Got The Nerve - TriathlonSprint

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Mt Gretna, Pennsylvania
United States
Chris Kaag
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 36m 56s
Overall Rank = 290/588
Age Group = 40-44 Male
Age Group Rank = 63/91
Pre-race routine:

Early wake up. Coffee and power bar. Shower. 25 minute drive. Early to event. No wait to get marked. First to rack. No problem setting up. Plenty of time to relax, meet people and visit the potty a few times..
Event warmup:

None. I usually don't.
  • 08m 6s
  • 500 yards
  • 01m 37s / 100 yards

Start of swim waas uneventfull. All the way to one side. Never got kicked or collided in any way. After first turn, as group spread out I was by myself for a while. Even thought I had lost my way, until I caught up with stragglers from prior wave. Swim went much better than I expected. No wetsuit problems at all. Temp was comfortable.
Transition 1
  • 02m 17s

Found bike without a problem (had some balloons to mark my spot). Wetsuit came off easily. Glide on ankles is great idea. Socks went on easy. Need to practice getting on bike while moving.
  • 56m 55s
  • 16 miles
  • 16.87 mile/hr

Had done course a couple of times. Gave it all I could. Recorded my best time/avg. speed. Passed a fair amount of people but was also passed by plenty of age groupers with fancy tri bikes.
What would you do differently?:

Better hydration
Transition 2
  • 01m 5s

No problems at all, until I started running. Frozen legs. Sensation of imminent bilateral calf cramps. Thankfully it never happened.
  • 28m 33s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 11s  min/mile

Initially just trotted to prevent a cramp. After a mile I felt better, and I tried to push it, but then hamstrings started threating with cramps too. I decided to just coast the rest of the way. According to HRM and my breathing I could have gone faster, but I didn't want to risk having to finish walking. It was frustrating because a few people passed me, and I know I could have kept up with them.
What would you do differently?:

Better hydration. More training.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hydration and need more training.

Event comments:

This being my first tri, I have nothing but great reviews to share. Volunteers and competitors were super friendly. Despite being a small lake and short swim, very well organized, so waves moved smoothly. Bike course is very scenic, and challenging (hill training highly recommended). Run is flat and most of it in wooded rails to trails section. Awesome experience. Highly recommend it. I'm lucky to live close by, since I plan to make it a permanent fixture in my racing calendar every year.

Last updated: 2009-12-23 12:00 AM
00:08:06 | 500 yards | 01m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/91
Overall: 92/588
Performance: Good
Suit: Full sleeve
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:17
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:56:55 | 16 miles | 16.87 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/91
Overall: 292/588
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Hilly.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:05
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:28:33 | 03.11 miles | 09m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/91
Overall: 433/588
Performance: Average
Course: Flat trail
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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] 4