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Skinnyman Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Skaneateles, New York
United States
Skaneateles Labor Day Race Weekend
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 28m 4s
Overall Rank = 162/609
Age Group = M 45-49
Age Group Rank = 15/47
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4, out the door at 4:15. Stopped for gas and air in the tires. Got coffee and a bagel, picked up a coffee for Dud. Picked up Dud and drove to the race. Got there about 6:30.
Event warmup:

Nada. Got a great transition spot right by the Run out though. Ended up racking with a couple other BTers including SLED DOG who loaned me a pair of goggles. Yes, I'm a dummy and forgot goggles. I was going with my new minimalist Sprint setup and forgot to put goggles in the bag. Discovered I had dropped my timing chip somewhere. Walked back to transition and there it was on the ground. The nice folks at ScoreThis! checked and confirmed it was mine and I hadn't picked up someone else's dropped chip.
  • 00m
  • 800 yards
  • / 100 yards

Big waves (150 people) with only three minutes between them on an out and back swim course means one thing: crowding. Definitely the roughest "washing machine" I've experienced in some time. Lots of elbows, grabbing, getting kicked etc. Made it tough to draft or even get a rhythm going. Every time I got in a groove, I either swam into someone who stopped to sight or I got swam into from the side. After the second turn the group I was in overtook a slower group from the previous wave and it was carnage. Felt bad for those guys.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Considering I think I've swam once in the last month this was actually pretty good.
Transition 1
  • 01m 7s

OA:41 AG:3 No issues. Love the fact that you get out of the water and are right in transition.
  • 46m 35s
  • 14 miles
  • 18.03 mile/hr

I didn't have it in me for this one. I was passed by so many people. My quads just felt weak with no oomph. Felt like I could have ridden a century, but just a slow one.

The large waves going off frequently factored strongly into the bike. I have never seen so much poor bike etiquette in a Sprint. Blocking and drafting were rampant, I actually had instances of people pulling up on my right with their front wheel intersecting my rear. I wasn't far out to the left, either, I was in a legal, safe position.

One woman yelled at me for moving right after I passed another cyclist and then waited until I had a safe distance between him and myself to move right. Apparently she had been right behind me and also passed him, then immediately cut in. So when I cut in, her front tire was right there. She decided I was in the wrong. Um, no. If she was in a position to pass that guy immediately after me, she was in a position that required she either pass me, or drop back. She did neither. Instead, she put herself and me in a dangerous position and then yelled at me for it.

Also dropped my chain at the bottom of descent that turns sharp left and then uphill. Only took about 15-20 seconds to get it back on.
Transition 2
  • 00m 42s

OA:36 AG:3 A bit of a hard time racking the bike. These were the ones where you put your rear tire in and my bike didn't want to stand up. Otherwise ok.
  • 23m 54s
  • 3 miles
  • 07m 58s  min/mile

Ugh. Legs felt really heavy on this run, particularly uphill. Managed to gut it out at the end and get an ok push that got me past a few people.

Saw Dud coming up after the turn around and realized he was pretty close. Got worried.
Post race
Warm down:

Got handed a chocolate milk which was excellent (Go Byrne Dairy!) and waited for Dud at the finish. His wave started six minutes after mine and when I finished the clock read around 1:31:04. I kept one eye on the clock and one on the road. Didn't see him at 1:37:04 so I put the day in the "W" column despite the bad bike leg. ;)

Didn't see him for a while after that and started to get worried that he had caught up to me and had finished before I started spectating. He hadn't, guess his calf started giving him problems after I saw him.

Event comments:

Skinnyman is a good race, I really enjoy it. It's not super outstanding in any way, but it doesn't have any real problems either. The town supports it in big way which is great. The venue is right downtown and there's plenty of parking. Skaneateles is a beautiful lake/tourist town so after the race there are all kinds of things to do. I recommend getting the best donuts on the planet at the Skaneateles Bakery.

Last updated: 2010-03-31 12:00 AM
00:00:00 | 800 yards | / 100yards
Age Group: 24/47
Overall: 276/609
Performance: Average
Suit: Nineteen Full
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:07
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:46:35 | 14 miles | 18.03 mile/hr
Age Group: 20/47
Overall: 191/609
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Below average
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:42
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:23:54 | 03 miles | 07m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/47
Overall: 168/609
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2010-09-04 5:30 PM

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Fairport, NY
Subject: Skinnyman Triathlon

2010-09-04 6:26 PM
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Sunny Binghamton
Subject: RE: Skinnyman Triathlon
nice race, great transitions.....I was in the first wave so luckily contact wasn't too bad on swim and the bike etiquette was good. hills on the run were fun! didn't dig the ninety degree, and 180 degree turns though
2010-09-05 8:52 AM
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Canandaigua NY
Subject: RE: Skinnyman Triathlon

Great race Mike!  Sounds like the new transition strategy is gaining you some time on the course!  Nice job!

2010-09-05 11:12 AM
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2010-09-16 12:28 PM
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Subject: RE: Skinnyman Triathlon
what a nice guy that Sled Dog.......
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