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Giant Acorn International - Triathlon

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Spotsylvania, Virginia
United States
Set Up Events
75F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 11m 15s
Overall Rank = 426/509
Age Group = 31-34
Age Group Rank = 30/33
Pre-race routine:

Because money is a bit tight right now and the race was only 65 miles away, I opted to drive in the morning of - the 9am start really helped with that - normally i'm not a ran of later ones, but in this instance it worked well

breakfast was Oatmeal eaten while driving in - so my body had time to process it - I arrived at the race site at 7am, so had 2 hours to get prepared
Event warmup:

was wavering between wearing wetsuit and not, so jumped in the lake without and decided it was warm enough...

warm-up including walking route from water exit to bike without glasses (since blind as bat without them), and a lite swim
  • 31m 44s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 07s / 100 meters

much improved over my last Oly swim; water was murky, but not bad, no appreciable current
What would you do differently?:

need new goggles!

I hung to the back since it was a larger wave - should have been more to the front and out on the side - would have had a better first 200m - it took a while to get past some of the swimmers and get into a good rhythm
Transition 1
  • 03m 11s

decent run from the swim exit to the bike, which probably added some time. But I had everything laid out and ready to go - total time actually switching from swim to bike was probably 1:30...
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 29m 27s
  • 42 kms
  • 28.17 km/hr

really liked this ride, the hills were challenging at times, and easy at others - a true rolling course. It also seemed really fast - I hit the 15m point at 48 minutes (normally, I would hit it at closer to the 60 minute point).
What would you do differently?:

do some more hill training
Transition 2
  • 03m 4s
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 03m 50s
  • 10 kms
  • 06m 23s  min/km

run started out on an uphill - so I ran the first part, then walked a bit which helped, no major muscle cramps coming off the bike; stuck with my run/walk routine through the race
What would you do differently?:

reduce time walking a little bit - I needed to do better at setting places to run/walk after my breaks, and walking mroe with a purpose - I started to meander a bit in places; but this was a significant improvement over my last run in a race
Post race
Warm down:

stretching following the race, and lite walk/jog

Event comments:

Set-Up Events always does a great job - well manned aid stations and lots of volunteers to help

Last updated: 2013-07-11 12:00 AM
00:31:44 | 1500 meters | 02m 07s / 100meters
Age Group: 28/33
Overall: 411/509
Performance: Good
Course: out and back course
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:11
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:29:27 | 42 kms | 28.17 km/hr
Age Group: 25/33
Overall: 410/509
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: all right hand turns out of the park, mostly rolling hills - but a few steeper for some climbing
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:04
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:03:50 | 10 kms | 06m 23s  min/km
Age Group: 30/33
Overall: 447/509
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loop run on the park; used a turn-around point twice on the loops; runners were given a wrist band on the first loop to make sure they did both
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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