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Charleston, South Carolina
United States
Charleston Triathlon Club
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 17m 42s
Overall Rank = 86/164
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 10/19
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 0415 had breakfast and a cup of tea. I woke up earlier than needed since the wife was out of town and I didn't have to get her moving as well as Slammer together. Already had everything but bike and water bottles in the car so I could go. Took out the bike to rack it and got rained on... OK wasn't expecting that one, checked the weather and Tropical Storm warning for the area. Grabbed a jacket

I'd be lying if I said I didn't think about just going back to bed, but I figured that the race field might be smaller due to the rain and the Manatees would be after me. Made it out to the Park by 0600 and got all set up. First come first serve on the transition area racks, I know where to try to grab next time as I ended up on the wrong side of the rack for quick entry/exits. Even with rain and cooler temps it was a great atmosphere.
Event warmup:

Walked around to keep warm, some light stretching.
  • 09m 3s
  • 600 yards
  • 01m 31s / 100 yards

I'm not trying to sound cocky but I knew I would have one of the faster swim times of my age group from looking at past results. Knowing that I got up front at the start so all I had was open pond ahead of me. When the air horn went off so did I. I could tell that I was jumping ahead of most of my AG right off the bat, now the trick was going to be to keep it up and stay on target. Rounding the first bouy I was already passing the wave ahead of me and was the only one in my AG when I saw a guy to my right, I breathe left almost always. We were neck and neck there and into rounding the second bouy. Then he showed he was more fish than I and shot ahead, I tried to draft him as much as possible. Rest of the swim was uneventful he finished about 30 sec ahead of me so good on him, he also won the AG.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, good swim.
Transition 1
  • 03m 12s

SLOW!! I need to get better at streamlining my transitions. The suit didn't get stuck but I didn't prep my shoes so had to un-velcro the straps and get the 910 on the watch mount, just wasn't smooth. Maybe if I actually practiced transitions once in a while...
What would you do differently?:

Tri top might be a good idea. Need to learn the whole flying mount with shoes already clipped in, I have the handling skills, that is how we always mount/dismount bike at work.
  • 37m 5s
  • 12 miles
  • 19.42 mile/hr

Windy, strong winds 19+ sustained and gusts higher. Felt like almost always a cross or head wind. My plan had been to hammer the bike with a hoped for speed of 21+ and hope I had something left for the run but with only one real tailwind area, which I flew through, it was harder going than I expected. I just stayed in the drops when possible and kept spinning my way through it. Looking at my HR and cadence though not sure how much higher I could have gone.

I'm not the only one looking at the times, no one cracked an hour for total race time. That and the wet roads made me a bit more cautios than I would otherwise be, I don't ride in bad weather I get enough of that at work. I'll jump on the trainer or go swim instead so inexperience came into play.
What would you do differently?:

Figure out where the wind is coming from pre-race, I could have used it to my advantage if I had figured out exactly where it was coming from before the turn around where I discovered where it was coming from...
Transition 2
  • 01m 23s

I need to practice transitions, not even sure where the 1:23 came from. I ran in, racked the bike helmet was off while running grab race belt switch shoes and went. Confused.
What would you do differently?:

get my shoes off before dismount line and put race belt on while running out of transition area.
  • 27m 1s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 41s  min/mile

I am super stoked about my run time, I know a 27 min 5k isn't breaking the sound barrier but it really shows, me at least, how much I have improved. This time last year was my first triathlon, also a sprint and my 5k time was over three minutes slower and I had to walk on several occasions. So I am improving and I think a podium at this race series might be possible in the future like 2013, I'd need to knock 9-10 min off total time so not out of the question I think.

The course was 2 loops of the park and with the morning rain and cooler temps it was a great time to be running. I left the park with one other person who basically sprinted out. I said nay nay I will take it easy- I have a plan good sir! I had the virtual partner set to 9:30 min/mile and that was my goal time, also not to walk the run. First mile popped up at 8:36 I thought ok I can DO this! Mile 2 at 9:12 and I was still feeling good. Kept going just kept going, if I started to feel tired and wanted to walk I would just slow my pace but keep running/jogging. I did walk the aid stations just to get the water into me and a quick breather. Came around the last turn and tried to keep the pace up high and finish strong.
What would you do differently?:

More running, since I have really only been running again since late April after the HM in January I am happy that I had an improvement in my run time and a PR on my race so more morning runs with Slammer.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked had a banana grabed my stuff and came home to see the pup.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Run training, I need more of it.

Event comments:

Had a blast will be back in July for the warm weather race...

Last updated: 2012-04-12 12:00 AM
00:09:03 | 600 yards | 01m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/19
Overall: 10/164
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Vortex wetsuit
Course: Clockwise loop around the dog pond.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:12
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:37:05 | 12 miles | 19.42 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/19
Overall: 71/164
Performance: Average
Max HR: 180 Avg HR: 172
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Out and back course on open roads
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 79
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:23
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:27:01 | 03.11 miles | 08m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 17/19
Overall: 126/164
Performance: Good
Mile 1: 8:36 Mile 2: 9:12 Mile 3: 8:40
Course: 2 loops within the park
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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

2012-05-20 3:48 PM

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Coastal Carolina
Subject: CSTS Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series - Race #1

2012-05-21 8:42 AM
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Great job and great improvement over last year!

Were you wearing a BT tri top, by any chance? I saw someone wearing one, standing across from us during the awards and I thought - when the awards are done, I need to go over there and say hi. Unfortunately, my short-term memory sucks, because by the time the awards had finished, I completely forgot to go find him. Next time!

2012-05-21 10:16 AM
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Rio Rancho, NM
Subject: RE: CSTS Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series - Race #1

Great report and great race!  Nice job.  I feel ya on the transitions.  I wondered on my last race why the time seemed long when it felt more smooth and fast.

Congrats! We'll be expecting that podium next year...

2012-05-21 10:32 AM
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Melon Presser
Subject: RE: CSTS Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series - Race #1

Yes, we woulda been after you if you missed this race--and look how STELLAR you were!!!

That is a SMOKIN' FAST swim time ... you are nipping at my flippers there, sir.

I'm going to ignore the fact that you were clearly munching on seaweed in T1

Killer bike with the winds ... and super, super improvement on the run, especially with less than optimal run training.

Manatee Pride.

2012-05-21 11:13 AM
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Wow, you are a really fast swimmer!  You're not too bad on the bike and in the run either   Great job.
2012-05-21 12:27 PM
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Raleigh, NC area
Subject: RE: CSTS Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series - Race #1
Nice race and nice race report!   Thanks for sharing!

2012-05-21 12:55 PM
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Holy **** Kirk! That swim time! That is amazing! 

This is very impressive. The whole thing. Imagine the possibilities when you throw in some run training!

OK, we do need to talk about the T1 time though. Your stripping skills need some work Wink

2012-05-21 1:05 PM
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Great job, Kirk! Must have been a great feeling to be one of the 'fast kids' on the swim!  And you threw down a great bike, too.  Congrats on your running gains as well.  Super manatee!
2012-05-21 1:19 PM
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Englewood, Florida
Subject: RE: CSTS Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series - Race #1
Kirk, you are the man. Great swim, what are you, part fish?!?! And a great overall race as well.
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