Door Country Triathlon - Short Course - TriathlonSprint

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Egg Harbor, Wisconsin
United States
Door Country Triathlon
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 41m 8s
Overall Rank = 327/668
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 32/39
Pre-race routine:

Up at about 5:30 am. Had a couple pieces of toast with peanut butter for breakfast. Drove to Murphy Park from in-laws house in Sturgeon Bay w/ wife, her cousin, cousin's finacee, and her uncle. Get set up in transition area. I didn't realize how tight they really pack the bikes in.
Event warmup:

Mostly took it easy and took in the whole atmosphere being my first tri. jogged a littl b/t transition area and beach. Had to get in the COLD water to get the hyperventilating out of the way. With no wet suit this was critical.
  • 09m 28s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 09s / 100 yards

Cold water + no wetsuit = ouch. Hard time navigating and getting breathing under control. DI da littel hyperventilating. Swallowed water whenever I looked up to navigate. When I did settle down and get into freestyle I was either catching up to people and running the risk of getting kicked or finding myself heading off course. Low water allowed more wading in and out of water. First swim race for me ever. Now it is out of the way and I can work on getting better.
What would you do differently?:

More open water swim practice. I usually only breathe out of right side and need to be able to breathe out of left side. Especially since all fo the bouys are on the left.
Transition 1
  • 02m 40s

First time doing a swim to bike transition. Just think how slow I would have been with a wetsuit. I took it kinda easy. Took a little extra time to get my legs under me and to get shoes on and tied. Didn't push it too hard.
What would you do differently?:

Would be nice to have the quick tie/draw string shoe laces or someday those fancy clip in velcro strap biking shoes. But that will probably be a bit down the line.
  • 1h 00m 21s
  • 18 miles
  • 17.90 mile/hr

I was on a mountain bike so I had a nice time watching all the road and tri bike people fly past me. However, I did pass several people....all on mountain bikes (maybe a slow road bike or two). Over all the bike was a lot of fun. 18 mph on mountain bike...not bad? I've learned that the bike is definitely my strong point so far.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 50s

I re-tied shoes becasue I thought they might be a little too loose for the run. Lost valuable time. Also, didn't push it too much. Didn't want to start the run out on empty.
What would you do differently?:

Draw-tight laces might have helped here. Possible newer pair of shoes wouldn't give the sensation of being too loose.
  • 26m 48s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 39s  min/mile

Nice flat sunny course. Made sure to pace myself as I know I am usually no tthe strongest runner. I could maybe have pushed a little harder, but not much. Side ache for a while but not too bad.
What would you do differently?:

I could use more distance running training. Need to do distances longer than 3 miles.

Post race
Warm down:

Mostly just stood around and ate several pieces of watermelon while waiting to cheer my wife on to the finish. I wanted to make sure I was right there at the finish line when she came through. Watermelon seemed to be the perfect post race food. I felt pretty famished.

Event comments:

First full triathlon with swim. Only issue was water temperature and maybe a little wave action on big body of water. Otherwise, really fun and VERY well organized race. All of the volunteers were great!!!

Last updated: 2007-07-24 12:00 AM
00:09:28 | 440 yards | 02m 09s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/39
Overall: 0/668
Performance: Below average
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Below average
Time: 02:40
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:00:21 | 18 miles | 17.90 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/39
Overall: 0/668
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: pretty flat
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:50
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:26:48 | 03.1 miles | 08m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/39
Overall: 0/668
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4