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Island Lake Triathlon, Fall - Sprint Course - Triathlon


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Brighton, Michigan
United States
Element Events
70F / 21C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 17m 26s
Overall Rank = 23/197
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 3/23
Pre-race routine:

Since this was a Thursday afternoon race and I had never done it before, I showed up early to get my packet and set up transition. It was at this point I realized I forgot my orthotics, so I jumped in the car and sent the next 50 minutes going back to get them. I still made it back in plenty of time. There was no reason to get there too early, as it turned out that they assign transition spots totally by race number, to the individual spot on the rack where you are at.
Event warmup:

Short bike ride to get pedals and shoes all set, and then did a few hundred yards in the water.
Swim
  • 13m 12s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 30s / 100 yards
Comments:

Once again, due to my inclination to start too far on the outside, I was a little far out for most of the race. Didn't cut it close to the buoys, and ended up a bit outside on the final stretch, probably costing me 20 seconds or so. Feel like I probably could have pushed this a little harder, but hadn't been swimming as much after my last race.
What would you do differently?:

Start more to the middle, push a little harder.
Transition 1
  • 01m 2s
Comments:

Took too long to get into shoes once in the bike, but otherwise this was good.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Bike
  • 36m 23s
  • 12.4 miles
  • 20.45 mile/hr
Comments:

Kept coughing all the way through this, never felt like I was going at my best. Didn't hit the hills as well as I should have, and my legs just felt tired out there. Wasn't a bad ride, but certainly not one of my better ones.
What would you do differently?:

Keep riding more until the season is truly over.
Transition 2
  • 00m 40s
Comments:

Good as always.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Run
  • 26m 12s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 27s  min/mile
Comments:

As normal, this was my weak link. My legs felt pretty toasted for some reason, when I actually expected to handle this better. It could have been the hills, I'm not sure. I tried to not pay attention to who was passing me, as I couldn't tell who was in my heat and who had started in the heats in front of me. Eventually I latched on to a woman who passed me and was determined to keep pace off of her. Normally I think I would have been faster than her, but I just couldn't go...still coughing and spitting some. Stayed with her until passing her at about the .5 miles to go mark. I was cramping up in the final .1 miles or so, and she passed me with a burst of speed right before the finish line. Good effort by her. I was just glad to have her to hang on to for a couple of miles, otherwise I might have fallen farther off.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure on this one. Probably have my lunch earlier, as that might have contributed to my cramp.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched out and watched the finishers, waited for the awards ceremony.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Didn't focus the same on training after the Ludington race, wasn't specifically ready for this event. Also, didn't do a good job with having a late lunch for an evening race!

Event comments:

They give bottles of wine to the top 3 in each (legal) AG! I got a bottle of merlot for holding off the 4th place guy by 10 seconds!!! Nice race to close out the season with!




Last updated: 2013-08-22 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:13:12 | 880 yards | 01m 30s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/23
Overall: 11/197
Performance: Average
Garmin agreed with this distance for once.
Suit: Wetsuit
Course: Out, over, back
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
T1
Time: 01:02
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
Biking
00:36:23 | 12.4 miles | 20.45 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/23
Overall: 27/197
Performance: Average
Garmin listed this just a little bit shorter.
Wind: None
Course: ILRA roads are nice, some hills, mostly shaded.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 86
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:40
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:26:12 | 03.1 miles | 08m 27s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/23
Overall: 76/197
Performance: Below average
Garmin agreed.
Course: Seem grass, some sidewalk, mostly shaded. A few hills that hurt, especially one coming right out of T2.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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] 4

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2013-09-18 11:55 AM
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Not bad at all on that run considering your PF issues this season.  And solid swim/bike times.  You have officially beaten my fastest course time by about four minutes Cry  Good work on snagging the coveted wine bottle award!
2013-09-18 12:25 PM
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They say in a sprint that every second counts - and I see that's true here, as you bagged the bottle by 10 seconds!  Nicely done!

Great race to end the season - even if it didn't feel that way, the results are very solid.

Congrats on the podium!

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2013-09-18 12:36 PM
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Awesome job!

As for the woman at the end? Maybe you can just out-plank her at the gym or something Wink

2013-09-18 1:11 PM
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Originally posted by Asalzwed

Awesome job!

As for the woman at the end? Maybe you can just out-plank her at the gym or something Wink


If I would've had a pair of pants like yours, I would've probably won the whole thing. Or if I was following those pants of yours, I would've set a new course record. haha
2013-09-18 3:32 PM
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Nice race...smokin' swim time.  And nice podium loot.  Laughing


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Nice job on the podium finish!
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