St. Patrick's Day Triathlon - Triathlon

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Keller, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 11m 2s
Overall Rank = 80/432
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 15/36
Pre-race routine:

Toast and coffee for breakfast. Walked the transition area, surveyed the natatorium.
Event warmup:

Walked laps around the pool. Light stretching.
  • 05m 30s
  • 300 meters
  • 01m 50s / 100 meters

I was moving at a great pace, but some folks in front of me underestimated (by a lot) their pace. I got caught behind two guys swimming side by side. Probably passed 5-6 persons total. The delay cost me about 30 seconds.

The water temperature was very warm. It took a lot more out of me than I expected.
What would you do differently?:

It's hard to say, given that this was my first triathlon and it was in a pool. I am happy with my effort. I would probably do flip-turns on my next one, assuming I can get my breathing right.
Transition 1
  • 01m 22s

It took me a few seconds to get my socks on. I had a hard time getting into my shoes, which were clipped in already. I had only practiced that on the trainer.
What would you do differently?:

Practice getting into my shoes on the road, rather than just on the trainer.
  • 40m 52s
  • 12 miles
  • 17.62 mile/hr

Effort felt right. I didn't bring fluids, and that was a huge mistake.
What would you do differently?:

Carry some fluid.
Transition 2
  • 00m 59s

4th fastest transition. It would have been faster if I had remembered to take off my helmet!
What would you do differently?:

Take off my helmet
  • 22m 19s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 12s  min/mile

I felt gassed at the beginning. It took about a mile and a half to feel good and then I was able to pick it up. Taking in fluid on the bike would have helped a lot. During the first mile of my run, I wondered why I was doing this and how I will finish an olympic in July.

What would you do differently?:

Drink water on the bike.
Post race
Warm down:

What warm down?

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Poor time estimation by other competitors in the swim, warm water, failing to take fluid on the bike, and forgetting to take off my helmet in transition.

Event comments:

This was my first triathlon, so it's hard to rate the race. I thought it was well organized and the course was well constructed for ease of navigation. The pool was too warm. I would have liked to have seen an aid station on the bike course, but that's mostly because I was stupid and did not carry my own fluid.

There was plenty of space for spectators. Several folks from work and church came to cheer me on. That was pretty fantastic.

The swag consisted of a pullover and green socks. I like the socks, but the pullover is an ugly shade of green. It probably will not get much use.

I think this was a good value race for a first-timer. The other competitors were friendly and the atmosphere was fun. I am glad that I lost my tri virginity with this race.

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Last updated: 2014-12-28 12:00 AM
00:05:30 | 300 meters | 01m 50s / 100meters
Age Group: 11/36
Overall: 65/432
Performance: Good
Course: Natatorium - 50m lenghts
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:22
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:40:52 | 12 miles | 17.62 mile/hr
Age Group: 18/36
Overall: 0/432
Performance: Good
GPS had the ride at 12.7 (official distance was 12.6)
Wind: Little
Course: Rolling hills
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:59
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:22:19 | 03.1 miles | 07m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/36
Overall: 50/432
Performance: Average
Course: Running path with lots of turns and a few small hills.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4