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Hawk Island Triathlon - Triathlon


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Lansing, Michigan
United States
South Lansing Community Development Association
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 04m 16s
Overall Rank = 60/653
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 9/48
Pre-race routine:

I stayed overnight with some friends in the area. Our tri team, Team Revolution, fielded about 10 athletes on the day, for what I heard was Michigan's largest triathlon. (Although I must say that we stayed up late to watch the Spurs eliminate the Thunder in OT).

We rolled into the park about 45 minutes until race time. We got registered, and set up in transition. As I was putting all the gear in place, I realized I didn't know where my timing chip was. This was about 15 minutes until race time. The adrenaline started pumping and I went back to trace my steps from the registration table. I didn't find anything as I walked back to my transition location. Fortunately I found that the velcro had attached itself to my wet suit. So as time was running drawing nigh, I suited up and headed off to the start.

The temperature for the race was significantly warmer this year than last. Only half the people seemed to be in wet suits, whereas last year, most people seemed to be in a wet suit.
Swim
  • 07m 37s
  • 400 meters
  • 01m 54s / 100 meters
Comments:

I went off with my age group rather than the elites. That will be for next year.

Honestly, I'd peg the swim about 500y-600y. Also, the buoys seemed in slightly different locations than last year.

The swim started well. This was my first OW swim in a wet suit, and man, it made it so easy. I floated, and all I had to do was swim. I had a good pace going.

I kept an eye out for other Team Revolution members, and passed a friend of mine after the 2nd buoy on the home stretch to the beach.
Transition 1
  • 02m 17s
Comments:

As this was my first wetsuit race, it took me a while to get out of it. I was also fooling with my 310XT, and lost some time there.
Bike
  • 29m 13s
  • 10 miles
  • 20.54 mile/hr
Comments:

The bike was great. Although, it seems that most of the fast bikers must have gone off with the elites, because I think I was passed by only one biker.

I felt strong, and was able to keep a good pace going. I was able to pass a number of age groupers in front of me from other waves. I tried to keep the HR about 160 to save some gas for the 5K.
Transition 2
  • 01m 46s
Comments:

I wasn't sure where my space was when coming from the bike entrance, so I lost a bit of time hunting for it. I also fooled around a bit with my watch and lost some time there.
Run
  • 23m 25s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 33s  min/mile
Comments:

The run was good. Kept moving, and tried to keep the HR up without exploding. I was hoping to go under 24 minutes, and managed to do that.

The out and back 5K is my favorite part of this race. I get to see all my teammates, whether they are ahead or behind and cheer them on.

I spent the first half of the race cheering on those who were coming the other way, high fiving and hollering. The 2nd half I didn't have enough gas for that, so I just focused on finishing the race.

As I got close to the end, a runner passed me just before the turn to the finishing chute. I knew if I stayed close I'd try to give it a kick to get him in the end. I got level with him just after the bend, and he sensed me as I pulled up alongside him. He started sprinting also. We were side by side as we blasted toward the finish line, and as we crossed, he finished a hair in front of me (which was a bummer because he was in my age group). I love sprint finishes.
Post race
Warm down:

After picking up the pieces of myself after the sprint finish, I found a teammate, and we went off to cheer in the rest of the team. Everyone had a good day, and we had several first time triathlon finishers!




Last updated: 2014-05-11 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:07:37 | 400 meters | 01m 54s / 100meters
Age Group: 7/48
Overall: 0/653
Performance: Good
Suit:
Course:
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 02:17
Performance:
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
Biking
00:29:13 | 10 miles | 20.54 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/48
Overall: 0/653
Performance: Average
Wind:
Course: Mostly flat.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 01:46
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:23:25 | 03.1 miles | 07m 33s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/48
Overall: 0/653
Performance:
Course: Super flat.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2014-06-17 8:38 PM
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Great effort from start to that speedy sprint finish!  And you just keep getting faster and faster.  You've got a great season going here, Tom.  Sounds like you're having lots of fun too, which is what it's really all about (although high finishes don't hurt ).

2014-06-18 7:37 AM
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Sprint finishes are a blast!  Congrats on a great race and a fun finish.

This should be a great season!

Matt

2014-06-18 10:42 AM
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Maybe you didn't get passed on the bike because you ARE one of the fasties! Nice job on the sprint finish! You'll get him next time

2014-06-18 2:53 PM
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Nice race!  Way to go!

2014-06-18 3:31 PM
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I went off with my age group rather than the elites. That will be for next year.

I like those sentences, they make me smile.  You work hard on your training and it is paying off for you and will only get better. 

Great race, Foxy, glad your injury woes are behind you and you are back to being strong and fast!



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