Charles Island Triathlon - Triathlon

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Milford, Connecticut
United States
Total Time = 1h 17m 33s
Overall Rank = 46/
Age Group = 30-34M
Age Group Rank = 7/
Pre-race routine:

Finally, my triathlon debut. My training for several sprints / 1 olympic triathlon began in November of 2012. After 7 months, I had re-learned to swim and improved my bike and run and was ready for a summer of races. That all changed when I was on a training ride in April. I took a flight over my cycle handlebars, landed on my shoulder and shattered my right collarbone. I needed surgery and was sidelined for over 3 months. I was only cleared by the doc at the end of July to resume training so I hurriedly got myself in good enough shape to compete in my first race. My only goals were to finish in under 1.5 hrs, to have fun and not crash again!
Event warmup:

Did this race with a friend Jimmy who is a triathlon veteran. He's done 30ish olympics, 1 half and finished IM FL last year. His parent beach house was close to the race start so we rode our bikes the 2 miles to the venue. He gave me useful tips and helped me lay out my transition area.This was not only my first tri, but my first OWS and first time in a wetsuit. We did a light warmup in the water. I was amazed at how much easier it was to swim with a wetsuit. I wore my HRM in the water, which didn't work out too well. I didn't have HR data during the entire race. Also, my GPS was screwy so I didn't have distance or pace either.
  • 13m 32s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 32s / 100 yards
What would you do differently?:

Practice OWS and sighting, Swim training was also limited due to recent return from injury. In the end, very pleased with my 1st triathlon swim as I swim a much slower half mile in a lap pool.
Transition 1
  • 02m 2s

Had trouble getting out of my wesuit as I would have expected. I was not able to run from the beach to the transition area as I was slightly disoriented and out of breath. Although I have no comparison I think my time was downright bad. I took my time though and have no real regrets.
What would you do differently?:

  • 36m 22s
  • 12 miles
  • 19.67 mile/hr

Because of the injury I hadn't really done much road riding, partly due to late release from doc and also due to the psychological aspect. I had however done a ton of trainer riding and discovered Sufferfest which kept me in good bike fitness. I only noticed the day before the race that I could not shift from the big ring to the small ring. I rushed the bike to the shop and was told the derailer was bent. Likely from my accidnet and I just never noticed when I had it on the trainer. Had to do the course in the big ring only - luckily it was a flat course.

Felt good on the bike. Got a cramp after first mile and downed a Hammer Gel and swigged some water. Another cramp about 2/3 through course and did the same thing. Think all the gel and water was a little too much for my stomach. Although the calf cramp went away my stomach felt no bueno on the run.

Nice flat course with marshalls directing traffic. Made sure to thank them at each intersection. Happy with bike performance on my road bike.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe slow down a bit? Learning experience being my first triathlon, but my run wasn't great. Hard to say if taking it easier on the bike would have saved time on the run? Not take the second gel and instead ride the cramp out.
Transition 2
  • 00m 56s

Completely unremarkable transition.
  • 24m 39s
  • 3.2 kms
  • 07m 37s  min/km

Due to the injury didn't get any brick work in. Lets felt tired and heavy at the start. Stomach felt not so good due to all the gel and water swishing around. Felt like I was moving very slowly and working very hard to move at that pace. No data on watch to give indication to HR or pace /distance so just settled into a slightly uncomfortable pace and trudged on. Started on a slight hill which was not fun. Made a few turns and ran along the boardwalk to a turn-around point. Knew I could make it once I hit the turn-around. Made sure to give out encouragement on the course.
What would you do differently?:

Need more run training since the injury. I know I am capabale of having a significantly faster run time.
Post race
Warm down:

Streched, ate some watermelon and drank some water. Road our bikes back to the house - great warm down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Recent return from extended injury did not allow me to train at full potential. Was a learning experience as 1st triathlon. Had a blast and look forward to many more! Improvements to be made but can't complain about performance in my debut!

Event comments:

Liked the course. Was the 1st year. Would do it again if they repeate next year.

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Last updated: 2013-08-17 12:00 AM
00:13:32 | 880 yards | 01m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/
Overall: 52/
Performance: Good
Course: Triangle course, 1/2 mile. I stayed to the back and outside and just swam in my own space. There wasn't much contact, largely because this was a small event. I felt slightly uncomfortable on the first leg of the triangle. I overshot the first buoy by a bit but on the second leg (the longest leg which ran parallel to shore) I managed to settle into a rhythm and felt comfortable. Was a bit disoriented when I got out of the water and was out of breath. Walked to T1.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:02
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:36:22 | 12 miles | 19.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/
Overall: 43/
Performance: Good
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:56
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:39 | 03.2 kms | 07m 37s  min/km
Age Group: 7/
Overall: 46/
Performance: Below average
Course: Mostly flat out and back. Partially on boardwalk with very scenic views.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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