Sanford & Sun Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Sanford, Michigan
United States
3 Disciplines
65F / 18C
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 7/8
Pre-race routine:

Mainly swimming. The air was pretty cold when we arrived at 6:45. Staying in the water was the easiest way to keep warm before the race
  • 16m 41s
  • 500 meters
  • 03m 20s / 100 meters

I knew I was going to struggle with the swim, and I did. This was my "baptism by fire" into 1) swimming with others & 2) sighting. The bumping, rubbing and the kick to the face threw me off more than I thought they would, and it affected the rest of my swim. Once things spread out (i.e. I got passed) I was able to try to get back into my groove again.
What would you do differently?:

1) I started late in the game with serious swimming (8 weeks or so) and finding my pace & stroke didn't really happen until 3 weeks before the event, so I wasn't able to build up as much endurance as I would have liked.
2) Definitely more OWS practice, specifically sighting & group swims. Anytime I got brushed or grazed, it threw my stroke off.
Transition 1
  • 00m

Having used only a wetsuit top, I removed it during the run up to the transition area, leaving the cap & goggles in the sleave. Clothing change went quickly.
  • 42m 35s
  • 10 miles
  • 14.09 mile/hr

The course was pretty easy, not much to it. Especially since I was so late out of the water that the road was pretty empty until I started catching up to people.
What would you do differently?:

I would push a little harder. I wasn't sure how much gas to leave in the tank for the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 46s

This transition went ok, quick switch into running shoes (need some yankz)
  • 30m 33s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 49s  min/mile
What would you do differently?:

Once again, I left too much in the tank. I didn't start hammering until I had made the turn into the park, I could have started picking up the pace further back.
Post race
Warm down:

walking, stretching & water

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Inexperience, holding back due to not knowing how much energy to keep for next leg.

Event comments:

This was my 1st event as a racer, along with two others as support for my wife. Overall, I thought the event was decent for a 1st year event. It sounds like the race will change next year with the changes to the park. I've heard complaints about someone getting lost on the run and the timing clock getting unplugged for a brief period, but didn't see anything about it myself.

Last updated: 2007-07-23 12:00 AM
00:16:41 | 500 meters | 03m 20s / 100meters
Age Group: 8/8
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Suit: Wetsuit Top
Course: Modified Triangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 00:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:42:35 | 10 miles | 14.09 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/8
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: A straight, flat, down & back course on Saginaw Rd. It was an open course, but there was a lot of police presence and not much traffice to deal with.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:46
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:30:33 | 03.11 miles | 09m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/8
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Straight down & back on the Pere Marquette rail trail, with a winding path to get to the trailhead.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 3