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Culpeper Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Culpeper, Virginia
United States
Set-up, Inc.
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 44m 13s
Overall Rank = 200/341
Age Group = 45-50
Age Group Rank = 30/42
Pre-race routine:

Apple, Banana, Clif Bar, 20 oz. Infinit
Event warmup:

10 min. run, 15 min. bike, 15 min. swim (easy, then fast)
  • 17m 53s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 11s / 100 yards

Woo Hoo! Personal Best (w/ and w/o wetsuit) -- shaved almost 5 min. off last year's time. The Masters swimming this summer is paying off!!! Started at the far right at the front, good placement. Handled the bumping well, eased up a bit after 1st turn buoy so had something left for the end. Sighting went well, every 10-12 in general (every 6 on buoy approach) worked best.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Now I just need to improve technique in the off season.
Transition 1
  • 01m 29s

Good T1, getting up that hill to the dismount line is tough (HR got up to 190). (76th overall, 10th in AG)
What would you do differently?:

  • 55m 3s
  • 17 miles
  • 18.53 mile/hr

Took a while for HR to come down after swim and T1 (max 190), then first hill, didn't settle down until after R off Mtn. Lake Rd. onto Lakemont. Pushed hard (124 max cad.). That triple-downhill descent was a bit scary (38.5 max mph), glad I rode it on the horns, I hit a small bump in the shadows at the bottom. Stayed in the saddle on the hills to save something for the end. Drank too much, with the hard pace my stomach wasn't digesting the liquids.
What would you do differently?:

Not drink so much when pushing so hard
Transition 2
  • 01m 37s

This is always the toughest dismount line, but did a good job jumping off w/ shoes on. Gotta love my daughter yelling at me, ringing the cowbell, to go faster (actually fumbled a bit w/ the running shoes)
What would you do differently?:

Focus on balance while putting on running shoes
  • 28m 14s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 05s  min/mile

Worst run in a while: stomach was basically cramping the whole time from too much drinking on the bike. Felt I could have gone harder, but my stomach was in knots and wouldn't let me.
What would you do differently?:

Not drink so much on the bike. Better too little than too much.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk around, some watermelon, banana, Clif Bar.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Poor drink discipline on the bike. Not enough running mileage (then again, I was focusing on swim training)

Event comments:

Another awesome race by SetupEvents. Shaved over 6 minutes off last year's race, most on the swim (almost 5 min.). With swim technique work and being more careful drinking the bike, my times keep getting better.

Culpeper was my first tri 2 yrs. ago and it's still my favorite.

Last updated: 2010-03-25 12:00 AM
00:17:53 | 820 yards | 02m 11s / 100yards
Age Group: 31/42
Overall: 268/341
Performance: Good
Course: Triangular, Counter Clockwise, flat water, no weeds.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:29
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:55:03 | 17 miles | 18.53 mile/hr
Age Group: 25/42
Overall: 166/341
Performance: Good
176 avg. HR, 190 max HR
Wind: None
Course: Technical turns, hilly, one VERY fast descent.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 88
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Too much
Time: 01:37
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:28:14 | 03.11 miles | 09m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 242/42
Overall: 34/341
Performance: Below average
Course: HILLS
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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] 5

2010-08-02 2:19 PM

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Subject: Culpeper Sprint

2010-08-02 7:28 PM
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Subject: RE: Culpeper Sprint
Nice job! It was a perfect day for a race.
There must not have been any weeds for your swim because they were all hanging on my arms the wave before!
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