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Moscow, Idaho
United States
Palouse Sprint Triathlon
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 36m 10s
Overall Rank = 110/123
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 4/4
Pre-race routine:

Stayed at Camp N-Sid-Sen on Lake Coeur d'Alene the night before. Got up at 3:00 a.m. to drive the two hours to Moscow, ID, to get there for 6:00 a.m. packet pickup.
Event warmup:

Was one of the first people there; got a primo bike rack spot and set up T1, and then walked the two blocks to set up T2. They gave us two nice event bags, one for each transition, and everything had to go in the bags. The T1 bags went next to our bikes in the transition area at the aquatic center, and then the T2 bags went in chalk-marked squares with our race numbers in the junior high school parking lot.
  • 13m 53s
  • 500 yards
  • 02m 47s / 100 yards

My actual swimming time was less. I started about five seconds after the first woman. I also paused briefly at the wall--maybe five seconds--to let her pass when she lapped me toward the end of the swim. And then I had to wait briefly--maybe 20 or 30 seconds--for the man in lane 6 to finish so I could swim across his lane to the ladder and exit. And then the swim exit was completely blocked by kids and strollers, and I had to fight my way through them to T1.
What would you do differently?:

Talk with the race director before the race to ensure the volunteer at the swim exit timing mat kept the exit clear of spectators. Also, it's been a while since I've swam, so I felt a little off, but not too off. I glanced at the clock halfway through the swim and saw I was at about 6:30, so I definitely slowed down the second half of the swim.
Transition 1
  • 02m 28s

Kids had completely blocked the swim exit. No mount area marked. Had to ask a volunteer.
What would you do differently?:

Check for mount area and ask a volunteer before the race start.
  • 38m 58s
  • 9.3 miles
  • 14.32 mile/hr

After I fought my way through the gaggle of kids blocking the swim exit, I hopped on my bike and headed out. The mount area wasn't marked, so I had to stop and ask a volunteer. The way out wasn't marked, either, so again...stop and ask a volunteer which way to go. I went a couple of blocks and passed a sign on a side street to my right that said "Mile 5." WTF?!? I rode a couple more blocks, and then got concerned that I was going the wrong way, so I rode back and asked another triathlete, and he said he thought we headed straight, so I turned around and headed back out. I rode probably an extra half a mile while figuring out the course. The rest of the course was well marked, so no more issues, except the bloody wind. Lots of wind! No trees, just rolling wheat fields. Not fun!
What would you do differently?:

Make sure I had Internet access the night before the race so I could review the race route.
Transition 2
  • 01m 6s

T2 was a couple blocks down the street from T1. Handed my bike to a volunteer, grabbed my T2 bag, and swapped my gear out. No issues with T2.
What would you do differently?:

  • 39m 48s
  • 3.16 miles
  • 12m 35s  min/mile

I used my Garmin only on the run. It was a crappy run. I felt heavy and fat and out of shape. The run was well marked and had lots of water stations. One big hill that I walked up.
What would you do differently?:

Not race so soon after Burning Man.
Post race
Warm down:

Shoved food in my face and waited for the results to come out. It listed me in third place, so I waited five hours for the award ceremony, only to find out I'd come in fourth. I don't know why they had listed me as third earlier. After the award ceremony, I drove back to camp and sat down by the water and listened to the waves roll up onto the beach. It was a crappy race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I raced way too soon after attending Burning Man. Plus, I hadn't trained in almost a month because of...Burning Man.

Event comments:

The biggest issue for me with the race organization was there were kids and strollers completely blocking the swim exit, and there was no one to clear them out of the way. That cost me some time! Also, the bike mount area was not marked, so I had to ask a volunteer. The beginning of the course was not marked, either, so again, I had to ask a volunteer and then another triathlete, who also was unsure of the race route. (There was apparently another event going on at the same time, and the signs for the other event were confusing.) So, this one could have been better organized.

Last updated: 2016-08-13 12:00 AM
00:13:53 | 500 yards | 02m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/4
Overall: 111/123
Performance: Below average
Course: Ten laps in a 25-yard outdoor swimming pool at the aquatic center. I shared lane 5 (of 6) with two other women.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:28
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:38:58 | 9.3 miles | 14.32 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/4
Overall: 96/123
Performance: Bad
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Rolling wheat fields, no trees to block the wind.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 01:06
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:39:48 | 03.16 miles | 12m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 114/123
Performance: Bad
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Bad
Mental exertion [1-5] 1
Physical exertion [1-5] 1
Good race? No
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

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author : TexasHeatRunner
comments : 5
At mile ten I heard a noise like I had gotten paper in my spokes or something. I looked but saw nothing but a few seconds later my rear tire blows out.
date : June 3, 2009
author : Amy Kuitse
comments : 0
Are these races too close together to give me any sort of recovery? Will I be spent and unhappy racing back to back weekends and then again two weeks after that?
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author : pjwalzphd
comments : 2
When I told my husband that I planned to work toward completing a sprint triathlon, he smiled and was supportive, but a bit disbelieving.
date : April 1, 2008
author : trvw
comments : 0
The challenge? The accomplishment? I want to do this because it is an opportunity to live life. The event is an indoor sprint triathlon. I get to experience the challenge on a safer scale.
date : February 12, 2008
author : mikericci
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Since your “A” race is your marathon, which you stated in your question, this should be your main focus. I encourage you to taper a bit for the sprint distance triathlon.
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Couch-to-sprint triathlon training programs to get you over the finish-line of your first triathlon.
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Program outline of the 16 and 20 week sprint triathlon training plan overviews.