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Litchfield Triathlou Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Litchfield, Illinois
United States
RaceMaker Productions
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 26m 12s
Overall Rank = 60/120
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 11/13
Pre-race routine:

Event warmup:

stretching, wading to get comfortable w/ water temp, stretching
  • 11m 51s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 41s / 100 yards

There was one large wave of all male sprint & male team racers - much bumping. The water was somewhat cold. The combination of cold and being bumped made me lose focus on breathing, had to breast stroke and back stroke for a while before turning at first bouy. After the field spread out I returned to normal freestyle w/o any more problems other than foggy goggles. Even used anti-fog which was no help.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe a wet suit to help w/ chilly water. Buy a better anti-fog product. Nothing really to be done regarding the mob swim.
Transition 1
  • 03m 17s

A long way from the water to transition ... up hill ... up steps. I can only jog slow in barefeet due to ankle issue and no ankle support. So it is what it is. Took a while to get off enough sand to wear shoes comfortably.
What would you do differently?:

  • 44m 27s
  • 13 miles
  • 17.55 mile/hr

Flat course most of the way with more wind resistance coming back in. For being relatively new with biking I was pleased with my pace and with shifting.
What would you do differently?:

Keep riding and training to improve bike pace.
Transition 2
  • 01m 5s

Only had to remove helmet and shades after racking bike - already in running shoes. Took a little extra time to take several good swigs from water bottle.
What would you do differently?:

  • 25m 30s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 12s  min/mile

Nice and easy going out while getting rid of the bike legs, going down steps, and going up small hill. Picked up the pace after that and passed a few and was passed by a few. At about 2/3 of the way through my knee (meniscus tear) started to throb so I slowed it down for about 30 seconds and was able to resume faster pace. No more pain toward the finish so I pushed up the "heartbreak hill" pretty well.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Walked around with a little stretch here and there. After mostly recovered I cashed in my race bib coupon for a free beer. Nothing like a cold one at 9:00am.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Orthopedic Issues

Event comments:

Noticed a few times where volunteers were not paying attention and missed directing racers. Happened to me once and saw it happen to others. Otherwise they had enough volunteer help and overall did a good job. After race activities were fun - good social group of racers. Plenty of snacks on hand. The hoodie and the beer glass were nice gifts for racing.

Last updated: 2012-09-11 12:00 AM
00:11:51 | 440 yards | 02m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/13
Overall: 64/120
Performance: Below average
Suit: tri shorts
Course: rectangle
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:17
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:44:27 | 13 miles | 17.55 mile/hr
Age Group: 11/13
Overall: 53/120
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Rural roads, almost no traffic. Out 6.5 & return same route.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:05
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:25:30 | 03.11 miles | 08m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/13
Overall: 53/120
Performance: Good
Course: 5K on park roads out half and return same route with variation at the end with a hard hill at the end.
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? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-09-17 12:15 PM

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Canton, Illinois
Subject: Litchfield Triathlou Sprint Triathlon

2012-09-17 2:28 PM
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2012-09-17 5:29 PM
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St. Louis
Subject: RE: Litchfield Triathlou Sprint Triathlon
Good job.  I was there too.  It was my first OWS.  Definitely crowded before that first buoy.  I was able to fight my way out of it to take 3rd in my age group in the swim.  Too bad my bike\run were not all that good. 
2012-09-18 8:17 AM
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Canton, Illinois
Subject: RE: Litchfield Triathlou Sprint Triathlon
Thanks and the same to you .... 4th overall in the olympic race (awesome).  This was my second sprint and did a mini inbetween the two.  Tri's are a ton of fun so I'm going to try and train hard this winter and hopefully get a little better each race next year.  I hate the cold so I'm pretty much shutting down the outdoor training (70's are cold to me). 
2012-09-18 11:22 AM
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