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Joliette, Quebec
Jet Triathlon
8C / 46F
Total Time = 1h 26m 55s
Overall Rank = 22/31
Age Group = Women 20+
Age Group Rank = 2/5
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:30am, packed the car and drove to Joliette. Got there at 6am, got set up in transition, went to the washroom, figured out the course, then warmed up.
Event warmup:

15min w/u (2k easy and then some strides)
  • 14m 22s
  • 800 meters
  • 01m 48s / 100 meters

I started swimming and, although I am a strong swimmer, I just couldn't get my muscles going. Pulled off a so-so effort.
What would you do differently?:

Practice more OWS with the wetsuit, I felt like the muscles just were not used to it!!
Transition 1
  • 00m

As I was taking off the wetsuit, I noticed just how damn COLD it was outside. Got it off after some struggling, into my shoes and off I went.
What would you do differently?:

Not wear a watch on my left hand. It got caught on it. Get the quick release kit. Practice wetsuit removal. Practice jumping on bike with shoes already clipped in.
  • 48m 8s
  • 20 kms
  • 24.93 km/hr

Bike has always been my weakest. In this case, the minute I started biking, I realized that I was soaking wet from the swim, it was a super cold day (in which I would normally have been wearing booties and pants and LS shirt) and I was in my tri suit, sockless. My legs quickly went numb and I painfully trudged along.
What would you do differently?:

Be smart about the weather. Get better at cycling.
Transition 2
  • 00m

The minute my feet hit the ground, I was in instant pain. My legs were like blocks of ice and each time I took a step, it felt like they were being stabbed. I've never felt this before - it HURT. I got into my running shoes and off I went.
What would you do differently?:

Not get frozen on the bike...
  • 24m 26s
  • 5 kms
  • 04m 53s  min/km

My run wasn't too bad considering the leg situation. I could not feel my legs! All I felt was pain! It was insane... So I kind of just ran along, hoping they'd defreeze - they didn't. As a result, I couldn't get my HR up nearly as high as I wanted it to be.
What would you do differently?:

Stay warm on the bike. That's what ruined my race, in the end.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, ate food, watched the young triathletes doing their race (7-15 year olds!). Once it started pouring, I jetted out of there, though.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The weather and my silly lack of judgment clothing-wise. My weak bike strength.

Event comments:

Although it was a decently organized race, I have 2 issues:
- Don't put the one and only aid station in the run in the last 800m of the course - that's stupid!
- Attract a large field of athletes. It's okay if they are all young (the triathlon club that held this race is a youth triathlon club). As long as there are more than 50 or so athletes, it makes for a much funner competition and race!

Last updated: 2010-05-22 12:00 AM
00:14:22 | 800 meters | 01m 48s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/5
Overall: 19/31
Performance: Average
Suit: nineteen W XS
Course: It was a point-to-point 800m course.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 20C / 68F Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 00:00
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:48:08 | 20 kms | 24.93 km/hr
Age Group: 3/5
Overall: 25/31
Performance: Average
Includes T1 and T2. Garmin says my avg was 27.9km/hr. avg HR = 158 max HR = 167
Wind: Some
Course: One loop on roads - not in the best of conditions but not super potholy.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 84
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:24:26 | 05 kms | 04m 53s  min/km
Age Group: 2/5
Overall: 21/31
Performance: Average
Splits: 4:50, 4:43, 4:52, 4:52, 4:44 (garmin) Watch tells me my pace was 4:46/km for 5.11km. avg HR = 167 max HR = 175
Course: 2 loops of a 2km course 1 loop of a 1km course
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2010-06-07 9:02 AM

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Subject: Triathlon de Joliette

2010-06-07 8:12 PM
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Subject: RE: Triathlon de Joliette

Good job Krystyna!
That kind of weather wasn't particularly triathlon  friendly to say the least. Saturday will be 100x better.

Oh, and you like crushing hopes and dreams... aim higher, go for their soul next time... :P

2010-06-08 3:33 PM
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Subject: RE: Triathlon de Joliette
Wooahh, you did a great job! Even better considering you did the whole run in pain!!  Taking that whole "Endure"ance thing to the extreme
2010-06-13 5:17 AM
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Quebec, Canada
Subject: RE: Triathlon de Joliette
Good job Krystyna!

It was far from the ideal triathlon day but you went out there and did great!  
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