Shelbyville Triathlon Series Race #4 - TriathlonSprint

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Shelbyville, Kentucky
United States
Head First Performance
60sF / 0C
Total Time = 1h 27m 50s
Overall Rank = 46/73
Age Group = 40-44M
Age Group Rank = 9/13
Pre-race routine:

Had a quick breakfast, then spent a lot of time wandering around the area, trying to get a feel for everything. First real tri ever, so I was kinda just soaking it all in.

Note to Self: bring sandals to the next race. Wore the run shoes to the event, so after I set up transition, I had nothing to wear.... plodded around barefoot all morning until I got to T1.
Event warmup:

  • 07m 6s
  • 400 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

Felt really pretty good about the swim. Passed several people. Got caught up in one large group, though, and had to slow down and wait for the log jam to clear. Choked on a little water at one point, that slowed me briefly again. Overall, I'm content with it.
What would you do differently?:

I don't think I'd change anything, except continue to work on my swim fitness.
Transition 1
  • 01m 14s

So, there's this saying that goes something like "Nothing new on race day".... yeah, I didn't pay attention.

I tried to do the flying mount thing without having practiced it. It was an abomination. My shoes flipped over and got dragged beneath the pedals, then it took me a while to flip them around so that I could at least have my feet on top of them.... it was probably the first full half mile before I got my feet into the shoes and could pick up any decent speed at all.
What would you do differently?:

Anything, lol! Either practice the flying mounts, or don't attempt them.

  • 50m 56s
  • 16 miles
  • 18.85 mile/hr

Well, once I got my feet into the shoes and could actually ride, it went quite well. Until that point, I had gotten passed by a few people... spent the rest of the race catching and re-passing them. I felt like I moved through the course well. Calves began to cramp & knot up hard around mile 12, which is also when I really began to feel the hurt in the saddle area. Around mile 15, there was a hill that I went into the small ring for... not sure what happened, but when trying to shift back out of it, the chain got stuck between rings and stopped the pedals cold. Had to get off the bike and sort it out.... and all those people re-passed me, lol! It easily cost me a couple of minutes trying to get it going again, and the calves took the opportunity to cramp further.
What would you do differently?:

Get T1 right, then maybe pay more attention to my shifting?
Besides that, I just need to get more time in the saddle. I really felt my novice-ness out there (I think I just made up a word); the ole saddle area is pretty darn sore.
Transition 2
  • 01m 27s

So, yeah... I butchered another transition.
Came to the dismount line WAY too fast, braked hard at the last second... rear wheel came up off the ground about head-high, feet slid a bit.... somehow I managed to keep my balance, not face-plant AND recover the bike semi-gracefully. A spectator yelled out that I should get something for style points. I completely agree, lol!

If that wasn't enough, then after putting my run shoes on, I almost left transitions without my race belt. Went back and got it, then started to leave again... out the wrong way. Turn around AGAIN and head out the right way. Yeah, that rocked :-)
What would you do differently?:

Ummmm.... everything, literally.
  • 27m 5s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 43s  min/mile

Flat out - this is the slowest 5k I've ever run in my life. Absolutely, part of it is that I'm not accustomed to running off the bike, but mostly I attribute it to me not being able to run for 6 weeks prior to the event while I rehabbed both Achilles'. On that note, both Achilles' felt GREAT!! Not even the slightest twinge from them!
What would you do differently?:

Heels are healthy, time to start putting in some miles. Gotta start doing more bricks, too... my calves were like ROCKS (hmm, or bricks?) that first half mile.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank a lot of water, ate a banana and an orange. Stretched several times and generally kept moving and walking.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Inexperience, mental errors, and not enough training.

Event comments:

First race ever for me, loved it!
If I wasn't already hooked on tri's, I would be now.

With better transitions and a little more bike & run fitness, I'll be doing well.

Last updated: 2012-03-17 12:00 AM
00:07:06 | 400 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/13
Overall: 0/73
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri shorts/tri top
Course: Pool, serpentine
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:14
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:50:56 | 16 miles | 18.85 mile/hr
Age Group: 11/13
Overall: 0/73
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Lotta rolling hills, a couple tough ones.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 80s
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:27
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:27:05 | 03.11 miles | 08m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/13
Overall: 0/73
Performance: Below average
Course: Rolling, out & back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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:
Race evaluation [1-5]