Smithfield Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Smithfield, Virginia
United States
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60F / 16C
Total Time = 57m 32s
Overall Rank = 42/500
Age Group = Mens Novice
Age Group Rank = 1/30
Pre-race routine:

This was my 1st Tri so I walked around the transition area trying to figure out the best way to set up my area. Met some really great folks, I ended up racking my bike next to the overall female winner, she gave me some great pointers as far as gear to wear and set up.
Event warmup:

Just stretching, there were plenty of people in the pool and on the road so I felt more comfortable finding my own area to loosen up at.
  • 04m 49s
  • 300 meters
  • 01m 37s / 100 meters

Not my best swim, however, I passed two people on the course. Since there was plenty of anxiety on the initial start my breathing was jacked up. I had to get ahold of myself and find my pace, once I did I felt okay. I did open lane turns for each lane transition, this slowed me down a bit.
What would you do differently?:

Do flip turns and practice going under the lane divider more fluently.
Transition 1
  • 01m 20s

Yeah, I sucked at T1. I should have swam in my tri-top, it was really hard to get on while wet. Then when I was putting my shoes on in T1 I fell down....who does that!?! Well, I do apparently. I wasted more time than I wanted to, but it's my first race so it was a good learning point.
What would you do differently?:

Don't fall.
  • 28m 28s
  • 10 miles
  • 21.08 mile/hr

Bike leg was the most fun (funnerest), would have liked it to be longer. I got past twice on the course. Then I thought I was getting past again, but it was a motorcycle. Me being me, as the motorcycle passed I shouted "nice pace" the guy on the motorcycle started laughing, this was worse than falling in T1.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, had a blast.
Transition 2
  • 100m

Well I didnt fall in T2 so that was a good start. I should have taken my feet out of the shoes while on the bike earlier, this slowed me down.
  • 21m 57s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 04s  min/mile

My legs started to fell good and I hit my stride around mile 1. Didn't get passed on the run, was happy about that.
What would you do differently?:

Do more ride and run bricks to prepare for a faster run time
Post race
Warm down:

Pork BBQ sandwich, sports drink and hanging with my family.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not preparing for the transitions. Not training enough on the bike....and falling

Event comments:

I will be back next year for sure. I'm happy with my performance since this was my first triathlon.

Last updated: 2011-01-01 12:00 AM
00:04:49 | 300 meters | 01m 37s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/30
Overall: 43/500
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri shorts
Course: snake through 6 lanes for 300 m. Each racer started in 10 sec apart.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:20
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:28:28 | 10 miles | 21.08 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/30
Overall: 0/500
Performance: Good
The wind was a killer, really strong gusts on the first few miles. For starting to cycle train last July, I'm happy with my progress thus far. I wasn't tired after the bike leg, felt very comfortable.
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Out and back with a few small hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 100:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:57 | 03.11 miles | 07m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/30
Overall: 0/500
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back through a neighborhood, some traffic to contend with. A few small rolling hills, nothing big.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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