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Giant Acorn Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Bumpass, Virginia
United States
Set-Up Inc.
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 27m 30s
Overall Rank = 158/317
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 20/36
Pre-race routine:

Left at 6:45, had Apple, Banana, Clif Bar, a few raisins & mango slices, cup coffee, arrived 8:15. Hydrated w/ 20oz water once I got there.
Event warmup:

10 min. run, 10 min. bike, 10 min. swim.
  • 17m 58s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 11s / 100 yards

Was closer up at the start, got a taste of the scrum. Handled it OK, did some drafting. The walk over the sand bar was annoying. Sun made sighting difficult on the return. Personal best by 45 seconds (amazing how that wetsuit lifts your legs up).
What would you do differently?:

Get some darker goggles (amber not enough), keep practicing sighting.
Transition 1
  • 01m 30s

Ran right to my TA, a little trouble getting the suit of (balancing while standing on neoprene). Felt good otherwise. 8th/36 in AG., 54th overall.
What would you do differently?:

  • 39m 11s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 19.03 mile/hr

Running into and out of T1 pushed up my HR to 193 (yikes!) Decided to ease up and hydrate, started hammering within a minute after HR dropped to 185. (Avg. HR was 179). (Avg. cadence 93, max was 110). Pushed hard since it was such a short course. Felt good overall, felt a lot better after a few gulps from the bottle. Did a good job pacing between hammering and easing up for a drink.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 22s

Did well with a good racking. Made the mistake of jamming left foot into shoe (rather than using fingers to "horn" it in), heel caught and had to stop and fix. 16th/35 in AG, 160 overall.
What would you do differently?:

Focus on balance while getting shoes on: don't try to jam in the foot.
  • 27m 32s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 51s  min/mile

Did not like the trail running: had to focus on not twisting an ankle. Wasn't until I got to the gravel that I was able to get into a faster pace. Run was tough after the swim and hammering on the bike. Hard to concentrate. Gave it all: legs were noodles at the finish (guess I gave it all :-)
What would you do differently?:

Not sure: it was not an easy course.
Post race
Warm down:

Brunswick stew (YUM!), Gatorade, banana.

Event comments:

Setup does a great job, given this is not an easy venue to have a race. I can live with the trail run -- it's better than last year when they had crowded both the bike and run on the same road. Sand bar was a bummer, but it was still a beautiful day.

Last updated: 2009-04-22 12:00 AM
00:17:58 | 820 yards | 02m 11s / 100yards
Age Group: 32/36
Overall: 258/317
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Clockwise around the peninsula. Grr, had to walk through 50 ft. sandbar midway through.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:30
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:39:11 | 12.43 miles | 19.03 mile/hr
Age Group: 16/36
Overall: 123/317
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Rolling terrain.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 93
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:22
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:27:32 | 03.11 miles | 08m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/36
Overall: 180/317
Performance: Average
Course: Nasty trail run first 1/2 mi. through sloped grass, then woods with exposed roots and stumps. End of woods had a ditch to jump over, then gravel and pavement. Get to do the same thing on return.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Ok
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

2009-10-04 9:41 PM

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Subject: Giant Acorn Sprint

2009-10-04 9:45 PM
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Subject: RE: Giant Acorn Sprint
Great job!!!  Yeah the sandbar was a disaster (Greg-RD-even was joking about it between the start of 2nd and 3rd wave).  The run through the woods was tough too---got pretty crowded so not much if any passing going on there...but as you said it's a great venue and fun race for the end of the VA season!!!
2009-10-06 5:57 PM
in reply to: #2442340

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Subject: RE: Giant Acorn Sprint
Nice race, sandbar flipped me out, was not ready for that at all.
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