlon Club
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 13m 13s
Overall Rank = 29/338
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 5/29
Pre-race routine:

So much for the short drive from Ames. I stayed in Cedar Falls the night before, woke up and 4 and drove home. Ate 2 Clif bars on the way home. I picked up my packet, got a primo spot in transition, and spent the rest of the time wondering if I should have slept in an extra hour.
Event warmup:

None really. I just sat on a picnic table and kinda zoned out.
  • 10m 42s
  • 600 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

I told my self that I wasn't going to hold anything back for this race. Its a sprint for crying out loud. I was stroking a lot harder than normal to start and it really messed up my breathing. I was having to breathe every other stroke. It took me forever to calm down and get into a rythm and by then the swim was pretty much over.
What would you do differently?:

Stick to my normal stroke. Wear wetsuit (More on this later)
Transition 1
  • 01m 13s

Not too bad. My new aero helmet tends to get a strap stuck behind my ear every time I put it on so I had to struggle with that for a few seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Practice putting on helmet. Practice rubber banding shoes to pedals.
  • 38m 40s
  • 14.3 miles
  • 22.19 mile/hr

This was a pretty good bike for me. I was hoping to be a little faster, but I think I pushed myself fairly hard. I didn't get passed the entire time so I knew that was a good sign. Only had one problem making a turn. I came to an intersection and had no idea if I needed to go straight or turn. There was a volunteer standing in the middle of the road so that should have been a dead give away that I need to turn but he wasn't pointing in any direction. I finally figured it out almost too late and had to really brake to make the turn, almost running the volunteer over in the process. Man, i'm such an idiot some times. It probably only costed me a couple of seconds but in this race every second was going to count.
What would you do differently?:

know the course
Transition 2
  • 00m 40s

Pretty quick. Racked the bike, took off shoes and helmet, grabbed race belt and visor, and was off.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to slip out of my shoes while still clipped in.
  • 22m
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 06s  min/mile

I felt pretty good off the bike and immediately started passing people. I felt strong, breathing a little heavy, but that can be expected since I really haven't done speed work for awhile. With about a mile left someone finally passed me. A quick glance at the calf told me it was a fellow 25-29er. I immediately thought this could be the difference between a podium spot (Is it considered a podium spot if its 3rd in your age group?) I focused on keeping up with the guy, telling myself I could outsprint him at the end. Then someone else passed me. Arggh! Another 25-29er. I yelled at myself to keep up, but I was starting to fade. My sprint to the finish wasn't enough to make up the ground I had lost. I finshed 5th in my age group, a mere 10 seconds behind third and 7 seconds behind 4th. Frustrating!!!!
What would you do differently?:

Run Harder!!!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked for awhile and ate a banana.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of speed training, slow transitions, poor swim. Perhaps I should have worn the wetsuit. In hindsight the time gains in the swim probably would have outweighed the time lost in stransition stripping down. Would that have made up the 10 seconds??? Hmmmm.....

Event comments:

I really wanted to finish top 3 in my age group and losing out on that by 10 seconds is really frustrating. I keep telling myself that this is my first year doing tris and I should be happy with my finsihes, but I am a competitor. One more tri left, then a marathon, and then a lot of work to do in the offseason :)

Last updated: 2008-07-17 12:00 AM
00:10:42 | 600 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 17/29
Overall: 171/338
Performance: Below average
Suit: None
Course: Simple out and back
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:13
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:38:40 | 14.3 miles | 22.19 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/29
Overall: 17/338
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Weird figure 8 type course
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:40
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:22:00 | 03.1 miles | 07m 06s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/29
Overall: 0/338
Performance: Average
Course: one loop through park
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-09-10 6:49 AM

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Ames, IA
Subject: Cy-Man Triathlon

2008-09-10 6:56 AM
in reply to: #1663320

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Davenport, IA
Subject: RE: Cy-Man Triathlon
Wow, congratulations on a great race!  Finishing that close to the podium has to be a bit rough, but that's still one heck of a job.  Some good times, too.  Must have been a fair number of super-competitive people out there.
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