Avalon Islandman Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Avalon, New Jersey
United States
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Total Time = 1h 16m 23s
Overall Rank = 183/334
Age Group = M 20-24
Age Group Rank = 10/13
Pre-race routine:

This was my very first triathlon. I wanted to scope everything out prior to race day, so I picked up the race packet the day before. Woke up at 5:30 on race morning. Didn't eat breakfast, which is standard for me when I'm running road races. Hydrated with lots of Gatorde. Headed over to Avalon from Wildwood. Got marked and started setting up my transition. I spent a lot of time going back and forth from the car to make sure I had everything set up for transition.
Event warmup:

Wasn't sure what to do for a warmup. For road races I usually do a mile around 8:00 pace. But I figured I would have cooled down during the pre race meeting and I was cutting it close time-wise anyway, so I didn't do any kind of warming up.
  • 16m 36s
  • 437 yards
  • 03m 47s / 100 yards

It was my first time in the open water, let alone the ocean. BIG MISTAKE! I have no problem swimming laps in the pool and consider myself half decent at it. Ocean swimming was a completely different story. Ran into the water with everyone else, no problem. As soon as I started swimming, my goggles instantly filled with water and I knew I was in trouble. I couldn't get any rhythm at all because of the waves and was in panic mode the entire time.

Pretty much doggy paddled the entire swim. Almost had to call a lifeguard to help me one the way in because the breakers kept tossing me under on the way in. But pride got in the way and I doggy paddled my way to shore.
What would you do differently?:

EVERYTHING! Not sure exactly what I was doing wrong. I most likely will have to take a class or at least buy a DVD/book of how to swim in the ocean.
Transition 1
  • 03m 4s

Wasn't too worried about the transition time, since it was my first triathlon. Time would have been better if I didn't have to recover so much from the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Got my shoes on quicker. Didn't mount too well, that's something I should practice. Tape gel to bike.
  • 38m 59s
  • 12 miles
  • 18.47 mile/hr

Bike went pretty much as expected. Haven't been training too long on it and, when I do, it's on more hilly courses at a lower speed. Still not comfortable in aero position, which probably hindered me. That is definitely something I need to work on. The three loop course hurt me a little too since I wasn't used to maneuvering corners at high speeds. Being my first time, I was nervous about the drafting aspect of the triathlon, but that didn't play much of a role at all.
What would you do differently?:

Push a little harder on the bike. I wasn't sure how I would feel running a 5k after the bike portion, so I took it a little easier than I should have.
Transition 2
  • 01m 51s

Same as before. No real goals here. Just wanted to gain some experience.
What would you do differently?:

I use a Forerunner when I do my training runs/rides and road races. I wanted to use it for the triathlon but haven't figured out the auto multisport feature. I spent a little bit trying to set it up for running, before I finally got it to work.
  • 15m 53s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 05m 07s  min/mile

Run was decent. I was forewarned about how dead my legs would feel after the bike, but it wasn't too bad. Started off a little slow due to the soft sand at the beginning, but got my rhythm about a half mile in and started picking people off. My Forerunner was telling me I was going around 6:15 pace, which I was satisfied with. I picked it up to about a 5:45 pace with a mile to go (or so I thought). All of a sudden the finish came up and I still had a bunch of energy left. The finish was a little rough too since I was trying to kick while running through soft sand. The run had to have been short by a considerable amount. My Forerunner read 2.50 miles. I was kind of bummed about that, because I can't use this race as a gauge for what kind of 5k pace to run next triathlon.
What would you do differently?:

Gone out a little harder.
Post race
Warm down:

No cool down. Was too dead. Almost puked but held it back. Hung out for a little, got some fluids and food. Waited for the results.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Ocean swim.

Event comments:

Good race besides the short run. Since it is my first, I don't have too much to base my judgement on. Seemed like they gave away a lot of free stuff. I'm used to 5ks where all you get is a cotton t-shirt. Definitely will do this one again next year!

Last updated: 2008-06-30 12:00 AM
00:16:36 | 437 yards | 03m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 14/13
Overall: 293/334
Performance: Bad
Suit: F2R
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: High
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Average
Rounding: Bad
Time: 03:04
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:38:59 | 12 miles | 18.47 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/13
Overall: 193/334
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:51
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:15:53 | 03.1 miles | 05m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/13
Overall: 11/334
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4