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Got The Nerve? Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Mt. Gretna, Pennsylvania
United States
Got The Nerve? Triathlon
64F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 02m 2s
Overall Rank = 490/563
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 53/58
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:30. Ate some toast with peanut butter & honey. Loaded the truck for the drive to the race site. Got there just after 6:00. Got body marked and set up transition and relaxed
Event warmup:

Lake was closed until race start so no real warm up.
  • 13m 58s
  • 500 yards
  • 02m 47s / 100 yards

I was pretty relaxed before the gun went off. Stayed in the back of the wave at the start. My breathing was off right from the beginning and it shot my heart rate up. Still trying to figure out why. Quickly went into "just get through this" mode.
What would you do differently?:

I'm going to spend more time in my wetsuit and find somewhere to do some more OWS's.
Transition 1
  • 04m 48s

Dizzy and nausous so everything was in slow motion. I focused on getting my heart rate under control and making sure I had everything. Fumbled with the Garmin for a minute and gave up on it. Hearing my wife yelling for me was a big boost!
What would you do differently?:

Figure how to get the wetsuit over my ankles smoothly.
  • 1h 04m 24s
  • 16 miles
  • 14.91 mile/hr

Just happy to be out of the water and on the bike, I started off thinking I would try to start off slow and hope I felt better. The few hill training rides I did really helped both mentally and physically as I made my way through the bike leg. Stomach was still bothering me so I didn't drink as much as I should have. I didn't eat anything.
What would you do differently?:

Almost everything! More hill work, drive the course before the race, drink more. I need to get more comfortable on the downhills so I don't need to use the brakes as much as I did.
Transition 2
  • 02m 39s
What would you do differently?:

Get used to running in the bike shoes.
  • 36m 13s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 11m 41s  min/mile

Never got over the nausea. Not drinking much or eating anything hit pretty hard on the run portion. I was surprised my run time wasn't worse than it was.
What would you do differently?:

Drink/eat more on the bike.
Post race
Warm down:

Kept walking and drinking. Got out of the sun.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Need more ows experience!

Event comments:

Although it looks like a lot of bad news as I write this a day after the race, I learned a lot! While I really struggled with the swim and first transition, I was able to work through it and keep going. I also need to work on drinking and eating. I know this will really limit me as I try to push the pace and do longer races. Looking forward to next time!

I'm always amazed at the shapes and ages of people who pass me during the race. What an inspiration to keep pushing myself to train harder!

Last updated: 2008-12-30 12:00 AM
00:13:58 | 500 yards | 02m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 46/58
Overall: 332/563
Performance: Below average
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Out 100 from shore to 1st bouy, 300 yards across lake to 2nd bouy and back to shore.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 04:48
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: Average
01:04:24 | 16 miles | 14.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 51/58
Overall: 423/563
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: HILLY!!!!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:39
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:36:13 | 03.1 miles | 11m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 54/58
Overall: 530/563
Performance: Below average
Course: Short distance on road and then gravel trail. Shade helped as it was getting hot.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2009-05-24 4:43 PM

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Eastern Pennsylvania
Subject: Got The Nerve? Triathlon

2009-05-24 6:18 PM
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Liverpool, New York
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Subject: RE: Got The Nerve? Triathlon
Art, what an awesome report!

you did great, despite not feeling your best after the swim, you still perservered

you'll figure the swim out and it will be smooth sailing


2009-05-25 8:27 AM
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regardless of how any race goes...

this, fellow manatee, is GOLDEN:

"I was able to work through it and keep going."

the mark of a TRUE ATHLETE in my opinion.

effort.  persistence. 



Edited by skrtrnr 2009-05-25 8:27 AM
2009-05-25 2:15 PM
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Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
Subject: RE: Got The Nerve? Triathlon
Good race report!
2009-05-26 9:53 AM
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Great race report Art! You stuck with it until you were done. I think you did awesome! Congratulations!!
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