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White Lake Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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White Lake, NC
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 40m 33s
Overall Rank = 276/346 M
Age Group = Novice Men
Age Group Rank = 26/45
  • 24m 6s
  • 750 meters
  • 03m 13s / 100 meters

My goodness! I had a rough time getting started. I spent almost all the first 100m on my back doing some sort of backstroke. I had the same breathing problems as I did at Riverwood. I spent basically the whole first 100m or something floating on my back, trying to calm down, not breathe in water, and figure out what to do. I kept rolling over and trying to get started again, but every time the same thing, I'd be gasping for air in a couple of strokes. Eventually somehow I realized that I needed to exhale... I kept on taking (or trying to take) a full breath, and not exhaling enough, and so within a couple strokes I was just gasping for air. As soon as I realized that, I was all set, it was great. I think I swam a little zig-zag, but it wasn't a problem.
Oh yeah - water temp was a FRIGID 67deg!! They had predicted "mid-to-high 70s"... hahaha, right. I was one of just a handful there without a wetsuit. My feet were numb at the end...
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 02m 11s
  • 41m 34s
  • 14 miles
  • 20.21 mile/hr

Bike was AWESOME!! I passed easily 50 people. After the first two minutes, I had already lost count. Starting in the 2nd-to-last wave and coming out of the water so late, and with the bike course a 2-lap affair, and with 800 entrants, I had a ton of targets. I seriously lost count within the first 2 minutes of the bike course.
I think I pushed it too much, though. I was most likely not operating aerobically, based on my difficulties on the run.
What would you do differently?:

Higher cadence.
Transition 2
  • 01m 20s
  • 31m 25s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 10m 08s  min/mile

Run was just okay. I didn't have any legs left after the bike, and had to walk two short bits (~10yds). Had a slight stomach cramp, not exactly sure why. Definitely got a good boost at the end with all the spectator support, so I know I CAN run better. But for some reason I have a harder time pushing myself on the run.
What would you do differently?:

Push myself!
Post race

Last updated: 2005-04-16 12:00 AM
00:24:06 | 750 meters | 03m 13s / 100meters
Age Group: 37/45
Overall: 312/346 M
Performance: Bad
Course: Lake swim. Rectangular course.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:11
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:41:34 | 14 miles | 20.21 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/45
Overall: 159/346 M
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Flat. Two laps around the lake.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Too hard Drinks:
Time: 01:20
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:31:25 | 03.1 miles | 10m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 40/45
Overall: 316/346 M
Course: Flat
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race?
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] 3

2005-05-08 6:48 PM

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Seattle WA
Subject: White Lake Sprint

2005-05-08 7:14 PM
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Plant City, FL
Subject: RE: White Lake Sprint
Sounds like you overcame some difficulties in the swim, but proved yourself nicely on the bike!!   Good for you! 
2005-05-09 8:22 AM
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Winston-Salem, NC
Subject: RE: White Lake Sprint
Holy crap, you swam without a wetsuit! Very respectable!! I was freezing Saturday, and I had one!!! SUPER bike! 21mph. And you brought it home with the run. Did your IT band come into play? Very good first OW sprint! 
2005-05-09 8:59 AM
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Whitsett, North Carolina
Subject: RE: White Lake Sprint
Woo Hoo! Atta boy Tom! You polar beared in 67 degree water!!! Incredible! It must have been a huge mental boost to come out of the water, then start passing a ton of people on the bike. Great job on your race bro.
2005-05-09 2:21 PM
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Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Subject: RE: White Lake Sprint

Super job, Tom!!!

I know that water was COLD on Saturday!  I jumped into the lake when I finished my bike and run, and it was still cold!  Way to fight through it, and crush the competition on the bike!

(my race report is in progress

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