Got The Nerve? Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania
United States
Got The Nerve? Triathlon
Total Time = 1h 46m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 39
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

This was my first tri. The day before, I attended the beginners clinic. That was a huge help. I got to see a transition area set up, got to walk through the transition area and one of the volunteers talked us through the course. Getting to meet fellows tri atheletes helped calm the anxiety. I had Got up about 5:30, didn't sleep well at all. Got the kids up. Drank lots of water and oatmeal for breakfast, then off.
Event warmup:

Not much, just stretched. I didn't see the point in running or biking to warm up. I couldn't understand how warming up running or biking would help me get ready for the swim. Sincerely, I would like to hear from experienced tri atheletes about warming up.
  • 14m 33s
  • 500 yards
  • 02m 55s / 100 yards

Holy cow! The muliple laps in the pool never prepared me for this! As soon as I hit the water, I forgot all about technique and focused on moving forward without getting hit, kicked or dunked. Calmed about halfway, remembered technique and actually turned the second bouy like I knew what I was doing.
What would you do differently?:

Train in open water. Try to calm myself before the start, maybe a mantra "remember technique"
Transition 1
  • 03m 25s

After leaving the water feeling dazed and confused, Some people I know were there and bellowed my name. That felt pretty good.
What would you do differently?:

  • 54m 57s
  • 14.8 miles
  • 16.16 mile/hr

I live only 15 miles from the event site, so I trained on the bike course once per week. That helped tremendously. I knew the course and my capabilities at each point. That fact was crucial when climbing Pinch Road. I felt like Superman on that part! The rest was a blast.
What would you do differently?:

Not try to hold back and save energy for the run. When the time comes, the energy will be there. Lesson learned for newbies like me: pick a race close to home so you can train on the course. Also, this race runs through some nice PA Dutch farmland, its worth picking up the head and taking in the views.
Transition 2
  • 01m 54s

No problems, although my wife, who was cheering me on at the side, said there were numerous accidents just before entering the transition area. From my perspective, the volunteers were very helpful and very directive. If you chose to ignore them, you got what you deserve.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing...I think. Going from the bike to the run was a blur after I entered the transition corral.
  • 32m 42s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 10m 33s  min/mile

OK run. Again, I trained once a week on the course and that was a big help. The course is on a false flat. So going out, you think things are going great, then you realize its uphill to return. Those friends I mentioned at T1 were at the finish line and gave me a thumbs up when I crossed. That was so cool.
What would you do differently?:

Next time, I won't hold back. Gotta work on speed
Post race
Warm down:

After smiling for the camera at the finish, I found my family, hugged them and didn't let go until they complained about my sweat, then stretched and drank lots of water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Apprehension. I didn't know what to expect so I held back. Not next time. I have dropped almost 15 pounds, I think if I drop more, I can really increase my performance (yeah, duh!)

Event comments:

Ok, I rated it best but I have no background or anything to compare it to. Well, this is why: 1. The fellow atheletes were a great bunch, 2. The volunteers were helpful and spent time with the newbies, 3. Its for a good cause, and 4. I am a veteran and the race was concieved and organized by a veteran. All in all, it was great fun, I already signed up for my second tri!

Last updated: 2007-06-01 12:00 AM
00:14:33 | 500 yards | 02m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 26/
Overall: 425/
Performance: Below average
Suit: None
Course: Triangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:25
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:54:57 | 14.8 miles | 16.16 mile/hr
Age Group: 22/
Overall: 329/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Hilly, country roads through PA Dutch farmland
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 01:54
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:32:42 | 03.1 miles | 10m 33s  min/mile
Age Group: 28/
Overall: 413/
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back on a "rail-to-trail"
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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] 5