St. Patrick's Day Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Keller, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes
42F / 6C
Total Time = 1h 39m 50s
Overall Rank = 420/477
Age Group = Clydesdales
Age Group Rank = 36/43
  • 07m 4s
  • 328 yards
  • 02m 09s / 100 yards

When I signed up I put down that it would take me 9 minutes to swim 300m. That put me near the very back of the swim start and had to stand around and wait over an hour before starting.
I was very happy with my time as this was the first time I've swam with other people in the same lanes. I spent too much time going around people and was never able to concentrate on my swim stroke. I knew it would be much different than my swimming by myself in the 25yd gym pool, I just didn't want to panic and I stayed pretty focused considering this was my first swim with arms and legs flailing all around me.

The last 50m was slow because I had to wait for people to get out of the pool and wait my turn to climb up the ladder. That probably cost me 20-30 extra seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Up to this point in my training, I was happy with my result. I would like to start training with a group to get faster and start the swim portion earlier. I would almost rather be the one getting passed so not to exert that extra push to go around people.
Transition 1
  • 04m 54s

It was cold outside and I took my time to put on extra clothes.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions more! My transition area was a big pile of clothes. I tried to put everything down nice and neat in the order I planned on putting them on, but it was still a mess. I had a huge towel doubled that I wrapped around the clothes and another towel on top of that. Was trying to keep my shoes and clothes from getting drenched in the drizzle/rain.
  • 47m 22s
  • 12 miles
  • 15.20 mile/hr

My first 1/2 mile was pretty slow getting out of transition and turning several times before the main loop started. I think I kind of rode with the crowd at first and I didn't push myself like I should have. Once I got in the groove there were lots of downhills on miles 2-4 and I passed lots of people and hit 30mph a couple of times. Mile 5 was a killer -- I averaged about 11mph on that mile both times around the loop. A few times I looked down and saw I was speeding up the hill at 7mph. I had one 20oz bottle of water on my bike and drank about 3/4 of it. Probably should have hydrated myself better during the bike. I was never passed by a mountain bike -- woohoo, but there was a 62yr old lady that flew by me on those hills!
What would you do differently?:

I rode with my running shoes and strap cage, so I will be using bike shoes and pedals next time!
Transition 2
  • 02m 10s

I already had my running shoes on, so this should have been much faster. I took off my jacket I wore on the bike and had to dig through my transition pile for my race number and watch band. I was barely moving out of transition as my legs were jello.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure since my transition area wasn't laid out like I had practiced previously. I changed what I had practiced so I wouldn't struggle in the weather.
  • 38m 19s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 12m 19s  min/mile

My time was slower than my training. My legs felt horrible after transition. As I just got out of transition, my race belt came undone. It was still clipped but the loop thingy came undone and stopped to fix it. I tried to weave it through while jogging, but that wasn't working so I just stopped and worked on it until it was secure. I did a combination of walking/jogging like I did while training, but my jogging was much slower than my training.

What would you do differently?:

I knew that running was my weakest area and I think mentally I talked myself into just trudging along and taking my time. I did not have a race or competition mentality at this point of the course and just wanted to finish. That won't happen again!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and grabbed a drink.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being overweight and not on in great physical shape yet.

Event comments:

My first race, so hard for me to compare and rate.

Last updated: 2009-01-05 12:00 AM
00:07:04 | 328 yards | 02m 09s / 100yards
Age Group: 32/43
Overall: 0/477
Performance: Good
Course: Indoor 50m pool. Snake swim through lanes.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:54
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:47:22 | 12 miles | 15.20 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/43
Overall: 0/477
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: The course had more hills than I trained on. It wasn't outrageous, but I definitely could use more hill work!
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 82
Turns: Average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:10
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:38:19 | 03.11 miles | 12m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/43
Overall: 0/477
Performance: Below average
Course: Fairly flat course with some small sloping hills. Nice run course.
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4