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Smithfield, Virginia
United States
Setup Events
45F / 7C
Total Time = 1h 05m 23s
Overall Rank = 108/294
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 19/52
Pre-race routine:

My First Tri: Woke up every two hours and then at 4:15am and couldn't get back to sleep, my mind was already racing. I laid in bed until 6am, got up, had a small bowl of Cheerios, banana, powerbar and coffee. Got everything around and left for the 1.5 hr drive to Smithfield at 6:45am. Got to race site and took me quite a while to set up transition and get everything done. Had to go back and forth a lot, I wasn't really rushed, but consumed all available minutes.
Event warmup:

Biked very slow, high spin for 5 minutes or so. Jogged slow for 5 minutes and did a short sprint. I didn't have enough time to get in some laps unfortunately. Stretched legs.
  • 04m 43s
  • 328 yards
  • 01m 26s / 100 yards

Started swim very nervous about being my first tri ever, then it came to my turn and got off feeling like I was already tired/lethargic and thought how will I get through the race. I thought I was going slow and kept expecting the guy behind to catch me but I notice each lap that it appeared he was losing ground on me. After a couple of laps of making sure he didn't catch me, I realized I was on the last lap, nice. Jumped out of the pool and took a major breather, got up and just tried to jog slowing into transition and keep moving. I didn't pass or get passed by anyone, good time estimates I guess for me and the people before and after me.
What would you do differently?:

warm up in pool, learn to do flip turns, maybe smoother breathing and stroke, but really felt that I pushed my swim and got a good result
Transition 1
  • 02m 57s

T1 seemed to take forever, I had too many things to mess with. Transition areas were muddy from last nights rain. Toweled off arms quickly and put on pull over due to it being 45 degrees out. Toweled off muddy feet, then I got my socks and shoes on good. I was trying to put my helmet on backwards, that wasn't working. Struggled with garmin on wrist and bike gloves, like I said too much to mess with.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions, probably could improve this area with some practice.
  • 32m 41s
  • 10 miles
  • 18.36 mile/hr

First ride with my new bike fit, new cleats and new aero bars...I know, not supposed to do that, but all went pretty well and according to plan overall. I just jumped onto my bike out of transition (was thinking I might slip right off and on my butt in front of everyone, but didn't and started pedaling, then I clipped in my cleats. Got passed right out of the gate, but took it easy first 4 miles, then the hairpin turn I was ready for, but still went pretty slow and barely made the turn. Tried to pick up pace a little. At mile 7 feeling pretty good, took hand off aero bar to clear nose and went off the road onto wet muddy side, thought I was going down, but pulled it back onto road. That woke me the hell up, can you say adrenaline surge! I picked up pace even more after surviving that close call. Spent most of my time in aero bars, felt pretty good, except the first turn and a couple times I swerved and of course going off roading that time. Tried to keep good position, move hands and fingers around every now and then. I didn't get any handlebar palsy like my last two rides last weekend, so I was real happy about that. I passed about 3 and got passed by about 3. I expected to get passed by more than that so I felt pretty good about that.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder and just get more time on my bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 32s

Unclipped shoes early before stopping to be safe. Had to stop the bike completely, and get off, nothing fancy, just happy to get this far without any issues. My bike rack was just 4 racks in so nice and close. Parked bike with a little struggle, but took off helmet ok. I had just bought some yankz and used them so running shoes slipped right on, took a sip of gatorade and I grabbed my race belt and took off slowly. Put on race belt just before leaving transition area. This transition seemed to go ok.
What would you do differently?:

Seemed to go ok overall, maybe pull leg around bike and glide into a stop and work on that.
  • 23m 32s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 34s  min/mile

Started out faster than plan, but felt ok. Then started to feel back pain a little probably from my new bike position and aero bars. About .75 mile I took a GU, first time to try that as well, then I started to feel a little cramp and thought that might not have been a good I idea. Cramp seemed to go away as I continually picked up my pace. I took a drink of water at turnaround and picked up pace a little more. I got to 1 mile marker and continued to push hard down the hill and then with 200 yards I pushed with all I had and finished much faster time that I planned, so I was very happy with my run. I passed more than I got passed, so that was good.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure, everything went well.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked over to bbq food stand and got a plate of bbq pork and slaw sandwich, hush puppies and mac n cheese, what a wonderful end to a pretty great day.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

faster T1, probably could have pushed harder on bike, improve biking overall.

Event comments:

Thanked all the volunteers that I passed, they were awesome! Thanks to my wife and daughter for coming out to support me and supporting all my training efforts. Thanks to my BT group for supporting me and answering my endless newbie questions that helped me get this far in a short period of time.

Last updated: 2010-01-22 12:00 AM
00:04:43 | 328 yards | 01m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/52
Overall: 38/294
Performance: Good
Suit: Orca speed suit
Course: Snake swim
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 02:57
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:32:41 | 10 miles | 18.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 25/52
Overall: 144/294
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Course is fun and challenging, a hair pin turn at mile 4 and then up a hill. Always seems to have some wind on this course. Some rolling hills, but not too bad.
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 01:32
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:23:32 | 03.11 miles | 07m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/52
Overall: 98/294
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back with a hill just before mile 1 marker.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-03-28 6:26 AM

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2010-03-28 7:47 AM
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Midcoast Maine
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This is fantastic! You have a wonderful time, you learned lots, and you had fun. Congratulations! Next step - the Oly...and then on to the HIM. Wonderful news to hear first thing Sunday morning.
2010-03-28 1:19 PM
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That's a solid race.  Seriously great splits all around.  Great work and good job recovering from a near accident on the bike.
2010-03-28 7:07 PM
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Orange, CA
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awesome job on your first tri...Nice work! glad to hear it was fun!
2010-03-28 7:28 PM
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Great race transitions will just get easier. Probably pretty hard to go from a pool and the warm indoors to outside soaking wet about to bike. Good nice, glad you didnt crash.

2010-03-30 7:22 AM
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West Grove, PA
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Well done, Matt!!!  Close call on the near-crash... glad you were able to avoid it.  Sounds like an outstanding experience, especially for it being your first tri.  Your transition times look pretty darn good and your pace overall was very impressive.  Great job!  Bring on the Olympic!!!

2010-04-02 12:32 AM
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Great job Matt!!  Way to Rock your first Tri!!!
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