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Browns Summit, North Carolina
United States
Trivium Racing
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 46m 35s
Overall Rank = 26/88
Age Group = Masters Clydes
Age Group Rank = 1/5
Pre-race routine:

Started out the morning with some oatmeal before heading to the race site. Once I got to the park, I got myself body marked and set up in transition. I was able to get a spot against the fencing, so I had some extra room to lay my stuff out.
Once I was all done there, I headed to the porta-potty and then waited for the race director to open up the water.
Event warmup:

Waded out into the water just to get a feel for the temperature. The swim was wet-suit legal, but because it was a shorter swim, I decided against it.

Came out of the water and did some light dynamic stretching.
  • 16m 42s
  • 800 meters
  • 02m 05s / 100 meters

Start was knee deep in the water off the beach. After the last couple of races, I decided to stand towards the front of the wave for a change and let people pass me.
Gun sounded and I took off. I felt really good at first, but about half-way to the first turn buoy, I was having trouble with my breathing. I started to worry, but then decided that I was pushing my pace too hard (this would later be backed up when I looked at my Garmin after the race). I made a quick pause and then started back up with an easier stroke. That was the problem. From there, I had no further issues during the swim. After making the second turn, I had trouble finding the third buoy for siting, so I seemed to drift a little bit, but once I found the marker, I was able to course correct and get in-line. I hit the third turn heading into the harbor and noticed several of the pink caps. Those were the collegiate athletes that started 4 minutes before my wave!
After that, I swam as close to the boat launch as I could and then ran into transition.
What would you do differently?:

Not started off so hard. That nearly wrecked my race.
Otherwise, this was the best swim I've had all season.
Transition 1
  • 01m 35s

Not much to say here, I was as quick as could be through transition. One thing I did not like was the long run up the hill to the bike mount
What would you do differently?:

  • 59m 15s
  • 18 miles
  • 18.23 mile/hr

The hills made this a hard course to get into a rhythm. I hit downhill speeds as high as 36mph, vs. some of the uphills where I dropped as low as 10mph. I had a pretty good pace going overall, but began to worry somewhere between mile 10-12 because my quads were burning. I was afraid that I'd burn out and have nothing left for the run. However, the course changes around mile 13 and you have much more downhill time cruising in. This allowed my legs to recover and also to have a decent finish time.
Also, with about 4 miles to go, two other guys from my age group caught up to me on the bike! I had a flash back to the High Point Tri a month ago where I fell out of contention because they passed me on the bike and I couldn't catch them on the run. I really dug down to push and do my best to hang with them. Sadly, they both finished about a minute in front of me on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

I just need to keep training on the bike. This has been the one leg that I've been able to consistently improve over time.
Transition 2
  • 01m 20s

So this would be my complaint, and it actually is more reflective of my bike time than my T2 time. The bike dismount was at the top of the parking lot hill, and then you had to run down and all the way around transition to the swim in to enter transition. Given the design of the parking lot, I understand the safety concerns for dismounting at the top of the hill, I just think that maybe the timing mat for the bike could have been placed higher or something. Minor gripes....

For the actual transition, I moved through changing shoes as quickly as possible. Got a slight delay reaching for my run belt and almost losing my balance while trying to put on my second shoe.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, this was a mostly good, clean transition
  • 27m 43s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 56s  min/mile

Given my recent run history, I expected to stay firmly in third place for this race. I decided to take it easy and just see what my body could do. Surprisingly, after the first half-mile (also about the time the first climb ended), I started to feel better so decided to kick up the pace just a little. Then I saw both of the other guys in my age group in front of me! I was able to catch and pass the first guy right at the Mile 1 marker. Everything feeling good, hit the water stop to throw some over my head and kept pushing. I could see that I was getting closer to the second guy, and right at the turn around, I actually caught him! At that point, I did a quick mental check and realized everything was feeling pretty good. I decided to start pushing my pace and just see what I could do, and if I could hold off the two guys that were now chasing me!
I came over the final hill and knew that the last .75 were all downhill, so I just continued to creep up my pace. I made the final turn and was able to make the final stretch as a good fast finish!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. This was the best run I've had all season
Post race
Warm down:

So I went into this race with a few different goals:
1. Finish under 2 hours
2. Place in my age group
3. Don't fall apart on the run

So I am happy to report that I hit all three of the original goals! Even outdid the goals by finishing way under 2:00 and not just placing, but winning my age group! Once I finished and saw my time, I started to wish that I could have done it under 1:45, but that can be the goal for 2018. :-)
Winning my age group was even sweeter because this was the same group of guys that I raced in High Point, and they both beat my butt at that race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just my own physical limitations

Event comments:

This was a really good local race. Trivium does a great job of having great events that are well organized and always fun.
The award for placing was unique (a nice metal tumbler), but I can't help but wish that they would have added markings on them to denote how you placed. Since they were only for age group winners, and they were already special made with the race logo on them, I'm not sure that it would have been that much more to add a line stating "1st Place, 2nd Place, 3rd Place".
Again, minor complaint for a good overall race.
Also, don't expect much from the food tent when you're done. I had a banana, water and diet pepsi. A slice of pizza or a bagel would have been nice, but it's hard to ask too much from a local race.

Last updated: 2017-09-12 12:00 AM
00:16:42 | 800 meters | 02m 05s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/5
Overall: 29/88
Performance: Good
Course: Counter-clockwise course from the beach, returning into the boat dock area. Transition was about 25 feet from the water!
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:35
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:59:15 | 18 miles | 18.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/5
Overall: 22/88
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Out and back lollipop course. Mostly rolling hills and quite a few turns
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:20
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:27:43 | 03.1 miles | 08m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/5
Overall: 45/88
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back through the park. 100 total feet of elevation gain, so there are some decent hills (mostly on the way out). The benefit is that it's a fairly shaded course and the last mile is mostly downhill
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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