Dickson Endurance Triathlon - TriathlonLong Course

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Burns, Tennessee
United States
Endurance Sports Management
61F / 16C
Total Time = 4h 04m 58s
Overall Rank = 8/36
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 2/7
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:00 to eat breakfast then met Heath. We got to the race site at 6:30. Way to early. Went to packet pickup then had another hour to kill.
Event warmup:

No warmup outside of light stretching
  • 35m 58s
  • 1760 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards

The first 500 yards was terrible. Had problems breathing and just didn't feel comfortable. My sighting was terrible. I bet I swam 1.2 miles. I have worked really hard to improve my swim times, and I think that I actually took a step backwards today.
What would you do differently?:

I have to practice open water swims if I expect to have better race times.
Transition 1
  • 04m 9s

Better transition than my previous 2 races. There was a tough steep run into T1. I stripped my suit at the bottom of the hill and that helped. I was pretty winded before I mounted the bike.
What would you do differently?:

I need to practice transitions
  • 1h 58m 39s
  • 38 miles
  • 19.22 mile/hr

Ranked 5th overall. Really proud of that. My offseason bike workouts really paid off. If I had a shot of placing, I needed to kill the bike, so I hammered it. I started to cramp a little on the last half lap and knew that I was in for a bad run. I felt great about the bike leg. I never got passed and passed a bunch of people. When I got near transition, I passed 4 runners so I knew that I had a good shot of placing.
What would you do differently?:

I can't go that hard on a longer distance. I probably should't have pushed it as much as I did since I knew that I had a tough run coming up.
Transition 2
  • 01m 48s

Good fast transition.
What would you do differently?:

I fumbled getting my watch off the bike and onto my wrist. Need to practice that a bit more.
  • 1h 24m 4s
  • 9.32 miles
  • 09m 01s  min/mile

This was the hardest run that I've done in a few years. I started cramping at mile 2 and knew that some tough hills were coming up. I only took one gel with me and there was no nutrition on the course. Just water and gatorade. I ended up walking .25 miles and probably stopped 4-5 times to get a cramp out. At mile 7, some guy was about to pass me and he asked if I needed anything. He gave me a salt tablet and that helped me finish relatively pain free. I'm embarrassed about a 9 minute mile, but considering the shape I was in, I fought off the pain and finished okay.
What would you do differently?:

Bring my own nutrition. Rookie mistake.
Post race
Warm down:

Hung out with some MidTN guys waiting for awards.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Too hard on bike and lack of nutrition.

Event comments:

I placed 2nd in my age group (only 7) and I'm really really happy about that. (Especially since it was my 3rd Triathlon). My goal was 4:15 and I beat that by 10 minutes. It was a tough course, but I really enjoyed it, especially the bike leg. I made up my mind that I was going to push it really hard on the bike and hope that i had enough gas in the tank for the run. Well...I ran out of gas, but finished strong enough to place. I was really disappointed by the lack of nutrition on the run course. I now know to carry my own no matter what is promised. Today was a great day because I finally got to see all of my hard work pay off.

Last updated: 2012-12-19 12:00 AM
00:35:58 | 1760 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 0/36
Performance: Below average
Suit: Blue Seventy
Course: Rectangular Course. 1 lap was .5 miles so we made two laps.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Average Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:09
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:58:39 | 38 miles | 19.22 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 0/36
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 2.5 loops around Montgomery Bell State Park. 4 Cat 5 climbs.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 92
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:48
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:24:04 | 9.32 miles | 09m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 0/36
Performance: Below average
Course: A very hilly out and back. Seemed like I was going up or downhill the entire 9 miles.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4