Square Lake Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Stillwater, Minnesota
United States
Vacation Sports
50F / 10C
Total Time = 2h 00m 22s
Overall Rank = 198/433
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 19/31
Pre-race routine:

I had been sleep deprived all week, so I went to bed at 9pm the night before to try to catch up a little. I woke up at 5pm and ate breakfast with my 17 mounth old daughter and wife. Did the 45 minute drive with no problems and arrived with 40 minutes to spare.
Event warmup:

For warmup I did a short slow jog and some easy out and backs once I was in the water. The air temps were a little cold and I didn't have a wetsuit, so once I was in the water, I stayed in the water.
  • 18m 59s
  • 800 meters
  • 02m 22s / 100 meters

Water temps were perfect and felt pretty comfortable for the 1/4 mile. I sorta hit a wall at that point and was having a harder time tracking. I had my goggles knocked off a few times, but I was able to flip onto my back and fix them pretty easy. I never lost the goggles since I had them run under my swimcap.
What would you do differently?:

Track better and start further to the outside.
Transition 1
  • 02m 19s

I was pretty tired after the swim and there were a series of 20 +/- steps from the beach up to the transition area. I started running up the steps, but ended up walking the last set. I wasn't wearing a wetsuit, so it was pretty easy getting my shoes on and on my bike. I found my bike easily too, so that helped.
  • 54m 28s
  • 18 miles
  • 19.83 mile/hr

I am a pretty good cyclist and this is my favorite part of the race. I wasn't sure what I would have left in me for the run, so I didn't push too much. Just stuck to my pace and had fun with it.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder. I had too much left in me when I finished.
Transition 2
  • 00m 52s

I dismounted my bike and was in my shoes with ease. I found my spot in the rack really quick too.
What would you do differently?:

  • 43m 46s
  • 5 miles
  • 08m 45s  min/mile

I had done a few bricks in the past, but my legs still didn't like the adjustment to running. I felt so horrible for the first mile. Once I got my legs back in order, I was able to step it up a bit and have fun again.
What would you do differently?:

Kick more at the last mile.
Post race
Warm down:

Slow jog and some stetching

What limited your ability to perform faster:

not know exactly what to expect since this was my first triathlon.

Event comments:

I had a lot of fun and overall it was a huge success for me. My goal was 2 hours and I had 2 hours 22 seconds.

Last updated: 2008-09-10 12:00 AM
00:18:59 | 800 meters | 02m 22s / 100meters
Age Group: 20/31
Overall: 31/433
Performance: Below average
Suit: no
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 02:19
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:54:28 | 18 miles | 19.83 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/31
Overall: 31/433
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: kinda hilly, but not too bad. I was bummed that I had to scrub my speed on a couple decents because of sharp corners and sand/gravel on the road.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:52
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:43:46 | 05 miles | 08m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 24/31
Overall: 31/433
Performance: Below average
Course: Some hills and gravel roads. Overall it was a really fun course through the country side.
Keeping cool Average 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? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3