Lake Chaparral Triathlon - Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Calgary, Alberta
11C / 52F
Total Time = 2h 04m 49s
Overall Rank = 207/219
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 42/47
Event warmup:

Watched the Olympic starts and first transition. Stretched prior to getting my wetsuit on, then swam for 8-10 minutes prior to start.
  • 20m 17s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 42s / 100 meters

I had a huge bout of vertigo overtake me shortly after rounding the bouy. I tried to flip on to my back to catch my breath and that made is much worse. The best thing I found was to keep swimming and sighting the transition area on a regular basis. I am sure this helped with my nav, too.
What would you do differently?:

I would have hung back a little more. It was also my first open water swim, including first time in a wetsuit. In retrospect I would have done at least one or two practice swims. I would have also trained more than I did. Two months before the race I was only able to get in 2-3 swim sessions... not good!
Transition 1
  • 00m

I really surprised myself during my first transition. I just kept saying "put your helmet on first!" I struggled getting my shoes to clip on after I mounted.
What would you do differently?:

Relax more. I didn't know what to expect because it was my first tri. Now I know that it will go quickly and smoothly if I can just relax.
  • 54m 38s
  • 15.5 kms
  • 17.02 km/hr

I was not prepared for this ride. Besides not enough training, I would say that I needed to do more cardio period. At one point I thought I was going to have to get off my bike and walk it up the hill, but I didn't, thank goodness.
What would you do differently?:

I would train more frequently on challenging courses. I would also have had more to eat race morning and more to drink so I wasn't so light headed. I was too nervous to eat and drink much and I paid for that mistake.
Transition 2
  • 00m

I fumbled a bit with getting my runners on because by this time I was very light headed and feeling pretty woozy.
What would you do differently?:

Again, I would eat a good sized breakfast early race day morning. I will also try the quick laces next time.
  • 49m 55s
  • 5.5 kms
  • 09m 05s  min/km

I was fairly pleased with my run. An older gentleman kept me company for a good protion of the run and so many encouraged me along the way. It felt good for me. I am not a runner, so I was happy with this effort, not having put much training in the 2 months prior to the race.
What would you do differently?:

I would run more frequently in my training. Also, I would try not to slow down so much when I walk.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training.

Event comments:

I will definitely consider this race for next year.

Last updated: 2010-05-02 12:00 AM
00:20:17 | 750 meters | 02m 42s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/47
Overall: 0/219
Performance: Average
Suit: rental wetsuit
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 21C / 70F Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 00:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:54:38 | 15.5 kms | 17.02 km/hr
Age Group: 0/47
Overall: 0/219
Performance: Bad
I forgot to start my gps!! Oops!
Wind: Little
Course: Two loops through the paved community including a large, long hill.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Bad Hills: Bad
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:49:55 | 05.5 kms | 09m 05s  min/km
Age Group: 0/47
Overall: 0/219
Performance: Average
I left my gps on my bike, oops!
Course: One lap through the community.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
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