Cedars of Lebanon Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Lebanon State Park, Tennessee
United States
Team Magic
Total Time = 2h 05m 25s
Overall Rank = 328/347
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

This was my first tri. Rizzo and I picked up race packets the day before and I stayed for the newbie orientation which was useful. I was feeling pretty anxious since I knew I had not trained enough to be doing this. Thank goodness for Rizzo, she has been a great support and it is nice to have someone with a little experience to give pointers. Not to mention the fact that the BT website has been great! After packet pickup we decided to grab dinner. I had a nice steak, which I rarely eat. Not such a good idea, stomach was upset all night. I know better than to change my normal routine just before a race. Also, someone found renee's wallet and took her cash and a credit card. What an asshole. I know that would have stressed me out! She took it in stride though.
With this being my first race I could not sleep! I mean at all! I think I slept for two hours total. I made sure my bike was ready and that I had my gear together. When I got up at 4am, there was thunder and rain. I really thought about bagging it, but I had made the commitment and knew if I was DFL then that is just the way it would be. Also, I knew if I did not follow through then I would never forgive myself.
Renee picked me up at 5:30 and we were off! Rain did help to cool things off, thank goodness.
Event warmup:

none really, I just kept going over my transition area and worrying that I would totally f it up. I was very anxious.
  • 7h 46m 4s
  • 300 yards
  • 2h 35m 22s / 100 yards

I placed myself too far back, but I really did not know what to expect since this was the first time. several people in front of me just stopped and flailed around and this caused me to lose my momentum and I had to keep stopping to try and get around them. Very frustrating...could not get my breathing into a rhythm. oh well, next time i will know.
What would you do differently?:

place myself up a little. time was a bit better than I expected.
Transition 1
  • 03m 31s

since it was raining and the pavement was slick, I was pretty reluctant to do any running with bike shoes on. Also, my stuff was all wet and I could not get my socks on over wet feet. I really took my time.
What would you do differently?:

probably carry a plastic bag to cover some things. If it had not been raining I might have had a little better time but not much.
  • 1h 11m 3s
  • 16.5 miles
  • 13.93 mile/hr

Much more difficult than I was prepared for, Rizzo and I drove the course the day before, so I knew what I was in for. It was painful for me to say the least.... when you are not prepared it hurts! I was able to keep up with the few people around me and not get passed too much, but I would pay for it later.
What would you do differently?:

huh, train?
Transition 2
  • 02m 32s

thank God I made it. that was what I was thinking. My legs were okay though and did not feel as wobbly as I expected. My feet and socks were soaked!
What would you do differently?:

I do not know
  • 40h 32m 3s
  • 3 miles
  • 13h 30m 41s  min/mile

I was spent from the bike, run started out well and quickly deteriorated, my legs were just not cooperating. I usually get short of breath before my legs give out, but they just were not having it. I had to walk at the hill before turnaround, this really put me back. I should have been able to walk the entire three miles faster than this. I was feeling the pain of not having prepared.
What would you do differently?:

huh, train?
Post race
Warm down:

looked around for renee and other bt'ers cbost and trigods. first stop was the bathroom and then to grab a bit to eat, immediately my stomach said, "I don't think so" all that food and I could not eat it. searched and searched for other bt'ers. finally found them at finish. they thought i was still on the course. Renee was trying to decide whether to send out a search party! hah hah

What limited your ability to perform faster:

well..... just plain unprepared.

Event comments:

I had fun and was proud of myself for finishing. the night before I was asking myself what I was thinking trying to do this without training enough, but I had fun. If I had been a little better prepared I would hav e had a much better experience.

Last updated: 2006-06-27 12:00 AM
07:46:04 | 300 yards | 2h 35m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/347
Performance: Below average
Suit: trisuit
Course: in pool
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:31
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:11:03 | 16.5 miles | 13.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/347
Performance: Below average
Wind: None
Course: VERY HILLY. I had not been training on my bike since I have had to travel for work extensively. I was really worried about this. I did better than I thought but it wooped my ass. I was really struggling on the hills and then would just fly down the hills trying to get as much speed as possible. Passed a few people, got passed by the same people. back and forth. the last three miles were very rough, I was afraid I would have a blowout it was so bad. I just kept praying for a flat surface! no more hills please! thought I was probably the last person on the course.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:32
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
40:32:03 | 03 miles | 13h 30m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/347
Performance: Bad
Course: out and back. hill at turnaround.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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