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Stirling Aquathlon - Biathlon (swim/run)

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Stirling, Scotland
United Kingdom
Stirling Triathlon Club
9C / 48F
Total Time = 35m 48s
Overall Rank = 31/51
Age Group = Senior Male
Age Group Rank = 22/31
Pre-race routine:

Watched daughter number two in the kids race. She did well even if she doesn't think so herself.
Event warmup:

I did a couple of warm up laps in the pool and discovered my goggles left eye was leaking like mince. In my pre race enthusiasm I had cleaned my goggles which I suspect had removed all the stuborn stains that made a water tight seal. I had also tightened up my daughters goggles so much so that when she put them on, the strap snapped. As a result she now had my spare set. Her race was finished so with minutes to spare my wife retrieved them from her transition area for me.
  • 12m 20s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 38s / 100 meters

Initial part of the swim felt good. Caught the guy in front and was happy to take a bit of a tow. I felt very easy and could not quite decide whether to overtake this guy or not. Took the chicken option of sitting behind him but now wish I had gone past. By the end of each length I was so much ontop of this guy that I had to do a throw away turn every time.
What would you do differently?:

Definitely overtake. My swim time would probably have been only 10-20sec faster and I would have been a fair bit more knacked but I should have definitely overtaken.
Transition 1
  • 00m

Swam in my tri suit so T1 was pulling my shoes on and grabbing my race belt. This was like lightening compared to last years pulling a shirt on.
  • 23m 28s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 33s  min/mile

The course was very muddy, some parts were flooded. On the first circuit I had attempted to avoid the deep puddles but running on the squelchy sloping ground felt a bit precarious so eventually went for the what the hell approach and ran straight through every puddle. Shortly after T1 everyone roundabout me had scampered off out sight bar one guy that I tried, but failed to catch all the way round.
What would you do differently?:

Very happy with my run. The time is pretty good considering the ground conditions.
Post race
Warm down:

Just grabbed all my stuff and headed home for a shower rather than joining the back of the queue.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

It would be nice to be more in the middle of the pack. I was close to one of the slowest in my heat so as a result I didn't see many people during the run.

Event comments:

My time for this race is about 20sec faster than last year but sad to say probably all that time was made up in T1 where I didn't put a shirt on.

Last updated: 2006-03-27 12:00 AM
00:12:20 | 750 meters | 01m 38s / 100meters
Age Group: 18/31
Overall: 25/51
Performance: Bad
Course: Stirling uni pool
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Time:  00:00
Overall: Good
Removing cap, goggles and wetsuit:
Getting into shoes:
00:23:28 | 03.11 miles | 07m 33s  min/mile
Age Group: 22/31
Overall: 31/51
Performance: Good
Course: Two laps of the Uni loch.
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?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-03-27 3:22 AM

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Stirling, Scotland
Subject: Stirling Aquathlon

2006-03-27 9:23 AM
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Subject: RE: Stirling Aquathlon

Great race report.  Good job on solving all the google issues that came up!  The mudbath run sounded messy but fun. 

2006-03-28 12:33 PM
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Olathe, KS
Subject: RE: Stirling Aquathlon
Nice race Sir Pulch!  Great 5K time!!
2006-03-29 12:24 AM
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Subject: RE: Stirling Aquathlon
You showed improved times in both legs, you can't ask for much more than that!
Except pass people in the pool, which you're clearly capable of doing!!

Nice race.
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