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Averill Park, New York
United States
Capital District Triathlon Club
75F / 24C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 27m 2s
Overall Rank = 4/194
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 1/11
Pre-race routine:

Had some french toast and blueberries at home, then drove to the race. Got body marked, set up transition, and found Leigh.
Event warmup:

Took my bike out to spin on the run course about 45 minutes before the start. Everything seemed FINE at this point. Ate a banana and then got my wetsuit on, no time to warm up in the water.
Swim
  • 12m
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 22s / 100 yards
Comments:

Awesome swim! Started in the front and stayed very straight to the first turn. After that turn I was able to get behind two sets of feet that were swimming shoulder to shoulder. As we neared the 2nd turn, I took a look to the left and saw no one on the home stretch, so we were the lead pack for the first wave! Came out of the water right behind them in great position.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Transition 1
  • 00m 57s
Comments:

This was great. You come out of the water and are immediately in transition, so not a lot of time to get the wetsuit off before you are at your spot. Had no issues with it sticking anywhere, and made quick time.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Bike
  • 54m 22s
  • 18 miles
  • 19.87 mile/hr
Comments:

Well I guess if you do enough races, something like this is bound to happen. After going up the short, steep hill out of transition, I was ready to get up to speed and went to shift into my big ring. SNAP! Uh oh. I knew what happened immediately, but I kept playing with it anyway, trying to will the chain up to the big ring. But I had snapped my front derailleur and now faced riding the entire 18 miles in the small ring. I decided to pull over to see if there was anything I could do. Obviously I was not fixing the broken cable, but I tried to force the derailleur into the big ring (better to have that the whole way, right?). No luck. Realizing it was futile and time was ticking away, I got back on the bike after about 2 minutes. Going uphill was obviously fine, going flat was okay, if a bit loud with the chain completely crossing over. But going downhill, even a little, was where it really hurt me. I was spinning out around 28-30mph, and couldn't be aggressive like I usually am in those spots. Even so, by the turn around I had fought back up to 2nd place, and was about 2 minutes off the leader. But he was moving fast, so my goal was to just be smart and keep doing the best with what I had. I was able to push in spots, and it turned out to not be the worst time ever.
What would you do differently?:

Not snap my cable? I knew the bike was due for an overhaul, but given how little I've been riding this year, I decided to put it off. Oops.
Transition 2
  • 00m 41s
Comments:

First time clipping my hat to my race belt, I really liked it. Fastest T2 in the whole race!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Run
  • 19m 5s
  • 3 miles
  • 06m 22s  min/mile
Comments:

Pretty solid run here. On the long straightaway I couldn't even see the leader, so I knew I just had to hold on to 2nd. I had about a minute or so on the guy behind me at the 1 mile mark, but with other waves coming behind us, I knew I wasn't out of the woods. Quads hinted at locking up, but never crossed that line. Was able to hold a solid pace and had enough for a little kick at the end. Having Dylan sprint to the finish and snap a picture was really cool!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Post race
Warm down:

Walked back up to the road to watch Steve and Leigh come in (they killed it!). Went in the water for a bit and stretched a little.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Obviously snapping the derailleur cable and pulling over was a blow to my overall time. No chance I was beating the winner, but it may have cost me an overall podium spot. After it happened though I'm really proud with how I handled myself and fought for a great race!

Event comments:

I really love this race, always one of my favorites. Tons of volunteers out of the course to help, great support from the towns and the crowd. A little disappointed with the food this year (nothing at all with any protein), but a small complaint for an otherwise great event!




Last updated: 2016-08-20 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:12:00 | 880 yards | 01m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/11
Overall: 6/194
Performance: Good
Suit:
Course: Upside down triangle with buoys on the left.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 00:57
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
00:54:22 | 18 miles | 19.87 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/11
Overall: 12/194
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Out and back with fairly constant rollers. Only sustained climb is about a mile on the way back towards the lake.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Good
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:41
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:19:05 | 03 miles | 06m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/11
Overall: 8/194
Performance: Good
Course: Loop around the lake. They added a little extra by the school, so the run is almost actually 3 miles now! (I measured 2.95, vs. 2.80-2.85 in the past)
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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] 5

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