General Discussion Race Reports! » Reston Sprint Triathlon Rss Feed  
Moderators: k9car363, alicefoeller Reply

Reston Sprint Triathlon - Triathlon

View Member's Race Log View other race reports
Reston, Virginia
United States
CORE Foundation
86F / 30C
Total Time = 1h 23m 25s
Overall Rank = 265/650
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 32/60
Pre-race routine:

I hadn't gotten good sleep the entire week because I was diagnosed with Shingles 5 days before the race and the pain in my right leg made sleeping difficult. I rested as much as I could that week, mainly because I felt so exhausted and I only got a short bike workout in that week.

I woke up at 4:30am and ate a banana and a yogurt. I typically don't eat before my morning workouts so I didn't want to put too much food in my stomach. My neighbor came over at 5:30am and we drove together to the race. We were parked and heading into transition at 6:15am. The swim was scheduled to start at 7:00am with swimmers starting in 5sec increments so I wasn't scheduled to start until about 7:30am since my bib # was 658.
Event warmup:

Here's where my race plan started to deteriorate. This was my first triathlon and I'll admit I was really nervous. I spent a lot of time talking to a couple of friends that were in the race as well as others that were near me in the transition area. Before I knew it, it was 7:30am and we were singing the National Anthem and the race was starting...then I started watching the lead groups start the swim.
  • 11m 44s
  • 400 meters
  • 02m 56s / 100 meters

The swim was a 400m snake swim in a 50m pool. This was the event I most feared...3 months prior to today, I couldn't swim across a 25m pool. I had taught myself to swim at the University of YouTube and by watching my daughter at her weekly swim lesson. There was a really nice older man directly in front of me in line and he could tell I was really nervous as I watched people in front of me struggle down the lanes. One man literally walked the entire "swim". The man in front of me turned to me and said, I'll give you one piece of advice, "don't stop whatever you have to do to keep moving down the lane. It will be better for you and for those behind you". That one piece of advice proved very valuable for me. I jumped into the pool and immediately sucked in a mouthful of water as it was much colder than the 84* indoor pool I was used to. I struggled through the swim with a combination of front crawl, backstroke and yes, even some walking...just to keep moving forward. Since I couldn't swim 25m 90 days prior to the race, overall I was very happy with finishing the swim in under 12min.
What would you do differently?:

Get into the water prior to the race to get a feel for the temperature and I wouldn't wear a wetsuit...I got very hot by the end of the swim.
Transition 1
  • 02m 28s

I swallowed a fair amount of water and as I started jogging through transition, I had to stop and throw up the pool water. I felt better after that but it did make me a little dizzy. My bike was the only bike in my section of the transition area when I got there...
What would you do differently?:

Try not to swallow so much water
  • 34m 44s
  • 12 miles
  • 20.73 mile/hr

This is the leg I'm most comfortable with and the one I knew I would make up a lot of ground and I did. I pretty much stayed to the left and passed countless other riders each lap. By this time, there were hundreds of riders on the course since it's a 3 lap race. During my training rides, I drank Tailwind, but for some reason, I just couldn't drink it during the ride. I craved water and the Tailwind tasted like seawater, so I didn't drink anything on the ride. I thought, I'd just drink some water at T2 and I'll be fine...not quite.
What would you do differently?:

For a short race, put water in my bottle on the bike and tailwind in my bottle at transition, opposite of what I did this race. I could also have pushed the pace on the bike, especially if I had proper hydration.
Transition 2
  • 02m 12s

As soon as I hopped off my bike, my right calf cramped up. This was the calf that had the Shingles sores on it so I don't know if it was the shingles or the lack of hydration but I had to hobble to my bike rack. The good news was that there was only 1 bike on the rack in my section of the transition area when I returned...the bad news was I had to stop and stretch my right calf before I could walk.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing in T2, but drink water during the bike
  • 32m 17s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 10m 25s  min/mile

This is where I became discouraged...I had trained a couple of bicks in the weeks leading up to the race and had done fine. Was able to run around a 9min pace off the bike. Today, with my calf locked up and dehydrated, I suffered through the run and even had to walk a couple times. TBH, it was disheartening to not be able to run at the pace I knew I could run. I don't know if it was the shingles or just dehydration but my body just wouldn't respond and I limped through the 5k
What would you do differently?:

Make sure I hydrate well before and during the run.
Post race
Warm down:

I had a cold bottle of water, some orange slices, a banana and a coke. I hung out with my friends that did the race and overall had a great time.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

It's hard to say how much the shingles affected me vs. this being my first triathlon but it's probably both. I signed up for another sprint triathlon that has slightly different distances for each event, but as long as I'm healthy for that race, I'll have a good benchmark to start my training for next year's races. That's right, I plan on doing more races next year...maybe 3-5 with at least 1 Olympic as my A Race.

Event comments:

I have nothing to compare this race to, but it seemed to be very well organized. They sent emails leading up to the race and provided lots of assistance to new participants. This is a very good event for a new triathlete

Last updated: 2017-07-20 12:00 AM
00:11:44 | 400 meters | 02m 56s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/60
Overall: 0/650
Performance: Average
Suit: Farmer John Wetsuit
Course: The swim was a 400m snake swim in a 50m pool.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Bad Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:28
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:34:44 | 12 miles | 20.73 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/60
Overall: 0/650
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 3 loops of just under 4miles each. The total course was less than 12 miles.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:12
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:32:17 | 03.1 miles | 10m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/60
Overall: 0/650
Performance: Bad
Course: rolling hills on paved walking paths
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2017-07-20 5:18 PM

User image

Subject: Reston Sprint Triathlon
General Discussion-> Race Reports!
General Discussion Race Reports! » Reston Sprint Triathlon Rss Feed  

Reston Triathlon

Started by Atlantia
Views: 1309 Posts: 13

2016-09-27 11:06 AM cdban66

Jimmie Johnson Foundation Cane Creek Sprint Triathlon

Started by whunt15
Views: 851 Posts: 1

2016-07-28 8:44 AM whunt15

Cane Creek Sprint Triathlon

Started by roserc
Views: 861 Posts: 2

2016-07-27 2:04 PM LundyLund

TriWaco Triathlon - Sprint Course

Started by LundyLund
Views: 1217 Posts: 4

2016-07-26 1:26 PM LundyLund

Steamboat Lake Sprint Triathlon

Started by peto_primo
Views: 979 Posts: 2

2016-07-22 3:04 PM ceilidh