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Subaru Emerald Pointe Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Lake Lanier Island, Georgia
United States
Georgia Multisport Productions
54F / 12C
Total Time = 8h 30m
Overall Rank = 341/549
Age Group = Clydes 225+
Age Group Rank = 7/14
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5:15. Ate a bowl of oatmeal and a banana before heading to the race.
Event warmup:

Walked about 400 meters up the beach to the swim start. Tried to stay warm.
  • 08m 32s
  • 400 yards
  • 02m 08s / 100 yards

This being my first tri I started towards the back of the 35-39 wave which was a mistake. I was constantly trying to find a way to get by. I'm sure that I should have been less timid.
What would you do differently?:

Start closer to the front. Be more aggressive.
Transition 1
  • 04m 46s

I really took my time in transition. For two days I had nightmares about forgetting my helmet, shoes, etc. so I was very deliberate. Everyone's time was pretty long due to a long run up a very steep hill to transition.
What would you do differently?:

Practice more so I don't have the fear of forgetting something. Not wear bike gloves. I really did not need them on such a short ride. I also had a hard time getting my socks on so I would like to try doing sprints without them.
  • 47m 50s
  • 13.5 miles
  • 16.93 mile/hr

I rode the course three times before the race so I knew what to expect. I really wasn't nervous at the swim start but when I headed out on the bike I got a "oh crap I'm in a race!" moment. I took the first hill in the largest rear gear and kept trying to upshift. I stayed behind one guy almost all the way up Peachtree Industrial and really should have passed him but I got lazy. Early on I got passed by alot of people, including FallsRunner, but the last three miles I was able to catch alot of people (being 255 pounds really helps build speed on long downhills). I did finish the bike leg faster than I had in practice and am happy with my time.
What would you do differently?:

Get my head on straight from the beginning. I even looked at my rear gearset to "verify" that I was in my lowest gear and just did not put it together. Also train alot more.
Transition 2
  • 01m 13s

I sped things up a little in the second transition and felt like I did pretty well. Getting my bike gloves off took the most time. Having yanks on my shoes really helped.
What would you do differently?:

Run with the bike to the rack. Run out of transition. Not wear bike gloves.
  • 31m 51s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 14s  min/mile

I had some cramping of my calves right out of transition and had to stop a couple of times to stretch. The first time I looked up just in time to see Steamy's vapor trail and she flew past. I ended up walking more than I had intended but I was really beat from pushing it on the bike leg. My time was still better than I had targeted though. The out-and-back format was nice because I was able to see fellow BTers on the run (though I had make sure that I was running when I passed them).
What would you do differently?:

Train more. Stretch my calves before starting off.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked up and down the chute waiting for Neal and Meredith to finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training. I also need to improve my mental fortitude. I know I could have pushed harder.

Event comments:

I was very pleased with the overall race. I have only done one other race in my life (a 10K) and the atmophere here was far better. Things seemed well laid out, the course was nice, and there were lots of people around to tell me where to go. I went in hoping to beat 1:40 so I am very happy with my time. I'll definitely do this again!

Last updated: 2006-08-22 12:00 AM
00:08:32 | 400 yards | 02m 08s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/14
Overall: 14/549
Performance: Average
Suit: Sugoi tri-shorts
Course: Point-to-point along four bouys
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 04:46
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:47:50 | 13.5 miles | 16.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/14
Overall: 14/549
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Pretty flat with a few hills.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:13
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
00:31:51 | 03.11 miles | 10m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/14
Overall: 14/549
Performance: Average
Course: Mostly slight grades up and down.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
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] 5

2006-10-09 6:58 AM

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Roswell, GA
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2006-10-09 10:02 AM
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Great Job Felix!! Sorry that I didn't make it out for the race.
2006-10-09 10:51 AM
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Nashville, TN
Subject: RE: Subaru Emerald Pointe Triathlon kicked A$$ out there!  You destroyed your goal.  I like your idea of being more aggressive.  Spend some more time training with people and it will give you all types of confidence to make passes and find the extra adrenaline needed.  Great race!!!
2006-10-09 12:11 PM
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Atlanta, GA
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Congrats on the race finish. Beating your goal is a huge accomplishment! I think the race atmosphere at the tris is much better than the local road races too! Through BT and some of the local tri clubs, I'm recognizing a lot of people when I go to triathlons which is fun! I hope to see you at some races next year.
2006-10-09 2:56 PM
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Vestavia Hills
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Good job!  ... way to end the season/enter the off-season with a positive attitude.
2006-10-09 7:23 PM
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Congrats on your first tri- well done! Look foward to seeing you out there next season.

2006-10-09 7:33 PM
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Smyrna, GA
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Awesome job!!  It was great to see you out there during the run and before the swim.  And it was also awesome to see you cheering for me when I came down the finish line.  You really did awesome and are going to do even better next year.
2006-10-10 6:53 AM
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Acworth, Georgia
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Great job, Felix.  Congratulations on becoming a triathlete.
2006-10-10 7:48 AM
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Awesome Job! Congratulations!
2006-10-11 9:20 AM
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Ha!  I wasn't blowing past you!  You just couldn't tell how out of breath I was.

Congratulations on a great race and beating your goal time.  Can't wait to hopefully do future races with you!

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