Black Bear Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Beltzville, Pennsylvania
United States
CGI Racing
67F / 19C
Total Time = 1h 36m 48s
Overall Rank = 233/317
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Chocolate Teddy Grahams (don't make fun of me)
packet of Craisins
Chocolate Chip Clif Bar

Got to the race at 6 and set up transition.
Event warmup:

Jumping jacks, lots of stretching. Chose not to get in the water pre-race, since this is a deep water start. I used the swim to the start and the few minutes we lingered there to sort of warm up for the swim. Not a great warm up, I know, but I'm not a strong swimmer anyway to say the least.
  • 15m 23s
  • 711 yards
  • 02m 10s / 100 yards

Not a good swim... but not a terrible one considering I have all the swimming skills of a snail in a straitjacket. Almost every time I put my face in the water I got water RIGHT UP my nose. Really frustrating, I couldn't get into a good rhythm at all. Plus my goggles were fogging up terribly and I kept having to fuss with them. The water was very nice and clear and warm though! And unlike the murky lake in which I've been practicing, you could see other swimmers from at least 5 ft away.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to swim like 20 years ago.

Need to learn to get into a rhythm sooner rather than later- getting into the water before the race might have helped with that. Lesson learned!!
Transition 1
  • 03m 29s

Obviously my T1 could use some improvement :) This was my first triathlon so I tried to relax about it and just be glad to be done with the swim. The timing chips were huge as hell and it did take a little work to get the wetsuit down and off the thing.
What would you do differently?:

Dry my feet off better- I tried to be quick about it but that resulted in them not being as dry as I would've liked and my socks not going on so easily.
  • 47m 8s
  • 11 miles
  • 14.00 mile/hr

I had tons and tons of fun on the bike. I felt like I made up for some of my sucky swim and T1 times. I had a blast on the hills- I was scared of them when I signed up for this race so I've practiced on big hills for a couple of months. It paid off! I was passing a lot of people, which was weird to me since I am usually the one getting passed. Since it was just an 11 mile ride I made sure to really push myself.
What would you do differently?:

Use my biiiiig gear. The last couple of practice rides it made some weird clunky noises when I switched into it and I'm paranoid of dropping my chain- so in the race I opted not to use it. Plus since I'm new to this, my legs just aren't that strong yet and I wasn't sure how much that huge gear would take out of them before the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 14s

Switched shoes, put on race belt. Was going to grab a drink but remembered them saying there would be plenty of water on the run course (and there was!!).
What would you do differently?:

I could've saved time by putting on my belt as I ran out of transition rather than as I was sitting putting on my shoes- but I was afraid of forgetting it so as soon as I saw it I put it on.
Since this was my first race I wanted to be really sure I didn't forget anything, so before taking off, I turned and did a quick once-over of my transition area. Probably didn't need to do that!
  • 29m 37s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 33s  min/mile

The run felt SO much longer than 3.1! Probably because going out was mostly uphill. I was feeling really discouraged because #1 I was getting passed constantly!! #2 I was having a hard time breathing from the beginning, but didn't want to push TOO hard and have nothing left for the end. Unlike the bike course, I had not done the run course prior to the race so had NO idea what to expect.

Overall though, I'm pretty happy with my run since I've done a couple of 5k's this year and this is my normal pace. I thought adding the swimming & biking would've made me a lot slower than this.
What would you do differently?:

Run the course before the race so I know what to expect.
Work more on my speed!

I did plenty of bricks before the race but was surprised at how tired I felt running.
Post race
Warm down:

Had some water, watched the last TNTers finish their race, then chowed down at the TNT picnic tent :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Experience!! And not being athletic at all for the first 30 years of my life :)

Event comments:

I'd highly recommend this race to anyone- it was well organized and a LOT of fun!!

It must have been a lot of mental effort on my part-- that could be just because this was my first race. I realized on the way home that not even once during the bike ride or the run, did I look around and enjoy the scenery! I was sort of sad about that.

Last updated: 2010-05-23 12:00 AM
00:15:23 | 711 yards | 02m 10s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/317
Performance: Below average
Suit: full wetsuit
Course: Right-angle L shape
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:29
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:47:08 | 11 miles | 14.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/317
Wind: None
Course: very hilly but very fun!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 01:14
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:29:37 | 03.1 miles | 09m 33s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/317
Performance: Average
Course: Hard packed dirt road. Mostly uphill on the way to the turnaround, so the 2nd half was mostly downhill. Wish I had known that ahead of time!
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5