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Race Result

Racer: Kevin Jones
Race: Kinetic Sprint
Date: Sunday, April 22, 2007
Location: Lake Anna, VA
Race Type: Triathlon - Sprint
Age Group: Male 40 - 44
Time: 1:38:30
Overall Place: 158 / 332
Age Group Place: 23 / 48
Comment: Cold swim, but a great day.

Race Report:

Couldn't have asked for a nicer day, though the water was pretty cold. The lake actually warmed up 3 degrees from the day before- the half IMers swam in 53 degrees, the sprint was in a tepid 56. I dropped $20 on a neoprene cap the day before and was glad I did! 21 men (out of 332) opted to run 2 miles instead of doing the swim. They were allowed to complete the race, though they were DQed and not eligible for prizes.

Swim (5/48): My swim split was faster than I expected, especially considering the cold water shock for the first 200yds (though I did get in about 15 minutes prior to my wave start), and the first open water swim I've done in years. I'm sure the wetsuit helped quite a bit... first time I've used one. Then again, I wanted to get out of the water as soon as possible....

Bike (20/48): The bike course wasn't as hard as I expected, especially for not having been on the road much this year due to the weather. (Bought the bike at Princeton last month and have only been on it ~6 times.) I was happy to avg 20mph. Still got passed by plenty of folks though...

Run (38/48): A little disapointed with my run, but my legs were cramping so I had to stop and stretch a few times (need to do more bricks!). Bottom line: I'm a slow runner...

Overall I was happy with my finish since my goal was 1:45. 1:38.5 put me solidly in the middle of the pack. Also, this was a warm up for Columbia and I came away with some areas to work on. I.e. I can shave some time off of my tranitions, especially T1.

On a final note, great to see other MMTC folks there. Special thanks to Tim Coulson who did the Half the day before but stuck around to cheer on the sprinters.