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Smithfield, North Carolina
United States
FS Series
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 21m 45s
Overall Rank = 128/339
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 11/21
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4AM, fixed some breakfast, drove to the venue. Arrived at 6AM.
Got packet, set up transition, then changed into tri-suit and waited.
Event warmup:

None, waded into the water to line up by seed time about 2 minutes before I started.
  • 04m 25s
  • 250 yards
  • 01m 46s / 100 yards

This was a very good swim. Navigation good since it was in the pool with very clear water. I tried to keep it easy and was starting to feel the effort for the last 3 lengths, but I think I swam faster than planned, so I'll take it.

Seeded myself with a 4:15 swim time. Didn't pass anyone and didn't get passed by anyone. I'm guessing with the time to run out of the pool I did this in about 4:00.
What would you do differently?:

Swim more...I've only logged about 25000 yards this year.
Transition 1
  • 01m 24s

Very methodical transition since this was my first sprint in 3 years. Helmet, sunglasses, race belt all went on smoothly. Shoes were a little balky (no socks).
What would you do differently?:

Not much. According to the results, I didn't gain or give up much ground in this transition.
  • 43m 6s
  • 14 miles
  • 19.49 mile/hr

Was very pleased with this. Pushed the effort the entire time. Passed a few people, got passed by some people. Hit the 7 mile mark at around 24 minutes, so brought it home in 19ish when I had the tail wind.

Was able to stay aero almost the whole time and rode in the big ring the whole way.
What would you do differently?:

Ride more...I've only logged about 200 miles so far this year.
Transition 2
  • 01m 48s

Again, tried to be methodical since I haven't raced much. Struggled a bit to get my socks on since I hadn't prepped them before the race.
What would you do differently?:

Gave up time and positions (AG & overall) in this transition, but wouldn't change much other than prep my socks like I normally do.
  • 31m 2s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 10m 01s  min/mile

Can't really complain about this because I haven't run much this year and I'm packing an extra 20 pounds around. Quickly settled into a pace I felt I could maintain because I wanted to run the whole thing (and I did). A minute before the turn around, I got passed by a young kid (14?) and then a young lady. I told her she could run him down.

Got passed about a half mile from the end by a guy in my AG, but knew I wasn't going to be able to hang with him, so I let him go.
What would you do differently?:

Run more. I'd only run about 55 miles so far this year.

I can't say this run was "bad" because it truly reflects my ability right now even if I was a lot faster 3 years ago when I was training a lot.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched and drank a bottle of water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training and an extra 20 pounds. I'm working on both.

Event comments:

This was a great way to get back into triathlon. Chatted with a couple other athletes from the club who referred to themselves as "has beens" as they have trained the last year like I have...

Last updated: 2016-05-26 12:00 AM
00:04:25 | 250 yards | 01m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/21
Overall: 62/339
Performance: Good
Suit: No
Course: 10 lengths in an indoor pool, ducking under lane lines at each end. Also included the run from the pool ladder to the timing mats at transition (about 50 yards?)
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 01:24
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:43:06 | 14 miles | 19.49 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/21
Overall: 99/339
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: A big lollipop with a headwind on the way out.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 01:48
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:31:02 | 03.1 miles | 10m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/21
Overall: 201/339
Performance: Average
Course: An out and back asphalt path in the park. Nicely shaded most of the way.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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