Avalon Islandman Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Avalon, New Jersey
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 29m 56s
Overall Rank = 259/342
Age Group = 40-49
Age Group Rank = 71/90
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5 after a fitful night's sleep. Went to bed at 10 in the middle of a party downstairs. Oatmeal and a banana then in the car by 6 for the half hour trip to race. Ate half a bagle in the car. parked and put some air in my bike tires then walked a few blocks to set up transition. Felt ready for my first tri.
Event warmup:

Not much. A quick swim to get the feel for the water
  • 14m 59s
  • 440 yards
  • 03m 25s / 100 yards

Totally panicked after getting through the surf. I was thrashing and knew it. HR way up. Started outside as planned but current pushed me left early. I thought about quitting right there. Rolled to my back and gathered myself. Backstroked to the first buoy and by then had pulled myself together. Second half of the swim went well. I was shooting for 8 minutes but was in the water 10. Run to transition was way too long. Shed wetsuit at the waterline and carried it.
What would you do differently?:

Only trained in pool. No open water training was a big mistake. Should have spent some time in open water before the race.
Transition 1
  • 03m 47s

OK this T1 time was terrible but I have an excuse. It's really important to go to the bathroom before you put your wetsuit on. Had to stop and go at T1 and it cost me at least 90 seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Use the bathroom before heading to start.
  • 43m 47s
  • 12 miles
  • 16.44 mile/hr

I'm a total novice on the bike so I was reasonably pleased at 15MPH into the wind and 20-21 with wind. No crashes, no close calls. Saw one elite on the stretcher early and witnessed a crash at the bike in on my lap 2 (their lap 3).
What would you do differently?:

Just need more training time on the bike
Transition 2
  • 01m 35s

Not bad. Could hear my kids screaming at me to "move it Dad". I always take forever to fuss with my laces.
What would you do differently?:

Had planned to swap my bike shorts for run shorts in T2. I forgot, pulled run shorts over my bike shorts and didn't realize until 5 minutes into the run when I figured out why I felt like I was running in a diaper. Should have just worn tri shorts.
  • 25m 49s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 18s  min/mile

About what I expected. Probably left too much in the tank. Still had good legs in the last mile. Soft sand was brutal
What would you do differently?:

Not find myself with three pairs of shorts on (suit, bike and run). Sell out earier in the run.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed some water, kissed my kids. Felt pretty good.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was my first triathlon. I only really trained for swim and bike for 6 weeks. I could have used another month. My goal was 1 hour 30 min. Finshed with 4 seconds to spare.

Event comments:

With the beach run, they need to synch the schedule with the tide table so there is more hard sand for the run.

Last updated: 2009-07-06 12:00 AM
00:14:59 | 440 yards | 03m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/90
Overall: 283/342
Performance: Bad
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Out through surf, left,left and in
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:47
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:43:47 | 12 miles | 16.44 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/90
Overall: 0/342
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: 3 lap course. slight headwind half of each lap. Lots of turns.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 75
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:35
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:49 | 03.11 miles | 08m 18s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/90
Overall: 172/342
Performance: Good
Course: Tight two way traffic on beach near high tide
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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