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mini-Mussel Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Geneva, New York
United States
Musselman Triathlon
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 27m 53s
Overall Rank = 173/502
Age Group = 40-45
Age Group Rank = 11/41
  • 11m
  • 500 yards
  • 02m 12s / 100 yards

Swimming is always my worst part of a tri due to severe anxiety. Usually I'm hyperventilating for the first 200 meters or so before I can settle down. For some reason, this race was totally different. Despite swimming in the pack (I usually aim for the back or the side), I didn't have any anxiety. This made for a much better swim. Shaved off 23 seconds from last year, but more importantly felt good doing it.
What would you do differently?:

Once I rounded the buoy, perhaps I could have swam more aggressively. But I felt so good I didn't want to push it.

Also, I decided to remove my wetsuit in the water instead of in transition. Not sure if that was a good decision. 90% of it peeled right off, but the last little bit was tricky. Nonethless - - I didn't have to run in it, and I think that may have been a positive. So I think I'd do it again.
Transition 1
  • 01m 40s

Best time in transition yet. Not sure how I could really take off much time. I had a great position in the transition area by pure luck of the draw.
What would you do differently?:

  • 49m 37s
  • 15 miles
  • 18.14 mile/hr

I actually thought I was doing worse than I ended up doing. There was a headwind going out, and it seemed like I was moving pretty slow. So many guys passed me (and they started two waves behind). It ended up that I was going 18.4 mph, which is exactly the speed I did last year. I need to figure out how to get to the next level on the bike . . .

Also, I CANNOT drink on the bike in a race. I just don't seem to have good enough balance. This is going to be a problem in a longer race.
What would you do differently?:

Buy some aero bars and get that cool bottle that hangs between them. So I can just lean over and drink.
Transition 2
  • 01m 23s

The only hold up I had here was that I really needed to drink. So I spent a few extra seconds doing that. This is definitely a place I could knock of 30 seconds if I was drinking on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Drink on the bike!
  • 24m 13s
  • 3 miles
  • 08m 04s  min/mile

The run was the highlight of this tri. I knew I was close to a PR and was able to really push. I definitely had good energy. My rate was 24 sec/mile faster than I've ever run before.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more on the bike.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think the main barriers I have are:

1. Need to drink more water on the bike.
2. Need to work on increasing cycling cadence
3. If anxiety on the swim stays at a low ebb, maybe I can push myself more. I tend to merely swim this as opposed to trying to race it.

Event comments:

This race is sooo well run. I can't say enough good things about it. Tons of volunteers, a great course, so organized. Beautiful setting. It's got it all!

Last updated: 2007-07-16 12:00 AM
00:11:00 | 500 yards | 02m 12s / 100yards
Age Group: 18/41
Overall: 268/502
Performance: Good
Suit: wetsuit
Course: starts in the water, triangular, out 200m, back 300m.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:40
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:49:37 | 15 miles | 18.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/41
Overall: 192/502
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:23
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:24:13 | 03 miles | 08m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/41
Overall: 146/502
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back, totally flat. Nice breeze off the lake.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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

2007-07-16 4:57 PM


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