Marshman Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Downington, Pennsylvania
United States
Total Time = 1h 33m 17s
Overall Rank = 398/497
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 31/45
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5, cottage cheese, banana, bagel, coffee, on the road by 5:30.
Event warmup:

None really...was in a big rush when I got there. Stretched a little while waiting in line
  • 09m 32s
  • 437 yards
  • 02m 11s / 100 yards

Despite my thoughts to the contrary, I'm a very strong swimmer. I have been hanging to the back of the pack (this time because I was talking to friends) and I feel like it is costing me a significant amount of time on the swim. I still finished 15th overall for my age group, which I think indicates I should be trying to start towards the front of the pack.
What would you do differently?:

Start towards the front!!
Transition 1
  • 02m 8s

Had a bit of trouble getting into shirt, I need to rethink what I wear during the race. Other than that, decent transition.
What would you do differently?:

New shirt.
  • 57m 38s
  • 12.5 miles
  • 13.01 mile/hr

This course was really tough! On the first big hill, I thought I was flat, and tried to stop to check on it (and managed to fall off my bike in the process). Tire looked ok, but I was stuck walking the rest of the hill. Had to walk one other big hill later in the course, but overall passed more people than passed me.
What would you do differently?:

Train on hills! Tune up bike ahead of time to lessen chance of being low on air and having other minor mechanical problems.
Transition 2
  • 01m 37s

Had some trouble racking the bike, and legs were super shaky from the hilly ride. The run down the hill didn't help.
What would you do differently?:

Sit down to put on shoes? Elastic laces?
  • 22m 23s
  • 2 miles
  • 11m 11s  min/mile

Ugh! My calf cramped up about 1/4 mile in, and I had to break to stretch it out. Had to walk some of the tough uphill, but probably could have pushed it and ran. Had a lot left to sprint at the end.
What would you do differently?:

Train on hills, practice running when tired (I know I can run 5-6 miles when I'm not tired, so this should have been a piece of cake!)
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, drank water.

Event comments:

Not as good as North East Tri, but still an enjoyable race. Would consider coming back next year (mainly to try and challenge myself to do better!)

Last updated: 2008-08-24 12:00 AM
00:09:32 | 437 yards | 02m 11s / 100yards
Age Group: 15/45
Overall: 199/497
Performance: Good
Suit: 2 piece speedo
Course: Triangle
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:08
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:57:38 | 12.5 miles | 13.01 mile/hr
Age Group: 32/45
Overall: 418/497
Performance: Average
Course: Hilly!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:37
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:22:23 | 02 miles | 11m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 38/45
Overall: 411/497
Performance: Bad
Course: Uphill out, downhill back, mostly trail run.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
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