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Bumpass, Virginia
United States
Set-Up Inc.
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 22m 38s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = M 35-39
Age Group Rank = 19/36
Pre-race routine:

Up very early at 4:30 am to make the 2 1/2 hour drive to the race site. During the drive I consumed coffee, cliff bar, water, and my usual whey/gatorade mix. When I arrived, I had a Red Bull to ensure that I was fully awake. By the time I arrived, I had about 90 minutes to get ready. The morning was fairly windy and chilly so I took my time setting up my T area and getting ready - splitting time between the car and outdoors.
Event warmup:

Once I was set up, I knew I needed a swim warm up for two reasons - first the water was warmer than the air and that helped. Second, if you have ever read any of my race reports before, you will know that I have OWS race issues. My last race was the first time things went well in the swim and I now know that I need swim warm up to mentally prepare myself for this portion of the race. Well, the warm up went great. No issues, with great breathing and relaxed stroke. I was now ready for the race. :) My only problem was the fact that water leaked into my watch for some reason and it stopped working. So, I wouldn't have any accurate way to judge my time on the swim or tell my pace on the run. Oh well, at least I would have my bike computer (or so I thought).
  • 19m 9s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 19s / 100 yards

After problems in the swim in 3 out of 4 of my first tris, the swim continues to be my focus on race day. Everything after the swim is all physical. Well, this start was great. I started right in the thick of things to get the full experience. I guess there were 100ish people in my wave for a running start. When the horn went off, I was right in the middle of everything and quickly found my place and my stroke. The only real issue at this point was a pretty good chop coming right in our face due to some heavy winds on the lake. That being said, I was right with the lead group, so I thought today was going to be a good swim.

My sighting on the first stretch was perfect and I arrived at the first navigation buoy with everyone else. At this point, things started to get bottled up and I had to slow to allow the people in front of my to navigate the buoy so I wouldn't swim on top of the people in front of me. The problem now was a couple of guys behind me didn't provide the same courtesy and they swam right over me pushing me under. That effect caused me to take in a bunch of water and brought back all of my old swim trepidations - hyperventilation and general lack of ability to catch my breath. As a result, I had to swim away from the pack to collect my wits. I ended up swimming sidestroke for 150ish meters until the turn buoy before I was able to swim for real again. At this point the faster swimmers from the wave behind us caught me (4 minutes behind).

When I made the second turn, the chop was no longer an issue and I was back in the right frame of mind. Finally, I was able to freestyle again and held my own against some of the faster swimmers from the second group. I passed a number of people from my wave along this stretch. When we reached the turn towards home, I decided to pick it up a bit. Unfortunately, I forgot about sighting and ended up about 100 meters off course before I realized what was going on. Between the two incidents, I think I cost myself 4+ minutes on the swim. Oh well, now to land. :)

Overall swim time includes short run to T area.
What would you do differently?:

Take a wider first turn and become a stronger swimmer. :)
Transition 1
  • 02m 20s

Transitions have never been my strong suit as I have never focused on them. Today was no different with my usual 'cup of coffee' and clothes changes. Actually, I don't really know what to do different. I think I just need to practice doing transitions faster.
What would you do differently?:

Wear my bike shoes in the water and hire a beautiful wetsuit stripper.
  • 37m 27s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 19.91 mile/hr

After the discouraging swim, I wanted to get going on the bike. The good news about coming out of the water so late is all the fast people are already well in front of me. Right from the beginning I ignored cadence and went right into the big gears figuring this was only sprint. The course was nice with easy rolling hills and no real climbs. I started passing numerous people right from the outset, however I looked down at my bike computer and it was not reading any information. The pace and time just sat on 0.00. Huh - it worked just fine on the walk from the car to the T area. I tried resetting it on the fly, but that didn't work either. Oh well, it looks like I wasn't going to get any timing information at any point during the race. About half way through the bike I felt like I was riding well, but I didn't have any idea of speed or pace. All I knew was I was passing people who were much better swimmer than myself. I kept pushing the pace right up until the end and finally in the last mile I was passed by a couple of the lead women who started 8 minutes behind me. At that point I knew my ride was ok, but not off the charts good. When I arrived back to the T area, it was off the bike and time to run.
What would you do differently?:

Not really sure. I think I pushed the pace to the best of my ability and the ability of my little entry level bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 45s

Once again, transition was slow. I don't wear socks with my bike shoes, so this time includes putting on socks. I've tried running without, but just can't.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster.
  • 21m 59s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 04s  min/mile

Right out of the run, I felt like I had pretty good legs for the first up hill leaving the Marina. However, almost immediately I had to stop to adjust my timing chip which was rubbing against my ankle. This probably cost 10 seconds or so. My goal for the run was to push the pace while paying attention to my turnover. Because I didn't have a watch or mile markers, I really had no idea how I was performing. For the first mile or so, I pretty much stuck with the pace of those around me. After a bit, I felt good and decided to pick it up a little. I found a guy in front of me who was doing some decent passing and stuck behind him for what I am guessing was a half mile or so. Finally, he turned around and asked who he was pacing - I introduced myself and thanked him for his efforts. At this point, I am guessing we were around mile 2ish and I still felt good. I passed my new friend and continued to increase leg turnover a bit. However, now I could hear him behind me. We ended up running the last mile or so together passing a bunch of people. When we hit the final downhill towards the finish we both sprinted and he caught me at the end. I had looked at the running clock on the way out and now seeing the finish time, I guessed that had run 22ish, which would be PR. It turns out my time guess was correct - a 5k PR by 13 seconds. This goes to show how rarely I run the 5k distance.
What would you do differently?:

Push the pace even harder during the first mile.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and watched others finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Set Up Inc does a great job! The race and course was very organized. Fun course!

I will run another Set Up Inc race in the future - probably the April HIM which is held at Lake Anna State Park.

Last updated: 2006-09-29 12:00 AM
00:19:09 | 820 yards | 02m 19s / 100yards
Age Group: 24/36
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: sleeveless
Course: Rectangle lake swim with fairly good chop for a lake.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Below average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 02:20
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:37:27 | 12.43 miles | 19.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 16/36
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Cross-winds
Course: Loop around Lake Anna Marina with rolling hills and strong cross winds.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 01:45
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:21:59 | 03.11 miles | 07m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/36
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Small rolling hills - out and back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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] 4

2006-10-10 10:29 AM

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Chesapeake, VA
Subject: Giant Acorn Triathlon - Sprint

2006-10-10 11:25 AM
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Virginia Beach, VA
Subject: RE: Giant Acorn Triathlon - Sprint
Great race! You might disagree ; but you started the swim in the middle of the pack and you were swimming well until you got submerged , and then you got it together to finish strong, all good things, and your bike and run were strong!!!
2006-10-10 11:34 AM
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DC Metro, slowly working my way to NC
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Subject: RE: Giant Acorn Triathlon - Sprint
Good job - I think I would have gone nuts with no watch!
2006-10-11 1:31 PM
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Charlottesville, VA
Subject: RE: Giant Acorn Triathlon - Sprint
Nice race. Pretty enjoyable time for me as well -- you can see my race report further down the list.
2006-10-11 3:43 PM
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Subject: RE: Giant Acorn Triathlon - Sprint

Another great race. Great job recovering on the swim. I've heard of a lot of people losing their entire race after a good crush. Nice bounce back.

I liked your race-within-a-race for the last part of the run. It's always a little more fun having a real face push you to the end.

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