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2012-06-13 2:34 PM


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Subject: Sprint into the finish

How many sprint into the finish of the run?  I've only done one tri and didn't see too many people sprinting in.  During my run I stayed behind someone for most of the run and then in the final 1/10 mi as I started sprinting past him he decided to give it a go with me.  It was a fun way to end the race.  



2012-06-13 2:48 PM
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Subject: RE: Sprint into the finish
If there is someone that I can pick off heading into the last bit of the run I will, or if someone is close behind me and is trying to beat me I will.  It is a race after all, right?  If there is no one in front or behind I will pick it up, but not necessarily sprint.  
2012-06-13 2:49 PM
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Subject: RE: Sprint into the finish
Of course I do. If I can knock down a few kids or old ladies...even better.:DSeriously, I do though...except for IM races. That last stretch through the crowds is to awesome to not savor it. (Unless there is someone in my AG right near me). :D
2012-06-13 2:57 PM
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2012-06-13 2:58 PM
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Subject: RE: Sprint into the finish

I did for one this year just because another guy was close ahead of me. He picked it up so I did too. As I came along side he went full sprint, so I did too. We weren't even in the same age group. He beat me by 1/2 a step. It was a fun way to finish and we high fived after crossing the line and said "good job" etc.

At my most recent race there was no one else close. I picked up the pace for the finish, but nowhere near a sprint.

2012-06-13 3:01 PM
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I did in my last sprint... although I don't know if it was an all out sprint. At the time in my head it was.

Good thing I did because evidently there was someone in my AG right behind me who ended up finishing 8 seconds after me. I could have lost 3rd place in my AG right there. I didn't even know she was there.



2012-06-13 7:48 PM
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Subject: RE: Sprint into the finish

It certainly feels like a sprint Smile

You inspired me to check out the Garmin data from my last tri. The recorded pace erratic, but the heart rate chart shows the increase in effort.

http://connect.garmin.com/activity/173138144

2012-06-13 9:03 PM
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It's the cheering crowd that gives the added want-to and you can't help but to empty the tank!
2012-06-13 9:38 PM
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Subject: RE: Sprint into the finish

As my high-school cross country coach preached, he didn't want to see anyone sprinting to the finish.  His point being that if the race was paced correctly, we would be on empty by the time we hit the line.

So that being drilled into me, I typically go harder than I should during the race and then struggle to maintain, sometimes resulting in epic blow-ups and sometimes hanging on.  I would definately say that I don't have a sprint finish so if someone is close to me as we get close to the line, they will pass.  That doesn't mean that I won't push the final 1/2 mile or final 1/4 mile with what I have left but my pace doesn't pick up by more than 1min per mile for the last 100 or so yards.

2012-06-13 9:39 PM
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Subject: RE: Sprint into the finish
In my most recent race, I chatted with a young guy (~20 years old--I am F 40)on the pool deck before we swam.  It was his first tri.  I caught up to him on the run.  We chatted a bit as we ran, I asked him if he was enjoying the race.  He stopped to walk through a water station, and I pulled ahead of him.  I heard him behind me down the last hill.  About 100m from the finish, he comes up beside me and says "sprint to the finish?"  So I say sure :-) and take off.  He passes me in about 3 steps.  I finished, way behind, but still sprinting, with a HUGE smile on my face, laughing the whole way.  It was a great way to finish.
2012-06-13 9:42 PM
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Subject: RE: Sprint into the finish
You have to remember that, especially for overall placing, you're racing against people you don't see. I nearly blew it this past weekend, as I didn't 'sprint' to the finish. I won the overall tri, but only by 3 seconds to someone from a wave behind me. It was a good reminder that you always need to give it 100% to the line, regardless if anyone is there to 'race' you.


2012-06-13 9:49 PM
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I do.Every race is a race against my last time. So I'm trying to beat that. I try to leave it all on the race track.
2012-06-13 9:58 PM
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If I can see the finish line it is my goal to have nothing left when I cross it. 
2012-06-14 2:02 AM
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I do, but if it's significantly faster than my overall pace, then I didn't pace well. Sometimes though I will push beyond pain and suffering if I'm within seconds of keeping under a time. That particular "kick" is faster, but much more Hunchback of Notre Dame/Hunger Games kind of striding than any kind of strong finishing stride.

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2012-06-14 4:24 AM
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Subject: RE: Sprint into the finish
I try to use up whatever I have left the last mile of a sprint... when you see the finish chute, it's much easier to leave that little extra on the course.

If you can sprint (and I mean literary sprint, not just pick up the pace) across the finish line, then you could've gone harder during the race. Pacing is very difficult and it does take a few years of racing to really get it down.
2012-06-14 6:44 AM
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Yes of course! I sprinted to the finish last saturday and when the results were in I had gotten third place in my ag by only nine seconds. So yeah I will always sprint and give it my all at the end.


