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Smithfield, Virginia
United States
63F / 17C
Total Time = 1h 05m 11s
Overall Rank = 23/88
Age Group = 40 - 45
Age Group Rank = 4/11
Pre-race routine:

I got up about 6:45, ate a piece of toast with jam and drank a little bit of water. We left the house at 7:30 for the race. Racked bike, got chip and got marked, then had plenty of time to relax. It was fun to look at all the amazing bikes others had.
Event warmup:

Just stretching.
  • 05m 10s
  • 300 meters
  • 01m 43s / 100 meters

It was warm water and really hot on deck. I passed three people, but didn't get passed by any. I flipped my turns on the far end of the pool and just touched the wall to pass under the lanes. I did flip one turn and went under the lane rope, but I felt like I was slow coming off the wall that way, so I didn't do it again.
What would you do differently?:

I hesistated a few seconds in trying to determine whether I could pass someone or not. Not sure if that can be changed in a short pool swim.
Transition 1
  • 01m 23s

What an improvement over my last tri. Having the TA right outside the pool made a world of difference. Also, it was pleasant outside, so I wasn't trying to bundle up to stay warm on the ride.
What would you do differently?:

  • 33m 1s
  • 10 miles
  • 18.17 mile/hr

Enjoyable ride.
What would you do differently?:

Get a bit more comfortable on the road bike. I am still getting used to the brakes and gears. I had hoped for a 35 minute ride, so I was pleased coming in under that.
Transition 2
  • 00m 47s

This was short because I rode the bike in my running shoes. All I did was take off helmet, rack my bike, take a quick sip of Propel and was on my way. Legs weren't as rubbery as I thought they might be after the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Practicing dismounting and then running with the bike. I took it easy dismounting b/c I didn't want to wipe out then!
  • 24m 52s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m  min/mile

I was TOTALLY thrilled with this PR!!! When I was running, I felt like I was really going slow. Temperature was perfect.
What would you do differently?:

Push a bit harder!!!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, stretched; greeted by Rachel and Josh.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not sure I could have done any better with the amount of training I put in.

Event comments:

Course was WELL marked on the streets, and turns were also staffed with volunteers. Very helpful. Since this was the first Triathlon in Smithfield, I wondered if it would have some glitches, be unorganized, etc. But everything was great -- easy for athletes, good food, plenty of volunteers. Weather was perfect tri weather -- I was very could've been ugly like the week before!

Last updated: 2007-03-01 12:00 AM
00:05:10 | 300 meters | 01m 43s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 17/88
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri suit
Course: 300m snake swim.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:23
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:33:01 | 10 miles | 18.17 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 28/88
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Course was very pretty -- country roads w/ not much traffic. The course map said it was flat, but there were some rolling hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:47
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:52 | 03.11 miles | 07m  min/mile
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 39/88
Performance: Good
Course: Through a bit of historic Smithfield, then onto a deserted road. Out and back course. There was a bit of a hill, which I hadn't realized when we drove the course the day before.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4

2007-03-25 2:11 PM


Subject: Smithfield Sprint Triathlon

2007-03-26 12:10 PM
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Atlanta, Ga
Subject: RE: Smithfield Sprint Triathlon

Fantastic job on the race!  I'm sorry that I didn't get to meet a fellow BTer. 

Keep up the good work and flying off the bike into T2 will become so much easier.

2007-03-26 12:54 PM
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Out running or enjoying a fine glass of red...
Subject: RE: Smithfield Sprint Triathlon
Excellent job & congrats on the run PR! I'm glad someone else rides in running shoes.

2007-03-26 1:34 PM
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Subject: RE: Smithfield Sprint Triathlon
The Smithfield race was a fun way to start the season. No glitches and great volunteer support. I fear the run might have been a little short. Finished 5th in my age group (35-39) and around 30th overall. My first ever VTS event. It was fun will definitely be going back. Visited Jamestowne on the way home -- a great week-end
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