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Lakeland Bi-Tri Classic - TriathlonSprint

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Canton, Illinois
United States
Canton Park District
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 13m 45s
Overall Rank = 115/249
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 16/28
Pre-race routine:

I woke up at 4:30 a.m. I had trouble turing off the alarm clock because I was slapping at the remote control for the stereo (not a good sign). I can't eat before a race, so only fluids.

Two hour + drive to the race. Got a great parking place and checked in. I pumped up my tires and set up transition area before heading to the swim.
Event warmup:

I swam about 70 yards and joined my wave at the start (that's it).
  • 11m 49s
  • 500 yards
  • 02m 22s / 100 yards

I have done numerous duathlons and road races but never a tri. The numerous open water swims I did as practice paid big dividends. The first 50 yards was rough. I got some scrapes on my left arm and josseled around a bunch but nothing I didn't expect.
What would you do differently?:

Settle into a pace as quickly as possible. Work on bi-laterial breathing.
Transition 1
  • 01m 8s

I was on a grassey area for transition. My feet are sensitive. Some transition set-ups were on concrete and gravel. I'm please with the spot I selected. I rolled up prior to the start and they slid on real easily.
What would you do differently?:

  • 36m 27s
  • 12 miles
  • 19.75 mile/hr

The "rolling hills" killed me. I was passing a lot of people on the flats but some would catch and pass me on the hills. It was a little frustrating.

I kept a higher cadence than I train at. This worked out well. My legs stayed fresh enough to last the race without loosing any real speed.
What would you do differently?:

Train on hills (if I can find some around here).
Transition 2
  • 00m 52s

Don't remember much about T2. It went well.
What would you do differently?:

  • 23m 31s
  • 3 miles
  • 07m 50s  min/mile

The "brick" part of the run hurt. I felt better at mile 1. I basically settled into the pace and comfort (slight discomfort zone) my body allowed me to run at. I passed quite a few more people than I expected.
What would you do differently?:

Running is my strengh but I need to train more. I could have done better here. The hills were not as big a factor as the bike but still - room for improvement.
Post race
Warm down:

Stood in shade and drank water. I ran 1 mile with my daughter (run leg of kids tri).

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hills. Sub-standard bike. Weight.

Event comments:

Well organized and fun! This is not a USAT race so drafting, transition rules, etc. were very relaxed. Suprisingly, the athletes did not abuse things. I saw little (if any drafting). The transition zones were kept organized, etc.

The youth race was also excellent and provided an extra incentive to drive the 2 1/2 hours to the race. My daughter competed. It was a great experience for her and a chance to share triathlon with my family. Nice.

The entry fee to this race is cheaper than USAT races in the area. The turn-out was fantastic. The weather was almost perfect. No complaints and I would not recommend any changes for next year. The organizers even had snow-cones for the kids!

The results have not been posted yet. Sorry no splits.

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Last updated: 2005-08-06 12:00 AM
00:11:49 | 500 yards | 02m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/28
Overall: 167/249
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri shorts and "armour" type top
Course: Lake with seedweed type vegitation. There was approximately 2 1/2 feet of visibulity.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:08
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:36:27 | 12 miles | 19.75 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/28
Overall: 107/249
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back with dog leg (into a slight headwind).
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Bad
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 00:52
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:31 | 03 miles | 07m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/28
Overall: 98/249
Performance: Average
Course: Concrete bike trail (loop) on a rather hilly course.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5

2005-08-12 3:17 AM

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Central, IL
Subject: Lakeland Bi-Tri Classic
Here's my report. Sorry for the delay, I've been waiting for the results to be posted on the web (so I'd have my splits). Results still not posted as of 08/12. I placed 3rd in the Cyldesdale II division. Got a great trophy. I must admit, I was more than a little suprised when they called my name.

Edited by Writebrained 2005-08-12 3:23 AM

2005-08-15 10:49 AM
in reply to: #223499

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Columbia, MO
Subject: RE: Lakeland Bi-Tri Classic
Great job ! Now you're one of us....although I was a little disapointed to learn there wasn't a sercret handshake!
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