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Rebel Man Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Oxford, Mississippi
United States
University of Mississippi
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 31m 58s
Overall Rank = 111/124
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 19/20
Pre-race routine:

Had a turkey bagel and a small cup of coffee on the drive to the event (approx 1.5 hrs).
Event warmup:

Basic stretching and a short walk around the campus.
  • 13m 47s
  • 400 yards
  • 03m 27s / 100 yards

This was my weakest part of the tri. I guess I got caught up in the "race" aspect of it, knowing that there were people behind me, and I took in a whole lungful of water in the first 10 yards. I spent the next 390 yards backfloating and coughing up water... I didn't really ever get into a freestyle stroke. I really thought that after the swim I was doomed. It was very difficult to breathe.
What would you do differently?:

Spend a LOT more time doing laps before my next tri. Also, I should pace myself and remain calm.
Transition 1
  • 03m 12s

It took forever to get my number pinned to my trisuit. I also took too much time making sure I had everything for the ride... pouring the drink into the aero bottle, putting a gel in my pocket, etc.
What would you do differently?:

I'm getting a belt for the next time and setting up my drinks/gels ahead of time.
  • 40m 37s
  • 10 miles
  • 14.77 mile/hr

After the horrible swim, I was worried... but once I got on the saddle, I felt at home again. I spent the first mile spinning high cadence (for me, about 100) in the small chainring, and then got on the aero bars and switched to the big chainring. It had been raining on and off all night, so the roads were wet and I was staring at my wet front tire the entire time. The ride felt really good, but I hadn't been on any hills in a while, and so my average mph suffered.
What would you do differently?:

I definitely need more hill training, but overall I think I did well for me. Even though I finished 111/124 overall, I finished 93/124 on the bike. That made me feel pretty good. I'm just going to keep training and get ready for the next one.
Transition 2
  • 01m 15s

This transition went much better than the first, but I didn't have that "I almost drowned" haze to trudge through. I think I did pretty well.
What would you do differently?:

I might loosen the velcro on my cycling shoes before I dismount next time, and I'll try to be more expeditious in the transition area.
  • 33m 9s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 40s  min/mile

I drank too much while on the bike, and when I started running, it took me about 10 minutes to feel like I wasn't sloshing. I also had to walk quite a bit (1 minute for every 8 or 9 minutes ran), but I'm new to running, so I felt pretty good about it.
What would you do differently?:

Watch what I drink on the bike, and don't take the gatorade if I don't need it.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank a half-serving of Endurox, and then took a walk around the campus (maybe a 1/2 mile)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Almost drowning, and being clumsy/inexperienced in transitions.

Event comments:

This was my first tri, so I really didn't know what to expect, but I had a blast. After I finished, I felt like I had a lot more to give, but I'm not sure if that was the first-time high or real energy. I probably could have upped my run pace a bit without issue, but I was trying to finish and have fun without injury. Only 11 more weeks to Sardis Lake!

Last updated: 2006-02-27 12:00 AM
00:13:47 | 400 yards | 03m 27s / 100yards
Age Group: 19/20
Overall: 0/124
Performance: Bad
Suit: Zoot Trisuit
Course: Turner Center Pool - Zigzag course through all lanes of pool.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:12
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:40:37 | 10 miles | 14.77 mile/hr
Age Group: 16/20
Overall: 0/124
Wind: Little
Course: Very simple, hilly course. Out and back 5 miles each way (my computer said 10.89 total, but who's counting?)
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 95
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:15
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:33:09 | 03.11 miles | 10m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/20
Overall: 0/124
Performance: Average
Course: Slightly hilly circle course through Ole Miss campus.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: 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] 4

2006-04-02 9:16 AM

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Montgomery, AL
Subject: Rebel Man Sprint Triathlon

2006-04-02 11:56 AM
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peoria, az
Subject: RE: Rebel Man Sprint Triathlon


YOU ROCK!!!! Congrats on your tri today. It was so nice to meet you and your family. Your daughter is beautiful and my d. had a blast playing with her.

Good luck to you and hope to see you guys soon,


2006-04-02 2:35 PM
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Provo, UT (my heart is in Seattle)
Subject: RE: Rebel Man Sprint Triathlon
Congrats on the first tri. I just did my first one last week. It's a great feeling isn't it? You get huge respect for persevering through those rough first moments in the water where you drank a bunch of it. Good work!
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