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Topeka Tinman Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Topeka, Kansas
United States
Topeka Tinman
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 22m 6s
Overall Rank = 266/293
Age Group = F 25-29
Age Group Rank = 14/15
Pre-race routine:

Made the mistake of bringing my dog, and he completely freaked out about not sleeping in his own bed. We got a total of about 1 hour of sleep the night before. A fire alarm in the hotel went off around 3:30 a.m., probably because of the party people coming in on my floor (and dis-mantling some ceiling tiles). Nice.

Woke Got up around 5 a.m., got lost driving to the race because of weird directions. Ate a Clif Bar and drank a bottle of water. Stood in line for the port-a-potty forever as we watched some dark clouds roll in and felt the temperature drop. There was an 80% chance of thunderstorms that morning, but luckily it didn't rain.

I watched the first two heats of the long course starts and then it was my turn to go to the staging area.
Event warmup:

None. Walked around after I set up my transition area.
  • 06m 17s
  • 300 yards
  • 02m 05s / 100 yards

The swim was by far my strongest leg of the event. I was a little nervous about it being my first open water swim, so I purposely moved to the back of my wave because I had no idea how I would do. I ended up passing about half of the people in front of me.

I also kept running into the bouey's, I couldn't swim in a staight line to save my life. For that reason I switched to the breast-stroke 3 or 4 times, and even did the backstroke for about 20 seconds.

Only swallowed a few mouthfuls of lake water, but felt completely AWESOME about the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Start more towards the front of my heat. I could push it more on the swim, now that I know I won't freak out in the open water.
Transition 1
  • 02m 27s

I was shocked to find out how different it feels to do a transition completely soaking wet.

My cap and goggles were pulled off before I exited the water and I counted with my fingers the rows to my bike rack (glad I counted beforehand). Rinsed my feet off, dried off, un-necessarily put on my race belt/number, first grabbed my running hat instead of my helmet (quickly realized this mistake), opted for no sunglasses since it was cloudy. Shoes and socks could have been put on quicker.

As soon as I got on the bike I had a weird feeling that I had grabbed the wrong bike. I checked at least 3 or 4 times to make sure. I think it felt so different because I was soaking wet (mainly my butt, I've never ridden with a wet butt before).
What would you do differently?:

Not much, maybe drink some water before I get on the bike. Dry the butt off more.
  • 36m 30s
  • 8.24 miles
  • 13.55 mile/hr

I already knew this, but the bike portion overwhelmingly confirmed that I suck at the bike. I would describe it with words like "awful," "excruciating," and "never-ending." I was crawling up the hills at a pace where I probably could have walked the bike faster than riding. Everyone passed me. I only passed 3 people the whole time - one was a girl who dropped her water bottle and was stopped to pick it up. The other two were struggling as bad as I was, I figured it must have been a fluke that I passed them.

I seriously contemplated asking a few people who passed me if I had taken a wrong turn and ended up on the long course. Let me put it this way: I was praying just shortly after mile 2.
What would you do differently?:

Get a bike coach and figure out what the heck I'm doing wrong! Obviously I have no leg strength so I need to hit the weight room in that area.

Not get so frusterated at everyone passing me. I knew that would happen, and I only let it get me down a little - until I saw the results.

Learn how to drink on the bike. I was dying.
Transition 2
  • 02m 35s

I walked my bike all the way to my transition area because I was hurting. When I go there, some dude's wetsuit was draped over my area so I had to maneuver between other bikes to move it. Switched the helmet for my running hat, and decided to take a minute to down a Gatorade. I hadn't drank anything at all on the bike, so I was parched. If I hadn't done that my time would have been much better, but I thought I needed the hydration and I don't really regret doing that.

I was really glad my boyfriend was there to give me some encouragement before the run. We've been training for the run together so it was nice to hear the same words I've heard for 6 months when I really needed it. He also ran a little ways out with me in the grass (with my dog, too).
What would you do differently?:

Run my bike to the rack.
  • 34m 14s
  • 3.2 miles
  • 10m 42s  min/mile

I stopped twice in the first mile of the run, which pissed me off. It doesn't help when a lot of other people are walking... kind of makes you think it's okay or normal, but I'd of rather kept on going. Also stopped twice at the water stations, but I planned on doing that.

I knew I would be slower on the run, so I wasn't suprised at my time. I actually felt pretty good about it. I saw my family on the home stretch and knew I had to finish strong.

Towards the finish line I started getting misty eyed and my nose was running like a faucet. I was pretty emotional about finishing with everyone clapping and cheering. But then I saw the event photographer and knew I couldn't be crying in my photo! So I smiled real big and that was the end of that.

I finished super strong, which always means I had more in the tank. My Dad was right there at the finish line, which was cool.
What would you do differently?:

Not stop and go stronger. There is a lot of room for improvement.
Post race
Warm down:

I coudln't stomach the pizza that was available, but I did gulp a Gatorade. Found my family and gave my boyfriend and doggie some kisses.

We jet out of there pretty quickly so we could make it home in time for the USA World Cup soccer game.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of muscle and training. I'd say lack of sleep, but suprisingly that didn't seem to affect me at all.

Event comments:

This was my first race, so I have nothing to compare it to. I will say that the directions from the hotel to the race were awful. Both me and my family got completely lost.

There were a lot of volunteers cheering us on, and everyone was really helpful. Well organized.

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Last updated: 2006-03-29 12:00 AM
00:06:17 | 300 yards | 02m 05s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/15
Overall: 0/293
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri shorts & top
Course: Out to a bouey and back in.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:27
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:36:30 | 08.24 miles | 13.55 mile/hr
Age Group: 14/15
Overall: 0/293
Wind: Cross-winds with gusts
Course: The bike course was really hilly (to me) and on smooth paved streets around the park.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Bad Hills: Bad
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:35
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:34:14 | 03.2 miles | 10m 42s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/15
Overall: 0/293
Performance: Below average
Course: Out to a road to a turnaround and back. Kind of hilly.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below 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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2006-06-17 8:02 PM

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Atlanta, Georgia
Subject: Topeka Tinman Triathlon - Sprint Distance

2006-06-17 9:47 PM
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Subject: RE: Topeka Tinman Triathlon

Great job!  Sounds like you had a lot of support, had a great time for your first race, and already have some ideas of what to do better next time.  What more could you ask for? 

What heat were you in?  I registered the night before so I was in the last one, which gave me opportunity to pass more than I was passed - only because there was no one behind my heat! 


2006-06-18 12:05 PM
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Atlanta, Georgia
Subject: RE: Topeka Tinman Triathlon
I was in heat #9, which was women age 13-39 (a pretty big group).
2006-06-19 9:20 AM
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Crystal Lake, IL
Subject: RE: Topeka Tinman Triathlon
Wow!  Lisa, congratulations on EVERYTHING!  You overcame all of worries and you did it.  Great job - and you know if you would have eaten that poisonous pizza I'd have yelled at you.  Hope you managed a nice GF post race meal.  Again, congratulations.
2006-06-19 11:36 AM
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Cinnaminson, NJ
Subject: RE: Topeka Tinman Triathlon - Sprint Distance
great job... welcome to the cult, sorry club, welcome to the club....  way to hang in there... 
2006-06-19 4:39 PM
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Subject: RE: Topeka Tinman Triathlon - Sprint Distance
Nice work!!! I knew I should've done this one but Topeka scares me.

2006-06-23 8:44 PM
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Subject: RE: Topeka Tinman Triathlon - Sprint Distance
Great job!!!  Congrates.   You got passed so much on the bike because you smoked the swim.   Thanks for the pictures.  
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