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Big Fish Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Hadley Township, Michigan
United States
3 Disciplines Racing
70F / 21C
Total Time = 8h 00m
Overall Rank = 25/150
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 7/28
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 5:30. Ate a bowl of oat meal, half a banana and a power bar for breakfast. Also had to down some Dayquil to fend off a cold that trying to break through the past couple of days. My buddy who was doing the Olympic race and I were staying at his in-laws only 15 minutes away. That allowed us to get there nice and early and setup transition with about an hour to hang loose until the race start.
Event warmup:

Other than stretching I was able to get in the water and do a little practice swimming which was good since it was only my second time wearing the full body wetsuit I had acquired. My first time was last Thursday and that swim didn't go so well. I also swam part of the swim course yesterday to get the siting down on the buoys. Bad siting bit me in the behind on numerous occasions last year and I hadn't had a lot of OWS time yet this year to improve that. I'm not a fast swimmer anyway though I've improved (in the pool) and going off course again was a big concern of mine.
  • 11m 19s
  • 547 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

This was a good swim for me. The wetsuit felt much better. I think I didn't have it on properly the other day. The times here seemed low but I come to find out the course is 546M, not 500M. So that makes me even happier about my time. I stayed on course and had no trouble siting either. Johnson baby shampoo DOES work to keep goggles from fogging up. My biggest problem was swimming more in the middle of the pack (vs generally being slower, near the back in the past). As a result I was constantly running into people even well after the start. Still I moved through the water well and came out of it fresh, though I had a little bit of trouble finding the zipper on my wetsuit when coming out.
What would you do differently?:

Find an outside lane again and continue to work on spotting. I stayed more inside this time than in the past so that I'd have an easier time spotting but I'm not sure bouncing from swimmer to swimmer in the middle of that was preferable. If I'm having trouble with the wetsuit do it AFTER crossing the swim exit. I'd prefer those wasted 5-10 seconds count against my T1 time than my swim time.
Transition 1
  • 02m 20s

Other than finding the zipper on the wetsuit (which was technically while I was still in the water), T1 went pretty well. I'd biked in running shoes in the past but was using some old school biking shoes this time around. Got them on no problem and was on my way to the bike start.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
  • 38m 52s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 19.19 mile/hr

This course was hillier than what I'd done in the past and am used to training on so how I handled the hills was my biggest concern. I'd seen them the day before so knew somewhat what to expect. Going out you were going downhill most of the way and I even hit 39mph at one point. Knowing I'd have to climb that same hill on the way back way in the back of my mind. I handled it pretty well. Got into a good low gear when I should have and stood up in the saddle for that extra push here and there.
What would you do differently?:

I was using old school bike shoes with the toe cages and fumbled away a few seconds trying to get one of my feet into the cage. I've practiced this but apparently not enough to do it lightning fast in the heat of a race. I need to practice this more, until I go clipless that is. This likely cost me some valuable seconds at the start of the bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 20s

Pretty good T2. I biked with bike shoes for the first time so it was the first time having to change shoes in T2. It went pretty well. Had a little snafu where I re-racked my bike and it felt off the rack so I picked it up and racked it again, losing a few seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Rack my bike better.
  • 22m 34s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 16s  min/mile

My Olympic training volume had my legs feeling just fine after the bike, however the last hill climb on the bike had my heartrate up a bit more than usual so I couldn't bust out as fast on the run as I wanted. After about maybe one-half to three-fourths of a mile I was able find a rhythmn and push the pace some more. A few times I busted out into some all out running efforts which I frequently do when running training 5k but they were brief today. Overall it's my best time in a tri for a run, but I felt I could have done a little better. I'm still seeking that elusive goal of a sub 7:00 5K in a tri running off the bike. Getting closer but still not quite there.
What would you do differently?:

I could have possibly pushed harder in miles 1-2 and still had enough left at the end. Just need to make sure the bike conditioning and/or race effort is such that it can set up my run effectively.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Stupid flubs with my equipment. Not finding my wetsuit zipper, not getting mounted on the bike fast enough, misracking my bike in T2. My hill training on the bike still needs a little work.

Event comments:

3D as usual was excellent with the Event. I would do it again. The bike course was a blast despite a couple of tiring (but not overwhelming) hill climbs. Going down them was a blast though. This was my best overall finish in a sprint, which I had kind of expected given my training volumes since January. Now I'll spend the rest of the season getting humbled at the Olympic distance.

Last updated: 2011-06-19 12:00 AM
00:11:19 | 547 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/28
Overall: 42/150
Performance: Good
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:20
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:38:52 | 12.43 miles | 19.19 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/28
Overall: 0/150
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Rolling hills on a country road with a couple of decent climbs at the end of the route.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:20
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:22:34 | 03.11 miles | 07m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/28
Overall: 0/150
Course: Close to a mile running out on the park road, which ultimately leads to a dirt country road for about half a mile until the turnaround. A few small, gentle slopes along the dirt road but nothing major.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-06-19 2:57 PM

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