2012-06-14 7:03 AM
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Always, was on track in JR and HS and sprinting at the end was drilled into my head... the finish line is 10' past the finish, leave it on the track. So, with whatever I can muster at the end of a race I will pump it into my poor tired legs Wink
2012-06-14 7:16 AM
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looks better if you sprint across the finish IMO, even if you have no chance of placing, you look like a badass when you finish (finishing pictures look better too!)
2012-06-14 7:25 AM
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In my last race (Oly distance) there were two guys just in front of me a bit before the end and I gave a little surge to get past them and then put on the afterburners and both took off--I didn't have anything left to stay with their speed BUT it was fun to watch them really battle across the line in full out sprint mode---the crowd loved it too!! 
2012-06-14 7:34 AM
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If there's still some gas in the tank I definately give it a go, if not OH well.
2012-06-14 8:38 AM
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Subject: RE: Sprint into the finish

For me the thought of sprinting (or kick) to the finish is pretty irrelevant.  If its a 5/10K road race or a sprint/oly tri, I'm pretty much going all out anyway so there really is no "sprint".  In longer races I try to pace myself such that the last few miles are gradually ramp'ed up anyway so that by the last 1000K or so I'm already at my max output, so again no real "sprint" at the end.  

For me, If I'm running (arbitrary numbers) my last mile at 7:00 pace, and I'm able to "sprint" the last 100 meters are 6:30 pace then I didn't pace my race too well.



2012-06-14 11:04 AM
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I give it everything that I have over the last 1/2 mile in every race.  
2012-06-14 11:11 AM
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Mc Q - 2012-06-13 9:38 PM

As my high-school cross country coach preached, he didn't want to see anyone sprinting to the finish.  His point being that if the race was paced correctly, we would be on empty by the time we hit the line.

So that being drilled into me, I typically go harder than I should during the race and then struggle to maintain, sometimes resulting in epic blow-ups and sometimes hanging on.  I would definately say that I don't have a sprint finish so if someone is close to me as we get close to the line, they will pass.  That doesn't mean that I won't push the final 1/2 mile or final 1/4 mile with what I have left but my pace doesn't pick up by more than 1min per mile for the last 100 or so yards.

This is me.  I can't imagine anything close to a true sprint at the end of any race.  Pick it up and make sure you've left it all out there, sure, but that shouldn't really amount to much more than a moderate increase as you're coming down the chute.  I think if you can muster anything more than that, you maybe should have hit it harder earlier on.

2012-06-14 11:34 AM
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Subject: RE: Sprint into the finish

I don't...  In general, I'm at my limit when I'm getting to the end and can't push any more.  I have been passed a couple times and just say, well, they either wanted it more, or had just a little extra in the tank.

I always ask my self that last 1/4 mile, "can I go faster?", and usually, the answer is no.

As for IM distances.  I'm even slower.  My last one, I stopped to a walk for the last 100 yards to soak it in!  Getting 12:20 instead of 12:21 to by blury-eyed straining to cross a finish line instead of savoring the cheers, the crowd, my name getting called?  60 seconds is a small price to pay for that.

ETA: BUT, the story my change if I was at 11:59.  I may sprint to break the 12 hr mark.



Edited by Kido 2012-06-14 11:35 AM
2012-06-14 11:42 AM
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Subject: RE: Sprint into the finish

In a sprint or OLY sure I probably might pick it up a bit.  Get those few seconds if you can...  but longer races not so much.  In fact I just posted this in the IMCdA group... Sorta fits here...

 

I did CdA last year as my first IM and loved it.  I have been lurking in the forum this year and just wanted to stop in to wish you all the best of luck.

I also wanted to give a little advice.  When I turned down Sherman avenue it was one the the best feelings of the day.  It was just starting to get dark and the lights were like a landing strip leading you to the glowing finish at the end of the road (what is that about a 1/4 mile maybe?)  The crowds were cheering us all on.  I had a big gap between me and the racer in front and behind me so I was essentially racing alone.

That pumps you up BIG time.  So I started running faster.  And faster, and faster.  By the time I crossed the line I was almost at a full sprint.

Don't do this (unless of course you are trying to PR or go for a Kona slot)!  I got so caught up in the moment I almost missed my name being called and the "you are an Ironman" announcement.

I did not see my wife and family in the crowds until after I had crossed the line.  I did not get to make eye contact with the people cheering me on.  I did not SAVOR the moment.

Take time to enjoy it.  After 14 hours of suffering an extra 1 min would not have made any difference to my time.  But it would have made a HUGE difference to how I remember the event.

I loved my experience there and had a great day and was a highlight of my tri career to date.  But if I had to do it all over I would have taken more time to enjoy and soak in that last 1/4 mile. 

Good luck everyone.  Have a great race!

 



Edited by TriRSquared 2012-06-14 11:43 AM
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