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Wilmington YMCA Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
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82F / 28C
Total Time = 1h 37m 10s
Overall Rank = 405/615
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 72/95
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early, met my brother-in-law and his family and we all headed out to the event. Parked, hit the TA...timing chip, then body marking. We had to bus to the swim start. There were 1019 contestants overall, so there were several buses.
Event warmup:

Some stretching, that was about it.
  • 26m 21s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 46s / 100 meters

First triathlon, just getting used to the whole thing.
What would you do differently?:

Swim the course once or twice before the event. Practice sighting a little more.
Transition 1
  • 01m 22s

Didn't wear a wetsuit, so that was good. Had to put on bike shoes, helmet, sunglasses. Didn't wear gloves or socks. I am pretty happy with the T1 time.

18th of 95 for age group rank on T1.
What would you do differently?:

Get tri shoes, practice bare foot start.
  • 36m 23s
  • 20 kms
  • 32.98 km/hr

Good ride. I rode a converted road bike that I have been training on. I was comfortable and felt good throughout the race.

There was a lot of rough road, at one point (early in the ride) I hit several repaired areas in a row, then went to some very rough slowed me enough that I thought I had a flat in the rear tire. I stopped to check on that, though for less than 30 seconds. I did have to get out of the saddle to get back up to speed, though.
What would you do differently?:

Felt good. More time in the saddle! I have just gotten a triathlon specific frame and plan on building that. I feel like that and the additional training will help increase my performance here.
Transition 2
  • 01m 53s

Mount/dismount line pretty far from TA. I had not practiced pulling my feet out of my shoes ahead of time, so I didn't try it today, though I was tempted! I could have saved some time here just because of that. I also put socks on for this run, I won't do that again in a sprint. Overall, not too bad for my first event, though.

63rd of 95 for my age group on T2.
What would you do differently?:

Practice coming out of shoes before mount line, no socks for sprint distance runs.
  • 31m 13s
  • 5 kms
  • 06m 14s  min/km

I hate running, lol. I used to be able to do 3 miles in 17:54. That was a long time ago. I am running more, and honestly I was happy with 3 10 min/miles after the swim and bike. This is my first event and I really just needed to get a feel for it.
What would you do differently?:

Run more...that's the only way that will improve.
Post race
Warm down:

Some walking, stretching, hydration. Nothing very techinical at all.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My recent start at training. I have been really doing next to nothing until mid-late March of this year. Diet and training have helped a lot and will continue to improve!

Event comments:

Awesome first race! I didn't stay around for the post-race, so I can't really rate that. There is not overall times broken down by age group, so I don't have those ranks to put in my report. I can't wait to do some more!

Last updated: 2009-04-08 12:00 AM
00:26:21 | 1500 meters | 01m 46s / 100meters
Age Group: 74/95
Overall: 378/615
Performance: Average
Suit: Trisuit, no wetsuit.
Course: Salt water channel, one way swim to exit point.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Time: 01:22
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:36:23 | 20 kms | 32.98 km/hr
Age Group: 53/95
Overall: 263/615
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: Flat, street, well marked and blocked.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:53
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:31:13 | 05 kms | 06m 14s  min/km
Age Group: 90/95
Overall: 525/615
Performance: Below average
Course: Flat, loop, short out-and-back side road to get distance.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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

2009-09-20 1:36 AM

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Subject: Wilmington YMCA Triathlon

2009-09-20 2:10 PM
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Wilmington, NC
Subject: RE: Wilmington YMCA Triathlon
Used the site to find the age group times and put those in the report...
2009-09-21 6:56 AM
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Subject: RE: Wilmington YMCA Triathlon

Looks like you're fast and motivated to be faster. Great job, keep it up!

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