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Springboro, Ohio
United States
Coffman YMCA
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 08m
Overall Rank = 19/88
Age Group = 30-39
Age Group Rank = 4/16
Pre-race routine:

I rolled in at 6:30, an hour before the race. I checked in, got my shirt, and then went to rack my bike. This event at the YMCA only had about 100 people signed up, so I was wondering who was going to be there (in other words, I was going to judge the seriousness of the competitors by their bikes). Yep, there were about eight serious-looking TT bikes, so I figured placing near the top was a no-go. The night before, I reviewed the participant list and saw that my former coach had signed up a couple days previous. I was like oh man, he's going to smoke everyone.
Event warmup:

After setup, I headed down to the pool, and about 15 minutes before the start did 200y to get loosened up.

They closed the pool shortly after. All the athletes lined up based on estimated swim time. I was 13 (and then 14th) in line. As everyone was standing in line, they called out numbers based on starting spot, and I was the last one they called! I scored a gift card to Foot Locker.
  • 04m 44s
  • 300 yards
  • 01m 35s / 100 yards

The race started with people dropping in every 6-10 seconds. I swam the first 100 pretty quick, and then realized there wasn't a need to. In 300y, I wasn't going to gain or lose significant time on anyone. Those in front of me weren't too far, but I wasn't going to catch them, and I had about a whole length until the person behind me.

Snaking through the lanes is interesting. I had practiced doing flip turns under lain lines at masters the week before, but it's so odd to be pushing off at an angle.

I had a couple friends with me, and as I swam in front of the bleachers, I flashed a thumbs up, but didn't hold it long enough for them to get a picture.

I probably averaged 1:30/100y or a little under since the swim time included the run to transition.
Transition 1
  • 00m 17s

Pretty vanilla transition, I think. Nothing exciting happened. It could have been quicker for sure. I don't know what's going on with the timing of the transition, but don't for a second believe I had a 17 second transition. Think :45-1:00.
  • 37m 5s
  • 10 miles
  • 16.18 mile/hr

For starters, this was NOT a 10 mile bike. My Garmin had it at 11.8. So I ultimately averaged 19.5 mph, which isn't bad for me for a first race of the season after some injury issues.

I spent the race leapfrogging with a teenager. I would catch him on the hills, hold him off on the flats, and he would catch me on the downhills. Multiple times.

About three miles from the start, and again on the second lap, there was a hill over a half mile that gained around 100 ft. It was definitely something of a grind. As I passed the poor folks on mountain bikes, I could tell they were regretting their bike choice. It only takes one race to figure out what kind of bike you need. Heading up the hill, my old coach was already coming down. You could tell he was smoking it.

Finished the bike leg feeling pretty good. A good place to work from moving forward.
Transition 2
  • 01m

Feet got stuck a little putting socks on, and I reset my GPS and switched it to run mode.
What would you do differently?:

I need to figure out what to do with socks. I also need to figure out multisport mode on my watch.
  • 24m 53s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 02s  min/mile

I started out on the run slightly behind the teenage guy, who had passed me in transition. I caught him before too long, and we ran together the entire run. He started two spots ahead of me in the swim, so we pretty much did the entire race together.

I haven't been able to do much running at all do to a ligament/IT band problem, so I didn't have high expectations for the race, especially with it being on a hill. I got up to speed ok, and shook off the cycling legs. My diaphragm was cramping by about halfway, but felt good at about 2 miles.

At about halfway, the teenager, who ran track, told me that he was feeling pretty good and was going to speed up, I said, yeah, go for it. He sped up, and interestingly, I stayed right behind him. It's nice to have someone to chase, I guess. So we ended up running together most of the rest of the way back. As we got within a half mile he said that since I had started behind him in the swim, he wanted to run ahead. I said, yeah, go for it. I knew if I stayed relatively close to him, I could catch him at the end. So I tried to stay close, and as we got close, I sped it up, and then maxed out the last 100m. I passed him right before the time mats, and as I went by, he was like, "Aw man!" Good times.
Post race
Warm down:

I finished the race and just dropped down on the grass. I had my eyes scrunched shut and was trying to let my lungs catch up with me. People asked me if I was OK, and I told them I was fine, just to give me a minute. I never saw who took my timing chip and gave me my medal.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not having done any sort of run training.

Event comments:

Afterwards I asked my two spectator friends if any of them were interested in trying a triathlon now after watching one. One had caught the bug and said that he wanted to do the race next year.

Last updated: 2014-05-11 12:00 AM
00:04:44 | 300 yards | 01m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/16
Overall: 12/88
Performance: Good
Course: We started on the very right and snaked through six lanes to the exit on the left. The course to transition went through a back door of the Y, and then wrapped around to the transition area.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:17
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:37:05 | 10 miles | 16.18 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/16
Overall: 28/88
Performance: Good
Course: Double out and back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:24:53 | 03.1 miles | 08m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/16
Overall: 32/88
Performance: Below average
Course: Up a hill for about a mile, down a hill for a half mile, and then return.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

2014-05-14 10:52 AM

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Subject: Coffman YMCA Triathlon

2014-05-14 11:23 AM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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Nice job, especially considering your injury/issues! I love the teenager/run story. It's always good to have a rabbit to chase. Well done, and good job recruiting newbies!!!!!!! 

2014-05-14 1:00 PM
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Giving the thumbs up to your friends on the swim, love it!! I also loved your comment about your race pace - 8:02 m/m being below average.  Oh, to be even that fast!  Congrats on beating out the teenager carrot and having a successful first race back after injuries.  Nice work!

2014-05-14 1:02 PM
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Cleveland, Tennessee
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Nice race. Way to stay with it and recover from your earlier injuries.
2014-05-14 1:21 PM
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Raleigh, NC area
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Way to recruit a new triathlete!

2014-05-15 1:42 PM
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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Great early season event!

2014-05-15 1:55 PM
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Englewood, Florida
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"Good Times" indeed. Well done on the start of your season!

2014-05-16 4:51 PM
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I'm so happy to see you are all healed up!  This first race bodes well for a great racing season.  Oh, way to school that teenager

2014-05-16 6:16 PM
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Well, well, well...look at you go! Awesome way to start off on the right foot after all your setbacks. I think instead of Foxy, your name should be Ego Crusher
2014-05-17 5:18 PM
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Denver, CO
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Way to go!!  Sweet to be back in the race and know that you're going to be able to improve now that you're healed up.  Can't wait to see you how speedy you are in your next tri.  Nowhere to go but up!! (Well, down time-wise, up in terms of overall performance. )

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