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Hockomock YMCA Sprint Tri - Triathlon

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Wrentham, Massachusetts
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 08m 10s
Overall Rank = 86/240
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 17/27
Pre-race routine:

Bad night's sleep, woke up 15 min late, pb/raisin toast with a little coffee for breakfast, hammer gel 15 mins before swim start.
Event warmup:

Swam shorter version of the swim course as a warmup.
  • 09m 14s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 06s / 100 yards

Not fast, had troubles swimming straight from buoy 2 to the finish on shore, kept going wide to the left. Made that portion feel like it took forever. But all in all better than I thought I would do.
What would you do differently?:

More swim time. Need to get my legs up higher in the water, get a better breathing rhythm down, and rotate the hips better.
Transition 1
  • 04m 1s

Long T1 - almost a 1/4 mile from the shore to transition. I was not the slowest in my AG, but 4th slowest out of 27. I practiced transitions but the swim does make you disoriented... I'd say I gave away nearly 2 minutes in T1.
What would you do differently?:

Bike shoes - velcro should be open already
nutrition - if you're eating anything in T1 make sure the package is already open
Practice practice practice!
  • 28m 49s
  • 9 miles
  • 18.74 mile/hr

I'll climb better next time after switching to clipless pedals. This course is a bit tough, its narrow on a couple streets, not closed to traffic, and the mix of riding abilities plus the time trial start leaves everyone except the top swimmers battling through crowds. I had to make a few passes 3 wide.
What would you do differently?:

Clipless pedals number one. Keep working on the engine two. Nutrition three. Shifting practice four.
Transition 2
  • 01m 29s

Didn't feel like a slow transition, it was certainly better than T1. I did have to tie shoes - wasn't willing to go with lock laces on my main running shoes. But overall I was in the bottom 3rd of my AG.
What would you do differently?:

Put lock laces on backup running shoes and go with those
Practice practice practice!
  • 24m 36s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 56s  min/mile

Right out of transition and up a steady hill. First mile was slow, second picked up, and the third I pushed hard. Glad to have the push left but wish I didn't go so slowly in mile 1.
What would you do differently?:

Better nutrition strategy (ie one that doesn't leave me with a side stitch), faster on mile 1.
Post race
Warm down:

Caught my breath, chatted for a bit, walked 1/4 mi, jogged 1/2 mi

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Transitions first. Free time I just gave away. Bike second, I have it in me to go faster. Run third, I conserved energy during a 5k.

Event comments:

I'm not giving an overall rating since it's my first tri and I have nothing to compare it to. I think overall it was pretty good and based on that I'd say 4.

Last updated: 2015-07-26 12:00 AM
00:09:14 | 440 yards | 02m 06s / 100yards
Age Group: 19/27
Overall: 118/240
Performance: Average
2:06/100yd pace per timing results
Suit: 2pc short Roka/DeSoto
Course: Triangular, two buoys, start and finish on shore next to each other. Good sighting opportunities.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:01
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:28:49 | 09 miles | 18.74 mile/hr
Age Group: 15/27
Overall: 88/240
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: single loop
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:29
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:24:36 | 03.1 miles | 07m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/27
Overall: 63/240
Performance: Average
Course: single loop
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2015-07-26 10:44 PM

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2015-07-27 10:21 AM
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Nice work triathlete!!

You will only get better.

2015-07-27 3:05 PM
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Congrats man! Quite the accomplishment. When's your next race?
2015-07-27 3:47 PM
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congrats triathlete
2015-07-28 10:22 AM
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DeLand, Florida
Subject: RE: Hockomock YMCA Sprint Tri
Dave - next is the Westborough Sprint on August 16th. Originally I wanted to do Cranberry Trifest the following weekend but I have a wedding the day of the sprint.

Tri season is in full effect in my house - Sunday was my first tri, and between my wife and I we have 3 more in August. I'm thinking of doing Buzzard's Bay in September as well.
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