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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 02m 29s
Overall Rank = 132/310
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 11/21
Pre-race routine:

Tapped the week before, more due to work schedule, but I had planned on taking Friday off. No workout Tuesday, Thursday, or Friday. Wasn't able to swim this week
Traveled to Wrightsville Beach on Friday. Went to packet pickup Friday night. Arrived to event around 6:45, 15 minutes behind schedule. Got marked and set up TZ. Chatted with some friends.
Event warmup:

Light stretching and then some laps and practiced some turns.
  • 05m 15s
  • 300 yards
  • 01m 45s / 100 yards

Good swim for me. Had registered at a 1:36 pace, and caught two swimmers.
I tried some flip turns on the laps where we changed lanes. First time in a race
What would you do differently?:

Use more flip turns on the lane changes.
Transition 1
  • 01m 50s

Overall a good T1 for me. It was a long run from pool into TZ were my bike was on the far side. Pushed pretty hard, and passed 1 person at least in TZ, no one passed me
What would you do differently?:

  • 28m 11s
  • 9 miles
  • 19.16 mile/hr

Resisted going too hard. I have killed my run doing that in the past. Front brake kept shifting into wheel requiring some adjustment.

Tried to avoid a speed bump and almost whipped out! I would have hit a mailbox.

Got passed by 7 riders I think, and passed 1
What would you do differently?:

nothing pretty happy with this bike at this point in the year
Transition 2
  • 01m 19s

Had trouble racking fork first and had to turn the bike around.
Not sure why I sat down to put shoes on. Could have shaved 19 seconds off
What would you do differently?:

Test racking before race. Slide shoes on while standing.
  • 25m 56s
  • 5 kms
  • 05m 11s  min/km

This confirms my suspicion that two years ago the course was short.

Ran negative which I very rarely do. Need to push a little harder
What would you do differently?:

Overall pretty happy with this run
Post race
Warm down:

walked around and cheered on other runners

What limited your ability to perform faster:

only me

Event comments:

Second time running this race. Really nicely done. A couple of snags with timing, and the entrances collapsing (inflatables) , but the volunteers were great, and there was a good turnout. Water heading out of TZ, at the one and two mile points (out and back). I ran thru there may have been gator-aide or similar

Pizza, bananas, water and soda at the finish. I didn't wait around for the awards.
Race Swag included shirt (better than the one two years ago), winter had, and mouse pad.

Last updated: 2016-02-26 12:00 AM
00:05:15 | 300 yards | 01m 45s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/21
Overall: 72/310
Performance: Good
Suit: Desoto Forza Trisuit
Course: single length in first and last lane, and a down and back in all in between. racers started one at a time with about 20 seconds between them as a jump into the water. timing mats before entering pool and then after running down stairs and outside
Start type: Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Time: 01:50
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:28:11 | 09 miles | 19.16 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/21
Overall: 176/310
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Loop
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: goo
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:19
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:56 | 05 kms | 05m 11s  min/km
Age Group: 12/21
Overall: 148/310
Performance: Good
Hit the first mile at 8:35, mile 2 at 8:25, and last mile in 8:07
Course: out and back
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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