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Montreal, Quebec
Canada
15C / 59F
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 13m 54s
Overall Rank = 93/195
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 13/27
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 5AM, didn't sleep that well. I woke up so many times during the night to make sure I didn't oversleep.

Had some fruits, then two coffees maybe and a bagel. Headed to the site to get ready.

When we got to the triathlon site we met Etienne (etccallhome82) from BT, it was really nice to meet you Etienne :)
Event warmup:

I ran around 1k, then jumped on my bike and rode a 4k to have an idea how the bike lap looked like. After that I got into my wetsuit, headed to the race talk and jumped in the lake to swim a little bit and get water into the wetsuit. During the warm up I had some water in my goggles but I figured it would get fix by itself ...
Swim
  • 14m 27s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 56s / 100 meters
Comments:

It was a run start, I was a bit nervous, well not a bit ... I was nervous. Water was not too cold and I got maybe a 300 meters warm up so I was confident. But still I was nervous.

After talking with Steve yesterday I decided to stay outside so I wouldn't have any problem at the start and I wouldn't be in the washing machine too much. It was a good idea, but I still got cough into that freaking washing machine a little bit. I had people all around me, at some point I figured I could stop swimming and they would push me to the finish line ;)

The first 150 meters or so of the swim were a bit harder, I was not swimming at my pace and I was a little bit out of breath. Swimming too fast and the nerves are no good for the breathing.

After maybe 30 seconds in the water I realized I was dumb ... I should have go to switch my goggles, they were getting full of water, and I mean FULL. I had to swim the entire 750 meters with my left eye closed to make sure my lens wouldn't start floating into my goggles.

I swam to the third buoy, then turned right, swam to the next buoy, turned right again and start swimming to get back to the beach. I was by myself at that point and I figured everyone were already on their bike but whatever I had to finish it anyway. Then out of nowhere a guy in a kayak came by and told me "Turn left". this is where I realized that I was not out by myself, just 30 feet on the right of the pack.

So I moved back with the pack and swam to the beach.
What would you do differently?:

I am pretty happy with my swim, I swam faster that I had planned so not much I can ask. Train more and get faster!
Transition 1
  • 01m 35s
Comments:

As soon as I felt the sand with my hand I got up and started running. Removed my cap and my goggles and then removed the top of my wetsuit while running and stuck the cap/goggles into my left sleeve.

Ran to the transition zone and to my bike, had no problem to spot my bike. Once there I removed the bottom of my wetsuit, right foot got out well but had some problem with left one. I think that the timing chip didn't help. I had to sit down to remove it completely, which didn't help my transition time.

It was a bit chilly so I decided to put a jacket on to ride. I had a little battle with the zipper which cost me maybe 10 seconds too. Then helmet and sunglasses on and off we go.

Jumped on the bike and started riding. I got up to speed and then I tried to put my shoes on. Damns the velcro was all stuck together and I was unable to put my feet into my shoes. I had to battle with them for a little while which made me lose some precious time during the bike portion.
What would you do differently?:

Practice practice and practice :) I need to find a way to get out of the wetsuit faster. I also need to put some time into getting the feel to put my shoes on while riding.
Bike
  • 34m 21s
  • 20 kms
  • 34.93 km/hr
Comments:

The track was a 4km lap that we had to ride 5 times. It was flat and really nice, such a great place to ride and get some speed.

Besides the little problems I had with my shoes at the start it went really well. I pushed hard but tried to keep enough in the tank for the run portion.

As usual my bike split was my better leg of all three. I passed a lot of people on the bike, but got passed by the leader of the triathlon and of the duathlon too. Some of those guys are so fast it's incredible. I guess it shows I still have a lot of room for improvement ;)
What would you do differently?:

Train more to get better!
Transition 2
  • 01m 9s
Comments:

I jumped of the bike and ran to my spot, racked the bike then put my shoes on. While putting my shoes on I got a little cramp in my left calf, that scared me a little bit but it went away pretty fast.

I then started fighting with my jacket's zipper again, I was not happy about it. But it still went pretty well.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, besides having problem with the zipper of my jacket again everything went really smoothly
Run
  • 22m 11s
  • 5 kms
  • 04m 26s  min/km
Comments:

After my T2 I went out and my running speed was good, I was around 4:30/km (7:14/mile) Ran the first 2k at that pace then I started getting slower a little bit. I wanted to push but I was not sure it was a good idea at that time. So I just slowed down a little bit for the next 2km and then finish strong with the last one.

On my last I crossed the finish line and walked around a little bit trying to get my breathing back to normal and then I realized I just finished my first triathlon, at that exact moment I had a HUGE smile on my face and I was really proud!
What would you do differently?:

Train more again :)
Post race
Warm down:

Not much, I walked around.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training, besides that everything was perfect

Event comments:

I really enjoyed myself and I will go back there next year for sure. A great race to start the season.

Sadly people don't always realized that this is a race and they just cross runners/riders path like there was nothing wrong, not sure what we could do to change this.

