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Lehigh Valley Steelman Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Quakertown, Pennsylvania
United States
Total Time = 2h 05m 16s
Overall Rank = 476/544
Age Group = 40-49
Age Group Rank = 28/31
Pre-race routine:

Got a good night's sleep - going to bed by 9 pm. So getting up at 4 was (relatively) easy. Checked the weather report since it was raining. Rain was going to stop early in the race. Stopped for a bagel and cream cheese on the way. Got to the park by 6, got marked and set up the transition area with some protection from the rain. Met up with Jeff and Joe.
Event warmup:

Minimal. The water was nice and warm, so I did a few dozen yards prior to the start.
  • 24m 37s
  • 880 yards
  • 02m 48s / 100 yards

Felt comfortable, but swam fairly slowly. Went off course once for about 20-25 yards, but recovered well. Got caught by the wave behind us, at least some of the fast swimmers.
What would you do differently?:

Clearly the lost training time caught up with me. Maybe push a little harder at the midpoint. Felt good the whole time, though.
Transition 1
  • 03m 26s

Initially went to the wrong bike, but figured it out when I couldn't find my helmet. Everything was still pretty wet from the rain.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
  • 54m 47s
  • 12.8 miles
  • 14.02 mile/hr

The uphill still sucked going out of T1. Played tag with a 32 y.o. woman on the whole bike course. In the end, I beat her in the last mile. Despite the wet course, hit up to 35 mph.
What would you do differently?:

Again, more T.I.T.S. Especially hill work. Also leave a water bottle off the bike. Didn't need a second bottle, and there were some nice ones being handed off on the course.
Transition 2
  • 02m 55s

Everything was pretty wet, but the socks and shoes stayed fairly dry in the bag I had them in. Went fairly smoothly.
  • 39m 37s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 12m 47s  min/mile

Really sluggish at the outset. Never really felt in the groove as far as pacing. Didn't pass anyone, got passed quite a bit.
What would you do differently?:

More running practice overall. A few more bricks.
Post race
Event comments:

Always a well organized race. Great race gifts - got a transition bag this year.

Last updated: 2009-05-03 12:00 AM
00:24:37 | 880 yards | 02m 48s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/31
Overall: 415/544
Performance: Average
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:26
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:54:47 | 12.8 miles | 14.02 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/31
Overall: 431/544
Performance: Good
Course: Uphill for about 1/2 mile out of T1. Then rolling hills.Closed course, with straight out and back in a "T".
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:55
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:39:37 | 03.1 miles | 12m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/31
Overall: 576/544
Performance: Bad
Course: Relatively flat out and back course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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] 4

2009-08-11 2:30 PM

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