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The Dam Tri - Triathlon

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Lexington, South Carolina
United States
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Total Time = 1h 35m 7s
Overall Rank = 4/203
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 1/11
Pre-race routine:

Woke up reeeeeally early and drove 1.5 hours to the event location. at breakfast in the car on the way at 80mph.
Event warmup:

ran for 10 minutes with the last half at race pace. swam a few hundred yards to get a feel for the water and visibility.
  • 18m 57s
  • 1000 meters
  • 01m 54s / 100 meters

the swim went really easy, all was going great til we rounded the last buoy and the steam coming off the water and the rising sun in our faces made the finish/shore completely invisible. i stopped swimming several times to try and figure out if i was even going the right way.
What would you do differently?:

scout the course better and understand where the sun would be for the morning swim. knowing landmarks to the side of me would have helped navigate the last turn.
Transition 1
  • 01m

went ok. haven't had to deal with a wetsuit in a while and this was still on par with my other T1's, maybe even a little faster.
What would you do differently?:

  • 50m 44s
  • 21 miles
  • 24.84 mile/hr

i thought the course was a little deceptive. lot of false flats and the "climbs" were much longer than the descents. i went into the race with a average power i wanted to hit... and ended up 20 watts lower. oh well, didn't really feel like i could have or wanted to go too much harder. my HR was much lower than my other races though.
What would you do differently?:

maybe push a little harder.
Transition 2
  • 00m 40s

went smooth. nothing notable to mention.
  • 23m 53s
  • 7 kms
  • 03m 25s  min/km

first off... i didn't run a 5:29 pace for 4.35 miles, the course was a little short. 6:05-6:15ish is more realistic.

ok... now onto my thoughts. i really liked the out and back format. you knew where you sat position wise, and you knew what you had to do at the turn around. went ok for me, didn't pass anyone, but i didn't get passed either.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

talked with the open guys who finished before me and drank some water

What limited your ability to perform faster:

sore legs all week, my bike should have been faster

Event comments:

Fun course, great race. I would do it again.

Last updated: 2013-08-12 12:00 AM
00:18:57 | 1000 meters | 01m 54s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 17/203
Performance: Good
Course: counter clockwise triangle
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:50:44 | 21 miles | 24.84 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/11
Overall: 3/203
Performance: Average
Course: two loop course which went on some local roads and passed over the dam
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:40
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:23:53 | 07 kms | 03m 25s  min/km
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 4/203
Performance: Good
Course: out and back on the dam
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
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