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Sandman Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
United States
Virgina Beach Neptune Festival
77F / 25C
Total Time = 1h 33m 27s
Overall Rank = 175/502
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 26/46
Pre-race routine:

Heavy pasta at lunch the day before. Got up at 5:30 and left the house at 6. Arrived about 6:30 and got a spot about a third from the end toward the bike exit. Sun screen and power bar with water as waited for the start.
Event warmup:

Walking the 8 blocks to the 16th street swim start. A bit of stretching and getting goggles wet.
  • 18m 2s
  • 1094 yards
  • 01m 39s / 100 yards

Water was very calm for the ocean swim. I breath to the left so I could see the shore most of the way. Seemed to go a bit wide.
What would you do differently?:

Move closer to the shore after the first turn.
Transition 1
  • 01m 35s

7 of 46 for T1. Good transition. Forgot the rubberband but didn't need it. It seemed like a long run up the beach in the sand but was able to find the bike quick.
What would you do differently?:

  • 45m 29s
  • 14 miles
  • 18.47 mile/hr

A little bumpy at the beginning so I didn't go into aero right way. Arms were still wet and slippery when but on the rests. Got into a good quick cadence after the first few miles. Held back some for the run but not much. I was disappointed with the time considering the level of effort. Perhaps it is my 10 year old & 100 lbs bike, or more likely bike fitness. Need to ride more for speed. Legs felt tired at about mile 10. I didn't taper for this race and I could tell on the last part of the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Wipe of arms to help stability in aero after the transition.
Transition 2
  • 01m 34s

26/46 for T2. Zoots worked well in their first real life trial. Put socks on first. Got some cold water before heading out.
  • 26m 46s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 38s  min/mile

Run started nicely. Legs weren't too rubberly at the start and I was able to get up to a good pace quickly. After mile 1 (8 min), heat started to affect me and I shifted from speed focus to keeping up a base pace. I was able to hang in there but the time was below my goal.
What would you do differently?:

Not much you can do about the weather.
Post race
Warm down:

Went down to the ocean and had some snacks.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'll say weather but mental and physical focus is on next weeks Oly. Was pleased with the transitions which was the focus.

Event comments:

A well run race. Doesn't have the same frills as a typical 'Set-up' event with music and announcements but a fun event. Nice spread of snacks at the end with many helpful volunteers.

Last updated: 2008-06-29 12:00 AM
00:18:02 | 1094 yards | 01m 39s / 100yards
Age Group: 14/46
Overall: 0/502
Performance: Average
Suit: None
Course: Swim to the North from 16th to 24th St.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:35
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:45:29 | 14 miles | 18.47 mile/hr
Age Group: 35/46
Overall: 0/502
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: Out to Ft Story and back. A little bumpy at the beginning so I didn't go into aero right way. Arms were still wet and slippery when but on the rests.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:34
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:26:46 | 03.1 miles | 08m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 25/46
Overall: 0/502
Performance: Below average
Course: Down the board walk and back.
Keeping cool Below 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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-09-16 8:32 PM

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Virginia Beach
Subject: Sandman Triathlon

2008-09-19 8:40 AM
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Ida, Michigan
Subject: RE: Sandman Triathlon
Good solid race (I dream of being able to swim like that).  Good luck at your Olympic Distance this weekend.
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