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Iron Nugget Sprint Triathlon - Triathlon

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Dickson, Tennessee
United States
68F / 20C
Total Time = 2h 17m 13s
Overall Rank = 67/81
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 6/6
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:30am, had about an hour and a half drive to the park. Ate a breakfast ball and half a banana and drank a bottle of water on the way there. Wanted to get there early as this was my first race and I had no idea what to expect for registration and setting up in transition. Arrived right around 6:25am and registration and set up were fairly easy.
Event warmup:

Jogged a little in the parking lot and swam about 100 yds before start.
  • 15m 3s
  • 800 meters
  • 01m 53s / 100 meters

We started at the landing area of the lake. We waded into the water and waited for a whistle to start. I wasn't too nervous since I had been a swimmer earlier in life and enjoyed the water. This was my first ever open water swim though and I quickly found out how different it was. I tried to start towards the back since this was my first attempt at a triathlon but as there was some confusion at the start I ended up more in the middle. So, not 100m in I got my googles knocked off by another swimmer...treaded some water and got them back on. Once I settled in I felt a lot better, the sighting remained the hardest part for me. I felt like I finished strong and swam a decent time being the first time.
What would you do differently?:

Go for an open water swim before doing it in a race for the first time.
Transition 1
  • 08m 25s

After being a little dizzy coming out of the water, I found the shoes I had left for the climb up a massive hill that was a mixture of pavement and gravel.The hill was probably 300yds straight up so I walked and took my time getting to transition. Felt pretty good about getting my helmet and bike shoes on after I pulled my wetsuit off. Took a couple sips of water before heading out. Right as I was leaving the transition (bike mount) area I didn't get a good enough push to clip my second shoe and fell over...banged up my knee but oh well jumped back on and pushed off harder so that I could clip in.
What would you do differently?:

Not a lot other than get a better push coming out of transition so that I don't fall over again.
  • 1h 19m 25s
  • 17.44 miles
  • 13.18 mile/hr

Overall I felt like it was a pretty decent ride. I never pushed the pace with it being my first tri and also knowing I had to save a little for the run at the end. The course was pretty hilly at some points with the worst being at about mile 16 coming back into the park. In hindsight I would say I could have pushed it a little more at certain points on the ride.
What would you do differently?:

Need to train more on the bike and definitely longer training rides. I also need to work on my gears and getting into better gears when riding flat or downhill.
Transition 2
  • 01m 50s

Good transition from bike to run. Felt like I did a good job of getting my bike shoes off and running shes on. Grabbed my hat and took off.
What would you do differently?:

  • 32m 51s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 10m 36s  min/mile

Out to 1.5 miles and back through Montgomery Bell State Park. Ran by the golf course on a somewhat rolling track, wasn't overly hilly though. Felt like a pretty decent run being at the end of my first tri and considering I had been training mostly at 10/min miles.
What would you do differently?:

Work harder in training to cut my mile/minute. I feel like this is a must to improve finishes.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit and went to meet up with family that came to watch/

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training in the few weeks leading up to the race. Felt like I was on a good track up until a few weeks ago. Still wanted to give it a shot though.

Event comments:

I really enjoyed this race as my first ever triathlon. It was pretty challenging at certain times but also very manageable for a first timer. My goal was to go out and perform as well as I could and really just finish with a somewhat decent time for my first go around. I was pleased in the end and looking forward to my next race.

Last updated: 2018-04-27 12:00 AM
00:15:03 | 800 meters | 01m 53s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 0/81
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes
Course: Rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 61F / 16C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 08:25
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:19:25 | 17.44 miles | 13.18 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 0/81
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: 1 loop around Montgomery Bell State Park
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:50
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:32:51 | 03.1 miles | 10m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 0/81
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back through Montgomery Bell State Park
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4

2018-04-29 9:44 PM

Nashville, Tennessee
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