Revolution3 - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Middlebury, Connecticut
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 7h 45m 47s
Overall Rank = 525/549
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 75/79
Pre-race routine:

Terrible night's sleep (way too nervous) and used every mind trick I could think of to go to sleep. Woke up and ate bagel w/PB and banana and glass of sport drink. Should have eaten more in hindsight. Made it to event with plenty of time to set up transition. Only thing that was forgot was sunscreen (not bad for first tri ever).
Event warmup:

Got very little warmup done, with exception of some stretching. Way too geeked up watching the pros go off on the swim
  • 46m 34s
  • 2310 yards
  • 02m 01s / 100 yards

Swam pretty well for me. Given that most of my times for 1.2 miles in training were coming out between 47-52 minutes, felt I did pretty well.
What would you do differently?:

Go a little harder, and start closer to the group instead of outside and to the back. First tri experience, I was just trying to not freak out. Now that I am more comfortable, next event I will be closer to the pack and turn harder
Transition 1
  • 05m 46s

I did most things correctly on the suit removal. Left cap on, goggles up and peeled top half of suit off while running from lake to T1. Had a hard time getting suit off of heels and folded away. Socks went on relatively quickly, as did shoes.
What would you do differently?:

Definitely need to work on transition rehearsal more. Setup was good and layout was done well, just needs to be faster
  • 3h 52m 27s
  • 56 miles
  • 14.45 mile/hr

This bike course was brutal, felt almost entirely uphill and very hard to get a decent rythm going. When uphill, focused hard on working gears and maintaining cadence, downhills were so fast that it was hard to focus on fluid/nutrititon intake. Because I didn't focus on this, my quads cramped up at about mile 45 and could feel myself bonking from 50-56 (got a little better right at the end). By the time I caught it, it was too late.
What would you do differently?:

Definitely more hill training to prepare for this, but the biggest thing that I would do differently would be to take in more food and more electrolytes at regular intervals
Transition 2
  • 03m 51s

Just trying to loosen up legs in transition, wasn't focused enough to multi-task the shoes, helmet, hydration belt and race belt.
What would you do differently?:

Would have taken in more electrolytes 6-10 miles before completion of bike in order to be more fresh and focused
  • 2h 57m 7s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 31s  min/mile

Course was way brutal, ran most of the flats and downhills, but quads were cooked by the run, so cramped up with each uphill segment, leading to a lot of walking. Drank too much water, not enough sportdrink/electrolytes, which didn't help at all. Hill after hill after hill, once again up and down and very tough for first tri.
What would you do differently?:

Drink less water, more sport drink. Without the electrolytes, just could not get the legs to cooperate. Also should have pushed harder and focused more.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat down, friends handed me a beer, ate two hot dogs and peeled shoes and socks off to walk around on the cool grass.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nutrition....without a doubt, did not do a good job in disciplining myself and having enough at hand to deal with the toughness of the course. Also needed to do more hill interval training (in my opinion, that would be the only thing to do in training for this course)

Event comments:

Race was pretty well organized and the aid stations were pretty much first rate and volunteers were very helpful and supportive. All athletes and people lining the course were very positive and made a newbie feel pretty good, even though I wasn't happy with the time, I was estatic that I finished and was happy to have the FIRST TRI in the books

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Last updated: 2009-05-31 12:00 AM
00:46:34 | 2310 yards | 02m 01s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/79
Overall: 0/549
Performance: Good
Suit: wetsuit
Course: Diamond shaped, counter clockwise (which made it easier for me breathing to the left and was able to sight buoys quite well)
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:46
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
03:52:27 | 56 miles | 14.45 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/79
Overall: 0/549
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: Course was fairly technical, with little/no flat spots. Very long stretches of continuous uphill road. Miles 23-31 almost entirely uphill. When the stretches were downhill, very fast.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:51
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
02:57:07 | 13.1 miles | 13m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/79
Overall: 0/549
Performance: Below average
Course: 13.1 miles of brutality, which had no flat spots whatsoever. The first mile was slightly downhill, but the first right turn put you on a 3-4 mile run all uphill. At mile 4.5-6 a combination of dirt road, major ups and downs, turn around and after the turn good chunks were downhill until about mile 10, then mostly uphill again except for a stretch at mile 11-12 (mostly flat), then finish w/about a .5 mile uphill climb and last 300 yards downhill
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4