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Angels Race - TriathlonSprint

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Lynchburg, Virginia
United States
Angels Foundation
48F / 9C
Total Time = 1h 18m 23s
Overall Rank = 35/188
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 7/23
Pre-race routine:

I ate a banana and yogurt around 6:00 am.
Event warmup:

Rode my bike from the hotel to the race site.
  • 04m 51s
  • 328 yards
  • 01m 29s / 100 yards

I was the 121st starter, but thankfully there was a 2 minute break after number 119. I passed number 120, and had wide open lanes for the rest of the swim.
Transition 1
  • 02m 15s

I felt like I was going pretty fast, but compared to other's times, it was really slow. Also, I forgot to put on my gloves. Normally, if it's warm enough I don't wear gloves anyway, but it would have been nice to have them in that cold/wet weather.
What would you do differently?:

I'd like to get some tri shoes, so I don't have to worry about tying them. Plus, I imagine they will by lighter and more aerodynamic than my mtn bike shoes.
  • 46m 6s
  • 15.53 miles
  • 20.21 mile/hr

I felt really good on the bike. I must have passed about 20 people, and I got passed by 1. Looking back, I think I should have actually taken it even harder. One bad thing was I couldn't read my computer. I put saran wrap over it with a rubber band, and it was so wet, I couldn't read it. It would have been helpful to see my cadence.
What would you do differently?:

I think next time I will step up my effort on the bike just a smidge.
Transition 2
  • 02m 34s

I did horrible on this. I've done this transition tons of times when I do bricks, but this one was the worst. I fumbled forever with the buckle on my race belt, trying to get it buckled. Part of the problem was that my fingers were really cold and numb, but the main thing was that I attached the number to the belt backwards. So, when I put the belt on, the buckle was facing inward instead of out.
What would you do differently?:

Next time, I will make sure I put the number on the belt correctly. Also, I think I will buckle the belt in front, and then twist the number around to the front, rather than trying to do the buckle behind my back.
  • 22m 39s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 17s  min/mile

I felt pretty good on the run until the last hill where I got a side stitch. I haven't gotten a side stitch in a long time.
What would you do differently?:

I normally don't get side stitches, so it's hard to say what I'd do differently to prevent it. I think maybe I shouldn't have eaten the banana and yogurt before the race. Normally, I don't eat anything before my morning workouts.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched a little bit, then jogged from the race finish back to the TA.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being a newbie. I think now that I've gotten some experience, it will help in the next race.

Event comments:

Apart from the weather, this was a very good race! The volunteers were awesome, and there were tons of them. I'm looking forward to doing it again.

Last updated: 2007-02-16 12:00 AM
00:04:51 | 328 yards | 01m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/23
Overall: 23/188
Performance: Average
Suit: tri shorts and top
Course: pool snake swim
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:15
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:46:06 | 15.53 miles | 20.21 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/23
Overall: 26/188
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: I heard horror stories about the hill at the end of this course, but I didn't think it was that bad. One of my normal courses has 3 hills that are all worse than this one. It did have a bunch of 90 degree turns that were annoying.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 02:34
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:22:39 | 03.11 miles | 07m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/23
Overall: 48/188
Performance: Average
Course: Nice course, except for all the puddles. The streets were all blocked off, so we could run down the middle of the road, which was nice. There was a killer hill at the end.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2007-04-16 1:16 PM

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2007-04-16 2:10 PM
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Two seat rocket plane
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Great job, you had an excellent race. Way to persevere on the bike! It was a tough day to race.
2007-04-17 3:04 AM
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"Rode from the hotel to the race"    For some reason I'm not surprised!  No need to break your routine! 


2007-04-17 7:56 AM
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What a smok'n race! Way to heat it up on that cold, cold, cold rainy day!!
2007-04-17 8:57 AM
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Great job on your first race!  And you placed very well within your age group.  Usually your age group is the toughest and you did very, very well!

Congrats, Triathlete!

2007-04-18 9:11 AM
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Awesome job!!

Learning how hard to push yourself in a race will come with time.  Trial and error.  Great job overall.  Question on your "tying my shoes" comment.  Do you have MTN bike shoes that you have to tie??

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