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Nashville, Tennessee
United States
Team Magic, Inc.
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 12m 24s
Overall Rank = 43/425
Age Group = 25-29 Male
Age Group Rank = 2/20
Pre-race routine:

Per the norm, I was running late the morning of the race. Got there 20 min before transition closed, picked up my packet, and set up my bike and transition area as quickly as possible.
Event warmup:

Just walked down to the swim start. Did a few stretches, but that was it.
Swim
  • 06m 20s
  • 400 yards
  • 01m 35s / 100 yards
Comments:

Not my best swim. After the second turn I spotted the wrong buoy, so I went a bit further than I was supposed to before I realized that everyone else (except for one other guy) had already turned. Then going toward the exit we were sighting into the sun, so it was hard to see anything, which made aiming for the exit difficult until you got close to it.
What would you do differently?:

Pay attention when they tell where the course goes. Sight the correct buoy.
Transition 1
  • 02m 12s
Comments:

There was a several hundred yard run to get from the river to transition. That went well. When I got to my spot everything went well, although I feel like I was fumbling just a bit to get everything done quickly. At the mount line I got on my bike but couldn't get clipped in, which was a little embarrassing. But since that was past the timing mat, that added time to my bike leg. Had the fastest transition in my age group, and it looks like the fastest overall was only 1:43.
What would you do differently?:

Practice the transition a little more. Clip in better.
Bike
  • 41m 20s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 17.89 mile/hr
Comments:

Felt great on the bike! Was only passed by 4 people (until the "incident"), and I passed 3! At the end there was a bit of not-so-well-marked course, where we exited Ellington Pkwy and headed back toward transition. The sign pointed straight ahead, but there were cones across the road. There was a course mile marker just past the cones, and there was a rider several hundred yards ahead of me on the road. However, there was also an exit from the Pkwy that was not blocked off, which would have been the obvious way to go if there wasn't a sign that said go straight and a course marker on the other side of the cones! I slowed to a complete stop at the junction and then was passed by a group of three people who yelled at me that this was where we were supposed to get off. As I started following them I saw the guy ahead on the road turning around to come back, so I figured they must be right. Anyway, caught back up to them and finished strong. Felt faster than my time reflects, but again I took a long time to get clipped in and I also stopped on the course.
What would you do differently?:

Practice clipping in. And actually read the course layout, so I don't have to rely on unclear signage (my own fault, I know...).
Transition 2
  • 01m 7s
Comments:

Everything went smoothly here.
Run
  • 21m 27s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 52s  min/mile
Comments:

Felt great on the run. The entire thing was a mental exercise, since there was nobody else on the course! There was a guy who left transition before me that I couldn't catch, then there were two people who passed me, and those were the only people I saw on the entire run. Weird. I was only 3 seconds off my standalone 5K PR, which is awesome!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, ate some fruit, watched the finish line for about an hour.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I was pretty dehydrated from drinking the day before. Also, I wasn't well prepared in terms of knowing the course.


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Swimming
00:06:20 | 400 yards | 01m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/20
Overall: 29/425
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri Suit
Course: Rectangle swim in the Cumberland
Start type: Dive Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 02:12
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
Biking
00:41:20 | 12.43 miles | 17.89 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/20
Overall: 0/425
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: About a mile to get to Ellington Pkwy, then straight out and back from there.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:07
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:21:27 | 03.11 miles | 06m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/20
Overall: 48/425
Performance: Good
Course: Started with an uphill to go across the Pedestrian bridge, then wound through downtown up 1st, down 2nd, then up 3rd until the courthouse, then back across the river and around the stadium to the finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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