Black Bear Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Lehighton, Pennsylvania
United States
CGI Racing
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 52m 44s
Overall Rank = 143/331
Age Group = Clydesdales
Age Group Rank = 7/24
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:30am. Ate 2 bananas and cup of yogurt plus coffe for breakfast. On the road at 4am. I was told to get there early because of traffic, which I did. Unfortunately, the the park was still not open, so I drove the sprint bike course. Was able to make some mental notes about hills and curves, etc. which helped a lot. Parked car, and was set-up in transition by 6:30. gave me extra time to mellow and talk to my fellow rack mates!
Event warmup:

Swam for about 15 minutes before start. Water was warmer than air temp, so i floated around and swam most of the pre-start.
  • 14h 59m
  • 820 yards
  • 1h 49m 37s / 100 yards

Swim start was good. The line was not too crowded so I picked a nice open spot in the second row. Started with alternate side breathing, but eventually settled on right side, because I felt faster. First half of swim I felt I was struggling a bit. My wetsuit felt tight across my chest, so I felt constricted. Switched to belly breathing which helped. Towards the end, I felt better, and started passing people. The water was warm and very nice to swim in.
What would you do differently?:

More wetsuit time, maybe push a little harder. Overall fairly happy with swim.
Transition 1
  • 00m

Wetsuit got stuck on timing chip, so I had to sit down to take it off. Drank a bottle of water, talked to the bike attendant, then walked my bike up the hill to the start.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I will work on the wetsuit problem, so that will get better. I had everything I needed out, so that was good. Could have been faster, but oh well.
  • 1h 04m 39s
  • 18 miles
  • 16.71 mile/hr

The bike course was as advertised - Hilly! Could not find a good tempo for the first couple of miles due to the rolling type of terrain. Once I was able to get over the major climbs I was able to make some good time on the way back in.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing much. Happy with my time. Knowing the course will make it a little easier next year.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Walked bike down hill back into transition. Drank some water. Changed shoes, then headed out.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really!
  • 28h 16m
  • 3.4 miles
  • 8h 18m 49s  min/mile

Just could not find my legs the first half of the run. Once i turned around on the bridge I was able to get some spped, then finally found a pacer that pulled me to the line.
What would you do differently?:

Run a little harder. I crossed the finish line with way too much left.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank 2 bottles of water, ate some pizza, and pretzels, then relaxed in the sun for a while.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just the general unknown of what is coming next. Next year, I will know the course a little better, so I think I can use this to my advantage.

Event comments:

I loved the race and the course! I will definitely be back next year!

Last updated: 2008-12-25 12:00 AM
14:59:00 | 820 yards | 1h 49m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/24
Overall: 0/331
Performance: Good
Suit: Wetsuit
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:04:39 | 18 miles | 16.71 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/24
Overall: 0/331
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Mostly rolling terrain, with some steep climbs, followed by long downhills.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
28:16:00 | 03.4 miles | 8h 18m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/24
Overall: 0/331
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back over rocky trails!
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %2
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4