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Is anyone here?ZeGopha
May 16, 2003 12:37 PM
Just checkin, seems like nothin ever gets posted here. Let me know if you are here, otherwise, well, I guess the world ends.
I'm here...brider
May 16, 2003 2:04 PM
...at least a couple times a day (Mon-Fri). True, it seems there's very little traffic on this board. I try to respond to most everything that's posted, but as I'm not doing multi-sport at this point, I really don't have much in the way of questions.
I'm here...Damn
May 16, 2003 4:20 PM
and I also check in a couple times a day. I just don't reply much since I'm a beginner. I'll be doing my second tri, (sprint), tomorrow so I have the nervous stomach already. I'll have to go to bed soon since it's about an hour drive to the race. I just finished packing my bag and putting the bike next to the door. I couldn't run at all this past week since my knee has been bothering me. I'll see how I do tomorrow. Hopefully I won't tank on the swim like last time. I'm also going to try and use some aero bars for the first time. I bought them a week ago and took I few rides on them. I feel comfortable on them but I don't know how much they can help in a sprint.
Good luck, well, a little lateZeGopha
May 17, 2003 7:26 AM
Your probably getting back from the race now instead of going, but good luck and good job. Hmmm, this seems to be the rehab board. I'm also having an injury related problem, My first race is in two weeks. I'm going to limp through it with minimal run training; unfortanetly the rest of the season looks like it's going to be a wash for me. have fun competing.
Race results from 2nd raceDamn
May 18, 2003 3:50 PM
Well, I did better on the swim. The bike was slower than the first but the course was hillier. I lost time on the run. I took some powerade at the end of the bike and got a cramp in my side that stayed with me for most of the run. I never get cramps while just out riding, maybe it was due to the level of exertion. I guess it's a learning thing and next time I won't take any. I didn't drink anything during the first race and didn't even feel I needed it. I just took some since I had it on my bike. I don't think I even need to hydrate for a sprint race. I've registered for four more races so hopefully I'll do better next time.

second race

place in age group (35-39) 15 out of 49 people
overall 107 out of 500 people
age 35
swim 14:48 rate 1.5
bike 33:45 mph19.9
run 25:09 pace 8:07
overall time 1:13:41

First Race
12 place out of 32
90 overall out of 300
35 age
swim 15:47 rate 1.4
bike 34:49 22.1 mph
run 22:06 pace 7:08
overall time 1:12:41
Yah, heresctri
May 19, 2003 7:33 PM
had my first race of the year today,
Deceided to race up with the elites (draft legal even!) and it was an experiance if nothing else.

There is lots I can learn from it, and it was a good measure of how my training is going.

Egads I am sore.

RC
Yah, hereDamn
May 20, 2003 6:04 AM
So what did you think of being able to draft? I think biking is my one strengths so I don't know how I'd feel about drafting. Can you find someone and work together and keep swapping pulls? In the two races I've done, the biking leg is kind of frustrating. People are weaving all over the road or not keeping to the right. It's a hassle trying to pass people as they take the whole lane weaving or they die on uphills in the middle of a pass.
I can just imagine if people could draft. You'd have everyone trying to suck your wheel and I think you may have a few wrecks also.
Draftingsctri
May 20, 2003 11:43 AM
First off, its for the exact reasons that you mention, that most races arent draft legal, and in the case of my race, only the elites went draft legal.

This isnt to say that all triathaletes are poor bike handlers, but the average agegrouper/non-roadie who doesnt train with a big training group isnt going to be comfortable or really safe in a pack.

Secondaly, drafting makes the race a hundred times more stratigic. I unfortunaitally, never got a wheel, and road the course alone out in the wind, which gave the front pack of men a large lead and better legs for the run.

Oh well, live and learn

RC