St. Patrick's Day Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Keller, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes
40F / 4C
Total Time = 1h 39m 22s
Overall Rank = 376/?
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 32/36
Pre-race routine:

Couldn't sleep all night despite watching a funny movie and going to bed early enough to attempt to get 7 hours. I woke up every 30 minutes---it stunk!

Take a quick shower, re-inflate tires. Say a quick prayer. Eat 2 slices of plain buttermilk bread and drink one tall glass of water.
Event warmup:

Swim in the lap pool about 20 minutes before I entered. As 599, I was the 5th to last person to enter the pool :)

I went to the bathroom 3 times in a span of 30 minutes---talk about NERVES!
  • 08m 35s
  • 328 yards
  • 02m 37s / 100 yards

I know that I could have swam faster, but I wanted to take everything a lot easier this first triathlon so that I could be sure that I finished. Next triathlon, I'll push myself a LOT bit more.
What would you do differently?:

I would kick harder, stretch more, and pull more efficiently. I was too busy telling myself to be steady instead of racing. However, I'm still pretty proud of myself. It was an Olympic size pool and I don't think I stopped at any wall to take a breath, though I did get caught trying to snake under the lane lines.
Transition 1
  • 03m 24s

HORRIBLE. I couldn't get my socks on, and I wasted so much time trying to tie my bandana on my head so that I could fit my helmet on. Everything that could go wrong, went wrong. I wasted so much time that people who were behind me out of the pool were well ahead of me before I even got my bike off the rack.
What would you do differently?:

I would reorder my transition area, and calm down a bit more. I wouldn't sit to put on my socks, nor would I put on gloves. All of that wasted precious moments---I'd learn how to run with my bike and do it.
  • 51m 1s
  • 12 miles
  • 14.11 mile/hr

They messed up my timing on the Chip Thing, but I know I wasted another several minutes in transition, which I will explain in the T2 section.
What would you do differently?:

I wouldn't stop riding until I got through the dismount line; for some reason, I was confused where I needed to get off. Oh well, precious seconds wasted. I need to practice riding outside more so that I can become a stronger hill rider and corner turner...I'm sure it will come in time.
Transition 2
  • 03m

It all started when I got off my bike before the dismount line due to confusion, and then it went downhill. I couldn't get my running shoes on. I couldn't rack my bike without some effort. I wasted at least 1 minute trying to find and put on my race belt--it was weird, I thought I set up transition well. Last, I couldn't get my running shoes on; I don't know what happened here---I thought my first transition was bad, but this was worse. If they had accurately timed it, I'm sure it would be upwards of 3 minutes and maybe even 4 :-(
What would you do differently?:

  • 33m 15s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 41s  min/mile

Definitely wasn't my finest run performance, but I'm actually proud of myself. I kept saying slow and steady instead of pushing myself to go harder, but I maintained the same pace through the entire race. I FINISHED STRONG with a leg clap to boot! (I hope the photographer took that picture)
What would you do differently?:

I wouldn't carry my cell phone and camera in my pockets - they were definitely weighing me down. I would push myself to go faster, because I really wasn't tired at the end of it all...though I did sleep when I got home.
Post race
Warm down:

I walked for a bit. Spoke with folks I'd met during the race. Went home and showered. Briefly stretched. Slept. Went to BW3s and pigged out.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My mind, I kept telling myself it was my first triathlon so I shouldn't push just so that I could finish strong. Now, I am sure that I could have pushed myself in all three legs of the race and still finished strong. I am happy with my results, and it's a PR so I'm looking forward to improving on all aspects of the race come APRIL/MAY, whenever I next decide to race.

I'm going to practice every leg of race (swimming, cycling, running) so that the next time around I'll have confidence enough to push myself.

Event comments:

I loved the pancakes, but it was too cold to stick around for much else. I was shivering badly :(. I'm happy with the Event and hope that I get to do it again next year, albeit prepared for the awful weather and with more training. I also would love to train with a group next time---I think I did well for having self-trained, but I want to see how I do if I train with others.

Last updated: 2009-02-06 12:00 AM
00:08:35 | 328 yards | 02m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 33/36
Overall: 0/?
Performance: Average
Suit: None
Course: Snake Drills through an Olympic size pool. It was pretty nice swimming, and I really didn't push myself for fear of over-doing it.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Time: 03:24
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:51:01 | 12 miles | 14.11 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/36
Overall: 0/?
Wind: Little
Course: I knew it was going to be a long ride when I accidentally went straight instead of turning at the U-Turn--lost some valuable seconds trying to recover. After that, I slowed down WAY too much at all the corners even after at one point sailing for 22mph, which was awesome :-) There were two huge hills at the end of the loop, which made it difficult to sustain the cadence. I think overall if I can improve my hills and cornering, I can become a pretty strong rider. This was by far my weakest leg of the race. That being said, I passed quite a few people on the ride and was only passed about 6 times!
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 85
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:00
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
00:33:15 | 03.11 miles | 10m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 32/36
Overall: 0/?
Performance: Average
Course: Pretty flat, and easy to run.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4