The Grandman Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Fairhope, Alabama
United States
Mobile Bay Watch
72F / 22C
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = 111/540
Age Group = First timers
Age Group Rank = 2/65
Pre-race routine:

Slept poorly. Anxious about first tri. Ate 2 small wheat bagels about 2 hours before race. Continued to stay hydrated. Got there plenty early.
Event warmup:

Got transition area arranged. Went for easy jog with a few strides mixed in. Short swim. Half a gel and water.
  • 07m 54s
  • 600 yards
  • 01m 19s / 100 yards

First time males were 2nd to last wave. Tide was low in the Bay so you could wade almost the entire course. Penalized strong swimmers but helped folks like me. Probably cut 2-4 minutes off my time but conditions were same for everyone. Wish the water level would have been higher so this would have been a true swim even though it is my weakest area.
Transition 1
  • 04m 2s

Lots of room for improvement. Really didnt think it was that long. A little trouble getting tri shirt on and took some extra time getting feet rinsed with water bottle.I wear socks for bike and run so didnt want a bunch of sand on my feet for remainder of race. Should have been less than 3 minutes. Lost time here. Everything was where it was suppose to be I was just slow.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe use water pan for feet instead of squirt bottle. Would be quicker. Time flew and I will need to better balance time/racing
  • 47m 28s
  • 16.4 miles
  • 20.73 mile/hr

Felt good on bike. First real ride of any distance on new Cervelo P1. Huge difference over road bike with clip on aerobars. Shifting was crisp and bike went well. Only passed by two riders on high end "rocket bikes". Not sure where they came from as fat tires and athena's were the only groups behind us. Passed alot of folks given our late wave start. Really like the bike although I was worried since I had only taken a short ride on it the day before. A big risk but avg speed was 1.7 mph better than last time I did the course on road bike.
What would you do differently?:

Need to continue to increase the engine horsepower. New bike is plenty for my ability at this point.
Transition 2
  • 01m 37s

Better than T1-but had to be. Shoes off, running shoes on. Helmet/glasses off. Grabbed visor drank some water and headed out. Lost a few seconds getting run belt on-had trouble with the clip.
What would you do differently?:

Clip on belt as running out of transition.
  • 23m 21s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 31s  min/mile

Felt worn out after long uphill beginning. Walked through first water station. Took a sip and poored remainder down my back. Started running again and gradually got my running legs. Passed by one speedy female and passed maybe 10-15. Was able to push the pace over the last half mile. Beautiful run setting with good shade over the last mile.
What would you do differently?:

Run was about what I had hoped.
Post race
Warm down:

Found family, had some water and cooled off. Visited with friends and enjoyed fact that I had finished under my goal time. Eventually had some pizza and couple of adult beverages after cleaning up transition area and getting bike/gear in car. Hung out for award and raffle. Fun day.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Will continue to work on swim through Summer with lots of OWS practice. Feel good about how the bike and run are progressing. Will need to map out a plan for Fall Olympic distance that will include OWS in Gulf. Some nice race wheels would help too. :)

Event comments:

Fun race just a couple of miles from home. Beautiful setting in city of Fairhope, AL on Mobile Bay. Good support. Lots of post race food/drink in shaded park overlooking the Bay. Beautiful weather and glad to have completed my first tri.

Last updated: 2009-05-31 12:00 AM
00:07:54 | 600 yards | 01m 19s / 100yards
Age Group: 12/65
Overall: 0/540
Performance: Average
Suit: Desoto tri shorts
Course: Out around buoy and back down toward transition area.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:02
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
00:47:28 | 16.4 miles | 20.73 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/65
Overall: 0/540
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back. Steep hill right out of transition. First and last third of course had some decent hills. Sharp turn at mid point in curve caused some congestion. Back down steep hill into transition area.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:37
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:23:21 | 03.11 miles | 07m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/65
Overall: 0/540
Performance: Good
Course: Back up steep hill out of transition then continue uphill for another quarter mile. Pretty flat to turn around and then back down hill with flat last mile along the Bay
Keeping cool Average 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] 5