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Club Med Sprint Triathlon - Race #6 - TriathlonSprint

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Port St. Lucie, Florida
United States
Club Med Racing
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 06m 54s
Overall Rank = 15/106
Age Group = F 25-29
Age Group Rank = 1/4
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5am for the nearly two hour drive up to the race. I struggled with what to eat - I'm in the process of trying to figure out what causes my GI problems, so my usual instant oatmeal was out. I had some gluten-free oatmeal, but I just wanted to get out the door. I had a banana, a Lara bar, and some Clif Shot Bloks.

I met a guy from a tri team I'm trying to join - he was pretty cool - and placed really well in the Olympic!
Event warmup:

Struggled into my wetsuit and swam around a little. Wished I could have ridden a bit, but transition closed about 45 minutes before the race started - the Olympic wave was a half hour before the sprint.
  • 07m 51s
  • 437 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

All of the sprint age group racers went in one wave. The athena, clydesdales, relays and first-timers were in the second wave.
I started up front, and a pack quickly broke away. I caught up to them and hung on. My drafting was great until the buoy, then the pack dissolved a little. I had a good sight on the swim exit, so I just pushed towards it solo.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 01m 7s

The wetsuit strippers were great!

Transition went really well. I felt like I must have been forgetting something because I didn't really have anything to do other than put my helmet and sunglasses on, and toss my wetsuit, cap and goggles on the ground.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster?
  • 32m 59s
  • 10.5 miles
  • 19.10 mile/hr

I'm not entirely sure about the distance... It was advertised at 12, the last mile marker I saw was 10, and I started my Timex GPS around mile 3.

It took FOREVER to get up to speed. My quads were sore. I had been mountain biking the day before, and adjusting my bike fit all week. Not exactly setting myself up for success, but I wasn't too concerned about performance in this race. I probably averaged under 18mph for the first three miles, and over 20 for the last 7...

I passed a few people but I think they were all doing the Olympic. The wind picked up a little beacause a small rainshower rolled through - luckily I was off the bike by the time the rain hit.
What would you do differently?:

Jorge's winter cycling plan will help me this winter :) I know I'm a weak biker, so I just need to work on getting better.
Transition 2
  • 00m 42s

So, I thought I forgot my sockless running shoes, so I grabbed my Brooks from the car. Turns out, I had them the whole time!

Spent a little extra time putting socks on with my Brooks, because I really didn't want blisters - I'd rather lose a few seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Not think that my shoes weren't in my bag, when they were?
  • 24m 17s
  • 3 miles
  • 08m 05s  min/mile

Just keep moving fast.

Legs were a bit fatigued - maybe from that Half Iron 2 weeks ago? - so I just told myself I could suffer through anything for under 30 minutes.

My pace was totally erratic. I settled down a bit when I realized I couldn't see women ahead of me or behind me. My finishing position was fairly set, so slowing down or speeding up wouldn't really matter too much.

The volunteers on this course were amazing.It rained a bit during the run, and it was VERY welcome and refreshing!

As I ran towards the finish line, Patrick told me I was the second woman to finish!
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a lot, tore down my transition spot, hungout for the awards ceremony...


The woman that beat me? Heather Gollnick. Yes, that one. The 5x Ironman winner AND the Triathlon director at Club Med. She beat me by TEN minutes. In a sprint. Holy cow!

At the awards ceremony, she gave me her first place plaque, and gave my second place one to the third place woman.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being out late at a charity casino night the night before? Mountain biking the day before?

Event comments:

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this place. They do an excellent job putting on a small tri. Transition area is astroturf. Breakfast is included - REAL breakfast - with the race fee. Volunteers / Club Med staff are super awesome.

If you're ever in the area, do a tri here.

Last updated: 2011-08-09 12:00 AM
00:07:51 | 437 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 4/106
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Vortex Wetsuit
Course: Two sided triangle, from the beach to the marina.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:07
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:32:59 | 10.5 miles | 19.10 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 35/106
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: A loop with a few out and back sections. Open to traffic, but traffic was minimal.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:42
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:24:17 | 03 miles | 08m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 24/106
Performance: Good
Course: Loop through the golf course, mostly on the cart paths.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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

2011-11-07 8:18 AM

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Subject: Club Med Sprint Triathlon - Race #6

2011-11-07 9:49 AM
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Subject: RE: Club Med Sprint Triathlon - Race #6
Great job on 2nd overall woman finish! 
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