YMCA Triathlon at Clough State Park - TriathlonSprint

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Weare, New Hampshire
United States
Concord Family YMCA
72F / 22C
Total Time = 2h 00m 21s
Overall Rank = 137/161
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 15/15
Pre-race routine:

Arrived at 6:30 am. Very well run. Received race materials and was setup and ready real quick.
Event warmup:

Brisk walk around the park.
  • 18m 40s
  • 880 yards
  • 02m 07s / 100 yards

Did not wear a wetsuit. Because this was my first Tri, I didn't want to spend the money to purchase one if I was not going to stick with the sport. (I also lost a significant amount of weight training so I didn't want to buy one and then have it not fit because of too much weight loss.)
What would you do differently?:

Wear a wetsuit. The cold water took my breath away for the first few minutes of the swim.
Transition 1
  • 04m 43s

First transition went well. Remembered everything I needed to change.(Including putting my helmet on.) Long run from the beach to the transition area made this time longer than it needed to be.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Attended clinics prior and received many good tips that allowed me to do the transition as fast as possible.
  • 1h 03m 33s
  • 14 miles
  • 13.22 mile/hr

Nice semi-challenging bike course. (Especially for a newbie) Enjoyed my time out on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Look to get a road bike. Did the course on a mountain bike with road slicks. I think I could have save a good amount of time if I could have made myself more aerodynamic on some of the downhill parts. Should have practiced gear shifting more when approaching hills. Struggled to keep my cadence consistent on the climbs.
Transition 2
  • 00m 35s

Had a good second transition. Forgot to take off my bike shorts but in the end it didn't matter. I didn't realize until I finished the race.
What would you do differently?:

  • 32m 52s
  • 3 miles
  • 10m 58s  min/mile

Had a few issues with cramping in my calves on the run. Other than that, had a good steady pace and was happy with my results.
What would you do differently?:

Do some more focused brick training to get my body used to the transition to the run. Took a few minutes for the cramping to subside and then was ok for the rest of the run.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretching and a walk around the park.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Strength and endurance. I have never done an endurance event like this before. Continued training will allow me to get faster as my body continues to adjust to the rigors of the sport.

Event comments:

Overall, I am very pleased with my results. Enjoyed the entire experience and am looking forward to training for a longer distance event next year. To all the people who are thinking about trying, you will be surprised what you are capable of and you don't have to spend a ton of money to do one. I did it without a wetsuit and with a mountain bike that has been sitting in my garage for a few years.

Last updated: 2011-09-12 12:00 AM
00:18:40 | 880 yards | 02m 07s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 0/161
Performance: Good
Suit: No
Course: Swim was reversed to clockwise direction due to water conditions. Very nice conditions to swim in though.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:43
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:03:33 | 14 miles | 13.22 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 0/161
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Nice rolling course. The first 3 miles were the most difficult due to the climb. Lots of downhill and rolling hills after that.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:35
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:32:52 | 03 miles | 10m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 0/161
Performance: Average
Course: Somewhat difficult first climb out of the park. Steep road that climbs to the top of a dam. After that, very nice course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4