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Arlington Place Sprint Triathlon - Triathlon

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Arapahoe, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Events
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 47m 17s
Overall Rank = 10/27
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 1/1
Pre-race routine:

Drove to site and setup TZ. Had shakeology and slice of pizza for breakfast.
Drive was an hour and I was there about 2 hours prior to race start.
Oly start was at 8 and Sprint at 9
Event warmup:

stretch and brief swim
  • 17m 32s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 20s / 100 meters

tight start due to the abundance of sharp rocks. I actually got three cuts on my foot from walking into the water.
What would you do differently?:

I think the water hazards will likely prevent me from doing this race in the future
Transition 1
  • 02m 14s

decided I would swim without a shit and wear a bike top with sleeves on the bike and run. I had trouble getting it on and this resulted in one of the slowest Transition times
What would you do differently?:

Will look for a full zip tri top with sleeves. I always get a bad sunburn even with sunscreen
  • 55m 19s
  • 18.65 miles
  • 20.23 mile/hr

nice course. well marked
What would you do differently?:

Decided to try going all out for the bike and see what I would have left for the run. This plan may have worked better on a shorter sprint course. At 30k it was almost a oly distance.
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s

Not sure what I was doing for over a minute
  • 31m 2s
  • 5 kms
  • 06m 13s  min/km

Run was a bit of a fandango. They changed the course but gave instructions before race where the turn around was. I turned but don't think many other folks did. I was on the second out and back and hadn't seen anyone. I slowed a little and walked for a second as I wasn't sure if I was going the right way. I finally saw the turn around and timing mat and started back. I picked the pace up a little now that I had confidence that I was going the right way. Finally saw some other runners. Two folks appeared in front of me but apparently RD had sent then in do to getting lost in the woods. Turns out a lot of folks got lost, some ran extra, some probably didn't cover the whole 5k. Either way no shade and even in September it was hot
What would you do differently?:

My bike plan backfired and killed my run. But the time trade off was probably pretty even. I think with some confidence I was going the right way I may have gone a little faster. Who knows
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

RD apologized profusely and took responsibility. Apparently a volunteer told people to keep going at the first turn around. I didn't see him, but did see the giant "sprint turn around" sign. RD gave everyone gifts.

Overall good race. The rocks at the swim start will probably prevent me from racing here again. Although its a beautiful site.

nice race t

Last updated: 2016-09-24 12:00 AM
00:17:32 | 750 meters | 02m 20s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 13/27
Performance: Average
Suit: bottoms
Course: Triangle with sighting buoys at mid points. Turn buoy were low and kinda flat hard to see even without the sun
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 81F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Below average
Time: 02:14
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:55:19 | 18.65 miles | 20.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 8/27
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: An out and then a giant loop
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:12
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:31:02 | 05 kms | 06m 13s  min/km
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 10/27
Performance: Below average
Course: essentially two separate out and back legs
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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comments : 0
A disappointing start to the season need not set the tone.
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Since your “A” race is your marathon, which you stated in your question, this should be your main focus. I encourage you to taper a bit for the sprint distance triathlon.
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