St. Patrick's Day Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Keller, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes
Total Time = 1h 20m 2s
Overall Rank = 212/
Age Group = 20-24
Age Group Rank = 19/30
Pre-race routine:

First off this was my very first tri - so my routine included trying to calm my nerves down. Had a cliff bar and some juice on my drive in.
Event warmup:

After getting help from the people around my about how to set up, jogged a little bit to test out the pavement/mud. Then hopped in the pool for a 100m mostly to test out how the distance feels - I hadn't practiced in a 50m distance pool in a long time.
  • 04m 30s
  • 328 yards
  • 01m 22s / 100 yards

I was 80th in the water - but I should posted a shorter time. within the first 50 passed one guy, by the 150 passed another, held that until the wall around 250 where I just barely saw 2 or 3 other guys about to push off as I was coming - so I just keep myself with them trying not to over do it.
What would you do differently?:

Next time ill give a more true time to the organizers - and hope to be put near people that can keep the same pace
Transition 1
  • 02m 59s

WOW - it was cold! And my towel was soaking with cold water. Somehow managed to put socks and shoes on, but had way too much trouble with my shirt + jersey - it never felt right. Got my gloves on but without being able to properly strap them on. And ran off to the mounting area
What would you do differently?:

practice a T1 - this was my first and only time to really think about how to do this.
  • 44m 12s
  • 12 miles
  • 16.29 mile/hr

I was happy with my shifting between gears, I keep my cadence about average the whole race. Considering I've only been practicing my bike for a few months and its not even modified for tri conditions im not upset with my performance; now I just have the drive to make my time into something decent.
What would you do differently?:

Practice, practice, practice - epically with hills and harder routes.
Transition 2
  • 01m 16s

At this point, I could not even feel my extremities so I did not feel the cold. I threw off my bike stuff and shoved on my shoes and racing belt.
What would you do differently?:

If I had prior practice about how to do this efficiently it would have helped - but hey its a learning experience this time
  • 27m 1s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 41s  min/mile

After finally fixing my shirt on correctly and getting my race belt situated; I forced myself to hold a slow pace and I keep it for the whole race till the last .1mile - where I went all out. My best time to ever do a 3.1miles was 24min - and that happened the weekend before so considering what I just finished 3 extra min is not so bad
What would you do differently?:

nothing, this was the exact time I was hoping to get.
Post race
Warm down:

breath hard for about 5min, and chug some vitamin water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

weather! and inexperience at T1 +T2

Event comments:

Really happy I did this race; now any other will have better weather conditions and I'll know more about what to expect. The people were really nice and helpful and seeing a runner with a big green wig just makes me smile.

Last updated: 2009-03-10 12:00 AM
00:04:30 | 328 yards | 01m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/30
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: A "snake path"
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Time: 02:59
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:44:12 | 12 miles | 16.29 mile/hr
Age Group: 19/30
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: The road was wet and my back tire keep feeling like it wanted to pull out from under me. The one steep hill hurt me bad, I just never practice on hills and I was paying for it on race day.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:16
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:27:01 | 03.11 miles | 08m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/30
Overall: 0/
Course: A great run course through a wooded area
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4