Tinsel Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Hemet, California
United States
Tinsel Triathlon
Total Time = 1h 19m 27s
Overall Rank = 506/942
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 20/70
Pre-race routine:

This was my first tri, so I have no real "routine" yet. However, we made sure to get to the race early, so I was able to get a great spot on the end of a rack. I got all my gear out of my bag, set it up, checked it two or three times. Ok, now what? Lots of time to wait!
Event warmup:

Since this was a reverse tri, and we were running first, I didn't do much to warm up. I stretched a lot, and thankfully this helped keep the butterflies away.
  • 05m 38s
  • 164 yards
  • 03m 26s / 100 yards

The pool swim was more hectic than I imagined it would be. As with traditional triathlons, I got kicked and swam over, etc (at least that's what I've been told happens!) My goggles filled with water, so I decided to swim primarily side stroke. It wasn't pretty, but got the job done!
What would you do differently?:

Swim like I train!
Transition 1
  • 00m

T1 felt great...everything went as planned...thankfully!
  • 45m 15s
  • 12 miles
  • 15.91 mile/hr

So not only was this my first triathlon, but I was on my mountain bike. This being said, I still felt I rode very well. This is the bike I've always ridden while training, so I'm happy to report my pace was a bit better than during training rides.
What would you do differently?:

Ready for my new road bike!
Transition 2
  • 00m

T2 went smoothly, but like a dork, I forgot to take off my race number belt and zip up my tri top.
What would you do differently?:

Since we were headed to the pool for the final leg of the race (rather than heading out for the run), I would get my swim cap and goggles situated before stepping on the timing mat to head into the pool.
  • 28m 34s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 11s  min/mile

I started out a bit faster than my usual pace. It paid off in the end, but at certain points I was having a hard time getting a full breath. I dialed it back a bit, got into a good stride, and felt strong at the finish.
What would you do differently?:

I would definitely start out a bit slower and run the race at my pace.
Post race
Event comments:

I'm glad I chose this as my first triathlon. I thoroughly enjoyed myself, and I cannot wait until my next race. I was a little shocked that I finished in the top 20 of my age group. What a great confidence booster!! The event was well-organized, and the volunteers were friendly and well-informed. The course was well-marked and exactly as described on the organizer's website.

Best part about it was the support from my hubby and kiddos!

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Last updated: 2010-11-30 12:00 AM
00:05:38 | 164 yards | 03m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/70
Overall: 0/942
Performance: Below average
Suit: tri suit
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:45:15 | 12 miles | 15.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/70
Overall: 0/942
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Mainly flat/slight change in grade...closed to traffic.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:28:34 | 03.11 miles | 09m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/70
Overall: 0/942
Performance: Average
Course: Totally flat
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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?
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4