Tri-Peacthree City Sprint – Sprint Triathlon
Date of Race: 8/19/217
Total Race Time = 1h 24m 11s
Overall Place = 90/319
Age Group = Male 40-44
Age Group Place = 13/28
Woke at 4:30AM and ate a piece of almond butter toast with cinnamon and drank a cup of coffee. Having packed the night before, I got dressed and made the ~ 1 hour drive to Peachtree City. During the drive I sipped on a premade bottle of Infinit run to have some electrolytes in my system prior to the race.
I hadn’t picked up my race packet, so I did that at check in, numbered up my bike, helmet, etc and headed to transition.
The walk from the car to the transition area helped get my legs going. I also did some dynamic stretching prior to the start. I didn’t get in the water prior to the swim, though it would’ve been a good idea.
About 15-20 mins prior to the start, I consumed a Huma gel for quick energy during the swim and the start of the bike.
On the walk to the start, I ran into Harold Waldrop, a fellow ATC member from Smyrna. We stayed in the swim line together and chatted up until the race start, which kept me from getting too nervous or excited. The swim start was a rolling 2 by 2 start, which is nice to keep everyone from running over each other. I actually prefer this type of start. I swam pretty directly towards the first buoy, only fully raising my head to sight once or twice. One of my primary swim goals was to keep my head down and just keep swimming. This became more difficult than expected during that final 100 meters or so. However, the close the swim exit got, the more focused I became on getting out of the water strong. I swam until my hands hit the bottom, stood up and ran from the water to T1.
Swim Time: 11m:44s
The transition area was all grass, which made for a comfortable run from the water to T1. The entrance to transition was nice and wide, making it very easy to head down each lane. My bike was racked on the far right side of transition in the last section before bike out, making it easy to locate and quick to exit. It took a little longer than expected to wipe the grass and moisture off of my feet, but I was able to move fairly quickly out of transition once I had my shoes on. I did waste a few valuable seconds trying to stick a gel into my tri top. I never consumed this gel, so I will skip it next time for this distance, or have it attached to my bike, if needed. While I do eventually want to premount my shoes to the bike to improve transition and mount times, it would not have been a good idea in this race (with socks) due to the wet grass transition area.
T1 Time: 2m:22s
Honestly, I was looking most forward to the bike leg of the event because of my new tri bike. This would be my first race on my new Cervelo P2 and FLO 60/90 race wheels. The course was mild and rolling with a good bit of uphill out and downhill back. I was able to maintain good power and wasn’t passed by many other athletes. I did struggle somewhat on the hills. I think I attacked them too hard, attempting to pass others, only to be retaken on the downhills. I was able to stay in the aero position for all but the steeper hills and I feel like this made a difference in my time. Drinking from the Torhans bottle between the aero bars was nice, but the top kept flopping open and splashing Infinit all over my bars and Garmin – to the point that it would change screens on my computer due to the touchscreen. I may need to lock the screen settings to prevent this in the future.
Bike Time: 0h:40m:17s
This transition was much quicker. Having already put on my socks, I was able to quickly rack my bike, swap shoes (with Lock Laces) and grab my hat and number. I put both of those on during the run out as usual, to save time.
T2 Time: 1m:10s
Just after exiting transition, my calves tried to cramp on me. However, I was mindful of my heart rate and made sure to keep it dialed back for the first half mile or so. This avoided cramping up and gave my legs time to get going. After the initial half mile (9:39 pace), I was able to increase my pace for the remainder of the run to 9:12. Even though much of the run course was shaded on a path around the lake, it got hot. The end of the run was downhill and fast, but there was an uphill just prior to the finish line.
Run Time: 0h:28m:47s
After finishing, collecting my medal and returning my time chip, I stayed at the finish line to cheer for Harold, who I knew wasn’t far behind me (I had passed him on the run with about a mile to go). After he finished we went to the food area and grabbed a bagel and a water. We both hung around a while waiting for the official times to post. The initial group of results were up, but they hadn’t been updated in a while. After I skimmed back through the results and noticed I was out of an age group podium, I headed back to transition to pack up. I repacked my bag, gathered my bike and exited transition. The area between transition and the finish area (which was on the way back to parking) was natural and wooded, so I carried my bike to avoid punctures, etc. On the way home I had a Clif Bar and continued to drink water.
What would you do differently: Next time I will plan better for nutrition. I won’t worry with a gel on the bike for a sprint distance – or at the very least will have it taped to my bike or in a bento, like in the past. I would like to attach my shoes to my bike and work on a flying mount / dismount to save time during bike transition, but this will take a lot of practice.
Rate your overall experience (1-5) with this race:
This was a well organized event, in a great location. I really liked the course and would do this event again.