Niantic Bay Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Niantic, Connecticut
United States
Hartford Marathon Foundation
Total Time = 1h 39m 50s
Overall Rank = 319/401
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 11/11
Pre-race routine:

Half a bagel, peanut butter, protein bar, banana, plenty of water. Please note that this was a fluke in my pre-race nutrition habit. I usually scarf down my left-overs from the night before. Not good at all.
Event warmup:

5-10 minute swim at the start area.
  • 17m 55s
  • 880 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards

This is the most fun I've had in any swim course. First of all, I could see more than 2 feet!!! I've gotten used to swimming in not so clean water training in NYC; this environment felt like paradise.

For the first time, i didn't find myself taking an accidental gulp of water. It's ironic because it was actually clean enough to do so!

I clocked a PR for the swim=)
What would you do differently?:

I started the race off breathing from both sides and noticed that I swam significantly faster. However, the moment I get spooked or fatigued, I revert to breathing on one side.

I would like to be able to sustain breathing on both sides for the entire duration of the swim course.

Transition 1
  • 05m 17s

What can I looks like I took my sweet time. Plenty of room to improve.
What would you do differently?:

  • 45m
  • 12 miles
  • 16.00 mile/hr

Remind me to shoot the person in charge of marketing the event...It's NOT flat=)

I've come to realize that I need more TITS!!! Lots and lots of TITS!!! I usually train close to home and the terrain is FLAT. Any occurence of hills immediately kill my legs. It is so bad that I've considered hanging a sign on my back warning people...."SLOW MOVING TURD..PLEASE PASS!!!!"

And yes, my cycling style of hanging back a little has given me quite the experience when it comes to checking out tri bikes. I get passed so often that I now consider myself a subject matter expert on hot looking tri bikes! Likewise, I can now identify the type of bike and components used just from the they approach me from behind=) Let me tell you, those Cervelo's are MAD SEXY.

Hey, I need something to pass the time=p
What would you do differently?:

I will incorporate more TITS as part of my training regiment. I've realized that long "fun" rides where the average speed is 6mph will not cut it as part of a competitive training regimen.

On the bright side, I've increased my average speed by 10 MPH!!!
Transition 2
  • 02m 20s

Ok, ok I was a sloth once again....
What would you do differently?:

Everything! Next time maybe do everything a lot faster=p
  • 29m 20s
  • 3.5 miles
  • 08m 23s  min/mile

First of all, I never liked running. I have learned to embrace I love it! Granted I'm not where I want to be just yet..I'm happy with my progress. I set a PR for the run!

Great run course! ....did i mention? It's nice and flat!=p
What would you do differently?:

With more training and endurance experience, I plan to run harder and faster!

Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Irresistible view=), lack of TITS!

Event comments:

Worth the epic journey it took to get there from NY. I have to thank my swim buddy for convincing me to join the ride=)

Last updated: 2008-07-27 12:00 AM
00:17:55 | 880 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 11/11
Overall: 263/401
Performance: Good
Suit: Blue Seventy Reaction Full Suit
Course: Beach Start...U Shaped Course...Awesome water...Great Views! Yes, I was distracted by the nice location=) I know..I're supposed to keep your head down but I just could not resist to take a look around to take it all in.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Bad Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:17
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:45:00 | 12 miles | 16.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 11/11
Overall: 342/401
Performance: Bad
Wind: Little
Course: ......Did I mention the HILLS?!? Beautiful ride around town. Oh, watch out for "out of control" grannies making the dreaded left turn in-front of you. Myself and two other riders almost took the express lane to heaven. Seriously, I only expect things like this to happen when I'm on my motorcycle! F-Bombs were dropped left and right but all is forgiven.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: ???
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:20
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
00:29:20 | 03.5 miles | 08m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/11
Overall: 292/401
Performance: Good
Course: I loved the beach finish! Yet another first in my triathlon journey=)
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %???
Overall: Below average
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] 5