Got The Nerve? Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania
United States
Chris Kaag
Total Time = 1h 58m 47s
Overall Rank = 494/594
Age Group = 35-39 F
Age Group Rank = 27/36
Pre-race routine:

Breakfast: whole wheat English muffin with peanut butter, 2/3 glass of milk.

Drank a little iced tea on the way to the event.

Ate a Stinger waffle right before the national anthem.
Event warmup:

None, really.
  • 13m 10s
  • 500 yards
  • 02m 38s / 100 yards

The water was SO cold! I was getting knocked around more than usual, nothing too major except the guy with the snorkel who hit me in the head and someone else swam over me about 5 seconds later. I didn't like that, but I realize that is all part of the sport.

My arms felt very numb from the cold after turning the first corner of the triangle.

Course was slightly changed coming out of the swim because of the mud/swampy areas from the heavy rains. Part of this was going across wet wood/wet fake wood, so I walked these areas as not to slip in the wet and mud from the previous racers.
What would you do differently?:

Figure out how to get into my groove. I didn't feel 'good', really, at any point during the swim.
Transition 1
  • 03m 58s

I would like to learn to get on the bike a bit faster. I just need to practice it.

414th rank for T1
What would you do differently?:

Improve bike mount. Remember to have velcro strap on shoe undone and ready (duh). Get out of wetsuit a bit faster. Overall I was pretty happy with T1.
  • 1h 03m 25s
  • 16 miles
  • 15.14 mile/hr

Overall I was happy with my bike. Didn't appreciate the 2 folks who decided to pass me as we were turning out onto a main road through deep gravel and puddles after coming down a steep hill. The man passed on the left, which was OK and he announced his move, but a youth passed me on the right (at least he, too, announced his move) but I felt very boxed in and uncomfortable, especially given the loose gravel because they passed me at the exact same time, one on either side.
What would you do differently?:

Be just a bit more aggressive passing people. I hate passing a person who seems to be going close to the same speed as me and at times I know this cost me some time.
Transition 2
  • 01m 35s

The lane through transition was very deep mud from the week(s) of rain we had leading up to the event. I ran conservatively through here, not wanting to slip and fall. The rack was also very tightly packed, so I took some extra time racking my bike as not to hit other people's equipment. But after navigating the mud and racking the bike, I was quick about switching shoes and grabbing my hat to head out for the run.
What would you do differently?:

340th rank for T2.
  • 36m 39s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 11m 49s  min/mile

Initially ran longer than I thought I might be able to, legs just sort of went on auto-pilot. Walking breaks were initially pretty short. After the turnaround, I wasn't able to maintain my plan quite as I wanted to. A very nice lady who I was encouraging up the evil 2nd hill on the bike saw me walking and was doing the walk/run sequence with me. It was nice to have someone to run with. Later, a pre-existing knee injury on her part made it very difficult for her run. I felt kind of obligated to keep with her and keep encouraging her like she did for me, and this did slow me down a bit at the end, but the decision was mine and mine alone. I do not fault her at all. She told me to go on ahead but I didn't.

Thankfully my knee was fine during the race but it let me know later that it wasn't very happy!
What would you do differently?:

Run the entire blacktopped road to the finish. Run more! :)
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Little to no run training recently because of my knee issues from January. Not getting into my groove during the swim.

Event comments:

Again, Chris put on a top-notch event. I felt the race was very organized and well run. The volunteers were super, very vocal when giving instructions and also were great at shouting support. Thanks to the state police for their efforts as well. The race grows each year and is truly one of the best races in the area. Competitive field yet balanced with many abilities. And this year there were more vendors and more things for the spectators to do while waiting for their racers.

494/594 overall
131/193 females
27/36 AG
7/16 Athena (which is the group I was registered in)

Last updated: 2011-01-03 12:00 AM
00:13:10 | 500 yards | 02m 38s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/36
Overall: 394/594
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra Vortex 3 sleeveless
Course: triangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:58
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:03:25 | 16 miles | 15.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/36
Overall: 450/594
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Potholes on road from lake to 117 slowed me down for sure leaving and coming back. I don't want to flat or take a header! It should be re-paved for next year's race. YAY! Beautiful area, country roads, 2 main hills. I didn't need to walk up either hill!! (last year I needed to walk up the 2nd 1 near the end because of asthma issues)
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:35
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:36:39 | 03.1 miles | 11m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/36
Overall: 555/594
Performance: Below average
Course: Flat, pretty, shaded out-and-back on the rail trail through the woods and near a stream.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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] 5