Black Bear Triathlon - Sprint Course - Triathlon

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Lehighton, Pennsylvania
United States
CGI Racing
64F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 11m 53s
Overall Rank = 96/169
Age Group = F 25-29
Age Group Rank = 3/7
Pre-race routine:

Arrive about an hour prior to start time, racked in transition, had a few Clif shot blocks, got suited up and just walked around to stay loose as body adjusted to cool temps.
Event warmup:

got in water a few minutes before the first wave (i was wave 2) to adjust to water temp
  • 16m 36s
  • 750 yards
  • 02m 13s / 100 yards

I didn't get in my preferred position (outside and to the back) when gun went off, so didn't feel ready, but quickly got into my groove. At turnaround point the shore looked much closer than it was and I broke out into a sprint sooner than I should have.

I was extremely dizzy once in T1
What would you do differently?:

Get in water ahead of pack to get into position in time (only a couple minutes between waves), better pacing. DEFINITELY wear earplugs for cold water swims!
Transition 1
  • 04m 11s

As I reached the bike I realized that I was extremely dizzy, with no accompanying nausea, fatigue, unusually high heart rate etc. It was scary because I couldn't stand and had to sit. I was afraid I was going to pass out. After nearly 1 min I felt ok enough to stand but it was even more difficult getting my wetsuit off and remembering what I needed to put on for the bike from being disoriented. Also had to sit to put bike shoes on because I couldn't keep my balance.

I later found out that with cold water swims, the water that gets deep into your ears can cause nystagmus (eye twitching) which can cause dizziness/vertigo. I didn't experience it in my practice swims because my training swim cap fully covers my ears and very little water flows into my ear canals.

I usually have trouble clipping my shoes in, didn't really have problem this time.
What would you do differently?:

Wear earplugs to prevent vertigo in T1, practice getting wetsuit off more quickly
  • 1h 20m 54s
  • 18 miles
  • 13.35 mile/hr

The roads were pretty hazardous. The rain made the roads slick and made it more difficult to see some potholes. There were also a couple areas that had a lot of grooves in the road, like the kind to slow cars down, which added to the hazards.
What would you do differently?:

Get a road bike! I'm still riding my hybrid, although I hit several bumps that made me grateful to have a tougher tire, and on some of the winding downhill turns I didn't have to slow down as much since I had more traction that everyones road tires.
Transition 2
  • 02m 28s

First time wearing bike shoes, so this was the first time I had to change shoes. Definitely slowed me down since I didn't practice this. Extra time taken to remove jacket worn on bike ride. Also had forgotten to put bib on in T1.
What would you do differently?:

  • 27m 44s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 06m 43s  min/mile

I wished I had my soloman speedcross3's instead of my brooks pure flow. I think CGI's description was quite inaccurate. I should have brought trail shoes just in case and scoped out the course the day before. It was a beautiful course and despite slipping a couple times I never fell or twisted anything thankfully.
What would you do differently?:

Always be prepared with trail shoes just in case.
Post race
Warm down:

Decent food spread - macaroni salad, cookies, muffins, yogurt parfait, fruit. Walked around and stretched while waiting for results to post.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Challenges I didn't anticipate - vertigo coming out of water, trail run

Challenges I anticipated but didn't properly prepare for - rain/cold air temp, T1/T2 with addition of wetsuit and shoe change.

Event comments:

Absolutely loved this race! Very challenging and well organized. Hope to do it again, maybe upgrade my bike and go for a longer distance!

Last updated: 2013-05-21 12:00 AM
00:16:36 | 750 yards | 02m 13s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 91/169
Performance: Average
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Swim parallel to shore, turn around and swim back to shore about 150 yards south of start area. SHORT run to transition.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:11
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:20:54 | 18 miles | 13.35 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 116/169
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Very hilly. many of downhill were winding roads as well, road had several areas with potholes and grooves
Road: Potholes Wet Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:28
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:27:44 | 03.1 miles | 06m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 0/169
Performance: Good
Course: Mostly a trail run. First half all uphill, second half mostly downhill. It was very muddy from the rain. CGI's site said it was a "mix of paved and hard-packed trail". There was a few hundred yards of gravel, another couple hundred yards of pavement, but otherwise I'd say a solid 90% of true trail, through the woods, over rocks, twigs, and huge roots.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
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