Smithfield Sprint Triathlon - Triathlon

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Smithfield, Virginia
United States
Set Up Events
Total Time = 1h 24m 3s
Overall Rank = 147/176
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 18/21
Pre-race routine:

Ate a bagel and some cream cheese before leaving the house. Left around 6 to head out to Smithfield, so we got there early and were able to get set up and marked before 8! Since my start time wasn't until 11:44, I had plenty of time to walk around and get nervous! Ate a banana and some fig newtons around 9:30 then got ready to watch the beginning of the swim start.
Event warmup:

Just walking around all morning
  • 09m 11s
  • 300 meters
  • 03m 04s / 100 meters

Horrible swim. I really couldn't get a rhythm going from the beginning then I got behind a slower swimmer that wouldn't let me pass. This caused people to back up behind me that I kept having to let pass. Finally I passed the swimmer, but got even more out of rhythm doing it which caused a short panic attack on lap 4. It didn't get much better from there. Thankfully it was finally over!!
What would you do differently?:

Swim more so that I'm more confident in the pool and practice race pace swimming.
Transition 1
  • 02m 49s

Long run around transition after the swim and then another long run to bike start. Had everything wrapped in plastic bags because of the rain, so that probably cost me some time. Stopped to put on socks, but I'm not comfortable without them yet! Not a great T1 time, but it allowed me to calm down after a crappy swim!
What would you do differently?:

Practice transition more!
  • 37m 47s
  • 10 miles
  • 15.88 mile/hr

One of my best bikes ever! Lost a few seconds at the beginning because I had forgotten to reset the bike computer, but I got going pretty well after that! I was able to maintain speed going down the hills without getting freaked out, so the training has definitely paid off! The wind slowed me down some, but I kept working with my gears until I found something comfortable. There was a great tailwind for the last 4 miles, which was amazing!! I had to slow way down right before the finish due to cars backed up at the dismount line...couldn't figure out how to get around them, so I finally rode through the grass on the right side! Overall I'm ecstatic about the bike leg...felt comfortable and was able to keep my breathing under control!
What would you do differently?:

Make sure I check the bike computer before the race! Train more so I can get faster!!
Transition 2
  • 01m 44s

Slower than I should have been! Long run into transition and I walked some to get the heart rate under control! Stopped to take a drink of water...
What would you do differently?:

Practice transition more and get better at drinking on the bike!
  • 32m 34s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 10m 31s  min/mile

Great run...the fastest official 5K I've ever done!! I had an issue with my Garmin, so I wasn't sure of my pace the whole time, but I felt great and was able to keep the breathing under control!! I walked a little when I started to get winded, but was able to pick it right back up! I'm extremely happy with my run!!
What would you do differently?:

Keep running to get faster!!
Post race
Warm down:

Not enough!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training and weight!

Event comments:

Set-Up events put on a great race. It was extremely well organized and the course was well marked. I think my favorite part was that it's a race with flushing porta-potties!!!! This race is definitely on my list for the future!!

Last updated: 2012-03-25 12:00 AM
00:09:11 | 300 meters | 03m 04s / 100meters
Age Group: 18/21
Overall: 162/176
Performance: Bad
Suit: Tri top and Shorts
Course: Pool Swim (6 Laps under the ropes)
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:49
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:37:47 | 10 miles | 15.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 15/21
Overall: 121/176
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Back roads with some hills
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:44
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:32:34 | 03.1 miles | 10m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/21
Overall: 150/176
Performance: Good
Course: Roads with hills
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %0
Overall: Average
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4