Women's Triathlon Festival - Super Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonMini Sprint

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Herald, California
United States
TBF Racing
86F / 30C
Total Time = 46m 27s
Overall Rank = 81/89
Age Group = 40-39
Age Group Rank = 27/29
Pre-race routine:

We left at 4am to get there on time. My husband Matt drove, and our housemate Rob came along as my bike mechanic, since I still don't know how to re-assemble my bike. We listened to a Radiolab podcast on stress on the 2 and 1/2 hour ride. That may not have been the best idea, since I started getting stressed! But, as we approached the location I got super-happy and excited. I was finally going to do my first triathlon!
Event warmup:

We checked in, and I did a little stretching and just chatted with other women. When it was time to start the swim, I jumped in the lake and was happy about the warm, bathtub-like water. I chatted with other contestants and warmed up in the water.
  • 00m
  • 200 yards
  • / 100 yards

This was my favorite part! I completely relaxed and swam freestyle just like I was supposed to. I kept on bumping into people doing backstroke, so I cut around everyone and passed a lot of people. It was surreal, swimming in this warm water with only about 4 feet of visibility. I went to the outside of the pack, since everyone else was so slow. It reminded me of that Harry Potter movie with the underwater lake scene. It was surreal to swim and see these beautiful water plants come up from the bottom.

Matt and Rob later commented on how surprising it was that I was passing everyone. It was a great confidence-booster.
What would you do differently?:

Next time I will start at the front, on the outside. I will also get some water shoes as it was not fun stepping on sharp rocks.
Transition 1
  • 00m

This was hard. As I got out of the water, gravity hit all 270 lbs of me and I slowed down. Other women were running out of the water and moving quickly, and I couldn't catch my breath to run. I enjoyed sitting on my towel and it took a while to dry my feet enough to get my socks and shoes on.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions, work on cardio and my fitness, get triathlon shoes.
  • 00m
  • 4 miles
  • 0.00 mile/hr

This was worrying me, I am not strong on the bike, and the week before was the first time I had ridden at least 5 miles. It wasn't bad, but a few people passed me. That is ok, I just relaxed into it and rode. I have an old road bike and it performed well. I was able to pass people on mountain bikes or comfort bikes, but anyone who had any ride experience on a road bike passed me quickly.
What would you do differently?:

I would train more on the bike, at least twice a week. I also need to get some good bike shoes, as the ones I have are uncomfortable.
Transition 2
  • 00m

I was just grateful to get off the bike! I mean, I did it! I did my hardest part! Thank you! Again, I felt like I had not caught my breath, but oh well, I moved slow and just racked my bike, changed my shoes and socks and went on.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure, I just need more training.
  • 00m
  • 1 miles
  •  min/mile

So, I made it this far, the last mile should be easy, right? This was harder than I thought. Now, when I first started training in April, I could not run at all. I finally can now run 3 miles without stopping, but after the bike, I had no energy to run. I tried at first, and nothing happened, I only could walk. It took about an 1/8th of a mile before I could start jogging. I just couldn't catch my breath. In fact, the only time I felt like this before was during an asthma attack.

Eventually I got my running legs back, and was able to do a slower version of my normal ultra-slow run. I knew I was slow, but didn't care. In fact, a power-walker passed me easily. I was able to pass a few people,

The best part of this was seeing the other women of all ages, shapes and sizes. I gave them encouragement when I saw they were struggling like me. That was wonderful. When I encouraged them, I felt their encouragement for me!

When I got close to the finish line, I couldn't believe it. I was finishing! There was my husband, cheering for me! I passed the finish line and heard my name called. That was priceless.
What would you do differently?:

I need to practice brick workouts. I also need to increase my cardio and run faster, as well as run longer. I also am desperately in need of new running shoes.
Post race
Warm down:

I got some water and caught my breath, and then hugged my husband. The food they provided was pasta, and I can't eat wheat, so I eat a piece of fruit, and then some yummy coffee.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I need to get into better cardiovascular shape, and definitely lose some weight. I am 100 lbs overweight, and although tall, I know losing weight will help my times. I have thyroid problems, so losing weight is not as simple as it was before.

Event comments:

Good race! They were short on volunteers, but it was a great first race.

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Last updated: 2012-09-16 12:00 AM
00:00:00 | 200 yards | / 100yards
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 0/89
Performance: Good
I don't know! They didn't time it.
Suit: Tri top and bottom - no wetsuit
Course: Open-water swim.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:00:00 | 04 miles | 0.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 0/89
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: It was a pretty flat course with a small rolling hill.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:00:00 | 01 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 0/89
Performance: Below average
Super slow...
Course: First grass, then asphalt, then dirt rolling hills. It was out and back again. There was supposed to be a water station at the turnaround point, but it wasn't there.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4