Got The Nerve? Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania
United States
Got The Nerve? Triathlon
84F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 33m 57s
Overall Rank = 205/528
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 29/52
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early. Had two pieces of toast with peanut butter and glass of orange juice. Put on Tri shorts, loaded up bike, race day bag and small cooler. Drove to race (about 25 minutes).
Event warmup:

Got to event. Set up transition area. Got marked. I did some stretching, and 'drooled' over the really expensive road bikes. Fifteen minutes prior to event got in the very warm lake water (74 degrees). THANK YOU! (No wet suit). Scooted back to transition area for National Anthem and instructions. Off to water for very first triathlon.
  • 13m 5s
  • 500 yards
  • 02m 37s / 100 yards

Unless you can convince about 40 of your closest friends to come swimming with you before hand, there is no way to really prepare for these starts. I had read about people panicking, and now I understand. You're in water, all you can see are body parts (mostly arms and legs) flailing like crazy, and your first insticnt is to escape (except your surrounded). So after I swallowed a few gallons of lake water and nearly drowned in the first 100 meters (not really, but it wasn't pretty) I did breast stroke until I cleared from the pack and people thinned out. Then I was able to pick up my crawl stroke, but decided breathing every stroke was a good idea as I was already in oxygen debt (from all the water in my lungs). Swam well along back of course where traffic was light. By time rounded last bouy, the wave behind me was catching me, so maneuvered through traffic (with better results!)
What would you do differently?:

Not sure, maybe choose pool swim for my first race?
Transition 1
  • 02m 52s

No wet suit, so time is deceiving for first time. I took my time as this was my first race.
What would you do differently?:

  • 49m 34s
  • 14.8 miles
  • 17.92 mile/hr

I had no previous experience with competitive cycling, so for my first tri race and first cycle race on a moderate (not easy) course I was very pleased. I was passed, but went by a few people as well, especially on the first hill :)
What would you do differently?:

Not much, more base training, and spend more time in aerobars, but there was a lot of bike traffic to maneuver around.
Transition 2
  • 00m 57s

Again, I do not use separate biking shoes, so time is deceiving. I was in my running shoes. I took my time, made sure I took a some fluids.
What would you do differently?:

  • 26m 26s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 32s  min/mile

I drank to much during bike and had stomach cramping while running, especially if I tried to increase my pace very much. Otherwise, I was pleased. Legs felt pretty good about 1/2 mile into run, but really felt like jell-o immediately after bike (as I expected from previous brick work outs)
What would you do differently?:

Drink less on the bike. More base training.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank some water, ate a banana and orange. Cheered for other participants.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Better base of training. Need to incorporate some strength training to help with stamina.

Event comments:

WOOHOO! Completed my first triathlon. The swim was difficult, but I got through it and will be better prepared next time. I enjoyed the day. I subsequently competed again in September (pool swim), with better results (at least for the swim).

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Last updated: 2007-10-23 12:00 AM
00:13:05 | 500 yards | 02m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 33/52
Overall: 342/528
Performance: Below average
Suit: none
Course: Inverted triangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:52
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:49:34 | 14.8 miles | 17.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 24/52
Overall: 176/528
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: The course is very beutiful through central PA. Mostly rolling hills with one significant climb at beginning.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 00:57
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:26:26 | 03.1 miles | 08m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 23/52
Overall: 188/528
Performance: Average
Course: Shaded path for 80% of course, very slight downhill going out and very slight uphill on return. I was passed frequently. I did pass some people as well, mostly on way back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4