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Giant Acorn - TriathlonSprint

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Bumpass, Virginia
United States
Set-Up Inc.
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 37m 11s
Overall Rank = 278/339
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 25/27
Pre-race routine:

Yogurt bar, Apple, Oatmeal
Event warmup:

Stretch, 10 min. jog, 5 min. swim
  • 25m 2s
  • 820 yards
  • 03m 03s / 100 yards

Focused on breathing (which was good), but then forgot about navigation. Settled down once I remembered to sight every 20 strokes, was best when sighting every 10 (I definitely drift away from my breathing side). Wasn't till the last half that my stroke started to smooth out a bit. Felt good and strong getting out of the water.
What would you do differently?:

Sight every 10-15 strokes, then remember to focus on long, smooth strokes. Oh yeah, start training to swim faster.
Transition 1
  • 02m 36s

Long run to the bike, had to dodge a lot of people lumbering along. Almost fell over trying to put on the bike shoes. Wasted time trying to put on the fleece pullover, then deciding halfway to not wear it, eating down a gel (Accelerade Kiwi-Strawberry).
What would you do differently?:

Ditch the fleece, practice stripping off the wetsuit and getting into the bike shoes, put the gel on the bike to eat on the road.
  • 41m 21s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 18.04 mile/hr

Felt a little chilled at first in the wet tri top, but was fine after warming up (glad I decided to ditch the fleece). Pushed hard, breathing hard, but felt good passing everyone (except for people on "real" bikes), definitely more power with the bike shoes. Both my shins almost cramped up when my feet hit the ground!
What would you do differently?:

Surprised my AG performance was so weak, guess I need to log more miles on the bike, and start budgeting for a tri bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 37s

Almost didn't clip out in time on the dismount. Grrr, someone left their wetsuit on the ground, couldn't get my seat underneath the bike rack tube. Basically had to jam it in there. Bike shoes off OK, running shoes on great.
What would you do differently?:

Start working on getting bike shoes off faster.
  • 26m 36s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 33s  min/mile

Smart move starting off easy, using my hip muscles. Legs felt strong within a mile, then it was just about getting enough breathing. Almost cramped my stomach after the first water stop, affected my breathing. Still, felt good passing everyone: did not get passed once.
What would you do differently?:

Ditch the water stops unless thirsty.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk around a bit, stretch (too little), eat LOTS of food (awesome Brunswick stew)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Limited experience swimming, not enough time in the saddle, drinking while running.

Event comments:

Great race, beautiful view of the lake, a bit cramped on the starts and finishes for the bike and run sharing the same road. Awesome Brunswick Stew.

Last updated: 2008-05-28 12:00 AM
00:25:02 | 820 yards | 03m 03s / 100yards
Age Group: 26/27
Overall: 316/339
Performance: Good
Suit: F2R Sockeye Sleeveless
Course: Rectangular
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:36
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:41:21 | 12.43 miles | 18.04 mile/hr
Age Group: 26/27
Overall: 257/339
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Rolling hills on shady roads. Course at beginning and end was pretty crowded sharing the bike and run on the same road, had to move at a snail's pace through the traffic jam at the end.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:37
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:26:36 | 03.11 miles | 08m 33s  min/mile
Age Group: 21/27
Overall: 243/339
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-10-06 7:30 AM

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Northern Virginia
Subject: Giant Acorn

2008-10-06 8:00 AM
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Reston, VA
Subject: RE: Giant Acorn
Congrats on the race! You really finished strong on the run.
2008-10-06 8:13 AM
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Williamsburg, VA
Subject: RE: Giant Acorn
Congrats on a great race.  You are in a very competative AG and finished strong. I thought the stew was really great and we had great weather.  I also got a bit chilly on the beginning of the bike but warmed up quick.
2008-10-06 12:35 PM
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Subject: RE: Giant Acorn
Great job on the race!!  The shade was nice for the run but you did feel a bit of a chill starting out on the bike---good choice NOT to wear the fleece though!
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