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Sea Isle City, New Jersey
United States
Piranha Sports
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 41m 25s
Overall Rank = 292/350
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 34/38
Pre-race routine:

Power Bar, Banana and lots of water.
  • 15m 51s
  • 440 yards
  • 03m 36s / 100 yards

My first ocean swim. My God! I thought I was going to die. The water was so freaking cold, I could not put my face into it. And since I never practiced any other type of stroke, I ended up flipping on my back and doing a progressive recovery stroke the whole way. At the 2nd bouy, I tried to grab onto it, but it was very small and I started to sink with it... people started yelling at me. So I kept struggling along until I was finally able to touch sand... then I said many prayers, thanked God for not letting me perish out in the ocean, and walked to the transition. When I saw that I was only out there for 15+ minutes, I was amazed... it felt like at least 30 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Practice an open water swim before jumping into a 56 degree ocean for the first time. Also, I should have jumped in the water before the race began, as so many other people did. Hitting the water was a total shock to the system. I must be a glutton for punishment, because I signed up for next year's race.
Transition 1
  • 03m 41s

First triathlon... first transition. Never practiced. Time wasn't bad considering that. I was just thankful to get out of the water alive!
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions!!!
  • 50m 13s
  • 12.3 miles
  • 14.70 mile/hr

Had a crappy mountain bike with cheap aero bars affixed. Riding South was easy... wind at the back. Riding North was a bear! Heavy winds in the face. Plus, on the 3rd lap, my recently-affixed aero bars completely fell apart. Screws and nuts and bolts flying everywhere. Good thing I didn't ditch it completely!
What would you do differently?:

Affix the aero bars better on the old bike. But ultimately, get a better bike!!! Not a terrible ride considering it was the first one and considering the awful equipment I had... nowhere to go but up!!!!

Transition 2
  • 00m 40s

I alrady had my running shoes on (my bike had regular street pedals), so transition was a snap. Jump off the bike, run it to the rack, take off my helmet and GO!
What would you do differently?:

Not much I could do differently. I wish all my T2's could be 0:40!
  • 31m 2s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 10m 01s  min/mile

Legs were KILLING me! I had to stop twice to stretch because my calves kept cramping up. Plus the beach run and having to jump over some of the jetties (like a steeplechase) was brutal. But I finished, so HA!
What would you do differently?:

Train more... do more bricks... drink more... more nutrition during the race.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a little and then... Enormous breakfast at a diner... the best damn food I've ever eaten.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training... not knowing what to expect since it was my first tri.

Event comments:

Good race... great way to start the season! Will do it again!

Last updated: 2008-12-19 12:00 AM
00:15:51 | 440 yards | 03m 36s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/38
Overall: 309/350
Performance: Bad
Suit: Full wetsuit, sleeveless
Course: 100 yards out to bouy; 240 yard parallel to shore to next bouy; 100 yards into shore.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 56F / 13C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Bad
Time: 03:41
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:50:13 | 12.3 miles | 14.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/38
Overall: 309/350
Performance: Below average
Wind: Strong
Course: 4.1 mile loop; 3 loops. Very flat, but wind was gusty in one direction.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:40
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:31:02 | 03.1 miles | 10m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/38
Overall: 257/350
Course: Beach run. Much of the sand was very fluffy, so made running difficult. Also, there were jetties every block that stretched the entire width of the beach (from water to sand dune). Most of them were low, so you jump right over them.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
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? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-12-19 9:38 AM

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