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Charleston, South Carolina
United States
Charleston Triathlon Club
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 21m 50s
Overall Rank = 124/180
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 16/19
Pre-race routine:

Morning Smoothie and a cup of Earl Grey
Event warmup:

Light Stretches. Arrived at 0615 for a 0600 opening since I still had to pick up my packet and it was already busy. A couple of news crews were in the area, I figured slow news weekend, nope Jimmi Johnson and Kasey Kahne of NASCAR fame had decided to do the race! Got my stuff situated a bit closer to the entry/exit this time as well
  • 10m 24s
  • 600 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

Hot water! Try not to think it's the dog pond even if there are already dogs out there, I was sure they were going to swim over to people and see what we crazy humans were doing out there... Glad I didn't try to wear my wetsuit although I saw a few in them. Good swim Overall mediocre on the sighting twice I caught myself a little more off course than I'd prefer.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing much, happy with the swim for the most part
Transition 1
  • 02m 31s

I wanted to work on my transition times this race and am happy about where I ended up but still room to improve.
What would you do differently?:

No socks would be nice and flying dismount. No shirt next time.
  • 35m 55s
  • 12 miles
  • 20.05 mile/hr

Improved over the last race but I think I could have done better. I had my virtual racer set at 20.5 mph and I'm gonna beat that little guy one of these days... I was nice and smooth on the cadence felt good if a bit easier than I'd want, I need to find that new level of pain. Bad on the drinking though especially when I ran into a former co-worker who works for a different department now on Folly rd chated with him for awhile, so yeah if I'm talking I need to be pushing harder and drinking better but haven't seen him in about a year and a half so it's cool.
What would you do differently?:

Stay in the game mentally and ride.
Transition 2
  • 01m 11s

Need to work at the shoe thing, I didn't do bad but I'm still on the slower side. Forgot my GU I wanted for the run going to safety pin it next time.
What would you do differently?:

Go Faster
  • 31m 52s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 15s  min/mile

I fell apart here as I kind of expected to. Kids- This is what happens when you stop training seriously for several weeks. Also not hydrating on the bike caught up to me. Alot of walk breaks the first mile and a half but I slammed a bunch of water and was able to finish strong. Only calling it below average because I was able to get my butt in gear eventually.
What would you do differently?:

Train consistently
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around had a pepsi and a banana.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of consistent training. Regular input from me just need to train consistently.

Event comments:

A great run race with plenty of volunteers and cops blocking roads correctly definitely a good atmosphere.

Last updated: 2012-04-12 12:00 AM
00:10:24 | 600 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/19
Overall: 33/180
Performance: Good
Suit: Pearl Izumi Trishorts
Course: Rectangle around the Dog Pond
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:31
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
00:35:55 | 12 miles | 20.05 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/19
Overall: 94/180
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back open to traffic mostly shaded.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 88
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:11
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:31:52 | 03.11 miles | 10m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/19
Overall: 165/180
Performance: Below average
Course: 2 loops inside the park. Mostly shaded 3 water stations
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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

2012-07-09 4:31 PM

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Coastal Carolina
Subject: CSTS Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series - Race #3

2012-07-09 4:39 PM
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Subject: RE: CSTS Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series - Race #3

Very nice, Kirk! You are speedy! Even with a few holes in the training plan.

Kasey Kahne, eh? Washington represent!

2012-07-09 7:30 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
Subject: RE: CSTS Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series - Race #3

Nice job! I'm jealous that you got to race with Jimmie and Kasey. Huge NASCAR fan.


....and cue the Yanti comment about the shirtless comment

2012-07-10 2:02 PM
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Subject: RE: CSTS Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series - Race #3
Nice report, Kirk!  Glad you were able to finish strong and also didn't hurt yourself along the way.  The dog pond comments made me chuckle!  Very cool that you got to race with pros in a sprint, just not tri pros but NASCAR pros!  I knew JJ had gotten into tri but didn't know about Kasey.  Wonder who else they will get to drink the Kool Aid?!
2012-07-10 3:58 PM
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Melon Presser
Subject: RE: CSTS Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series - Race #3

Earl Grey and NASCAR.

You are just awesome.

AND ... sure, there are always things we can do differently and improve on (otherwise we'd be perfect!) but any improvement is awesome and that is a great bike split.

Whole race was really well done, especially with a trick knee.

2012-07-11 1:43 PM
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Raleigh, NC area
Subject: RE: CSTS Charleston Sprint Triathlon Series - Race #3
Nice race!  Super fast swim and bike -- and we all know that heat slows down most folks on the run.  Glad to see you out there!

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