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Race Result

Racer: Jose Torres
Race: Giant Acorn
Date: Sunday, October 2, 2011
Location: Bumpass, VA
Race Type: Triathlon - Sprint
Age Group: Male 35 - 39
Time: 1:24:27
Overall Place: 132 / 366
Age Group Place: 5 / 63
Comment: Great finish to the season, PR on the 5K

Race Report:

Progress, Progress, Progress.

My 8th and best triathlon so far. Even though I have area's I could have done better. I improved my average 5K time by 5 minutes. This was also my longest swim so far.

Swim 750m 18:13 (2:13 per 100 yds)(205 OA)

T1 2:46 (94 OA)

Bike 20K 37:09 (20.07 MPH)(98 OA)

T2 1:52 (57 OA)

Run 5k 24:27 (7:53 pace) (166 OA)

It was 42 degrees at start time with a 10 mile an hour wind. We had to leave the Transition area at 9:45 and my wave started at 10:24. So I froze my %#&@ off for 39 minutes.

Swim: But my reward was 72 degree water that felt like warm tea compared to the 42 degree air. This was an in water start, so we had to tread water for about 3 minutes and the horn went off. This is my longest swim of the season, I was a little anxious. But I was confident I could do it. I tried to draft, but I guess you need to slow down a little to draft; I kept hitting the guy’s feet. I will need to work on that. For my first 1/2 mile swim I made it out pretty good. I was not as tired as I thought I would be.

T2: because of the cold air I had already decided I would put on my cycling jacket. The swim suit came off with ease, shoes and helmet on and go. There was a lot of traffic getting out of T1, adding about 25 seconds to my time.

Bike: second race with no computer, happy I didn’t have it. If I knew I was going so slow I would have pushed harder and maybe would have affected my run. The course was very windy and started with 5 miles @ 1 to 2 percent grade. Not a mountain but when you are trying to catch your breath from the swim and T1 and hydrate you prefer a mix up and this was straight positive grade. The back end of the course was very fast, either flat of rollers. Just as in my last race the best part of my bike leg was passing a FEXY at mile marker 8, same FEXY that left T1 before me.

T2: this was very fast, rack bike, change shoes, GO (1:52 52 overall)

Run: here is the good and the bad. "The good" I ran the best timed 5K of my life yesterday. "The bad" the reason I ran the best 5K is because the FEXY I passed on the bike passed me about 50 yards out of T2 and all I could do is keep the gap at about 30 yards. At mile 2 I was passed by a fast woman and tried to pace her to Mr. FEXY but I could only hold her pace for about a 1/2 mile and got to within 15 yards. With about 4/10 of a mile to go we made a right hand turn and he turned and saw me and took off. BTW Mr. FEXY and I were in the same AG and were racked next to each other. The last 10th of the run went through the woods and I did not see him again. But the competition helped me run my best time.

What else can you ask for? We talked after and he said he had never run so fast, and that this was the first time he felt like he was racing against someone vs. just the clock.