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Portage Lakes Triathlon - Sprint Course - TriathlonSprint

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Akron, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 49m 27s
Overall Rank = 204/293
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 23/29
Pre-race routine:

This race was near me so I got to sleep in a little more versus last weeks 2 hour drive. Wife and kids came with me. Had some coffee.
Event warmup:

No warmup.
  • 22m 47s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 47s / 100 yards

Terrible swim. The fact that is was so cold in the morning air didn't help relax me getting into the water. I did 1/2 breathing the entire time as I just couldn't relax. First 100 yards was shallow so swimming was tough. There were a lot of people to watch out for so I had to always check to stay to the outside so I didn't get swum over.
What would you do differently?:

Wetsuit would have helped on this one.
Transition 1
  • 04m 49s

Another terrible T1. It was very cold in the morning starting the bike so I brought with me a long sleeved jacket. I put it on in T1 and couldn't zipper it up. The nylon zipper was all chewed-up. I needed to at least get it up halfway so it didn't flap on the bike. My fingertips were numb. nearly 5 minutes later I got the zipper up enough.
What would you do differently?:

Test my jacket before taking it with me.
  • 53m 41s
  • 14 miles
  • 15.65 mile/hr

I took Gatorade with me this time. I did great on the bike course...I passed everyone - nobody passed me (except the 3 very fast oly bikers that caught up with the slowest sprint athletes like me. I felt very strong on the hills. I was very comfortable on the steep declines and didn't use my brakes (something I have done in past triathlons).

Even though I felt great on the bike, I was still slow overall - can't complain as I don't do any bike training.
Transition 2
  • 01m 17s

This was quick. T2 is so quick I always think I am forgetting something.
  • 26m 52s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 38s  min/mile

I kept it easy. At the turnaround I consciously put on the speed - knowing it was a nice and easy downhill all the way back.

I had one water midway. The final part of the course was further away than I anticipated. I was able to hold my pace anyways. I passed many people and did not get passed.
What would you do differently?:

It was a perfect run - better than last week even.
Post race
Warm down:

A little walking...cookies, watermelon.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bike training and the swim.

Event comments:

Very well run race by HFP racing. Now why doesn't anyone serve breakfast at the big season-ending races? That would be perfect.

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Last updated: 2011-09-03 12:00 AM
00:22:47 | 820 yards | 02m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 24/29
Overall: 256/293
Performance: Bad
Suit: No
Course: Rectangle
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 04:49
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
00:53:41 | 14 miles | 15.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 23/29
Overall: 174/293
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: VERY hilly.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:17
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:26:52 | 03.11 miles | 08m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 17/29
Overall: 140/293
Performance: Good
Course: The run was on the paved entrance area winding through the park. I grabbed a GU (Hammer?) right at the beginning. It was slightly uphill to the halfway point.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Ok
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

2011-09-21 8:13 AM

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