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Richmond, Virginia
United States
Set-Up Events
80sF / 0C
Total Time = 1h 29m 11s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 9/13
Pre-race routine:

Woke up after a not-so-good night of sleep, ate some Mojo and drank a diet Pepsi and then drove across the street to the race. (Sad, I know, but I wanted my car there afterwards...) Got a good spot on my transition rack, checked over my stuff a million times.
Event warmup:

Watching the first 350+ people go. I was #403 into the pool and the first man in actually finished before I even changed into my tri-suit. I met BT Artemis and her husband, which was cool. Nice to know people exist IRL.
  • 08m 22s
  • 300 meters
  • 02m 47s / 100 meters

WHOO WHOO - for my first tri in March, I put down 10 minutes and it took me 11:xx. For my second tri in June, I put down 10 minutes, and it took me 9:54, mostly because I spent a bunch of time swimming up other peoples' backsides (not as enjoyable as it may sound)... So, for this tri, I put 8:45 as my estimated time, passed a few people, and ROCKED THE SWIM. (OK, this is for me - but remember, the girl couldn't even swim in January.) Seriously, I'm thrilled that I'm getting speed and I should be getting distance too.

My only gripe is that I was seriously whacked, once in the stomach and once in the neck by some crazy doing a whack-o frog kick thing. I know when I get to OWS that is to be expected, but I wasn't expecting it in a pool swim (out of the blue from someone coming down the other side of the lane).
What would you do differently?:

Next time, I'm putting 8:00 or 8:15, or even (heaven forbid), get off my butt and register for an OWS tri. ;) One of the ladies in front of me said she planned on doing side-stroke the whole time...goodness. I passed her early on...but I gotta keep lowering my registered swim time, or else I get behind them...AND BESIDES, I'm getting faster! :)
Transition 1
  • 02m 47s

Long run from the pool - ran it. Getting into my socks and bike shoes - all good. Getting a drink - oops, forgot. Running to the mount line and clipping in....well, OK - this is my first tri with clipless. I was able to run better in the shoes than I had expected, but I dinked around with getting in the clips for the first 100-200 meters or so of the ride. After that, the ride was good (see below).
What would you do differently?:

Not stand and look at my bike for a minute before remembering what I was there for. I felt stupid for a minute, but I recovered. ;)

Keep practicing clipping in and out.
  • 44m 40s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 16.70 mile/hr

I passed a few people, got passed by some speed demons, and had a good ride. My bike computer said I was 0.1 mph faster than last race - weird, since that was the pouring rain and today was gorgeous, but oh well. I don't think I've spent enough time with my bike since I was on vacation and riding in loops, but I'm happy with my effort. Also, a little pokey at the dismount - even though I practiced a flying dismount at home, I just unclipped and struggled off the bike at the race.
What would you do differently?:


I think this is one area that is really holding me back - I need to work on my bike speed, ALOT.
Transition 2
  • 01m 33s

T2 went better than I expected. This is the first race where I had to switch from bike shoes to running shoes and it was faster than I hoped. Also, I remembered my race number and my hat and I took off my sunglasses, so this was as good as I could have hoped (minus the flying dismount).
What would you do differently?:

Practice the flying dismount - taking my feet out of shoes and leaping off the bike...

Other than that, I'm pretty happy with my new T2.
  • 31m 51s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 14s  min/mile

I'm not happy with my run...I really hoped to break 30, but it is what it is. I finished strong and happy. AND - to make myself feel better - I was 6/13 on the run (and 10/13 on the swim and bike), so really, I should be proud of my run, right? No, you're right - I'm not and I need to work on it. I think more bricks, more running, more bricks, and more running would help. Yeah, probably. If I could break 30, it would make a big difference.
What would you do differently?:

More bricks, more running. MORE MORE MORE.
Post race
Warm down:

Met the family - as I was entering the chute, I heard little girl voices yelling "Go Mommy! Faster!" So cute - I'm sure I have a dorky grin on my face for my finish photo - not so cute. Ate some pizza and smoothies, met BT MDHillSlug, talked to Artemis again, got my stuff and went home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'd like to blame it all on my vacation last week...I only took 7 seconds off my time from the same course in June. My swim time dropped 1:30, but I added some transition time doing clipless without realizing a significant benefit in the bike leg. My fault, not the shoes. ;) And I'm bummed about the run - maybe I play the run too conservative? MORE BRICKS.

Event comments:

This is the 2nd Set-Up Events race I've done (out of 3) and I've been impressed both times. Everything from packet-pickup to awards goes very smoothly (although the manner of handing out door prizes was a bit ridiculous at today's race) - the important stuff is done right.

Good volunteers and traffic control. Nice folks.

A great race for newbies and nearly newbies.

Last updated: 2007-02-18 12:00 AM
00:08:22 | 300 meters | 02m 47s / 100meters
Age Group: 10/13
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Danskin 1-pc Trisuit
Course: 6-lap snake swim in a 25m pool (my home pool, even!)
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:47
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:44:40 | 12.43 miles | 16.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/13
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Riding in my backyard, basically. Some rollers, it feels more uphill than it is.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:33
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:31:51 | 03.11 miles | 10m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/13
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back, some hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-07-22 8:18 PM

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Out running or enjoying a fine glass of red...
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2007-07-22 8:53 PM
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Nice race.....I got kicked in the swim too......seems like you recovered from it well. 

Keep up the good work.  

2007-07-22 10:34 PM
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Reston, VA
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Great race and nice race report!!

Way to rock the swim - swimming is really hard to pick up and to be where you are already - that is just great!

Congrats again!
2007-07-22 10:47 PM
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Sounds like you pretty much rocked this race from start to finish!  Awesome!  I'm amazed at how much your swim has improved too.  Definitely time for an open water tri!  
2007-07-23 4:31 AM
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An improvement is still an improvement! Take it.
I am astounded that you couldn't swim in January. What an awesome effort!!!

2007-07-23 6:00 AM
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Great rr and kudos on improving your swim time so much, very inspiring!

2007-07-23 7:39 AM
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Winder, GA
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Woo-hoo Kristen! You rocked this race! Getting used to having clipless pedals and shoes does take some time, especially in races. Soon you'll get it down and it'll be no problem! Ready to come to Georgia and race yet??
2007-07-23 8:33 AM
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Williamsburg, VA
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You should be proud!  You have improve tremendously in the swim.  I had a problem getting hit on the swim to. If you did this swim you can do and OWS! Great RR.
2007-07-23 9:40 AM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
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Great race!!  It was great to get to meet you.  You've made a ton of improvement from the first race - congratulations!
2007-07-23 10:54 AM
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Clifton, NJ
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great job!

taking that much time off your swim is a great accomplishment - especially since you say you are coming from a non-swimming background!


2007-07-23 2:23 PM
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you did awesome!  great swim!  you have come so far!

2007-07-23 8:54 PM
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great job improving on the swim time and doing your first tri with the clipless pedals!
2007-07-26 3:00 PM
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Great race Mrs. Mentor.
2007-07-26 10:01 PM
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A farming town in MN
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(how do I keep missing all these great race reports)...great race Kristen...your swim WAS awesome...doesn't it feel great to see improvement from hard work?  I wouldn't fret about your bike and did a good's not too often that we train all 3 disciplines on the same day...consider it great experience...

Great race!

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