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Lochgilphead Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Lochgilphead, Scotland
United Kingdom
16C / 61F
Total Time = 1h 20m 1s
Overall Rank = 22/78
Age Group = M Vet
Age Group Rank = 11/30
Pre-race routine:

This is a very small event but I got pretty scared when I noticed that I was in the final heat. To make matters worse there were only 9 people in this heat and some of the names were pretty recognisable. Only one other guy in my lane, a quick google on him revealed that he did the Aberfeldy Middle Distance swim MUCH quicker than me. $hit, I'm in posn 1 and he's in posn 2.
Event warmup:

Two car loads of us went up, so the warm up was the normal affair of trying to see as much of everyones race as possible.
  • 07m 25s
  • 500 meters
  • 01m 29s / 100 meters

Swim took place in a 20m pool. As mentioned earlier I was a bit hyper about holding up the guy behind me so after the first 100m I felt a slight scuff on my feet and got out the way.
Not my best swim ever as:
1. we were going clockwise which is always bad for me.
2. The 20m really threw off my timing for the turns.
The only saving grace was getting a good tow for the last 400m.
What would you do differently?:

I need to improve my tumbleturns when going clockwise.
Transition 1
  • 00m 55s

OK, there were only 9 of us but we all exited the pool pretty close. As a result the transition area suddenly felt pretty tight.
I had wimped out and gone for putting the bike shoes on in T1, so I probably lost a bit of ground there. T1 felt ok though overall despite the fact that I could hear my wife shouting that she had been much faster.
What would you do differently?:

The only thing would be to become more confident at putting the shoes on while on the bike.
  • 37m 20s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 19.98 mile/hr

My worst fears came to fruition.
After about 2 miles 2 guys had passed me and I was now solid last. The back marker.
About a mile further down the road I could no longer see anybody infront of me. This was a lonely cycle. I tried my best to shout out to marshals as I went by them that I thought I was the last man. Rather disheartening when I occasionally got a shout back of "Yes, I know".
I thought I managed to keep up a reasonable pace (for me) and remembered to take my feet out of my shoes before making the final turn.
What would you do differently?:

It's just the story of my triathlons. There is too big a discrepancy between my swim time and my bike/run times.
Transition 2
  • 01m 18s

With the transition area completely to myself this went very smooth.
  • 33m 3s
  • 4.04 miles
  • 08m 11s  min/mile

Much the same as the bike. All alone, trying to inform marshals that I was the last man. I was starting to get worried towards the half way point when I hadn't seen a soul for ages, no marshals and definitely no competitors. I had left my watch off and there had been no distance markers out on the course. Yup, seriously starting to get worried that I may have missed the far turn point. With no reference points , how do tell when to give up?
Finally got to the next turn point, what a relief.
The run back along Crinan Canal was great. Soft surface, tail wind and heading for home. This part of the run flew by. I came back into the finish area and got the loudest cheer I have ever had. I can recomend finishing last.
Post race
Event comments:

My wife won her age group. Absolutely fantastic.

Last updated: 2007-09-23 12:00 AM
00:07:25 | 500 meters | 01m 29s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/30
Overall: 10/78
Performance: Average
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:55
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:37:20 | 12.43 miles | 19.98 mile/hr
Age Group: 18/30
Overall: 31/78
Performance: Good
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:18
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:33:03 | 04.04 miles | 08m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/30
Overall: 38/78
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2007-09-24 4:13 AM

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