Old College TRI Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Denton, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes Racing
62F / 17C
Total Time = 1h 34m 35s
Overall Rank = 353/419
Age Group = 0-39 Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 8/10
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:45AM.

2 pieces of toast with peanut butter and honey
24oz of water
Event warmup:

Swam 50 yards almost half an hour before the start. Did some stretching in line. Didn't have much of an opportunity for a warm up because I would have cooled down while waiting in line to start.
  • 05m 10s
  • 250 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

Felt very good in the swim, managed almost a minute faster than any of my training sessions. Due to lack of organization by the RD very few people started in order which led to congestion in the pool. Passing was very difficult and the person in front of me swam on the left side of the lane the whole time and with even slower swimmers on the right I was never able to get around him.
What would you do differently?:

I would enter a faster estimated swim time at sign up and hope that the RD does a better job of starting people in order. I also need to train harder.
Transition 1
  • 02m 15s

I practiced this transition a few times at home but did it dry so it was tougher to get my socks on than I had expected. Almost knocked the rack down pulling my bike off.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions more and more closely replicate race conditions. Also I would like to be able to get on the bike before putting shoes on in my next race.
  • 42m 52s
  • 12 miles
  • 16.80 mile/hr

Pulled out of transition much colder than I had expected to be but after about 2 miles I had mostly warmed up. Focused on keeping cadence high especially while climbing. I was able to do the bike much quicker and easier than any of my training rides and felt like maybe I should have pushed a little harder on the way back.
What would you do differently?:

I need to train with my aero bars more so that I feel more comfortable with them. I would push harder on the way back, I knew that the run is not a strong portion of the race for me so I could have shaved some time off by pushing harder on the bike, I don't think it would have effected my run much.
Transition 2
  • 00m 59s

Almost knocked the rack over putting the bike up and felt a little lost since I had not practiced T2 at all before the race. I did well enough though and grabbed some fluids on the way out of transition.
What would you do differently?:

Practice ahead of time.
  • 43m 17s
  • 3 miles
  • 14m 26s  min/mile

I knew this was going to be the most difficult portion of the race for me and it was. I tried to pace myself early and work on intervals of running and walking but found that difficult and ended up running more in the first mile than I had planned, this led to some lower leg muscle cramps that took a while to run through. I really focused on a forefoot strike and trying to keep a quick cadence. My pace was not what I had hoped for but I still matched my quickest training run.
What would you do differently?:

Train more. I also need to get some new shoes.
Post race
Warm down:

I didn't do anything to warm-down. Just took pictures with my wife and had some pancakes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training, I just need to keep pushing myself during training. This was my first race so I can only get better now!

Event comments:

This was my first race so I have very little to compare it to. I have been to another race which was my wife's first race and then seemed much more organized when it came to the swim start. The course was well marked and the had plenty of volunteers the only issue I had was the swim start.

Last updated: 2012-09-11 12:00 AM
00:05:10 | 250 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/10
Overall: 0/419
Performance: Good
Suit: Aero Tech Designs Tri Shorts and Pearl Izumi Top
Course: Ten 25 yard lanes, snake swim.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:15
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:42:52 | 12 miles | 16.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/10
Overall: 0/419
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back over mostly gentle rolling hills with 2 medium climbs. Overall road condition was good, all of it was on nice wide smooth shoulders but there were a couple areas with recent road kill and a section of very bad cracks, thanks to my pre-rides I knew where they were and avoided them another rider wasn't so lucky and ended up crashing pretty badly.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:59
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:43:17 | 03 miles | 14m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/10
Overall: 0/419
Performance: Average
Course: 2 laps around the football stadium and parking lot, finish on the football field.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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