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Belews Lake Sprint Triathlon - Triathlon

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Greensboro, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 24m 42s
Overall Rank = 71/228
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:30 am. Ate some oatmeal and peanut butter. Drank 8 oz. of coffee - not much for a morning. Then as we were driving for an hour, I slowly sipped on a water bottle. After I set up stuff up in transition, which was about 90 mins before the race, I ate two bananas.
Event warmup:

I jogged up and down this hill a few times, then kept my heart going with jumps/swinging my arms. About 15 mins before the start, I hopped in the lake and did a quick 5 min swim. The water was SO warm.
  • 14m 9s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 53s / 100 meters

We paired up based on times, and the girl next to me told me she purposely overstated her time and that I would pass her immediately. Which was true.

But wow, I zig-zagged all over the place, to the point that my family all commented on it after the race. There was no one to draft, because my swimming "partner" was much slower. I kept sighting, and kept seeing that I was off course. It was extremely frustrating.

Had to dip into the breast stroke every now and then because I was getting flustered over being off course. I need to practice relaxing more. However, when I was in the groove, I was really in the groove. The last 300 meters or so flew by -- largely because I was finally able to swim in a straight line.
What would you do differently?:

I need to practice open water swimming more. I also need to learn how to still be able to swim amidst getting flustered.
Transition 1
  • 01m 38s

This was by far my best transition in the history of the sport - largely because I wanted it to be part of the race, and not a break. It's odd coming back to triathlon; I'm so much more competitive than I used to be. I'm no longer meandering through the transitions, out of breath from the sports.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing -- I'm very happy with my performance.
  • 46m 35s
  • 14.5 miles
  • 18.68 mile/hr

I knew that this would be my fastest bike time ever -- I had put in the miles finally. And honestly, I'm surprised it was even this fast. Biking is my weakest sport by far. However, I focused on spinning the whole time, and that seemed to work. Overall, my effort was about 80 percent.
What would you do differently?:

I couldn't figure out how to drink on the bike. Luckily, even during the run I didn't get thirsty, but this will have to change for next time.
Transition 2
  • 01m 8s

Again, sped through the transition because I viewed it as part of the race. I struggled a little with the bike, but my shoes and helmet flew off, and my running shoes flew on. It was great.
What would you do differently?:

  • 21m 15s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 06m 51s  min/mile

Wow - this run. I had read on BT that it would be hilly, but I didn't figure that would matter that much. After all, I'd trained on hills. Still, it was a tough run. I passed a few people; I only remember getting passed once.

Annoyingly, I forgot to sing the song I had planned when climbing that first long hill. But I was so in the zone, I barely noticed the "official" race music blaring. After mile 1, I just wanted to finish. The last mile became a battle to fight against the urge to stop. But I made it through. The last part is downhill, and I kept trying to go faster, but my legs literally wouldn't move more quickly.

Oh well, I nailed the pace that I had planned (6:50 per mile).
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure. Perhaps practice sprints more, so that my legs are used to moving very quickly when fatigued.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around after the race and ate food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training. I only had two months to train for this, from basically being a couch potato for two months. I also didn't incorporate a lot of speedwork because I was so focused on endurance. It would have helped to have clocked a few more interval sessions.

Event comments:

This is a great course. It's hilly, but SetUp Events always does a fantastic job putting on triathlons.

Last updated: 2013-07-20 12:00 AM
00:14:09 | 750 meters | 01m 53s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/228
Performance: Good
Course: The course is a clockwise loop with two turns. We started in the water -- which I liked because I wasn't too fond of the idea of diving in.
Start type: Wade Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:38
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:46:35 | 14.5 miles | 18.68 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/228
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: The course was rolling/flat. I couldn't make up my mind whether it was hilly or not. There were definitely some flat, fast parts, but then there were other parts that looked fast and weren't. It was confusing. It was also very windy. But the hills weren't bad at all. There was only one hill that I really had to downshift to get over. And it came after a long downhill, so I was well recovered.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:08
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:21:15 | 03.1 miles | 06m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/228
Performance: Good
Course: This was a tough run! There's never a point when you're not on a hill. And the uber steep climb right at the beginning doesn't do well for an easy transition off the bike.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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