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Meridian, Mississippi
United States
Sunfish Triathlon
77F / 25C
Total Time = 1h 17m 18s
Overall Rank = 19/325
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 1/31
Pre-race routine:

Drove up the day before. Picked up packet and drove the bike course Friday evening. The usual crappy sleep. Wonder when I will stop having butterflys before a race? 25+ triathlons and I'm still anxious before a race.
Event warmup:

Usual breakfast. Arrived early and there was plenty of parking near transition. Got set up then did a warm up run and swim. Gel 30 minutes pre race.
  • 10m 3s
  • 536 meters
  • 01m 53s / 100 meters

Pretty solid swim other than getting off couse a bit on the last leg to the exit. It was crowded through that section so got blocked some. Nice Lake and felt that I pushed a moderate/comfortable pace
What would you do differently?:

I was number 328 as the swim start went by order of registration. Made for a busy course. Started about 20+ minutes after the first racers hit the water.
Transition 1
  • 01m 14s

Struggled with swim skin so lost some time there
What would you do differently?:

Be more efficient. Probably 10-20 seconds slower than most of the top 25 racers
  • 44m 30s
  • 17 miles
  • 22.80 mile/hr

I really wanted to work on pacing and keeping watts/effort level consistent. Spun up the hills keeping watts in a tolerable range and tried to push the other sections. Ran out of gears on the last couple of downhills heading back to transition. Never felt like I was on the edge or pushing too hard. Definitely could have gone harder but wanted to focus on having a solid bike and run. AP230/NP240
What would you do differently?:

Could have gone harder on the bike but would that have hurt the run? Always tough to figure.
Transition 2
  • 00m 38s

Much better. Still felt like I didn't get it all perfect but I'll take it
  • 20m 55s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 06m 34s  min/mile

Felt pretty solid from the beginning so tried to go with a 6:40-45 pace. First 2 miles were right in that range and picked it up some for the last stretch. Felt strong throughout
What would you do differently?:

Might have been able to push harder earlier in the run but I really wanted to work on my pacing in this race with AG Nats next month...hoping to maintain these bike/run paces through olympic distance.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank some water/Powerade. Visted with friends and Team mates. Hung around for awards then drove 2.5 hours home. There was actually another guy in AG that won grandmasters so I bumped up to first in AG.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I didn't crush myself in this race. Really trying to build into last part of season.

Event comments:

Really well done race. My first time there and really enjoyed it. Slightly cooler morning than typical for this time of year probably helped.

Last updated: 2013-07-01 12:00 AM
00:10:03 | 536 meters | 01m 53s / 100meters
Age Group: 2/31
Overall: 28/325
Performance: Good
Suit: Kiwami swim skin
Course: Straight out from boat ramp. Right turn for a stretch parallel to shore. Another right turn to the exit
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:14
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:44:30 | 17 miles | 22.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/31
Overall: 18/325
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Out of the park and then on highway and rural roads. First 9-10 miles had some decent hills (for our area).
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 89
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:38
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:20:55 | 03.1 miles | 06m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/31
Overall: 23/325
Performance: Good
Course: Up from the Lake along the dam then down to park entrance; loop around lower lake and then back. Nice course
Keeping cool Good Drinking
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

2013-07-16 9:03 AM

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2013-07-16 1:19 PM
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Simsbury, Connecticut
Subject: RE: Sunfish Triathlon
Nice job.

I chuckled at your remark about 25+ tris and still get butterflies before each one as I'm sitting at my desk just thinking about my next tri (tonight after work) and I can't control the butterflies
2013-07-19 8:19 AM
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Sorry Randy - I missed that you were racing last weekend - I thought AG nationals was your next race. Great job as usual. Smart on the bike: that tight space between AP and NP will serve you well at the OLY distance. I am betting your run would have been a little faster if you instead ran a slight fade at the end instead of having a little left in the tank at the end - it is not a fun way to end the race, but I have found that (for me any way) I am faster that way up to the Open 10k/OLY distance. The math just doesn't work out otherwise.

And I cannot even begin to tell you how many races I have done, but the butterflies never go away. I think that is a good thing - if they ever did it would probably be time for us to think about doing something else, right?

2013-07-19 11:09 AM
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Subject: RE: Sunfish Triathlon
fantastic race, Randy, congrats on the 1st AG. I'm heading into my second "season" of tris with a sprint this Sunday, then a longer course in Sept and Oly in Oct. Butterflies are constant! Good luck at the Nats.

2013-07-20 9:37 AM
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Calgary, AB
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Well done Randy!

LOL at the "usual crappy sleep" -- I'm still waiting for the event where I get a good sleep the night before!  Smile

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