Avalon Islandman Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Avalon, New Jersey
United States
TK Charities
54F / 12C
Total Time = 1h 09m 48s
Overall Rank = 93/334
Age Group = M 16-17
Age Group Rank = 5/9
Pre-race routine:

I woke up at 0400, had a bowl of oatmeal and hydrated plenty. Left the beach house we were staying at for this vacation to drive down to the race site and pick up the packet at about 0430. I got there, got body marked, found my place on the rack and practiced my transitions in my head. I went out to check the beach and it was ROUGH. It was going to be a nasty swim.
Event warmup:

Just hung out and talked to a first-timer about the water conditions. I don’t wear wetsuits and neither did he so we both kind of knew we were in for a rough swim.
  • 12m 28s
  • 437 yards
  • 02m 51s / 100 yards

They did a countdown from 3 and then let us loose in the water. I ran into the water, hustled as far as I could go and started swimming. My god it was cold. The water temperature was 54 degrees. I didn’t have a wetsuit. I actually felt awesome the first 100 yards. It fell apart after that point.

I got hit by a whitecap and that knocked my goggles off and gave me a facefull of water. I retrieved my goggles, put them back on and went about ten yards before another crashed into me. I just started freaking out. I was off line, and my goggles were useless.

I had to swim ocean crawl until I got to the first flag because the current was so strong against me. The final 100 yards was easy and I booked it as much as I could, but the damage was already done. I was out of the water in about 8:30. There was still an 800 yard run to the timing mat though! That added another four minutes to my time as I tried to catch my breath.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I could have worn a wetsuit, but I would have spent too much time trying to get it off. I just got unlucky with a couple of big waves crashing down on me. My swim time, compared to others was pretty MOP.
Transition 1
  • 02m 12s

I had already run that long way to the timing mat so I just took my time in this transition. I washed the water off my feet, got my shoes on a took a GU with me as I wanted to test my new nutrition for these sprints.
What would you do differently?:

  • 36m 52s
  • 12 miles
  • 19.53 mile/hr

The bike course was a three loop course. For most of the course you were riding into a headwind, but there were sections you benefited from the tailwind.

I stayed conservative on the first loop and didn’t push it much. I wanted to get an idea of where the tougher parts of the course would be. The final two loops were nothing but hammering through the headwind. I could maintain 18 MPH in the headwind and 22 with the tailwind so I was pretty happy.

My time was pretty good considering I took it easy on the first loop. I probably should have gone hard the whole time, but I was still shocked about the swim. I also didn’t take a GU because I felt fine. So my nutrition plan was kind of shot, but it worked because I was about to have the run of my life.
What would you do differently?:

I could have pushed a little harder, but I wanted to conserve some energy for the run.
Transition 2
  • 00m 56s

I jogged the bike in, took off the helmet, put on my hat, and went. Nothing fast, not slow.
What would you do differently?:

  • 17m 21s
  • 2.8 miles
  • 06m 12s  min/mile

This was the greatest run I have ever had. I could not believe how awesome I felt on this run. My legs felt no fatigue coming off the bike and I just knew it was going to be an awesome run.

I immediately targeted a runner that passed me last week at Philly. I killed him on the bike, but he had an awesome 5k and passed me with very little distance left. I knew that if I could catch him that I would outkick him at the end.

I kept him in my sights and went hard the first mile. I looked at my watch and saw 6:32. I still had plenty left so I just kept pushing it. I passed two kids in my age group during the second mile. I just kept getting closer and closer to the kid in my age group that I wanted to pass, but I didn’t want to pass him too quick.

My second mile was 6:02. Holy crap! It took a couple seconds to do the math, but I knew I was flying. A 5k PR was in my sights and so was the kid I wanted to pass. All of a sudden the finish line pops out of nowhere and we are headed down the finishers shoot!

I looked at my watch and saw 17:xx. No way was this a full 5K! Turns out the course was short by .3 miles. It kind of sucked the run was short. I was on pace to run a 19:13 in the 5k and I still was reserving my kick to pass the kid. It would have been a massive PR for me had it been the full distance. He beat me by 15 seconds, although I beat his run time by 6 seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. No regrets. I ran hard the whole time and pushed the pain out of my mind. Running next to the ocean helped because I could focus on listening to the waves. I killed this run. I was 38th overall on the run. If my swim had been better I could have finished a lot higher in my age group.
Post race
Warm down:

I was so pumped when I finished. I didn’t puke! I felt awesome. I talked to my dad who was there cheering me on. He said that I looked so strong. I passed about 35 people on the run and wasn’t passed once. More importantly, I passed two kids in my age group to finish fifth and qualify for Junior Nationals in Colorado Springs in August! Now I cannot go to those, but it is an honor to qualify for them.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Awful swim.

Event comments:

This race is awesome. It closes at 350 entrants so it was a very small race, but the competition was pretty crazy. I was in a heat with the elites and they looked awesome. The food was awesome and they were giving away a $4000 Fugi bike. The only gripe I have is that the ocean water temperature was 54 degrees. They cannot really change that though. I had a lot of fun!

Last updated: 2008-06-16 12:00 AM
00:12:28 | 437 yards | 02m 51s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/9
Overall: 176/334
Performance: Bad
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 54F / 12C Current: High
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:12
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:36:52 | 12 miles | 19.53 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/9
Overall: 128/334
Performance: Average
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:56
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:17:21 | 02.8 miles | 06m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/9
Overall: 38/334
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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