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Black Bear Triathlon - Sprint Course - TriathlonSprint

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Beltzville, Pennsylvania
United States
CGI Racing
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 46m 55s
Overall Rank = 50/271
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 15/35
Pre-race routine:

Not too much...had changed from the Oly to the Sprint due to some training issues in May that held me back from getting in the volume I needed. So, I really just woke up, ate a bit and hit the road to the race site with my friend Kevin. We stayed local. Really nice state park. Just beautiful.
Event warmup:

Walked to the in and tested out the water. Felt pretty good. It was cool so I decided to wear the wetsuit. I don't swim in one very much (re: not at all..) so I think this impacted my slower than average swim.
  • 13m
  • 650 meters
  • 02m / 100 meters

Just not a strong swim. I think the wetsuit changed my body position and I really never got the groove I usually fall into....the swim is usually one of my better events and I placed 79th. I know I could have done better.
What would you do differently?:

I had to wear the wetsuit as it was chilly. That helped protect me from the cold but I think it changed my body position. I need to get a true 'swim suit' and then practice in it.
Transition 1
  • 01m 50s

Ok transition. I wasn't really pushing hard as normal here. I think my focus was just on getting going and since I had some training issues mentally I took a few more seconds than usual. Of course, getting out of the wetsuit had something to do with this as well.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. It was below average for me but I think it had to do with the wetsuit removal. I was 43rd fastest @ 1:50. Would like to be more in the 1:00 time frame.
  • 1h 06m 35s
  • 17 miles
  • 15.32 mile/hr

This course is a butt kicker. Very hilly. It turned out to be my best overall event finishing 59th. I don't ride hills too much so it definitely tends to be my achilles heal. But I was happy with the results overall.

I ended up just 12 minutes from finishing in the top 3 in my age group. That's a pretty good chunk of time but it's a goal to set for next year. If I can take off 5-8 minutes I can finish in top 5-10 for sure.
What would you do differently?:

Train on hills. That's what has to happen.
Transition 2
  • 01m 10s

Meh. Another below average transition. 1:10 was only good enough for 83rd. I was coasting I think.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster.
  • 24m 23s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 52s  min/mile

Ok, a sub 8 minute mile felt pretty good for not training much in May. I was satisfied.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I did as best as I could on the run. Even sprinted the end and passed a younger lady. The announcer made a point to call out that I was passing a girl. It was pretty funny.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and drank some h2o.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My training in May was very limited due to a multi-week sickness and a family vacation.

Event comments:

CGI really does a great job and the park at Black Bear is just beautiful. Great place to bring the family. Next year I do the Oly!!

Last updated: 2011-06-01 12:00 AM
00:13:00 | 650 meters | 02m / 100meters
Age Group: 0/35
Overall: 79/271
Performance: Below average
Suit: Yes
Course: Pretty much a straight shot and then a right turn.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:50
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:06:35 | 17 miles | 15.32 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/35
Overall: 59/271
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Hilly. Yes, Hilly.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:10
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:23 | 03.1 miles | 07m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/35
Overall: 63/271
Performance: Good
Course: An out and back along the water. Nice run. Fairly flat.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

2011-07-15 6:53 PM

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