Spring Meadow Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Helena, Montana
United States
Total Time = 1h 21m 28s
Overall Rank = 12/51
Age Group = 20-24
Age Group Rank = 3/6
Pre-race routine:

I watched the start of the Olympic distance race after setting everything up.
Event warmup:

I jogged, stretched, and swam a little.
  • 22m
  • 1000 meters
  • 02m 12s / 100 meters

This was my second triathlon swim and I improved significantly. I didn't get flustered in the group at the start and was able to keep calm throughout the race. I kept telling myself to swim my own race and not worry about how fast some of the others were going. I didn't backstroke at all and the only times I wasn't free styling were when I was sighting for the buoys which I need to improve at doing. I finished in the middle instead of the back of the pack this time. That being said there is still a lot of room for improvement.
What would you do differently?:

Sighting and I need to improve and economize my stroke.
Transition 1
  • 02m 11s

I was really tired after the swim but tried to hurry through the transition.
  • 37m 15s
  • 20 kms
  • 32.21 km/hr

I didn't do as good on the bike this race. I think part of it had to do with pushing myself a lot harder in the swim. I also started off in a higher gear and was afraid that if I shifted down my chain would fall off. There was a nice wind to contend with too. I passed a few people. One passed me back and I followed him back to transition. Right before transition I was passed again.
What would you do differently?:

Start off in the same gear I did in Kalispell. It allowed me to push relatively hard and handle the hills with ease compared to today. I would have drove the course so I knew where the turn around was. I was wondering how much farther the whole way.
Transition 2
  • 00m 57s

I got out of transition fairly fast. I beat the one guy who passed me back on the bike out of it.
  • 19m 5s
  • 5 kms
  • 03m 49s  min/km

This run felt a lot better than the last tri I was in. My legs felt great from the very beginning. I caught the other guy who passed me on the bike within a quarter mile. I never got passed once. I caught and passed quite a few people. There were a lot of olympic distance athletes on the course at the same time though.
What would you do differently?:

There were just a couple short lulls where I could have kept my focus and speed a little better. I was the fastest runner, by over 20 seconds too! I should have used my legs more on the sub par bike leg.
Post race
Warm down:

I just put my stuff in the car. Talked to another athlete and watched the kids triathlon. That was pretty cool. Then I went to the drawing and awards ceremony. I got a medal for finishing third in my age group.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I need to push myself more on the bike, keep putting the time in on swimming and get a better stroke. I thought my time would have been faster than my first tri but the swim was 200 meters longer and there was wind on the bike. I only finished a minute slower so I am not too disappointed. The first tri I was 28th overall and 15 minutes behind the winners. This time I was 12th and only 10 minutes behind the winners.

Event comments:

This was a good race and I look forward to doing it again.

Last updated: 2008-06-13 12:00 AM
00:22:00 | 1000 meters | 02m 12s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/6
Overall: 26/51
Performance: Below average
Suit: 2XU C:1
Course: through a channel and then around the perimeter of a lake.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 02:11
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:37:15 | 20 kms | 32.21 km/hr
Age Group: 4/6
Overall: 17/51
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: The course was an out and back with a few hills thrown in. On the way out it was a slight uphill grade. There were a couple railroad crossings that were rough.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 00:57
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:19:05 | 05 kms | 03m 49s  min/km
Age Group: 1/6
Overall: 1/51
Performance: Good
Course: A lap around the lake and then a loop that went out onto the highway and back to the lake.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4