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Grimsby, Ontario
Subaru Triathlon Series & Trisport Canada
66F / 19C
Total Time = 53m 6s
Overall Rank = 180/233
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 32/48
Pre-race routine:

Woke up and saw rain and was nervous... "What impact will this have on the race?" Checked the website but no updates so started the drive to Grimsby. Had a bowl of kashi granola with milk and some cranberry bread with peanut butter. Got registered, set up my transition area, stuffed myself into my wetsuit and waited. Then my daughter asked why I didn't have "a little black bracelet on my ankle like everyone else?" eek! Forgot the timing chip! Rushed over - got body marked and got my timing chip!
Event warmup:

No warm up. The swim portion started 400m down the beach so I walked down and just waited... nervous yet with a sense of self satisfaction that I had made it to this point.
  • 12m 23s
  • 375 meters
  • 03m 18s / 100 meters

I watched the first wave of swimmers start the race (the younger swimmers) and got ready for mine. Watching them all huddled in a group in the shallow end, swimming over top of one another and kicking each other made me decide to go to the deeper end and towards the back. I treaded water until the starting horn. Then the horn sounded and I took a deep breath and started. I *could not* get into a good stroke pattern. Whenever I'd come up for air I'd have some wave hit me in the face or there'd be someone swimming into me. The water had zero visibility and my goggles started to fog. I tried switching to the breast stroke but the wet suit restricted my mobility. In the end a couple of times I had to roll onto my back and kick just to give myself a couple of seconds to catch my breath. Because of the waves, we kept getting pushed ashore and then we'd all be swimming on top of one another so you wasted a lot of energy trying to swim against the current to keep out of the pack. I *totally* underestimated the swim and thought it would be much easier but in the end it was my worse event. There were 48 swimmers in my age group and I placed 39th - 193 out of 233 overall. I had to haul my body out of the water and was so breathless as I scrambled up the ramp to the flooded transition area.
What would you do differently?:

Practice open water swims more. Perhaps try a wet suit that is only mid thigh vs. full length.
Transition 1
  • 00m

I was so breathless from the swim and legs felt like jelly. *Of course* my wet suit got stuck around my ankles and I wasted time struggling to get it off but finally did it and got ready for the bike. The ground was SOAKED and muddy.
What would you do differently?:

Try a different wet suit.
  • 23m 29s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 15.87 mile/hr

Because I had used my legs so much in the swim the bike started off slow. Tons of cyclists passed me and I was so breathless but I managed to get a good cadence going and started passing people. The second half was much better and I passed a number of people in my age group. It was beautiful riding along the service road looking over the vineyards. I felt good by the end of my ride and ended up placing 172 overall - 31 for my category.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - this was my personal best. Maybe get a *real* bike although I'm proud of my blizzard mtb.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Someone had thrown their bike over my transition area so was a pain the butt to untangle and move it. But all I had to do was take off helmet, put on glasses and go.
What would you do differently?:

  • 17m 14s
  • 1.55 miles
  • 11m 07s  min/mile

I thought the run would be my worst event but I didn't have the spaghetti legs and while I was slow moving (personal worst) I didn't stop once and kept a steady pace throughout. There was nothing like running down the shoot and seeing my daughter's little face peeking out and waving!
What would you do differently?:

Run more. I hate it but need to build strength and endurance.
Post race
Warm down:

Chug water and maul daughter :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I felt wet suit restrictive - too tight around the neck and not accustomed to swimming in one. Will practice more and try a different style.

Event comments:

Good for a beginner. Of course it being my first race - I wouldn't know any better!

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Last updated: 2008-06-25 12:00 AM
00:12:23 | 375 meters | 03m 18s / 100meters
Age Group: 39/48
Overall: 193/233
Performance: Bad
Suit: YES
Course: Straight swim along the shore
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 66F / 19C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 00:00
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:23:29 | 06.21 miles | 15.87 mile/hr
Age Group: 31/48
Overall: 172/233
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Flat
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:17:14 | 01.55 miles | 11m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/48
Overall: 169/233
Performance: Average
Course: Relatively flat - a gentle slope in the middle.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-07-21 5:54 PM

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Subject: Niagara Try-A-Tri

2008-07-21 6:14 PM
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Ontario, Canada
Subject: RE: Niagara Try-A-Tri

Sounds like you had a great first race!!! Congratulations!!!

2008-07-24 11:33 AM
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Subject: RE: Niagara Try-A-Tri
Congrats on your first race. Thw swim does get easier, and you'll actually find the wetsuit to be a big benefit - but the conditions for this race were pretty choppy, and a lot of people struggled with the swim.

I hear you when it comes to running - I used to hate it. My first (and second) Try a Tri last year I did have to walk. I spent quite a bit of time working on the run during the beginning of this year, and it really improves with practice, just keep at it.

The smile coming down the finishing chute is a great pic.
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