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Springfield, Illinois
United States
Springfield Tri Fest.
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 34m 4s
Overall Rank = 60/82
Age Group = F45-50
Age Group Rank = 7/8
Pre-race routine:

Couldn't sleep well. Small bowl of oatmeal at 4:30 a.m. Arrived 6:30ish and got transition area set up.
Event warmup:

Swam a bit in Lake Springfield.
Swim
  • 14m 57s
  • 500 yards
  • 02m 59s / 100 yards
Comments:

First "real" swim in a triathlon. Felt ok. I got kicked in the shoulder a couple of times at the start. I kept running over a gal in front of me. We seemed to be swimming at exactly the same pace, then she would slow and I just smashed into her. Could not get around her for a long time. It's like she had some bizarre sonar that would put her EXACTLY in front of me at exactly the moment I tried to pass. Ended up drifting onto the wrong side of the buoys and suddenly "hey, they are coming right at me!" I paddled merrily back and picked it up again, only to veer off course again. My hand hit something solid, I stopped and looked up and I had run into one of the surfboard-type lifeguards. He assumed I needed to rest, I said "no, I'm just navigationally challenged."

Breaststroked my way oh-so-slowly at the turnround. Some people from the wave behind us were starting to pass me. In the back of my mind was "got to come in under 15 minutes". I was getting tired so opted for some backstroke and veered far off course. Someone was shouting "left! To your left" and I realized they were addressing me. I was actually cruising perpendicular to the course. Argh!!!

Regained composure, settled in behind two gentlemen doing the breaststroke and just kind of bobbed along for a bit before picking up the crawl again.
What would you do differently?:

PRACTICE SIGHTING
Transition 1
  • 01m 50s
Comments:

I had a suboptimal spot in transition, being about as far away from the bike out area as possible. Seemed like it took a long time to get from the rack to the exit.
Bike
  • 41m 33s
  • 12 miles
  • 17.33 mile/hr
Comments:

Don't remember too much about the bike. I have ridden this course numerous times and it seemed to flow pretty well.
What would you do differently?:

Push it harder.
Transition 2
  • 01m 52s
Comments:

My legs were getting tired and I felt disoriented going into transition. It seemed like it took me a long time to get bike racked, race belt on, etc.
Run
  • 33m 55s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 10m 56s  min/mile
Comments:

I don't run much in the sunlight, preferring early morning, and could definitely feel the affect of the heat. Took me FOREVER before I could feel my legs, they were wobbly and my knees were knocking into each other. Resigned myself to doing the short marathon shuffle.
What would you do differently?:

Probably practice running out in the heat and sunshine, plus more bike/run bricks.
Post race
Warm down:

Long hike from transition to my car, so that was my warm-down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Inexperience, newbie mistakes.




Last updated: 2008-07-27 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:14:57 | 500 yards | 02m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 0/82
Performance: Average
Suit: tri suit
Course: Out and back
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 01:50
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
Biking
00:41:33 | 12 miles | 17.33 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 0/82
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Mostly flat, few small rolling hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:52
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
Running
00:33:55 | 03.1 miles | 10m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 0/82
Performance: Below average
Course: Pretty much flat, go out across the Lindsay Bridge to a turnaround and back. Hot and sunny.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2008-07-27 6:01 PM

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2008-07-27 6:10 PM
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Great job today! Canton next weekend?
2008-07-27 7:32 PM
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Sounds like you had a pretty good outing overall.  If you are swimming "merrily" - tri'n is but a dream! 

 





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jhouse4 - 2008-07-27 6:10 PM Great job today! Canton next weekend?

Thanks Joey, it was an awesome experience.  But then I have a great coach.  WE need to hook you up with one of those HardyBreed shirts. 

2008-07-27 9:08 PM
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Writebrained - 2008-07-27 7:32 PM

Sounds like you had a pretty good outing overall. If you are swimming "merrily" - tri'n is but a dream!

 

It was a fun day! 

2008-07-28 3:43 PM
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Great job on your first tri!


2008-07-28 8:21 PM
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Congratulations!  what a great first race

I am chuckling at the 'navigationally challened' comment - I experience that every day on dry land - LOL 

 

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