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Charleston, South Carolina
United States
Charleston Triathlon Club
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 26m 19s
Overall Rank = 58/105
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 6/13
Pre-race routine:

Awake before the alarm went off. Showered and dressed, had coffee and a pb&j for breakfast. Loaded the bike and drove to the county park. I picked out a rack spot that was close to my last spot and happened to be in the same row as a few people who I knew. Talked a bit, walked around and tried to get mentally prepared.
Event warmup:

None. I might need to start doing at least a swim warm-up! I think I could have used that.
  • 14m 39s
  • 600 yards
  • 02m 26s / 100 yards

I spent the first leg getting warmed up. Second leg was fine, third felt ok, but I felt a little wheezy for some reason. Just some chest pressure and the feeling that I wasn't getting a full breath. Interesting, just took note of it and went on.

Before my wave started, someone from the blue caps was brought back to shore. This was in my head a little bit when I felt the tight chest - I am sure that under more difficult circumstances that could lead to some trouble, at least mentally.
What would you do differently?:

I think I need to do a swim warm-up. It might help me not feel so stiff in the first leg.
Transition 1
  • 02m 15s

Ran to transition. Did not drink anything, just got going.
  • 39m 59s
  • 12 miles
  • 18.01 mile/hr

Jumped on my bike and realized that my seat was way low. Dag-nabbit, why didn't I check that?? Once again, my computer was on the wrong setting and I didn't want to fool with it.

Breathing hard in the first couple of miles, then again from about mile 8 onward. I think I worked a lot harder on this bike segment. I passed more confidently. I was passed, also, but I feel like I was in the right ballpark in terms of speed.

Did not use new aerobars. New seat felt a tad narrow.
What would you do differently?:

Check seat height. Duh!

I absolutely need to bike more.
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s

Drank a few times before heading out.
  • 28m 13s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 04s  min/mile

I felt good for this segment, especially for the first mile. I was passed right away (in the first mile) by a couple of ladies in my AG who ran 2nd and 3rd fastest run times. I could not have kept up with them, but having been ahead of them up until then was at least nice.
Still, all went well, I worked hard and really gave a good effort esp. in the last half mile. My time was ok for this course.
What would you do differently?:

Keep working on run fitness. I am definitely seeing some improvement!
Post race
Warm down:

Met up with my husband and kids, had some gatorade and collected my stuff. I decided to skip the awards ceremony.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swim form, bike practice and run fitness

Event comments:

I really enjoy this series. Great people, well organized and a nice setting.

As for my time, I am really pleased with this race! I felt that it had been a good effort and maybe faster than my last PR (1:29:35). When the times were put up, I was really happy with the overall result, especially bike. Swim, gosh, I have lots of room for improvement there.

Last updated: 2012-05-01 12:00 AM
00:14:39 | 600 yards | 02m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/13
Overall: 66/105
Performance: Average
Suit: no
Course: Rectangular
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:15
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:39:59 | 12 miles | 18.01 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/13
Overall: 49/105
Performance: Good
Course: Loop through the park then out to Folly Rd. and back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:12
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:28:13 | 03.11 miles | 09m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/13
Overall: 55/105
Performance: Good
Course: Two laps through the park
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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

2012-06-17 3:23 PM

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