Berlin Triathlon - Sprint - Triathlon

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Berlin, Berlin
27C / 81F
Total Time = 1h 32m 5s
Overall Rank = 324/569
Age Group = TM40
Age Group Rank = 25/38
Pre-race routine:

2.5 hours before the race I ate 2 slices of toast & a banana/ PB smoothie (2 bananas & 2 dessert spoons of PB)

Stretched, ate a banana protein bar about 30 minutes before the race. Light electrolytes in my water

Event warmup:

5 minutes before race & stretched my hamstrings & did a little yoga. Other than that I chatted to folks and tried to keep my mind occupied
  • 00m
  • 1500 meters
  • / 100 meters

It was impossible to get into a proper crawl as I was in the middle of the pack. Also, I was blocked quite a few times by slower swimmers

I perhaps did 100m crawl out of 750m

Water quality in the River was surprisingly okay
What would you do differently?:

Next time I would try to get nearer the front

Also, most importantly I lost my chip (or it went missing!). So, I don't have most of my times. Next time I would focus more on keeping hold of that
Transition 1
  • 00m

Last minute we were told that wetsuits were forbidden due to the temperature, so my transition was easy

I didn't dry or try to put on socks. I just put my shoes on and ran
What would you do differently?:

Nothing I don't think. It went well and no messing about
  • 00m
  • 21 kms
  • 0.00 km/hr

I got into a couple of packs & was happy with that but very impressed with the speed some people were going at.

However, I noticed that a lot of the people that were flying at the beginning puffed themselves out. By the end I was going faster solo than the pack :D
Transition 2
  • 00m

Fast transition, but didn't jump on the moving bike
  • 00m
  • 5 kms
  •  min/km

My legs were okay with the transition

I could have gone a lot faster & 'had to' walk a couple of times. In the end I picked someone and just locked onto them for the run

Generally happy, but I will work on my run more
What would you do differently?:

Try not to do ANY walking. This was my weakest. I could have tried much harder
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Finding out that crawl was impossible in the pack

Not having enough stamina in the run. I need to work on that

Event comments:

My first sprint went well & I really enjoyed it. Note though that I made a real rookie error & somehow lost my chip at the beginning & had to see who was in front of me at the end of each section. An official logged my end time luckily

So, I was really nervous of the swim as it was in the Spree (large Berlin river), but once in I was comfortable despite having to lose the wetsuit at the last minute because of the heat.

Secondly, all my swim training for crawl went out of the window as it was just too tight in the pack. Breast stroke was fine though & in the second half I was really enjoying the swim

Bike went great! I had no clips or cycling shoes, but it didn't hinder me at all (last couple of weeks 100km rides sorted out my stamina!) I got into lots of packs & by the end I realised that I was going faster in my own as the packs had slowed down somehow

The run was my weakest segment & I walked intermittently.

Note to self that because I had no chip I didn't know what to do at the end & a couple ran past me before I realised that I could give the official my number. Small thing but there it is

Generally though I had a great time & caught myself planning my next in the middle of the race :D

Last updated: 2017-02-23 12:00 AM
00:00:00 | 1500 meters | / 100meters
Age Group: 0/38
Overall: 0/569
Performance: Good
Suit: No
Course: Swim around the Jugendinsel
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:00:00 | 21 kms | 0.00 km/hr
Age Group: 0/38
Overall: 0/569
Performance: Good
Course: 4km road track around planterwald
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:00:00 | 05 kms |  min/km
Age Group: 0/38
Overall: 0/569
Performance: Below average
Course: Run around the planterwald/ spree park
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %?
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4