Smithfield Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Smithfield, Virginia
United States
45F / 7C
Total Time = 1h 16m 44s
Overall Rank = 219/274
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 28/37
Pre-race routine:

Had a bowl of granola, an egg and a slice of Canadian bacon for breakfast. Wasn't on tap to begin until 90 minutes after race start, so I had a yogurt and breakfast bar an hour before my start time. Watched the other participants to see how everything went and tried to stay warm.
Event warmup:

  • 06m 28s
  • 328 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

Lots of open pool in front of me as a result of a couple of no shows. I seemed incapable of remembering how to swim correctly and worked harder than I would have hoped. Hadn't practiced diving under the lane lines and that was distracting as well.
What would you do differently?:

Need to practice form more so I can swim on autopilot. Also should have practiced for the type of swimming across lanes that this race involved.
Transition 1
  • 03m 32s

After standing around outside in the cold temperature I was concerned about being warm on the bike leg. I made a point of drying my feet well and putting on additional clothing that I had not originally planned for. Being the first transition I had ever done I had lots of room for improvement. Still, I felt the transition went alright for my first effort.
What would you do differently?:

Spend more time planning the layout of items and going through the motions of changing. Will also need to consider how that plan might change if weather conditions aren't ideal.
  • 36m 57s
  • 10 miles
  • 16.24 mile/hr

I had done no outdoor bike training leading up to the race and only days prior had taken my 10-speed road bike out of the attic after a 20 year hiatus, so I was primarily concerned with the bike staying together. Felt good on the ride.
What would you do differently?:

Need to think about a modern bike and put in some more road work.
Transition 2
  • 01m 15s

Jogging to the rack I was surprised at how fatigued my legs seemed. This transition went faster, but I had biked with my running shoes on so I saved time there.
What would you do differently?:

Try getting clothing off en route to the rack.
  • 28m 34s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 11s  min/mile

Was able to get over the transition from the bike to run fairly quickly and settle into a good rhythm. Had more trouble properly drinking water from the water cup at the turn-around than I would have thought. Found a racer to pace with for the last section of the race which helped to increase my pace.
What would you do differently?:

Train for longer distance. Had only trained for two mile runs leading into the race.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk around.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training.

Event comments:

My first race effort. Short-comings in my preparation for it were evident but my mindset going in was just to finish the race and learn from the experience. Now that I have established some times I have marks to improve on the next time out. Event seemed well organized and I had a good time.

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Last updated: 2007-12-14 12:00 AM
00:06:28 | 328 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 27/37
Overall: 197/274
Performance: Below average
Suit: Speed brief
Course: Pool laps crossing under lane line.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:32
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:36:57 | 10 miles | 16.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 31/37
Overall: 209/274
Performance: Average
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Relatively flat loop with a few rolling hills, and one or two moderate climbs.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:15
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:28:34 | 03.11 miles | 09m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 29/37
Overall: 219/274
Performance: Average
Course: Town streets then out and back on a fairly flat course.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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