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Averill Park, New York
United States
Capital District Triathlon Club
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 27m 16s
Overall Rank = 2/162
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 1/4
Pre-race routine:

Half a waffle and 1 packet of Oatmeal with some blueberries and peanut butter for breakfast. Loaded the car and drove to the race site.
Event warmup:

Did a short spin to shake out the legs after a long lay off. Didn't get my wetsuit on in time for the swim warm up.
  • 14m 52s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 41s / 100 yards

After an awesome swim at IMLP, I wanted to really go for it here. Plan was to see if I could lead the first wave, and if not just hang on to whoever was. After a blistering start, there was someone just ahead that I couldn't quite attach to. Tried to keep him close so if he slowed I could get in the draft. But after about 200-300 yards he suddenly veered way off course and so I found myself in the lead. I noticed he corrected himself and would be coming back so I just kept swimming as hard as I could. To my surprise I was still leading after making the final turn, and was determined to hold on.

Leading the way was interesting in that there was obviously no one to draft - never realized how much I focus on that in races.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, being the first out of the water was awesome! Even if a few from later waves had faster times on the day.

Also - this was way more than 1/2 mile. I got about 1050 yards, which is what others had on Strava too. So pace really 1:27
Transition 1
  • 01m 6s

Wetsuit got stuck on watch, but not too bad.
What would you do differently?:

Gotta figure something out with the watch since it always seems to get stuck.
  • 52m 14s
  • 18 miles
  • 20.68 mile/hr

Legs did not feel great to start this, very flat. Took a minute to catch my breath after the swim effort, but even then I still was struggling a bit. Worried that it would last the whole ride being 3 weeks after IM and not doing much of anything since. But about 15 minutes in, I finally was able to push the pace a little. I was passed early on, and was gapped by 1:45 at the turn around. On the way back I was passed again to drop to 3rd. I was able to keep that guy in sight with plans to try to run him down.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe do a little more leading up so I'm not so flat
Transition 2
  • 00m 48s

Nothing fancy
What would you do differently?:

  • 18m 18s
  • 3 miles
  • 06m 06s  min/mile

I knew first was very far ahead, and 4th was pretty far behind (while being aware other waves could be in the mix), so my only real goal was to run down 2nd place. I settled into a solid pace, but couldn't really access that top gear. Initially I was bummed out because the guy in second was moving well, but then I began checking the gap and I was slowly bringing it down. Having the positive reinforcement knowing I was chopping 5 seconds every 1/3 mile or so, I was able to maintain and reel him in. Passed with about 1 mile to go. I made sure to go by with some pick up, because I knew I had no sprint finish if he was able to hang with me.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, light stretching.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Pretty happy overall coming off a tough IMLP three weeks prior.

Event comments:

Really love this race and venue. As usual post race food stunk - no protein at all! But it is what it is. Cheap entry fee and Fleet Feet gift card for making podium so can't complain.

Last updated: 2019-08-19 12:00 AM
00:14:52 | 880 yards | 01m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 5/162
Performance: Good
Course: Upside down triangle, buoys on the left
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:06
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:52:14 | 18 miles | 20.68 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 4/162
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Rolling/hilly out and back.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:48
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:18:18 | 03 miles | 06m 06s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 2/162
Performance: Average
Course: Loop around the lake.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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] 5

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