Giant Acorn International - TriathlonOlympic

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Bumpass, Virginia
United States
Set Up Events
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 52m 2s
Overall Rank = 410/860
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 9/22
Pre-race routine:

This was my first ever triathlon with very little time to train. I just set up my transition area and walked around a bit and tried to stretch my upper body.
Event warmup:

No real warm up other than stretching.
  • 32m 46s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m / 100 yards

I had some issues finding the markers in the latter part of the swim. I found a good pace for most of swim and really only had to do the breast stroke to find the markers. I felt good about my results considering I had only swam this distance one time ever and only swam 4 times in preparation for the event
What would you do differently?:

I would have spent more time training on sighting and more pool time in preparation for the event.
Transition 1
  • 02m 52s

Transition was good and smooth. a little trouble getting the wetsuit around the heel of my foot, but I pulled it off.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing here. just practice
  • 1h 12m 9s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.67 mile/hr

Cycling is my strong event so I was third in the novice category. I felt good riding and passed a lot of people. the course was awesome. Getting off the bike, the body was really shocked running into the transition area
What would you do differently?:

Nothing I could do other than training the body to run after the bike.
Transition 2
  • 03m 43s

Getting off the bike was tough. I came to a complete stop to make sure I did not fall. the run to transition was painful and slow
What would you do differently?:

Practice dismount and transition. I took the time to put on some socks after the bike because I am not used to running without socks.
  • 1h 00m 34s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 45s  min/mile

Running is my worst event. Prior to this event I had only ran 6 miles one time in my life. I just tried to focus on the road ahead and keep pace with a couple of guys who did not seem to be burning up the pavement. The run was the most painful event. At mile three while running through the trail, my hamstring locked up bad enough that I could not run. I had to stop and stretch. when I could finally take small steps, I started to move again. after about mile 4 my back started to hurt and I had to walk a little to give it a stretch.
What would you do differently?:

Train like heck on the run. lost a lot of spots on the run. need to run about an 8 minute mile in order to have placed top 3 on the novice category.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched my back and hamstrings

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training time. only had a few weeks to prepare. If I could better understand my body, I may have been able to run a little faster. When I finished the event, I did not feel drained of energy, but my muscles felt tired. SO I feel like I could have pushed my cardiovascular system a little more.

Event comments:

Truly enjoyed my first ever triathlon. My ultimate goal is to complete a half Iron man next year and this gave me a good basis for where I am on fitness as well as what I need to work on.

Last updated: 2011-10-06 12:00 AM
00:32:46 | 1640 yards | 01m / 100yards
Age Group: 4/22
Overall: 0/860
Performance: Good
Suit: Rental suit
Course: Course was good,but had trouble sighting the last two yellow markers.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Time: 02:52
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:12:09 | 24.85 miles | 20.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/22
Overall: 0/860
Wind: Some
Course: Rolling to flat.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:43
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:00:34 | 06.21 miles | 09m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/22
Overall: 0/860
Performance: Below average
Course: Course was good and well supported, but the one section on the trail was somewhat dangerous running through the woods and over the ditch.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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