Long Beach Island Annual Triathlon/Duathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Brant Beach, New Jersey
United States
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~65F / 0C
Total Time = 2h 06m 1s
Overall Rank = 356/358
Age Group = 45-$9
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

I don't really have a routine yet. Still kind of feeling my way around. I made sure I went to the pre-race clinic and followed some suggestions that worked for me. Other things that they said wouldn't matter (like the gravel in the transition area) did matter to me.
Event warmup:

I went out into the water. Swam a little. Still figuring all of this out.
  • 16m 44s
  • 440 yards
  • 03m 48s / 100 yards

The swim was the hardest portion for me, but it's generally my strongest. I don't have much opportunity to swim in salt water; so I think it was a factor. My last sprint was in a lake. I couldn't see anything then, but it didn't seem to affect me. This time the fact that I couldn't see anything with my face in the water seemed to cause some anxiety. I just did backstroke. I wasn't alone though. I saw a lot of people in my wave doing the same thing. I got through it.
What would you do differently?:

Next year I have to find a way to do some practice open water swims in bay or ocean.
Transition 1
  • 05m 13s

Walking across the rocky parking lot was difficult after the swim. Glad I had a bottle of water to splash my feet.
What would you do differently?:

Put flip flops on the beach at the exit. I couldn't tell if that would work prior to the swim. Now I know it will. Picking my way across the rocks slowed me down even more.
  • 54m 58s
  • 10 miles
  • 10.92 mile/hr

The bike segment went just as I expected. I think the time is what I anticipated almost to the second. The wind on the northbound part of the lap was a little stiff, but not terrible.
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure there's anything I would have done that day. I see the value of the spin classes now. You pedal 100% of the time. Even though I'm working hard on the hills I get little breaks going downhill. On the flat, you pedal 100% of the time.
Transition 2
  • 05m 4s

The big thing about this transition was I had planned a pit stop. I didn't do it on the last tri, and it was an issue. Glad I took the extra minute to do it. Pretty sure it made it possible for me to have a better pace on the run.
What would you do differently?:

Check to see where you leave the transition area for the run. It wasn't clear and I got a little confused. Lost another :30.
  • 49m 17s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 15m 54s  min/mile

Much faster than other walks I've done. I was able to run intervals several times. Really excited about that. Actually sprinted at the end.
What would you do differently?:

Push myself to run more. I'm going to be able to run the full 5K next year (or sooner).
Post race
Warm down:

Wow. I don't really remember it. I was so excited to have finished and celebrating with my friend. I walked around quite a bit. Did some stretching. Ate part of a bagel, drank water and coconut water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training. I know I went into this more unprepared than the one I did four years ago. But I also finished 4 minutes faster overall. There's a lot of room for improvement for me. If I can "wing it" to this degree and still finish, imagine what it could be!

Event comments:

I've only done two tri's. Both with the same organizers; so I don't have any comparison. The one think I would say is that pizza and hoagies as post-race food do not appeal to me. The bagels were ok.

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Last updated: 2012-09-17 12:00 AM
00:16:44 | 440 yards | 03m 48s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 345/358
Performance: Below average
Suit: Tri-top and shorts
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:13
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:54:58 | 10 miles | 10.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 341/358
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Course: Flat, 3 laps, semi-closed course. The pace isn't adding up. The auto calc comes up with 10.92 mph, but I stayed above 10mph. Generally 11-15. The website reports my pace at 12.2.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Time: 05:04
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:49:17 | 03.1 miles | 15m 54s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 351/358
Performance: Good
Course: On the road through a little neighborhood off LBI Blvd. Part along the bay.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3