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Little Pepper 2007 - TriathlonSprint

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Culpeper, Virginia
United States
Setup Events, Inc.
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 26m 58s
Overall Rank = 47/189
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 10/26
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:30 AM and had 1 pop tart, and a gatorade. Packed up the Jeep and drove down. Arrived about an hour and a half before the race start and got a prime transation spot. Had an accelerade gel about 30 minutes before the race.
Event warmup:

Light stretching before the swim.
  • 10m 31s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 17s / 100 yards

I started off fast to separate myself from the pack and have some open water to swim with. Sighting was going great for the first half of the race and then I was swimming towards the sunlight and could not see a thing. A nice volunteer was good enough to swat the water in front of me and tell me I was off course and needed to swim directly right or I was going to get a two minute penalty. Thank goodness she was there. :-) Overall swim felt good, though I may like my sleeveless wetsuit better than my full.
What would you do differently?:

Pop the goggles up when I cannot see so I do not go off course. I really need to practice sighting as this is the second race this year where I have been really off course.
Transition 1
  • 02m 1s

My transition time was my best yet and everything went pretty well considering this was my first time taking a full wetuit off. I did not have my bike in the proper gear and lost my lead trying just to get on the bike. It took me 7-8 times of starting and stopping before I got going and 2 people in my age group passed me while I was trying to get started. This all happened after T1 so it did not count towards my T1 time.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure bike is in lowest gear
  • 48m 38s
  • 15.7 miles
  • 19.37 mile/hr

This was only my second time on the new bike and I was really happy I had it. The new bike defintely climbs better than the old one (though I still stink at climbing) and is faster downhill. This was a fun and very pretty ride with lots of volunteers to make sure you went the right way. Overall I was very happy with my time and perfomance. The event description said 15 miles but my computer said 16.3 and two other peoples computers said 16.2.
What would you do differently?:

I need to work on hills. Where I train (W&OD) is flat and all the race courses are hilly.
Transition 2
  • 01m 25s

This was fine. I was in and out and even had time to grab a quick drink of water.
What would you do differently?:

  • 24m 24s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 51s  min/mile

The course was very hilly and my toughest run course to date. I was absolutely shocked and happy to see my time as I felt like everyone was passing me. I was so fed up with being passed that a 35 year old guy passed me with 30 feet left and though I was exhausted, I went into an all out sprint, caught him and beat him by a second. Of course I almost got sick from the effort as I had given all I thought I had by this point but at least he did not beat me.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I went as hard as I could on a tough course.
Post race
Warm down:

I went and floated in the lake to cool off.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Overall this was a good race. I survived, made some new friends and had some decent splits even though I only had the new bike for a few days.

Event comments:

This was a really good race site enhanced by a lot of wondeful volunteers, pretty scenery. As a bonus I was able to meet up with a bunch of great BT's after for some food and relaxation!

Last updated: 2007-02-06 12:00 AM
00:10:31 | 820 yards | 01m 17s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/26
Overall: 7/189
Performance: Average
Suit: Full Xterra over tri suit
Course: Rectangular course
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:01
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:48:38 | 15.7 miles | 19.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/26
Overall: 83/189
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: A few great straightaways and a ton of big and small hills
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Below average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:25
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:24 | 03.11 miles | 07m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/26
Overall: 61/189
Performance: Good
Course: This was a very hilly course.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %1.8
Overall: 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? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-06-17 9:44 PM

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Reston, VA
Subject: Little Pepper 2007

2007-06-18 5:47 AM
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Subject: RE: Little Pepper 2007
Dan -

WOW - pretty much 20mph on that bike. And I can't believe the run avg. I'm impressed. So great meeting you yesterday. Have an awesome week.


Edited by mswrites 2007-06-18 5:50 AM
2007-06-18 6:23 AM
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King George, VA
Subject: RE: Little Pepper 2007
Nice race!  Dang you're a fast swimmer.  My bike comp said 15.6 I think.  I definitely was thinking I was averaging faster than the pace I ended up with (15 mi / my official time).  New bikes rock!  That run was TOUGH!
2007-06-18 7:47 AM
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Sneaky Slow
Herndon, VA,
Subject: RE: Little Pepper 2007

19.99 MPH.  I think actually the bike course was 16.21 miles.  That ought to put you into the 20s.  Seriously, you really rocked that course yesterday... really impressive splits on a tough course.

Enjoyed meeting you and the other BTers yesterday... now take it easy and get some rest for the next day or so... then back on the horse for Luray. 

and next time we need to remember to grab some Reeses' after the race.   

2007-06-18 7:52 AM
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Subject: RE: Little Pepper 2007
Great race. Like a fish in the water even being off line a little.
2007-06-18 8:30 AM
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Extreme Veteran
Reston, VA
Subject: RE: Little Pepper 2007
Nice race yesterday!  Incredible splits, especially on the run.  Maybe I should start eating pop tarts as a pre-race breakfast =)

2007-06-18 1:52 PM
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Subject: RE: Little Pepper 2007
Great race report, and a fine performance! I had a great time hanging out with you and the other BT'rs, and I look forward to racing with you in the future! Thatrun looked brutal - that's worth a medal by itsself! Again, great job! ~ Joe
2007-06-18 9:50 PM
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Congrats on a great were super fast on a very challenging course.
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