Dewey Beach Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Dewey Beach, Delaware
United States
USA Triathlon
81F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 56m 43s
Overall Rank = 273/389
Age Group = Novice Males
Age Group Rank = 30/73
Pre-race routine:

Swam, biked and ran once a week each, and occasionally would run an extra time or two.
Event warmup:

No warmup, other than stretching.
Just ate my normal pre-race breakfast, banana and Gatorade.
  • 31m 42s
  • 880 yards
  • 03m 36s / 100 yards

I need to practice swimming in the ocean. I've never swam nearly 1/2 a mile in the Atlantic. Plus thanks to "Ophelia," there were still some high and choppy waves (3-5 feet). And to make matters worse, there was no current!!
I swam out under the choppy waves, hit the turn and fell apart. We were out past the crests, however the water out there was not flat. Because of that and because I'm use to swimming in pools, I seriously struggled the rest of the way; doing a lot of breaststroke and backstroke at times just to catch my breath. All I can say is wow! What a challenge that was.
What would you do differently?:

Get out to the Ocean and practice before the race.
Transition 1
  • 03m 39s

Was given a spray on my legs to get sand off.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe don't stand so long where the young lady was spraying me off. I had a bucket at my station and I probably could have saved some time.
  • 51m 47s
  • 16 miles
  • 18.54 mile/hr

I was given an opportunity to ride a friends street bike. I had never ridden a bike like that before and it was a struggle to start on the bike and get my feet into the cages.
We couldn't pass anybody on the bridge, and because of that there was a "traffic jam," with about 8 bikes in a row stuck. I probably lost about 1 minute having to slow down.
Other than that and getting settled, it was an awesome ride.
What would you do differently?:

I need to figure out how to reach my water bottle. I didn't get a sip of water for the entire ride. I couldn't control the bike when I let go with one hand.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Had to stop a bit to get some electrolytes in me. Probably lost about 20 seconds, but really needed the energy.
  • 29m 36s
  • 3.42 miles
  • 08m 39s  min/mile

Great first 2 miles of run and started feeling tired on the way back. Possibly because of the sun beaming down on me. Had pleanty of water. However run became very tough. I kept running and kept begging for the turn, but wasn't seeing it, so I had to slow down. Finally found turn and finished strong.
Come to find out it was a 3.42 mile run instead of a 3.1 run. No wonder it hurt so much.
What would you do differently?:

Practice running 3.2 or 3.3 miles instead of 3.1, just in case course becomes longer than 3.1, as it was in this run.
Post race
Warm down:

A lot of water, and fruit.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not used to the course, different area of the U.S. than VA. Also not being used to swimming so log, which drained me.

Event comments:

Very good race course and a fun day. Only wish I was aware run course was longer than 3.1 miles. I would have prepared better and probably had a better run.
Final Stats: 30/73 Novice Males - 273/389 Overall Males - 411/668 Participants

Last updated: 2005-09-19 12:00 AM
00:31:42 | 880 yards | 03m 36s / 100yards
Age Group: 55/73
Overall: 369/389
Performance: Bad
Suit: Spring Suit Wetsuit
Course: Swim out into the Atlantic about 75 yards, turn left (North) and swim about 700 yards, then turn left and swim into the coast.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: High
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting:
Waves: Below average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Bad
Time: 03:39
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:51:47 | 16 miles | 18.54 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/73
Overall: 188/389
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Head South out of Tower Road, go over the Indian Head bridge, turn around just before Beathany Beach, and back (north).
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:29:36 | 03.42 miles | 08m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/73
Overall: 193/389
Performance: Average
Course: Head North onto Route 1 and go 1.7 miles into the city, turnaround and head South 1.7 miles, turn into parking area and run into finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4