Wild Cat Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Lowell, Massachusetts
United States
Firm Racing
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 23m 22s
Overall Rank = 219/275
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 8/15
Pre-race routine:

Don't have a routine yet
Event warmup:

Didn't do a warmup because the bathroom line was over 30 minutes long
  • 12m 2s
  • 400 meters
  • 03m 01s / 100 meters

The Merrimack River was really dirty -- I didn't want to put my head under water at first plus I'm not used to swimming with lots of people around me, especially not being able to see even inches in front of me. It took more than half the race to find any kind of pace but by then I was stuck in the middle of a pack of people flailing even more than I was. At least all the people that kicked me did so accidentally.
What would you do differently?:

Practice swimming with a bunch of scrambling people.
Transition 1
  • 03m 19s

I took a minute to rest and eat half a Luna bar until Jamie yelled at me to get going.
What would you do differently?:

Get there earlier to stake out a better transition area
  • 40m 51s
  • 11 miles
  • 16.16 mile/hr

My legs were tired during the bike ride but it was a nice course and decent ride anyway. I think I was averaging 15mph during the first half and managed to speed up during the second half. My goal was to average 15mph so I was happy with how I rode
What would you do differently?:

Don't ride 30 miles the day before =)
Transition 2
  • 01m 7s

I got stuck behind someone walking (not running) with their bike back to the racks but then just grabbed a sip of water and went on my way. No shoe changes because I don't have special bike shoes yet. I forgot to take off my bike gloves but didn't mind running with them
What would you do differently?:

Remember to take off my bike gloves, hopefully not get stuck behind someone who's slowly walking
  • 26m 2s
  • 2.5 miles
  • 10m 25s  min/mile

I felt tired and stopped to walk for just a little bit a few times but felt like I kept up a decent pace overall and felt especially good towards the end. I appreciated other triathletes encouraging me to run the few times I started walking. The second half of the run especially I found a good pace/rhythm and felt like I was moving faster and felt like I could even have run a little further
What would you do differently?:

Run more in training to get more comfortable setting a pace, improving that pace. Next time I hope to run 10 minute mile pace or better.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, ate watermelon and a banana

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I was a little shaken up after the swim not liking the water quality nor swimming with so much jostling, plus my legs were tired after the training ride the day before

Event comments:

This was a good first race and the bike and run were confidence builders that I can go on and do other races. I hope other swims are not quite as dirty and chaotic as this one

Last updated: 2008-08-04 12:00 AM
00:12:02 | 400 meters | 03m 01s / 100meters
Age Group: 12/15
Overall: 242/275
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back across the Merrimack River
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:19
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:40:51 | 11 miles | 16.16 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/15
Overall: 243/275
Performance: Good
Course: Mostly flat with maybe 3 hills
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:07
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:26:02 | 02.5 miles | 10m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/15
Overall: 216/275
Performance: Average
Course: Flat, nice, part paved part not, out and back along the waterfront
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
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] 3