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Caesar Creek Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Waynesville, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
Total Time = 1h 21m
Overall Rank = 48/175
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 6/16
Pre-race routine:

In September 2010 I finished the iron distance REV 3 in 12:47:31. In 2011 I had my first kid and my second came along in 2012. Suddenly having less time to train on my hands I switched my focus to running. In fact, after riding my bike for over 2500 miles in 2010 I biked about 40 miles in 2012 and exactly 0 miles in 2013. My swimming training was only slightly better.... just about 7000 yards in the pool this year.

So I'm really not sure why I signed up for this race. In fact I almost skipped out on it when I realized it might interfere with my running training. After my disappointing time in the Air Force Marathon last year I have been extremely focused on sticking to my training plan for 2013. After talking with my wife, who made the great suggestion of just doing this race for fun, I decided what the hell and decided to show up and race.
Event warmup:

The day before I did the 14 mile run on the training schedule. Best idea ever right?
  • 15m 41s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 05s / 100 meters

That's about what I expected with the very limited amount of swim training I've done. But the swim went well all things considered. I didn't take too much damage from other swimmers, I think I sighted fairly well, and since it was a sprint, I was out of the water before my lack of swim training hurt me or E. Coli was able to colonize my body.
What would you do differently?:

I might have thrown on the wetsuit as it was wetsuit legal, but the time saved probably would have been eaten up on T1 anyways.
Transition 1
  • 01m 9s

I continue to be a transition monster. If there was a 100 yard dash race while wearing bike shoes I would beat Usain Bolt.
What would you do differently?:

Obviously stop being a tightwad and spring for a tri top so I don't have to put on a shirt. But I've been saying the same thing for 7 years now. I just don't like wearing shirts when I swim okay? Deal with it.
  • 40m 4s
  • 12.42 miles
  • 18.32 mile/hr

So yea that went better than I expected. When I finished that 112 mile ride during the IM in 2010 I remember thinking as I tossed my bike to the catcher, "I am never getting on that thing again". And I pretty much haven't. At all. The day before the race my bike was still upstairs sitting on the trainer. Both tires were flat and it was covered in cobwebs. I actually took it out just to make sure I still knew how to clip in and out.

But once I hoped on, it was like 2010 again. It probably helped that the course started with a really long gradual downhill, but I felt fast the whole loop. I normally get passed like crazy during the bike but I actually hung in there and passed a bunch of people.

This is actually the first sprint distance I've done in maybe 5 or 6 years and it was so nice to be done with the bike portion so quickly.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing at all. This couldn't have gone any better than it did with my complete and utter lack of any sort of bike training.
Transition 2
  • 01m 9s

Everything was fine until I got off the bike. Then WOW! My groin muscles were on fire! It was crazy! They were like, "What in the hell was that? I thought you told us you were done with that infernal machine?"
What would you do differently?:

Run faster out of transition. Legs would not work.
  • 22m 56s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 13s  min/mile

The first 1/10 of a mile was a bit slow because of the groin thing but once they warmed up I was good to go. I was worried yesterday's 14 miler would bring the suffering but nope....I put the pedal down and went. I hardly ever run without a Garmin but since I was trying to keep my expectations low I just went by perceived effort. I felt great the whole run and passed lots of folks and only got passed once by a woman who looked suspiciously like Chrissie Wellington.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Great run. Marathon training paying dividends already. In 2012 I ran 544 miles. Already at 587 this year. I'm coming Air Force Marathon. And hell's coming with me.
Post race
Warm down:

I received my finisher's medal and immediately realized why the t-shirts were so crappy compared to year's past. I proceeded to try and choke to death on a piece of watermelon. What a way to go. "Triathlete survives E. Coli, Route 73, and hotter than Hades run, dies while attempting to eat his weight in watermelon post-race". A cautionary tale for the ages.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

That whole not biking in 10 months thing.

Event comments:

I have to hand it to HFP. I had almost given up on them but this was much improved from the last race I did with them in 2009. I appreciated that the prayer service wasn't done over the PA as in years past. I also was glad the timing seemed to work.

Last updated: 2013-05-30 12:00 AM
00:15:41 | 750 meters | 02m 05s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 96/175
Performance: Good
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:09
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:40:04 | 12.42 miles | 18.32 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 67/175
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:09
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:22:56 | 03.1 miles | 07m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 23/175
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-07-15 3:12 PM

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Subject: Caesar Creek Sprint Triathlon

2013-07-15 3:23 PM
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Subject: RE: Caesar Creek Sprint Triathlon
Nicely done!  Holy crap that's a solid run in that heat.  Kudos!!
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At mile ten I heard a noise like I had gotten paper in my spokes or something. I looked but saw nothing but a few seconds later my rear tire blows out.
date : June 3, 2009
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Are these races too close together to give me any sort of recovery? Will I be spent and unhappy racing back to back weekends and then again two weeks after that?
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When I told my husband that I planned to work toward completing a sprint triathlon, he smiled and was supportive, but a bit disbelieving.
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The challenge? The accomplishment? I want to do this because it is an opportunity to live life. The event is an indoor sprint triathlon. I get to experience the challenge on a safer scale.
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This plan is designed to make you go faster. 3 workouts per week in each sport, 2 days of strength training and core work. The maximum volume is around 10 hours toward the end of the 12 weeks.
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Since your “A” race is your marathon, which you stated in your question, this should be your main focus. I encourage you to taper a bit for the sprint distance triathlon.
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Since I didn't have much time and since it's a super sprint, am I OK just go to at the training relatively hard through Thursday or even Friday?
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Couch-to-sprint triathlon training programs to get you over the finish-line of your first triathlon.