They also had some problem with the timing chip for the women, sadly none of them have their swim and bike split :(


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Last updated: 2009-02-03 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:14:27 | 750 meters | 01m 56s / 100meters
Age Group: 20/27
Overall: 100/195
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes
Course: Course was really simple, a rectangle
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 01:35
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
Biking
00:34:21 | 20 kms | 34.93 km/hr
Age Group: 12/27
Overall: 67/195
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Flat and so nice, I had never seen such a nice pavement to ride on. It was on the Formula One track
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 89
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:09
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
Running
00:22:11 | 05 kms | 04m 26s  min/km
Age Group: 14/27
Overall: 96/195
Performance: Good
Lap 1 : 4:24 Lap 2 : 4:36 Lap 3 : 4:49 Lap 4 : 4:47 Lap 5 : 4:25
Course: It was a 1.66km track around the lake in which we swam in that we had to do three times.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-05-24 5:38 AM

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2009-05-24 6:41 AM
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Congratulations!!!! You did superb! It's nice when all that training pays off, doesn't it? Your bike segment was kick !
2009-05-24 7:23 AM
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Good job Robert!  Méchante belle performance à ton premier triathlon!!!

2009-05-24 9:14 AM
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Congrats on your first triathlon!!!
2009-05-24 10:00 AM
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Congratulations on your first triathlon!!  Great job too!

2009-05-24 10:14 AM
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Congratulations, triathlete!!!  Great job on your first race!!


2009-05-24 10:18 AM
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Congratulations!!!

And you got to bike on a Formula One track - how cool is that?!?!?! (Did you feel like you were in a Formula One car?)

I always have trouble with zippers too. I wish I could replace them with velcro!

Your overall rank was really great, too! Fantastic job!

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2009-05-24 12:36 PM
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Great job Robert. Toute une course, félicitations pour ton nouveau titre...... Avec l'entrainement que tu avais mis, la question n'était pas de savoir si tu allais le finir, mais combien de temps ca te prendrais pour franchir le fil d'arrivée...
Encore une fois, félicitations... 
2009-05-24 6:23 PM
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Way to go Robert!!! Your first ever triathlon *high five*
I loved reading your race report, what an adventure! What are your future race plans for the summer?
2009-05-24 6:37 PM
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krystyna47 - 2009-05-24 7:23 PM Way to go Robert!!! Your first ever triathlon *high five*
I loved reading your race report, what an adventure! What are your future race plans for the summer?


I have my entire summer planned  ...

A century in two weeks
Triathlon du Lac Beauport, 
Triathlon Trois rivieres,
Relay at Triathlon Levis,
Triathlon Memphremagog,
Triathlon de Drummondville,
Probably a half mary
Triathlon Esprit, my first Oly
Another half mary
And New York city Marathon  
2009-05-24 7:27 PM
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Congratulations Triathlete!!! Great job on your first tri, and speedy too! You are a ROCK STAR!!!


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Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!


Congrats Robert!

Thank goodness the ice finally melted

2009-05-24 9:42 PM
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rlejeune - 2009-05-24 7:37 PM

I have my entire summer planned  ...

A century in two weeks
Triathlon du Lac Beauport, 
Triathlon Trois rivieres,
Relay at Triathlon Levis,
Triathlon Memphremagog,
Triathlon de Drummondville,
Probably a half mary
Triathlon Esprit, my first Oly
Another half mary
And New York city Marathon  


Damn, that sounds like heaven!! I wish I was around for the entire summer so I could non-stop race! So I'll see you in Levis and the Triathlon Esprit. This time, we should make plans to actually meet and wish each other luck before the race!
2009-05-25 10:16 AM
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lastcall2003 - 2009-05-24 8:32 PM Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!


Congrats Robert!

Thank goodness the ice finally melted



Who said the ice melted yet? Tongue out 
2009-05-25 10:17 AM
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krystyna47 - 2009-05-24 10:42 PM 
Damn, that sounds like heaven!! I wish I was around for the entire summer so I could non-stop race! So I'll see you in Levis and the Triathlon Esprit. This time, we should make plans to actually meet and wish each other luck before the race!


Yes we will meet this time  
2009-05-25 7:46 PM
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Félicitations Robert!qu'est qu'on dit quand on fait du vélo sur le circuit gilles villeneuve? on dit vroum vroum! ça va vite hein,c'est l'fun!!!Au plaisir de te saluer "en vrai de vrai" à drummondville et à Montreal great job mr TRIATHLETE, welcome to the addiction!

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2009-05-25 9:08 PM
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CONGRATS on your first tri and on a great race!!!

My first one will be this Saturday.... So.... As experienced triathlete... Any last minute advice you want to share??
2009-05-26 5:28 AM
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ratkat - 2009-05-25 10:08 PM CONGRATS on your first tri and on a great race!!!

My first one will be this Saturday.... So.... As experienced triathlete... Any last minute advice you want to share??


Enjoy the day, it goes really fast and then you realise it's done already!  
2009-05-26 7:48 AM
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I am proud! You rocked and had a good time. It doesn't get any better than that.
2009-05-31 6:05 PM
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Great first race, Robert!  You put together some really fast times!
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