California Sprint Triathlon 1st Tri!! - TriathlonSprint

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Pleasanton, California
United States
USA Productions
80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 08m 13s
Overall Rank = 348/?
Age Group = Clydedale
Age Group Rank = 7/15
Pre-race routine:

Get there early find spot to lay out gear. Shoot the breeze with my buddy who came as support. Checked out the area. Figured out where we were starting and just watched all the people.
Event warmup:

Got in the water about 15 minutes before my heat took off. I thought the water was nice, but a few said it was cold.
  • 12m 27s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 25s / 100 yards

did worse than I figured I would, but I had no OWS practice. Had to backstroke a few times to catch breath. Swallowed water too many times.
What would you do differently?:

get in some OWS practices. Just more training. (Pool just isn't the same)
Transition 1
  • 03m 13s

cleats didn't engage a few times, but wasn't too bad.
What would you do differently?:

Either train with less gear (gloves) or practice getting it all on. Felt this could've been faster.
  • 47m 24s
  • 14 miles
  • 17.72 mile/hr

Coming off the swim I was a little nauseous. I tried drinking water right away but was limited thinking I was going to vomit. After about 5 miles and some GU, it settled enough to drink. I didn't drink a lot after that anyway.
What would you do differently?:

the bike leg itself was awesome. Differently, I would've not pushed as hard and saved some legs for the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 17s

Bike slipped off rack a couple times, otherwise solid transition. So glad I brought and grabbed my running water bottle.
What would you do differently?:

Rack the bike solidly on the 1st attempt. Would've bought the run hats I debated on for a couple weeks. I ended up going without one and was roasting in the sun.
  • 1h 03m 52s
  • 5 miles
  • 12m 46s  min/mile

Should've bought a run hat or applied some sunscreen. Luckily I turn to tan the next day, but could've protected better. Course being marked correctly would've given me my goal time and yeah it's nice to know that, but it would've been better to be engraved in my finisher medal.
What would you do differently?:

Not hammer the bike so hard to have nothing left on the run. I loved the bike leg and hated the run leg.
Post race
Warm down:

plopped on a picnic table with a towel handed out dunked in ice water, that felt SO GREAT!! walked around a little bit, checked out everything going on. Had some chocolate milk and then some provided food. Listened to some awards being handed out then left.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I was fighting a cold the whole week leading up to. I had taken sudafed that morning and didn't really feel "sick" but I know it was limiting (esp on the swim since I have asthma. I did hit my inhalers that morning though)

Leaving my legs all on the bike meant my run was crappier than I'd like. I'd either train harder knowing at what level I will "race" at or back off the race pace to be able to run better.

Event comments:

Suggestions I'd give (although it was my first so I don't know if EVERY race is like this) There were no volunteers out on course so someone could pass out and have no help. The run mismarking is really the only thing that brought it down. Everything else seemed top notch to me.

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Last updated: 2011-06-18 12:00 AM
00:12:27 | 880 yards | 01m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/15
Overall: 5/?
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri Shorts
Course: 1/2 mile water start and a counter clockwise loop. Drafting wasn't really a factor in this race as the heat was small.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:13
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:47:24 | 14 miles | 17.72 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/15
Overall: 6/?
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Course started out at 15 miles, but was reduced to 14 because of some construction. There were slight headwinds, hills and downhills over the course. It was surface street for a good chunk (lane coned off, no bike lane) and then bike lane on a lot. Sunny and Dry though
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:17
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:03:52 | 05 miles | 12m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/15
Overall: 10/?
Performance: Below average
Course: supposed to be a 5k. Apparently the course was mismarked and we ran somewhere around 4-5 miles (instead of 3.1) It seemed like I was out there forever!! Was sort of happy to hear later the course was longer than supposed to be because the time wasn't SO bad after hearing that. I still will make up a huge difference in the run in the future and hit my time goal, but it is what it is. The promoter apologized to everyone and gave us something for our troubles.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4