Got the Nerve? Triathlon - Triathlon

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Lebanon, Pennsylvania
United States
IM ABLE Foundation
61F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 18m 5s
Overall Rank = 17/496
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 2/44
Pre-race routine:

Had a cup of coffee and a bagel with peanut butter and jelly at home before leaving for race. I arrived at race about 90 minutes before start. Got body markings and then set up transition spot. Talked with Rick Fesler from Appalachian Running Company for a bit. This was my first ever Tri, so tried to take it all in.
Event warmup:

Went for a short run of about 1/2 mile just to raise the HR a little about 15 minutes before the 1st wave started. I was in wave 6.
  • 08m 41s
  • 500 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

Was less hectic than I anticipated probably because I started on the outside and never ran into anyone or was run into. Pretty much had a section of water all to myself for most of the swim. Only found the feet of someone for a little bit.
What would you do differently?:

After the first turn I didn't sight enough and drifted out a little bit, so I'll have to remember to sight a few more times and try to swim straighter.
Transition 1
  • 02m 16s

Staggered a little getting out of water until I got my feet. Took an easy pace up the hill to transition area. Getting the wetsuit off went pretty good but did get a small hangup on my one heel. Helmet on first, then glasses. Socks and shoes on quickly. Ran with bike outside of transition area and had a really good rolling mount. Got shoes clipped in pretty quickly. Overall I was pretty happy with how everything went smoothly here.
What would you do differently?:

I'll pick up my pace going to transition area.
  • 45m 5s
  • 16 miles
  • 20.98 mile/hr

This was a fun course. I'm glad I rode it prior to the race. I raced this about as well as I thought I could. I did have to brake a couple times for slower riders. Enjoyed the hills and passing lots of riders. Only 1 rider passed me early on, but I was able to pass him before the end.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
Transition 2
  • 01m 6s

This transition went pretty smoothly. Got sneakers on quickly and grabbed visor and race belt and headed out on the run.
What would you do differently?:

Just pick up my pace a little bit.
  • 20m 57s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 06m 34s  min/mile

Took an easier pace until about 1/2 mile in and then took my normal pace. Took a sip of water at beginning and middle from volunteers. With a half mile to go, I picked up my pace and sprinted when I saw the timing area.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe push a little harder right after the halfway point.
Post race
Warm down:

Once I caught my breath and a volunteer removed my timing chip, I took in my recovery drink and walked around some. Headed over to the tent with watermelon, oranges, bananas, and bagels. Took in some fruit while I cheered on others coming in.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not much. I raced that pretty much like I planned.

Event comments:

Being this was my first ever tri, I feel there could have been several things better. Better communication as some beginners went off in the wrong swim wave. Getting the volunteers ready on the course when the race starts. 2 elite members biking in 1st and 2nd place didn't turn where they should have because a volunteer wasn't ready at that turn(they dnf'd). Don't give out awards until the scoring is correct.
It's a very good race that benefits disabled athletes. I had a great time at my first tri and will always remember it fondly.

Last updated: 2013-05-21 12:00 AM
00:08:41 | 500 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/44
Overall: 120/496
Performance: Good
Suit: X-terra Vortex 4 full
Course: Triangular course. Had to go around 2 buoys.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:16
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:45:05 | 16 miles | 20.98 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/44
Overall: 15/496
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Nice course. Some hills, some fast descents, some rollers, and flat sections. There is one technical turn it's good to know about.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 01:06
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:20:57 | 03.1 miles | 06m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/44
Overall: 20/496
Performance: Good
Course: Mostly flat out and back starting from the area behind the lake leading out to the rail trail to the turnaround.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
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? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3