Marshman Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Downington, Pennsylvania
United States
80?F / 0C
Total Time = 1h 05m 57s
Overall Rank = 43/497
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 8/30
Pre-race routine:

Wake-up early and get their early. Find a 24h supermarket to go to the bathroom at so I don't have to hold-it, or worse, use those God-awful porto-potties.
Event warmup:

short jog
  • 10m 19s
  • 437 yards
  • 02m 22s / 100 yards

This is my first year doing tris, and I have done 2 sprints before this. In terms of the swim both were DISASTERS! Even with open water training, I always had to swim to kayaks and hold on. I usually was close to the last person out of the water in my wave. I choose this tri because it was a short swim and I needed to find out if I could even do this.
The start was a bit of a mess as no one knew where we should start...or when. I wasn't even at the starting point when the gun went off. I stuck to my plan and went to the back and the outside and swam. I never got into the 3 strokes and breathe routine regulary, I usually did 2 strokes and breathed. But even with that, I did make it without panicking or having to hold onto a kayak. As lame as it may sound, this was a big win for me. I also saw plenty of the people in my wave still swimming when I got out, and I didn't see one person from another wave.
What would you do differently?:

Next time, get to the start line faster and tread water rather than getting scared and anxious. I will still stay to the outside, but move more towards the center and inside as I get further down the course.
Transition 1
  • 01m 4s

I didn't think it took me a minute to do this. But I haven't gotten into the habit of putting my shoes on my bike, rather I sit down and strap them on. The rankings of swimming, T1, bike, ect aren't up yet, so it is difficult for me to determine if I did well here or not.
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure...any of you experience people have some suggestions? Please send them my way.
  • 38m 48s
  • 12.5 miles
  • 19.33 mile/hr

I passed a lot of people here, and only got passed by 4-5 and most of them were right at the dismount zone when I got there, so I was happy with this. Biking tends to be strong for me, and I get encouraged by passing a lot of people in my division that got a good lead on me during the swim.
What would you do differently?:

I did get tired because I pushed myself hard here. I don't know what I could have done differently. I definitely pushed myself and made up a lot of ground here.
Transition 2
  • 00m 50s

I think this went pretty well...I could likely knock of a few seconds just thinking about what I need to do as I am running to my station.
  • 14m 58s
  • 2 miles
  • 07m 29s  min/mile

Immediatly out of T2, I started to pass a few people. One was in my age group. He passed me on the hill and I stood with him all the way through the turn around then he pulled away. That was a disappointment. I wish I had stronger will power to drive hard. I was tired and hurting at this point, but I could tell everyone else was. I may have been able to catch him.
What would you do differently?:

Train better for the run when tired. Do harder bricks, and make sure I do some practice runs where I really pick up the pace when I am tired.
Post race
Warm down:


Event comments:

This is a great race for people like me that have an OW swim phobia they are trying to beat. While the short distances are good for first timers, the bike course and run could be a challenge unless they train for it. I was hoping this race would be overwhelmingly made-up of people like me that are new to tris and just want experience to help them learn and build from...but I think there are a good portion of experienced and very competitive triathletes here, so come ready to compete if that is your goal. The race was well organized, but they could do some improvements with the start of the swims. Everything else was fantastic, and I would like to do this again next year.

Last updated: 2008-09-14 12:00 AM
00:10:19 | 437 yards | 02m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/30
Overall: 0/497
Performance: Average
Suit: none
Course: Arch/bow shape course...almost linear.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 01:04
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:38:48 | 12.5 miles | 19.33 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/30
Overall: 0/497
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: The beginning is hilly, later it becomes gently rolling hills.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:50
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:14:58 | 02 miles | 07m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/30
Overall: 0/497
Performance: Average
Course: starts off flat then gets a fairly long hill that is a challenge if you are trying to compete.
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? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4