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Kirkland's Triathlon at Carillon Point - Sprint Course - TriathlonSprint

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Kirkland, Washington
United States
AA Sports, Ltd.
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 10m 30s
Overall Rank = 15/557
Age Group = M20-24
Age Group Rank = 3/19
Pre-race routine:

Had a cup and a half of oatmeal, and five egg whites. Popped a 5-Hour Energy five minutes before the first wave went off (had a nice 4-hour sleep the night before). Saw that Ray Maker (of DCRainmaker blog fame) was in my wave for the swim and chatted for a couple of seconds.
Event warmup:

A whopping 2.5 minutes of swimming prior to my wave start.
  • 12m 18s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 24s / 100 yards

Swim was alright. I still remember my awful experience at the Olympic at Lake Meridian, where I froze up and had to stop for a minute. Water temp in Lake Washington was 65, and I think I like that a lot. Here, I was cruising the whole time. Probably started slower than I should have, but got in a groove. Couldn't draft off of anybody to save my life, though, and I lost at least 30 seconds running into lateral breaststrokers from the previous two waves. No logic in having 29-and-unders go after the 30-34 women, and the Athena/Clydesdale waves. I'm definitely doing elite wave next year, or nothing.
What would you do differently?:

Nada; huge confidence builder. Definitely could have pressed a lot harder, and will next time, but had to make sure that I was comfortable enough to race without freezing up. Really excited for Black Diamond next weekend.
Transition 1
  • 02m 15s

Time is bad, but the transition was long, and transition zone was huge. Actually got disoriented/lost for 10-15 seconds as I took my wetsuit off. Actually got my suit off pretty quickly too. Probably 20-30 seconds I can lop off with practice, but I'll worry about that in the offseason.
What would you do differently?:

Practice wetsuit stripping, though I was pretty quick nonetheless.
  • 35m 18s
  • 12 miles
  • 20.40 mile/hr

Hilly, hilly, hilly. Really quite fun, too, but way too many people to pass, which frustrated me. Plus, once I started hitting the big hills, I lost my small ring, and had to ride a 54-23 at my easiest, which killed my quads. Nonetheless, I did as well as I could hope. Only 3 minutes off of the best time, and I lost about 10-15 seconds clipping in poorly, at least a half minute because of no small ring, and at least the same dodging people. Very happy.

Handling skills need to improve though :)
What would you do differently?:

Clean my drivetrain better before racing.
Transition 2
  • 01m 25s

Everything went without hitch, though I forgot to take my Garmin off the bike. Only lost 20 seconds off the fastest transition, and I can cut that off if I practice getting my feet out of my shoes quicker. Got my helmet off fine, and my race belt on well.
What would you do differently?:

Practice getting out of shoes before dismount, and remembering to take my Garmin off the bike.
  • 19m 17s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 12s  min/mile

My legs were busted from the hills, and the run course goes uphill for the first half. I felt terrible during this period, and just didn't want to run. Guy I had been biking with killed me, and should've tried following him. Last half mile I could've run A LOT faster; really disappointed with myself for mentally lapsing. Could've/should've moved up one more position in my AG, but just kind of slacked.
What would you do differently?:

I need to train harder paces so I don't hate them when I race, even though I'm capable of them right now.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Maybe a lack of sleep and a little dehydation, but that would've been minimal.

Event comments:

Enjoyed the race, but disliked the wave setup enough to move down 4.

Last updated: 2010-09-18 12:00 AM
00:12:18 | 880 yards | 01m 24s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/19
Overall: 21/557
Performance: Good
Suit: DeSoto T1
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:15
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:35:18 | 12 miles | 20.40 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/19
Overall: 13/557
Wind: None
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Bad Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 01:25
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:19:17 | 03.11 miles | 06m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/19
Overall: 22/557
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4

2010-09-18 8:42 PM

Seattle, WA
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