Crystal Lake Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Averill Park, New York
United States
Capital District Triathlon Club
Total Time = 1h 54m 53s
Overall Rank = 120/224
Age Group = M2029
Age Group Rank = 23/30
Pre-race routine:

Arrived plenty early to set up my transition area given that this was my first tri.
Event warmup:

Just moving around to keep from freezing! It was one of the coldest August days I can remember, completely overcast with light rain probably somewhere in the fifties. My cold tolerance is low so i was shivering.
  • 17m 47s
  • 800 yards
  • 02m 13s / 100 yards

Swim felt very good. This was the leg I was most concerned about before starting the race. Although I practiced swimming longer distances in open water both with and without the wetsuit, I'd never done so in a large crowd.
What would you do differently?:

Better navigation, I veered off course on rounding the final buoy.
Transition 1
  • 02m 44s

Never having practiced this I had no goal in mind other than, do it without flailing. Mission accomplished.
What would you do differently?:

Hard to say, given that it was raining, I rearranged my set up to keep my equipment dry. I think the wetsuit came off with ample speed but I need to get my helmet on faster and also work on running with the bike and mounting it quickly.
  • 1h 07m 40s
  • 18 miles
  • 15.96 mile/hr

I simply wasn't in great bike shape and I knew this going into the race. Given my wedding in July and subsequent honeymoon I hadn't put in many miles on the road. I put time in on the trainer but I wasn't prepared for any serious elevation.
What would you do differently?:

Get on the road more.
Transition 2
  • 01m 52s

I was so happy to have finished respectably that I wasn't overly concerned with my performance. Nonetheless, I felt I moved at a pretty brisk pace. I did lose some time as I was considering keeping my cycling jacket on.
  • 24m 51s
  • 3 miles
  • 08m 17s  min/mile

Run felt great. Given the distances I've been pulling this summer 3 miles is a straightforward distance. I'm very happy with my pace though, especially during the third leg!

I also lost a few seconds when I double backed to pick up garbage that fell from fuel belt. I'd still do that; another 10 seconds or so isn't worth littering.
Post race
Warm down:

No stretching (something I need to address) but I helped myself to several of the available bananas.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Inexperience and, with regards to the pack, lack of training.

Event comments:

Fantastic first experience.

Last updated: 2009-11-27 12:00 AM
00:17:47 | 800 yards | 02m 13s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/30
Overall: 100/224
Performance: Good
Suit: Full
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:44
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:07:40 | 18 miles | 15.96 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/30
Overall: 122/224
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: Great course, terrible weather. The rain steadily increased to a downpour decreasing visibility and making handling more difficult.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:52
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:24:51 | 03 miles | 08m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/30
Overall: 121/224
Performance: Good
Course: Very straightforward run course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5