New Jersey State Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Hamilton Township, New Jersey
United States
CGI Racing
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 21m 49s
Overall Rank = 478/1135
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 57/96
Pre-race routine:

We were at the site around 5:45AM. Got set up in transition, walked a bit, stretched a bit. The nervous energy was really flowing. We were early, but with almost 1200 competitors, I wanted to be early since this was my first and I did not know what to expect. In the future, I will be 15-30 minutes later.
Event warmup:

Not much, ran a little bit, but mostly spent time stretching properly.
  • 12m 57s
  • 547 yards
  • 02m 22s / 100 yards

Really happy with my time, given that 100 yards in I had to resort to breast stroke. The nervous energy got to me by this point. I had trouble with my breathing and never found a rythym in the swim. Bumped into a few people, had an ankle grabbed, but nothing special. All in all, I was satisfied with the swim.
What would you do differently?:

I need to spend more time in the pool working on my stroke, but I will be better prepared for the swim. The unknown was the biggest factor.
Transition 1
  • 02m 27s

No problems here. Quick towel off of my feet, geared up and out. It was a bit of a run from the end of the water to the transition area. Felt my time was good.
What would you do differently?:

  • 36m 24s
  • 11.5 miles
  • 18.96 mile/hr

Very happy with my bike time. Few people passed me. The only people who did were serious riders on tri bikes and aero helmets. Felt really strong in this portion and very focused. Avg pace for me was excellent.
What would you do differently?:

I need to spend more time in the bike and get up to a 20MPH pace, but very happy with my performance here.
Transition 2
  • 01m 38s

Nothing much here. Bike dismount area came up all of a sudden. If it wasnt for a woman telling us to slow down, I may have blown through it! Anyway, it was about a 150 yard run from dismount area to transition area, so that was a surprise, but all in all, not bad.
What would you do differently?:

  • 28m 23s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 08s  min/mile

About a 10 days before the race, I developed runners knee that affected me after 2.5 miles. Knowing this, I held back a bit in the run trying not to aggrevate it. I easily could have done 8:30-45 minute miles, but it is what it is. As it was, the last .25 miles were pretty painful. It acts up on downhill runs, and as luck would have it, there was a nice downhill that propelled you to a flat finish.
What would you do differently?:

Not get runners knee 10 days prior to the race.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Runners Knee

Event comments:

The race organzier, CGI Racing, put on an excellent event. This is my first Tri, but I have run in many 5k-10k races. Highly organized, well thought out, with plenty of volunteers. Well done on their part.

Last updated: 2012-06-18 12:00 AM
00:12:57 | 547 yards | 02m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/96
Overall: 0/1135
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri Shorts
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:27
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:36:24 | 11.5 miles | 18.96 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/96
Overall: 421/1135
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Flat.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:38
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:28:23 | 03.11 miles | 09m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/96
Overall: 641/1135
Performance: Below average
Course: Flat
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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