Sylvania Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Sylvania, Ohio
United States
Elite Endeavors
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 25m 35s
Overall Rank = 177/319
Age Group = M 30-34
Age Group Rank = 23/30
Pre-race routine:

Bagel with peanut butter. Arrived at the race about 30 minutes before the start. Set up my transition and got ready for the event. At about 7:10, I went down to the lake and got into the water so I could feel the temperature of the water. They announced it was 77 degrees and it felt really comfortable.
Event warmup:

None, really.
  • 10m 11s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 19s / 100 yards

The swimming course seemed shorter to me than the previous 2 times I've done this race. However, I've been terrible in the swim in my previous attempts, so I decided to stick to the outside. This strategy worked really well for me. The only issue I had was swimming away from the first buoy about 100 yards into the race. I corrected that and did a better job of sighting the rest of the swim. I passed a lot of people who went out in front of me, but I still have a lot of work to do in this area. It went well for me, though. There is a run on the beach after the water and I ran through the sand. I was happy about that.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. My strategy was to stick to the outside and I did that. I just need to keep improving my breathing and technique.
Transition 1
  • 01m 54s

I was really happy with my transition time. This was my first race using cycling shoes. I'm not comfortable having them on the bike and just jumping into them, so I put on socks and shoes after the swim. I didn't dry off, I just threw on the shoes, my shirts, helmet, and sunglasses and went. My water bottle wasn't secured betwenn my aero bars well enough and fell when I took the bike off the rack. I just left it because I didn't want to waste any time.
What would you do differently?:

Secure my water bottle!
  • 42m 6s
  • 13 miles
  • 18.53 mile/hr

I was happy with my performance on the bike. The course is very slightly uphill on the way out, so it's downhill on the way back in. I tried to keep it around 17 mph on the way out, and I was around 20-21 on the way back in. The hardest part for me is staying positive while people are blowing past me. I just tried to remind myself to just race my race. I didn't get to cycle much outside, but I took a lot of spin classes. Those helped more than I thought they would, but I need to get on the actual bike more.
What would you do differently?:

At some point, I'll purchase a road bike which should help here. I used a hybrid, which is fine for me right now.
Transition 2
  • 01m 13s

The only problem with this transition was switching shoes. However, it was still pretty good.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, just get quicker with everything.
  • 30m 13s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 43s  min/mile

This is where I need to improve the most. I'm a hefty gentleman (about 245 lbs), and this is where my weight really caught up with me. However, I'm down 20 lbs from last year and plan to be closer to 215 for next year. I did well for me on the run, but I definitely need to get better. I felt pretty good and had some kick at the end, but I need a 3-4 minute improvement here.
What would you do differently?:

Continue to lose weight and improve fitness. I will also do more speed work in preparation for next season.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

My weight and overall fitness. However, these are vastly improved from last year (I improved about 18 minutes) and will continue to improve.

Event comments:

This is the only triathlon that I'm done (3 times). It's really great, though, and I look forward to it every year. I'll be back for a long time.

Last updated: 2012-08-13 12:00 AM
00:10:11 | 440 yards | 02m 19s / 100yards
Age Group: 18/30
Overall: 144/319
Performance: Good
Suit: Compression Shorts
Course: Man-made lake
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:54
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:42:06 | 13 miles | 18.53 mile/hr
Age Group: 23/30
Overall: 148/319
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Flat
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:13
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:30:13 | 03.11 miles | 09m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 27/30
Overall: 233/319
Performance: Below average
Course: Flat
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5