St. Patrick's Day Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Keller, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 06m 16s
Overall Rank = 60/176
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 7/19
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:30 (or was it 3:30 -- springing forward today), normal bkfst, head over to Keller. It was raining, so transition setup included breaking out the plastic garbage bags I had brought. Chatted with a couple of first timers, Jeff F, and Missy A.
Event warmup:

Absolutely none. Swam a couple laps to warm up at my last tri and then nearly froze waiting to start (standing near a door). Not doing that again!
  • 06m 42s
  • 328 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards

Really thought 6:30 was achievable, but apparently not today. Still a swim PR by 13 seconds per 100 meters so I'll take it.
What would you do differently?:

I paused for a couple breaths at the wall, which probably wasn't necessary. Only been swimming in a 25 yard pool lately.
Transition 1
  • 04m 9s

Wrestled my bike stuff out of plastic bag #1. Tried to test BG, but meter errored out due to rain. Decided to pull on a light jacket...after I put my bike helmet on. Good thing I'm not worried about looking silly! Put garmin on and off I went. Conditions were such that I didn't really worry too much about T times.
What would you do differently?:

Test while riding next time. Duct taped meter to bar and it held just fine.
  • 26m 9s
  • 6.5 miles
  • 14.91 mile/hr

I tried mounting a "let's skip the bike leg" campaign, but failed to get enough signatures in time :). Was very nervous about biking in the wet conditions since I've never ridden in the rain before. Thankfully the rain slacked off for the actual ride time, but roads were very wet. Very timid at first, so kept it slow, but gradually built up some confidence on the straightaways. Stayed very slow in the turns...just not worth it to me to risk crashing given my lack of bike fitness anyways.
What would you do differently?:

Not much as far as this race given the conditions and my lack of rainy day experience. But riding my bike more than once in a blue moon is definitely needed!
Transition 2
  • 03m 19s

Tried to test again...still not working due to damp conditions...ate a couple of shot blocks just in case. Putting running shoes on top of soaking wet socks, blech!
What would you do differently?:

Hope for a nicer day next time. Really didn't get in a huge hurry.
  • 25m 56s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 22s  min/mile

Felt strong throughout the run. It was like a celebration of getting through the bike! A 5K PR for me, so I'll take it.
What would you do differently?:

Grabbed a drink both ways at the aid station, and didn't really need it. Feel like I could have gone a bit harder in mile 2.
Post race
Warm down:

Mill around and talk to a few folks. Still didn't know what my BG was, so decided to throw caution to the wind and have a small pancake and a little hot cocoa. Wound up sky high, but enjoyed it nonetheless.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of bike fitness (almost no riding in the last few months), zero experience riding in rain + slow transitions. Not sorry about being cautious today though.

Event comments:

Enjoyed this race in spite of the conditions. So thankful to the volunteers for being out there in the rain!

Last updated: 2012-02-01 12:00 AM
00:06:42 | 328 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/19
Overall: 42/176
Performance: Good
Course: Pool swim -- 50 meter pool -- snake swim
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:09
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:26:09 | 06.5 miles | 14.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/19
Overall: 75/176
Performance: Below average
Garmin MPH says 15.9. Still slow, but I need all the MPH I can get.
Wind: None
Course: Bike course was cut from two loops to one due to weather conditions. This made me VERY happy. A few minor hills, but nothing big.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:19
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:25:56 | 03.1 miles | 08m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/19
Overall: 38/176
Performance: Good
8:29 8:37 8:17 Didn't wear HR strap today.
Course: Park trails with puddles to splash through :) Last 10th of a mile included a muddy field.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4