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Scenic City Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Chattanooga, Tennessee
United States
Scenic City Velo
Total Time = 1h 21m 24s
Overall Rank = 57/166
Age Group = W35-39
Age Group Rank = 3/14
Pre-race routine:

Andrew and I woke up, got dressed, and got out the door pretty early. I ate some M&Ms for breakfast and got coffee from the hotel.
We were the 3rd car to arrive at the race site, so we racked our bikes next to each other and went back to the car. I slept for a bit.
Event warmup:

Wrestled myself into my wetsuit, walked down to the water.
  • 09m 54s
  • 656 yards
  • 01m 31s / 100 yards

The swim was fun. It was so short!! I kept laughing to myself that the buoys were so close together. Of course I was nervous about the swim because I have only been in the pool twice since November but it was easy and my arms weren't sore or anything. I knew the course was short when I came out in under 10 minutes!
Transition 1
  • 03m

We had to run up a long, steep hill out of the lake and into transition. It hurt. I got out of my wetsuit ok but I have only done one transition in the last 1.5 years so I am kinda rusty. :)
  • 45m 27s
  • 14 miles
  • 18.48 mile/hr

I loved the bike. There were some tough hills but I felt I had good leg strength and passed lots of people. Saw a ton of folks walking the hills - I have never seen that in a sprint before!
Once I got about half-way through the bike I felt comfortable that I was not going to suffer and pushed it harder. I had just put my bike back together on Wednesday, so I had no cycling training at all before the race. I was happy with my time, especially with such a challenging course.
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s

Uneventful. Heard them call Andrew's name as he finished while I ran out to start the run.
  • 21m 52s
  • 2.7 miles
  • 08m 06s  min/mile

We all accidentally cut the course, so it was about 2.7 miles. I have run 2 5Ks recently and averaged 7:48 and 7:54 in those, so I am happy I was pretty close to that. Once again, no run training. Maybe 1-2 times a week? My legs felt heavy and I was breathing very hard but at the same time I knew I had more in me. I caught one girl but there was another girl in my AG that I couldn't gain any time on. She beat me by 24 seconds.
Post race
Warm down:

Hung out with Andrew waiting for the awards.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

No triathlon training!

Event comments:

Well, I am happy that Andrew made me do this race! I may have gone for the rest of my life without doing another triathlon but now the spark has been reignited.
BUT....I don't want to do more than sprints. Because I don't want to triathlon train. I like kettlebells and HIIT and I don't want to stop. I am happy enough with my performance that I can enjoy racing at that level and not feel like it's a waste, if that makes sense. I may start doing some bike and run tabatas but that will be the extent of my "traithlon" training until I get bored and want to do something else.

Last updated: 2009-04-26 12:00 AM
00:09:54 | 656 yards | 01m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 0/166
Suit: Full
Course: Rectangular course that was obviously short.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:00
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:45:27 | 14 miles | 18.48 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 0/166
Course: Rolling to hilly.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:12
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:21:52 | 02.7 miles | 08m 06s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 0/166
Course: Hills, hills, hills. Tons of short, steep hills.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2009-04-28 3:15 PM

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Subject: Scenic City Sprint Triathlon

2009-04-28 3:22 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
Subject: RE: Scenic City Sprint Triathlon

I'm glad you had fun and found joy in triathlon again congrats on the hardware too

2009-04-29 6:09 AM
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Nashville, TN
Subject: RE: Scenic City Sprint Triathlon
You are so awesome!
2009-04-29 8:09 AM
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Subject: RE: Scenic City Sprint Triathlon
Glad you had fun and reignited your desire to tri race. Sprints are fun and can hurt all in a good way.

Hardware is always nice
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