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Giant Acorn - TriathlonSprint

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Bumpass, Virginia
United States
Set-Up Inc.
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 22m 26s
Overall Rank = 157/339
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 22/45
Pre-race routine:

up at ~6, coffee, half a bagel with PB
Event warmup:

1/4 mile jog, swam to first buoy and back.
  • 17m 10s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 05s / 100 yards

I thought I was doing alright until I looked at my watch and said 16 min with like 50+ yds to go still. Not sure if I was going too wide or if the course was longer than 850 yds. The extra time was only 1' more than expected so it's not that bad. Caught a BUNCH of the previous wave, which was a b!tch to swim through since they were breast stroking.
What would you do differently?:

wetsuit perhaps; it seemed like everyone else had one
Transition 1
  • 01m 15s

Swam until I was in less than a foot of water. Cap and goggles off before getting up on seawall. Found the correct rack on the first try. Shoes were already on the bike; helmet on, shades on, all good. Ran with the bike out of transition and noticed I had the dang shoes still velcroed shut. Oversight during setup. Had to stop and fix that at mounting area.
What would you do differently?:

Other than the mental error during TA setup, it was an awesome T-1.
  • 38m 18s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 19.47 mile/hr

This was a fun bike course, just a few rollers; had to get out of big chainring twice to climb a couple of the hills as I didn't want to burn out my legs with. I think I have ridden less than a 100 miles in Sept, so I was taking it just a little easier than I wanted. The course was really crowded, and I didn't see a single race official out there, and there was quite a bit of drafting and blocking going on. Even people that are riding solo were riding in the middle of the lane. Bless their hearts, but come on; it's an open to traffic course; get on the right and let people pass safely. I don't remember much of the course as I was really focusing to get my HR down for the first half, but it never did. So I just ran with it and made sure I didn't make my legs burn.
What would you do differently?:

Power up the hills; know the course better beforehand.
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s

Another good transition; found the bike rack on the second try. Socks on; shoes on good.
  • 24m 33s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 53s  min/mile

Nice run course; this was the first time that I was able to get under 8 min miles during a tri so I can't complain. Taking it a little easy on the bike helped with that I believe. I don't think an age grouper passed me (maybe one did, can't remember) on the run, and I got by one, so that is another first! It was a solid effort; the miles weren't marked so it was nice to just focus on consistent pacing and cadence.
What would you do differently?:

nothing. good run.
Post race
Warm down:

stretched, water, etc.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

lack of bike training, lt chop in the water

Last updated: 2008-07-06 12:00 AM
00:17:10 | 820 yards | 02m 05s / 100yards
Age Group: 22/45
Overall: 153/339
Performance: Below average
Suit: none
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 01:15
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:38:18 | 12.43 miles | 19.47 mile/hr
Age Group: 24/45
Overall: 176/339
Performance: Average
Road: Potholes Dry Cadence: 90+
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:12
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:33 | 03.11 miles | 07m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 23/45
Overall: 176/339
Performance: Good
Course: relatively flat out and back
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-10-06 8:08 AM

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King George, VA
Subject: Giant Acorn

2008-10-06 12:39 PM
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Subject: RE: Giant Acorn
Nice race!!  I totally agree about catching the wave in front of us---TONS of breaststroking!!! 
2008-10-06 12:54 PM
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Reston, VA
Subject: RE: Giant Acorn
Great job out there - the swim did seem a little long but you still had a very nice race -congrats on a the sub 8 min/mile pace on the run!
2008-10-06 6:08 PM
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Williamsburg, VA
Subject: RE: Giant Acorn
Congrats on a fine race. I agree that there were alot of people drafting and riding in the middle of the road.  I almost had to pass someone on the right because of traffic coming. Nice speedy run and congrats being in the top half of the AG!
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