Grandman Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Fairhope, Alabama
United States
Grandman Triathlon
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 14m 49s
Overall Rank = 511/557
Age Group = First Timer
Age Group Rank = 19/28
Pre-race routine:

Got up @ 4am had some coffee at hotel and ate breakfast (quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, cilantro, avocado) got dresses and headed out the door.
Event warmup:

After setting up my transition area I walked in and out of transition & to the swim exit & then walked about a mile to warm up. There were 'real' bathrooms at the pier in addition to porta potties so I made sure to visit several times and avoided the PP (probably reason enough to do this race again) Met a lot of really nice people, mostly first timers like me, but a few seasoned ones were really nice about answering any questions we had.
  • 14m 44s
  • 587 yards
  • 02m 31s / 100 yards

WOW. The swim was WAY more physically challenging than i expected it to be. That being said, before the tri I was very nervous about doing the swim, race day, not nervous at all- surprised me. My husband said I did best in the swim (of SBR) and I did not believe him , but as usual he was right. The swim was HARD - as in challenging to do it right, no crowding or kicking
What would you do differently?:

Practice WAY more and do some drills and other things to improve. Wish I could find a coach
Transition 1
  • 02m 50s

Took some extra time getting my helmet on because it was too tight, took about a minute of fumbling to get it right. I did not sit on bucket. I did not even rinse feet or dry them - I was ready to get on with it.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure my helmet is loosened to fit right on before race.
  • 1h 15m 6s
  • 18 miles
  • 14.35 mile/hr

the good- I loved the bike. It felt very easy even with hills and I felt very physically prepared, I felt like I could have easily gone further. I passed several people. I was pretty happy with my time/pace, but not my rank.

I did feel slightly nauseated on the ride- I had some dates I wish I had ate one or two before the run but did not. I also did not drink enough on the bike, I just did not want to slow down to do it,

Biggest problem: I dropped my chain on he bike hill coming out of T1. II was in 2ed and needed to go into first, just as I was about to do this 4 or 5 friends who had arrived to cheer me on called out and I lost focus. I stood up (steep hill) and shifted and the chain locked up. It was stuck between the big first and second gear. By stuck as in I could not pull it out. I worked and worked and finally with some blood (literally) sweat and tears (not literally) got it. It cost me about 5 minutes :-(
What would you do differently?:

Take my bike in for a check up before race!!!

Keep my focus on my race and not friends!!

Get clipless pedals!!!

Drink more on bike

I had had this problem with my chain before and noticed some other weird shifting noises in the last few weeks. I should have got it to a LBS. We have no local one but I bet I make the effort to get to one in the next week.

Transition 2
  • 01m 33s

I was happy with this. Biggest thing that slowed me down was I stopped to blow my nose on towel. Ewwww I know but necessary
What would you do differently?:

learn to blow a snot rocket :/

Also, I put on an extra shirt before run- would not do this again, I was too hot and took time.
  • 40m 37s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 13m 07s  min/mile

VERY disappointed. I walked at least a mile.

For one thing my cheering section was there at the big hill again and being one that does not necessarily learn from my mistakes the first time, at their cheering I semi sprinted up the big hill. Stupid. My heart rate went way up. SO I walked the next mile off and on as my lungs recovered.

I also feel I was pretty spent after the swim and bike. I did not expect to walk any of this and was not happy about it. It made me realize I was not as well trained for this race/sport as I though I was.
What would you do differently?:

train more, train harder, follow a training plan more consistently. BLOCK OUT ALL DISTRACTIONS during race!!!
Post race
Warm down:

I really felt like I was going to pass out after race. they handed me a PowerAid at the finish but I hate PA so did not drink it. I tried to speak to all my friends who showed up (about a 2 1/2 hour ride each way) .

I knew I needed some carbs or something quick. I found some pizza and ate a piece (no worrying about gluten for the moment) and a small ice cream someone handed me. I felt REALLY bad. My lungs were killing me.I could not get a deep breath. I am not sure if this is something respiratory I had coming on or from the event but I was ready to go, I felt completely spent. This sounds a little more dramatic than it was, no one really knew I felt bad except maybe my husband.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Undertrained and not as fit as I need to be. I know everyone has said 'first race, just make finishing your goal', but I really would like to have done better. I felt undertrained on the swim and run. Actually, after having a day to think about it -my pace was not too great on the bike so more training there too!

10-15 lbs of extra weight- it will be coming off!

I heard someone say last week Anything worth doing is worth doing right and if I am going to pursue this sport I want to do it right- or at least to the best of MY potential.

Event comments:

Well, best race since only race :) I will say the race was VERY well organized and there were a ton of volunteers. Course was VERY well marked. My son and several friends want to do race with me next year.

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Last updated: 2013-02-27 12:00 AM
00:14:44 | 587 yards | 02m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 15/28
Overall: 446/557
Performance: Average
Course: jump feet first off pier finger swim out about 200 yards and then in at a diagonal
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:50
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:15:06 | 18 miles | 14.35 mile/hr
Age Group: 21/28
Overall: 516/557
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: some hills but nothing too challenging except a huge hill coming out of transition
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:33
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:40:37 | 03.1 miles | 13m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 20/28
Overall: 496/557
Performance: Below average
Course: HUGH hill right out of transition, the rest fairly level
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
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] 5