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Knoxville, Tennessee
United States
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76F / 24C
Total Time = 36m 42s
Overall Rank = 3/174
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 2/9
Pre-race routine:

The normal. Get up, get food, get ready, head out the door.

This is my tri anniversary! My first race was the West Side Y in 2009!
Event warmup:

Been beating the legs up pretty significantly the last week, so I had a long warmup to try to get everything running properly. 1 lap on the bike and then 3/4 of the run course at increasing intensity. Then it was in the pool to get the arms loosened up.
  • 03m 5s
  • 200 yards
  • 01m 32s / 100 yards

Not my best swim, but considering I've been putting in a fairly lax amount of time in the pool the last bit it was fine. Lined up perfectly and had actual 0 contact the entire time.

9 seconds slower than last year unfortunately
What would you do differently?:

Seemed pretty ideal for the fitness I've got currently.
Transition 1
  • 01m 8s

Gravel path down from the pool to the parking lot. Fortunately I've been practicing my glass walking lately, so I was putting some speed down getting to the bike, feet be D@mned. Once I got to transition I had a brain fart on how to get my helmet on and it nearly slipped off my noggin. Otherwise pretty fast.

:16 faster than last year
What would you do differently?:

Need to work on my flying mount, but otherwise it was pretty good.
  • 18m 7s
  • 7.46 miles
  • 24.46 mile/hr

Legs came back to bite me on this. I was just feeling a bit "worn down" which makes sense considering my training the last week or two.

On my CAAD road bike with clip on's. On this course I'm a little more comfortable riding it than I am my tri bike due to having to ride with "questionable" cyclists on the second lap. It ended up costing me a little time, but I was happy overall with my freshness and my equipment being what they were.

:22 slower than last year
What would you do differently?:

Be a little fresher. Maybe ride my TT bike and not fret the other riders :)
Transition 2
  • 00m 29s

As I was coming in two cyclists had kinda wrecked into each other coming out, so I had to do some evasive maneuvers and it probably cost me a second or two.

Overall was a good T2 though.

:14 faster than last year
What would you do differently?:

Run faster :)
  • 13m 54s
  • 2.48 miles
  • 05m 20s  min/mile

*Vanity Measured!! I wasn't running 5:32min/miles regardless of what the autocalc says.

Had a fairly good run. Legs still felt pretty beat, but turnover was ok. Just held on and did what I could.

:21 faster than last year
What would you do differently?:

Run more :) Be less tired.
Post race
Warm down:

Got something to drink, hung out with the family a bit, congratulated Alan (the winner) for not breaking but smashing the course record in a 32:49(!!!) and to my buddy Joe for his successful return to racing (beating me by about 40") I hate getting beat but am glad it was by two great fellas.

Next year.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training, not doing a whole lot of speed work for shorter course stuff.

Event comments:

I guess I'm biased, but I really like this race. Great place to celebrate my entry into triathlon :)

Last updated: 2013-07-06 12:00 AM
00:03:05 | 200 yards | 01m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/9
Overall: 14/174
Performance: Good
Course: 25m snake pool
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:08
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:18:07 | 07.46 miles | 24.46 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/9
Overall: 2/174
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Through a neighborhood. Lots of twists and turns, steep climbs and long downhills (many of them into turns) a pretty challenging course considering the length really. Being that it's two laps things get a bit tricky on the second lap when you add way more bikers to the course
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 76
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:29
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:13:54 | 02.48 miles | 05m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/9
Overall: 7/174
Performance: Average
Course: A "P" shaped course. Uphill at the beginning and the end, otherwise flat and fairly shaded. Fast course
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4

2013-07-07 6:31 AM

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Subject: Westside Y Tri

2013-07-07 8:30 AM
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Subject: RE: Westside Y Tri
Congrats Chris, nice race! The mix of cyclists combined with the damp roads and twists and turns of this bike course made for an exciting bike leg. Looking at several of the bike splits, lots of people were slightly slower than last year.
2013-07-07 8:42 AM
in reply to: lloydjones20

Subject: RE: Westside Y Tri
Good Job Chris! I was thinking the run was more like two miles. Prefect weather for a race though!
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