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Smithfield, Virginia
United States
Set-up Events
70sF / 0C
Total Time = 1h 23m 26s
Overall Rank = 75/88
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 3/4
Pre-race routine:

Drove to race early, ate Cliff bars on the way (Banana Nut and Blueberry Bliss) and drank Diet Pepsi. Got there before registration opened, so I drove the bike course - a good idea - I saw the wicked curve/uphill that the director was talking about.
Event warmup:

I did nothing. :) I wanted to listen to my iPod, but I apparently packed it so it turned itself on and ran out of batteries. So I watched. I went to the bathroom a million times. I watched more. I broke the zipper on my tri-suit twice. I drank water. I watched even more.

My start wasn't until 1:12:00 after the first starter, so I watched a lot of other people swim and then went out to watch the T1 and T2. Damn, those guys are fast. It was educational and I'm glad I did it.
  • 11m 18s
  • 300 meters
  • 03m 46s / 100 meters

Not a good swim. I wasn't really prepared for swimming with 6-8 people in one lane. No, that's not all. I just suck at swimming. This will be my number one goal for my next sprint.
What would you do differently?:

Swim more. Practice more. Swim more. Practice more.
Transition 1
  • 02m 2s

Not bad. It wasn't as bad as I thought. I was wetter than I thought. I don't remember being so wet when I get out of the pool at the Y. I was smart to unlace my shoes and roll down my socks. That went well.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing I think. Maybe take a quick drink before running my bike out.
  • 38m 19s
  • 10 miles
  • 15.66 mile/hr

The ride went better than I thought. I felt strong through it, even up the wicked hill. I passed a lot of people. I didn't coast except down a couple big downhills (I still need to knee my bike to steady it on the downs).
What would you do differently?:

Drink more. Encourage after saying "On your left."
Transition 2
  • 00m 57s

Wow. I'm fast at T2, since I'm lame and wear running shoes on the bike. :) I'm glad I bought a race belt, that was a good investment.
What would you do differently?:

Remember to take off my sunglasses. I hate running in sunglasses, so I ran with them popped on my head. I'm sure I looked dorky.
  • 30m 52s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 55s  min/mile

I felt like I was running slow. The first 1/2 mile out of T2 felt worse than any brick I've done. After that, it was good, and I was confused when I got to the didn't feel long enough. My mile splits were good.
What would you do differently?:

Run it in faster. I knew I was racing a 10K this coming weekend, so I probably left a little on the table for the end of the run. BUT I'm so proud of myself.
Post race
Warm down:

Drinking orange soda. Thanking the guy who ran in front of me for being such an awesome cheerleader...the man didn't stop encouraging everyone he saw for the whole 3 miles. Faster than him, slower than him, the water table folks, you name it. I told him he was AWESOME.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My swimming.

Event comments:

My post race thoughts are here:

Last updated: 2007-02-17 12:00 AM
00:11:18 | 300 meters | 03m 46s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/4
Overall: 87/88
Performance: Bad
Suit: Danskin Trisuit
Course: Serpentine swim in 6 lane pool.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:02
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:38:19 | 10 miles | 15.66 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/4
Overall: 65/88
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Mostly rural - with a few rollers and one wicked sharp turn & uphill at about half-way out.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:57
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:30:52 | 03.11 miles | 09m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/4
Overall: 74/88
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back, suburban course.
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

2007-03-26 9:18 AM

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Out running or enjoying a fine glass of red...
Subject: Smithfield Sprint Triathlon
My post-race thoughts are here - the things I learned that I didn't want to repeat in my RR.

Edited by enders_shadow 2007-03-26 9:20 AM

2007-03-26 10:40 AM
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Subject: RE: Smithfield Sprint Triathlon
Congrats on your first tri! Good luck on your 10K this weekend.

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

I'm sorry that we didn't get to meet.  We should have arranged a BT meet and greet.

Awesome job on hammering that hill and encouraging others.  That's what makes a race great!  Wearing running shoes on the bike isn't lame!  It makes for a faster T2.  Actually, I helped someone that dropped their chain and they had on running shoes.  (Don't tell anyone because it was outside assistance)

How do you like your hooded sweatshirt?  Great job on the "hardware".

2007-03-26 4:16 PM
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Subject: RE: Smithfield Sprint Triathlon

Great job on your first tri!  I was supposed to be there but was not feeling well.  Anyway, it sounds like you did really well!  Congratulations! 



2007-03-26 5:36 PM
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Wylie, TX
Subject: RE: Smithfield Sprint Triathlon
It is totally awesome that you placed in your first race. I bet you never expected that. Not only are you a Triathlete, but you are an AWARD WINNING TRIATHLETE!!! OK, now on to more important things. Who is taking over for Alford?
2007-03-26 6:44 PM
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northeast Ohio
Subject: RE: Smithfield Sprint Triathlon

Congratulations on your first triathlon!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!                

Loved your RR mostly because it sounds like you had a lot of FUN!  That's what it is all about!


2007-03-26 8:05 PM
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great job!  congratulations triathlete!
2007-03-27 3:24 PM
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First tri?!?  I don't know that you could ask for a much better race! Good on ya

2007-03-27 4:07 PM
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Winder, GA
Subject: RE: Smithfield Sprint Triathlon
Awesome job! You rocked your first tri and I'm sure will have many more successful ones in the future!
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