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T-Gator Series - Race #2 - TriathlonSprint

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
United States
Lake Charles Triathletes
60F / 16C
Total Time = 56m 51s
Overall Rank = 2/110
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3am. Cooked 2 eggs and 2 pieces of toast. Loaded up the truck, poured myself a cup of coffee and drove 2.5 hrs to Lake Charles.
Event warmup:

Walked 500 yds to the swim start.
  • 08m 58s
  • 547 yards
  • 01m 38s / 100 yards

Started off hard. I was in the second wave. I caught and passed everyone in the first wave except for 4 people.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 00m 46s

I was debating weather or not to wear my wetsuit. I made the decision at the last minute to wear it. I tucked my Garmin under my sleve and it came off without getting hung up without a problem. I also ticked the timing chip under my suit but still managed to get the suit caught on it. Probably cost me a few seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Not get the wetsuit caught on my timing chip. I think the benefits of wearing the suit out weighed the extra time it took in transition to remove the suit.
  • 33m
  • 13 miles
  • 23.64 mile/hr

Not sure what happend. I was expecting to average over 24 but my legs just wouldn't do it. I passed 3 more people 1 mile outside the state park and could see the leader in front of me but could not catch up to him. Note to self: Don't eat chilie for lunch and dinner the day before a race. 3 bathroom stops on the way to Lake Charles, maybe that had something to do with it.
5 seconds seperated 3rd, 4th, and 5th.
What would you do differently?:

Not eat chilie the day before the race. It was a short race so I didn't pay much attention to nutrition, lesson learned.
Transition 2
  • 00m 32s

Simple, visor on, shoes on, grab race number belt and put it on as I am running out of transition.
What would you do differently?:

make sure there is no pebbles stuck to the bottom of my foot before I put my shoes on.
  • 13m 34s
  • 2 miles
  • 06m 47s  min/mile

Legs didn't want to turn over. I was ecpecting to run in the low 6 min miles for the first mile but the Garmin showed ~6:45. Hit the turn around, got a sip of water and my legs started to feel better. Average speed on the second mile was 10 seconds faster than the 1st.
What would you do differently?:

Not miss the cup of water at the water station just outside of transition. Do some speedwork. I have not run much since 70.3 NOLA.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around with my wife and brother, looked at the results, ate 2 piecs of cake, which tasted awesome by the way.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Probably didn't taper enough. I think I did to much the week leading up to the race, my legs just didn't feel right on the bike.
No run speed work what so ever.

Event comments:

This is a great race series. Love it. Bare bones, no awards just a little food and drink at the end of the race. But I don't go to a race for a medal or a meal, I go to race and enjoy the competition. It is a great location for a race.
This was my very first race I participated in 4 years ago so I have wanted to come back and do it again to compare.
2007 = 1:05.30
2011 = 56.51

Last updated: 2011-05-17 12:00 AM
00:08:58 | 547 yards | 01m 38s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 2/110
Performance: Good
Suit: Quintana Roo
Course: Point to point.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 00:46
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:33:00 | 13 miles | 23.64 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 4/110
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back. Very small rolling hills. Smooth pavement.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:31.8
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:13:34 | 02 miles | 06m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 8/110
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back. almost flat.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
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? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-05-17 3:34 PM

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