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Giant Acorn International - TriathlonOlympic

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Bumpass, Virginia
United States
Set-Up Inc.
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 56m 5s
Overall Rank = 212/295
Age Group = 30-24
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

First race not traveling with the fam. I got up at 0600, grabbed grear, loaded bike and made the 1 hour 30 min drive south solo. Wife and kids were driving down about an hour later. I got to the race site at about 0815 and was the 2nd car to park on the gravel road. Hadn't checked in, so I made the long trek and checked in, got marked and set up my transition. I was in the corner closest to the water, so it was easy to find, but a long run to the bike exit.
Event warmup:

At about 9, I went for a jog, came back, stretched, got some drink. Met with the wife and got wetsuit on with about 15 to start time.
  • 32m 4s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 57s / 100 yards

ot off course a little. At the start, got a kick to the eye, so left goggle was full of water and apparently eye is black and blue. NICE. Well, sighting was good to first turn bouy, but after that it was rough with one eye and every look up was into the sun.
What would you do differently?:

Just need more swim practice and my HR would be a little better. Maybe spend winter working on bilateral breathing and sighting.
Transition 1
  • 02m 40s

I am slow in T1. High HR doesn't help. Not being ready for the long swim doesn't help. I have practiced many times, but when I am breathing so hard, I tend to slow it down a bit. Hurts my T1 time a lot, but might help my bike a little. Doesn't show, cause my bike is slow, but might be worse.
What would you do differently?:

More time swimming=feeling better and moving faster in T1.
  • 1h 19m 32s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.75 mile/hr

My avg. speed for the Intl. was faster than my avg. for the sprint course back in the spring. Maybe training and riding actually does help. Now I just need to do it more.
What would you do differently?:

Just spend more time riding. I got passed by too many people who didn't look like strong cyclist. Going up mediocre hills and my speed was down to 13-14mph. Winter riding time should help by next year.
Transition 2
  • 01m 48s

I stink at transition. Did struggle a little getting bike on the rack. I was in the back back back corner, so that probably added about 5 seconds. Not that it makes a difference, but it gives me something to make an excuse about.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, get better prepared, get in better shape and you won't struggle as much running to T2 and out of T2.
  • 1h 00m 2s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 40s  min/mile

My goal was a first lap of an 9:15 mile pace. I think it was close. Gotta figure out what 6.5mph is, cause thats what my watch said. My left thigh kept tightening on the uphill and would get better on the downhill. Was nervous about it, but I pressed on and it never locked up completely.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I am actually happy, other than the disappointment of missing my 1 hour mark by 2 freaking seconds. At the beginning of the season, I doubt I could run 6 miles, now I can race it at a time slightly slower than my 5k. I will take it. Run more over the winter.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked back to wife and kids. Swung by food tent on the way, so I brought them banana, pizza, and cookies. I drank some gatorade, water and picked at the food. Just walking around and walking to the car.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

First Intl. distance, so lack of experience and first ever workout of 3 hours was the reason I was unsure of pacing. Just need more long distant rides, runs and swims. Who would have thought.

Event comments:

Perfect weather, everyone was great. Had a lot of fun.

Last updated: 2009-10-04 12:00 AM
00:32:04 | 1640 yards | 01m 57s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 185/295
Performance: Average
HR must have been high, cause when I got out, I checked and it was 173. Thats real high for me.
Suit: De Soto Wetsuit
Course: all right turns. Out, turn right, straight, turn right, and head back to dock.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:40
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:19:32 | 24.85 miles | 18.75 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 221/295
Performance: Average
HR started in the mid 170s, but I got it down to 155-165 from mile 3 until the end. Kept a decent cadence through the whole race.
Wind: Little
Course: Rolling hills, not too many turns. 2 laps.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 80s
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:48
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:00:02 | 06.21 miles | 09m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 202/295
Performance: Average
HR started around 158 and steadily climbed to the low 170s. Felt decent though.
Course: Rolling hills. Up and down, up and down.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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

2009-10-05 6:34 AM

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Burke, VA
Subject: Giant Acorn International

2009-10-05 7:36 PM
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You're funny. "Maybe training and riding actually does help." Yes it does.

Wasn't it fun? Are you back in the spring for more masochism? I think I am.

2009-10-06 9:46 AM
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Subject: RE: Giant Acorn International
nice job on your first Oly.
2009-10-06 8:33 PM
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Burke, VA
Subject: RE: Giant Acorn International
Most likely come back. Why wouldn't I show up and get another shirt that says Rumpass in Bumpass
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