Got The Nerve - TriathlonSprint

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Mt Gretna, Pennsylvania
United States
Chris Kaag
65F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 32m 13s
Overall Rank = 581/587
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 65/65
Pre-race routine:

first tri ever, so i got up and drank some coffee, checked my gear three times and left for the lake
Event warmup:

stretched and paced nervously. 13 months post-achilles tear with no training, due to sore back and other minor issues. figured i already paid to reace, so i'd see how far i could get before blowing up
  • 17m 41s
  • 500 yards
  • 03m 32s / 100 yards

first open water swim. i knew this would be hard and had a bitof anxiety. couldn't get my breathing to slow down and had to float after the first buoy. sighting was horrible and found myself swimming 90 degrees off course. had to stick to side and back stroke a lot
What would you do differently?:

swim! get in pool and work on stroke. had not trained or swam in a wetsuit before this, so i can vastly improve here
Transition 1
  • 06m 57s

was really gassed coming out of water and walked to transition. need to be stronger out of water
What would you do differently?:

swim training and stroke work
  • 1h 26m 48s
  • 16 miles
  • 11.06 mile/hr

lack of training and strength in my bad leg were quickly apparent. flats and rollers were okay, but the climbs caused cramping in my calves. had to step off to stretch and walked portions of the climbs. i was half expecting this, so i just figured i would keep plugging until they pulled me off the course. was happy to finish the bike leg!
What would you do differently?:

train, plain and simple. just need time in the saddle. also need to keep working on strengthening my right calf, so my left doesn't have to compensate.

also, i need a second bottle and better nutrition. gel pack made my stomach queasy, so i will try different options there
Transition 2
  • 03m 8s

took my time, since the podium was just sliiiightly out of reach already! wanted to make sure my legs were under me and then took off
What would you do differently?:

just move faster. if i was stronger this would take care of itself. gear was laid out well, no confusion.
  • 37m 39s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 12m 07s  min/mile

started out at a slow pace to get my legs going. never felt able to really pick it up, so i just tried to keep a steady pace. had to switch to run/walk after about a mile. ran for a 50 count, walked for 20. picked it up over the last half or three quarter mile and was able to run the last part.
What would you do differently?:

be stronger. better nutrition, different bottle contents
Post race
Warm down:

laid down by my bike rack and caught my breath! felt good that i finished, even being DFL in my age group. drank some water and packed my gear

What limited your ability to perform faster:

no training.

Event comments:

this was my first and only tri, so i have nothing to compare it to. i do have to say that the volunteers were friendly and encouraging, which was appreciated.

i didn't ride the bike leg beforehand, but there was ZERO confusion as to the course. Every turn was manned and apparent.

i have already decided to reclaim some of my pride by returning next year. My goal is to drop from a 2:32 finish to under 1:35, which would put me middle of the pack. There must be something about this sport if I can do that badly, yet still have a good time!

Last updated: 2009-10-09 12:00 AM
00:17:41 | 500 yards | 03m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/65
Overall: 578/587
Performance: Bad
Suit: full
Course: inverted triangle in gretna lake
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Below average
Time: 06:57
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:26:48 | 16 miles | 11.06 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/65
Overall: 578/587
Performance: Bad
Wind: Some
Course: rolling hills and flats with 3 climbs
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:08
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:37:39 | 03.11 miles | 12m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/65
Overall: 562/587
Performance: Below average
Course: mostly flat on wooded rail trail
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5