New Jersey State Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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New Jersey, New Jersey
United States
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6000F / 3316C
Total Time = 1h 46m 55s
Overall Rank = 1145/
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 105/119
Event warmup:

drank Gatorade & Water, had a PowerBar. stayed in the shade for what seemed like forever, then was stunned by the heat of the sun when gathering for the swim start.
  • 14m 42s
  • 547 yards
  • 02m 41s / 100 yards

I fear the swim the most, but again it turns out to be my best leg of the race, transitions included. #955 overall in the swim. everything would slowly fade away from here on out.

This year I got out of the water and thought I might, just might, have a little bit of gas left in the tank for a better bike than last year. But still, I did wayyyy too much breast stroke and not near enough free. I just can't get comfortable with all of the other people around me in the water. My breathing was off from the start (remember to EXHALE!) and I was definitely bothered by the warmth (heat) of the water.

What would you do differently?:

Swim more. I have to commit to swimming year-round and stick to swimming even after I know I won't drown in the race. Once again I got my swim stamina up to just above "likely drowning victim" and cut back on my swim training. Why not just keep practicing and thereby feeling even stronger when the swim is done? (laziness is the answer)
Transition 1
  • 04m 22s

torn between trying to go faster and taking my time in order to get my breathing back under control. 30 seconds faster than last year, but still about 2 minutes too slow here. If I'm competing against myself, I'm giving away valuable time here.
  • 45m 7s
  • 11.5 miles
  • 15.29 mile/hr

maybe taking exactly 8 training rides on my bike is a bad idea? I like this ride, just wish I had more energy to do it faster. just bike after bike going by me, and only handful of bikes being passed by me. My goal, if I was allowed to have a goal, was to complete the bike in 44 mins, and I missed by 1:07. Gave most of that time away on the ride back into the park, which just proves to me that I should really put in more bike time.

Of course, at the end of my bike, it was after 9:30am and the heat was kicking my butt.
Transition 2
  • 03m 18s

Should have been about a minute faster, but I was in no hurry to start running. Walked from my bike to the run line, in some sort of desperate attempt to gather myself and have a better run time.
  • 39m 26s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 12m 41s  min/mile

I ran the first quarter mile, and then, like a vampire, was killed by the sun.

I continued to use the vampire strategy throughout the run course. Run in the shade, walk (die) in the sunlight. There was a lot of sunlight, thus, a lot of walking.

If I did anything right in my training for this event, it was in my run times. I dropped from being a 10:30 miler to a 9:15 miler, and was actually hoping/looking forward to breaking 30 minutes on the run.

After the first mile, my goal became breaking 40 minutes on the run. Goal accomplished!
Post race
Warm down:

water, water, orange, water, banana, water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

me! but I did take 14+ minutes off last year's debacle, mostly due to my 20-25 lbs weight-loss and a little extra training. And while it seems like I complain about my performance a lot, I'm actually happy with it, except for the run (walk).

2007 = 1:35:56
2010 = 2:01:something
2011 = 1:46:55

I'll give up the 11 minutes to 2007 based on the heat and a little bit less training. But next year, my PR will fall. I'll be 5 years older, and I'll be faster. Better with age, like a wine.

the lack of training bricks (hey, that means biking!) as part of my training. slacking off on the swim training too.

And next year, the heat can't possibly find us again, can it? I mean, we can't have three straight years of record setting ridiculousness, can we? Next year I'm thinking the lake will be 77 degrees, the air temp will be 79 degrees, and the humidity will be non-existent. wishful thinking.

Event comments:

a great event, well-organized, fun to be a part of.

my 3rd time at this event, and I want to do it again.

Last updated: 2011-04-08 12:00 AM
00:14:42 | 547 yards | 02m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/119
Overall: 955/
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:22
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:45:07 | 11.5 miles | 15.29 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/119
Overall: 0/
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 03:18
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:39:26 | 03.11 miles | 12m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/119
Overall: 0/
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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Course challenge
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Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
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