Callaway Gardens Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Pine Mountain, Georgia
United States
Callaway Gardens
Total Time = 1h 10m 9s
Overall Rank = 576/850
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 15/29
Pre-race routine:

Got to the transition area at about 6:00. A nice man from Cycle Works pumped up my tires for me, because I was too excited to do it myself. I followed Reno's advice and set up as far away from the lake as we could, and were right at the bike out, which was great because I didn't have to run far with the bike. I ate a bagel with peanut butter and found some other Oakbridge TriTeam participants. We walked over to the swim start position and had a bunch of pictures taken. It was exciting to be around everyone. I had to hit the bathroom a couple of times, as that is my common reaction to excitement/nervousness.
Event warmup:

None, really, just walking back and forth.
  • 12m 21s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 49s / 100 yards

OMG, what a disaster! I was very excited/nervous, and started out at the front of the pack, thinking, "I'm a strong swimmer; I don't want to have to pass a bunch of people." I went out doing crawl WAY too fast, because I was keeping up with the gals around me. There was one gal to my right who was tearing it up, and I kept up with her for about 90 seconds, in spite of the flailing arms and legs, and bubbles all around me. Then I ran OUT of air, and went completely anaerobic. My legs felt like lead, and I panicked. I was in over my head and there were still lots of people splashing around me. I did breast stroke and made my way over to the shallower part of the course and STOOD UP, and tried to catch my breath! I was breathing so shallowly and fast, I couldn't fill my lungs. I did some more breast stroke, but even that was too much for me. I turned over onto my back and kicked a little and sculled with my hands and made a little progress. I noticed my breathing was so shallow and fast, but I couldn't seem to control it. I went the rest of the way using a combination of WALKING, breast stroke, and sculling on my back. When I got out of the water, I couldn't jog; I walked and tried to get my breath back. I was still hyperventilating up until I got to the transition area!
What would you do differently?:

I've never swum competitively, and was NOT prepared mentally for this event. I can swim a mile in the pool without blinking, and was doing fine in our open water swims after the first freak-out. I don't know how to prepare for the nerves, but next time, I will start at the back of the pack and start out slowly until I'm calm. Funny, that was the advice I gave to the TriTeam participants--too bad I didn't follow it! Russ suggested that I work off the adrenaline by swimming before the event.
Transition 1
  • 03m 43s

I took my time in T1 because I was still recovering from the swim. I rinsed my feet off, put my socks and shoes on and remembered my helmet. That was a victory for me!
What would you do differently?:

Practice this so it becomes second nature.
  • 30m
  • 9 miles
  • 18.00 mile/hr

I felt very comfortable on the bike; it was like a vacation after the swim. I passed a lot of people, and enjoyed watching out for Oakbridge TriTeam members and saying "Oakbridge TriTeam rocks!" The hills were challenging, even though they weren't very steep or long.
What would you do differently?:

More hill training!
Transition 2
  • 02m 15s

This was much faster and smoother, although still slow compared to the competitive participants.
What would you do differently?:

  • 21m 47s
  • 2 miles
  • 10m 53s  min/mile

Started out 3:1, then went to 2:1. It kicked my tail, but I think that was as much because I'd already shot my wad on the swim! I find it hard to believe that I did relatively better on the run than the bike, because I felt so much better during the bike. Must be some people walked the 2 miles...
What would you do differently?:

Swim better!
Post race
Warm down:

Walking, hugging.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just the panic in the swim. It's impossible to evaluate my nutrition or my other activities because that was the overarching factor. I will say I was pleased with my ability to perform in the bike and run. My training took over and I did it. Thanks to Reno, Wes, Clark, and Russ!

Event comments:

This was the most physically challenging thing I've ever done, but it was because of the mental issues during the swim. I'll absolutely get some training on that and do better next time!

My main goal was to lead Oakbridge TriTeam members in successfully doing their first triathlon, and that goal was accomplished! It was fantastic to see so many happy faces!

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Last updated: 2008-05-27 12:00 AM
00:12:21 | 440 yards | 02m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 25/29
Overall: 0/850
Performance: Bad
Suit: Oakbridge Triteam top, trishorts
Course: Around the lake. Except right near the buoys, it is about 4-5 ft deep.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 03:43
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:30:00 | 09 miles | 18.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/29
Overall: 0/850
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Beautiful course through woods and beside lakes. Only a couple of hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:15
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:21:47 | 02 miles | 10m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/29
Overall: 0/850
Performance: Average
Course: Flat around the lake; very pleasant and pretty.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4