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Valpo, Indiana
United States
Valpo Parks
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 46m 21s
Overall Rank = 164/200
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 14/14
Pre-race routine:

Woke up and ate a light breakfast. Then I double or triple checked that all my gear was packed and loaded it into my truck and drove to the event. I got marked up and set up my transition area.

Event warmup:

I did a 2 minute plank before leaving home and some light stretching after my transition was set up
  • 08m 27s
  • 400 meters
  • 02m 07s / 100 meters

I think I did a pretty good swim. Things were a bit tight at the start, but after I pulled ahead of a few people it calmed down noticeably.
What would you do differently?:

Sighting was pretty good this morning, but could use some more practice. I was going in the right direction, but lost sight of my landmark once and had to stop and find it. I either need to start closer to the front of the pack or off to the side to avoid getting beat up for the first minute or so.
Transition 1
  • 02m 49s

I don't think it was a wetsuit legal day today, and I don't have one anyway. They wanted the caps removed at the beach before you got to transition. Being brand new to triathlon, I haven't invested a bunch of money on tri specific items. So I raced in a pair of tri shorts and a T-shirt. I rode in the same pair of shoes that I ran in.

My time was a bit faster than I had expected.
What would you do differently?:

Either buy a trisuit (which is the likely course of action) or make sure my shirt is tucked into my shorts and the drawstrings for my shorts are tucked in too. I had to stop and dismount after a loop of the drawstring got caught on my saddle before I even started pedaling.
  • 53m 18s
  • 20 kms
  • 22.51 km/hr

Was having a good ride until I got back to that hill.
What would you do differently?:

I need to practice on hills more.
Transition 2
  • 01m 42s

Since I rode in my running shoes, T2 for me was racking the bike and taking my helmet off.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing unless different equipment down the line dictates it.
  • 40m 6s
  • 5 kms
  • 08m 01s  min/km

The run is definitely my weak link in triathlon. My best time in a 5k is only 33 minutes, so the time didn't really surprise me much. I went into this race hoping for 36 minutes. On the plus side, there were a few neighbors that had sprinklers set up at the street so we could run through them to cool off a bit if we wanted and lots of homeowners were watching ad cheering us on.

What would you do differently?:

I really just need to run more
Post race
Warm down:

I just walked around a bit and cheered the other finishers on.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

poor run conditioning

Event comments:

Being my first tri, I don't have another race to compare it to. That said, I would be surprised to find out that this one isn't one of the best run events in the area. All of the volunteers were most helpful, and there were plenty of public safety personnel on hand just in case. The courses were pretty easy for a beginner with a few harder spots to challenge the more elite. There was plenty of food and drink at the post race celebration, and everyone from the volunteers to the athletes to the EMS, cops, and lifeguards were as friendly as could be.

Last updated: 2016-07-06 12:00 AM
00:08:27 | 400 meters | 02m 07s / 100meters
Age Group: 4/14
Overall: 56/200
Performance: Good
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:49
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:53:18 | 20 kms | 22.51 km/hr
Age Group: 14/14
Overall: 166/200
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: There is a long gradual hill on this course that you go down at the start and have to go back up it near the end.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:42
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:40:06 | 05 kms | 08m 01s  min/km
Age Group: 14/14
Overall: 184/200
Performance: Bad
Course: An out and back along a bike trail and residential streets
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2016-07-16 4:09 PM

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2016-07-17 9:31 PM
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Austin, Texas
Subject: RE: Valpo Triathlon

Nice one! Congrats on your first race, and hopefully it wont be the last. Don't worry about buying all the bells and whistles right off the bat. It sounds like you had a great race day, and yea of course the more you run the better you'll get. Looking forward to your next one.

2016-07-18 7:05 AM
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Westchester, NY
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Great job ! The first one is always the toughest.
Don't worry about all the bells and whistles like the other poster said. As you continue in your triathlon career, you"lol see what you need/want and move on that.
But you did great !
2016-07-18 5:58 PM
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Awesome job on your first race!!! Sounds like things went pretty smoothly and you'll be more prepared next time and know what to expect. It also sounds like you weren't very far off from your predictions which is a big accomplishment in itself! Way to go!
2016-07-19 4:03 AM
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2016-07-19 7:42 AM
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Aledo, Texas
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Way to go! I've only completed one tri (had a wreck in my second, so DNF'ed), but learned a lot from both. Mostly what not to do, or how to approach things better, particularly the run. Hopefully, you found the experience rewarding and took away some things to help you prepare for the next!

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