MadTrippin

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Post First Triathlon Summary

Posted by madtrippin on July 19, 2008

So I’m back from the race.  I had a great time.  By that I don’t mean I was the fastest.  Not even close, but it was a lot of fun.  Here are my splits:

Swim 16:06
T1 2:02
Bike 57:52
T2 1:21
Run 28:08
Overall place – 182 out of 325

Not exactly the performance I was hoping for, but what are you gonna do.  My overall time was 1:45:27, which pretty much falls at the tail of my 1:30 to 1:45 prediction.

The thing that surprised me was my bike and run times.  I really thought I would do better on those.  The swim was harder than I thought.  I had a game plan of 200 meters of crawl, 200 meters of breast stroke and then the last 200 crawl (with maybe a little sidestroke when necessary). 

The lake was glass calm and plenty warm.  The plan started out well with about 150 meters of decent crawl.  I was actually in the mix for a short time.  Being in the pile was crazy with all the waves and legs and arms were crazy.  I got kicked in the head and got a little freaked out.  I immediately went to the sidestroke to try and get back into it.  For some reason, I couldn’t get into the breast stroke, so side stroke it was.  Unfortunately, I use a lot of legs in side stroke and by the time I got to my bike, my legs were feeling it. 

16 minutes is about as good as I could have expected.  I may need professional help with my swimming before my next tri.  That’s right, I’m doing another at some point.

My transition time was pretty good.  Michael was just finishing up T1 and heading out on his bike.  I got going pretty well, but I just didn’t train enough on the bike.  I used to race and kind of neglected biking too much.  I was great on flats and decents.  I don’t think I ever got passed in either scenario by anyone other than the obvious serious triathletes.  It was the hills that got me.  I’d make up a ton of ground on other riders until i was getting to the top of the hills.  I also made quite a few passes on corners.  I just booked through and cut to the inside.  It seemed like a lot of people tried to respect the lanes.  That’s crazy when the roads are blocked off.

The final decent is steep and I kicked in the afterburners.  I passed a load of people on the hill and in the turn just at the bottom of the hill.  I was in top gear (14) and out of the saddle coming into T2. 

I hopped off the bike and holy brick.  I shuffled like an old man to my area and hung up the bike and dumped the helmet.  I didn’t have to change shoes, so I took a drink and was on my way.  Despite my slow pace, I did 1:21.

The beginning of the run is a 1 mile uphill that nearly killed me.  I’m a little ashamed, but I did stop and walk for a little bit in the middle.  the middle mile is flat and the last mile is downhill.  I motored coming down and passed a few people.  In the last stretch I got my sprint on and cruised by a couple of people to finish strong.

Michael and Ben both beat me.  They actually crossed the line almost side-by-side.  They both did 23 minute 5ks.  Not too shabby at all.  I think my weak swim and less than adequate bike training killed my run.  No big deal.  I’m happy to have completed my first triathlon and am already looking forward to the next one.  Now I feel like I have a better grasp on what I’ll need to do to be better prepared.

The Chaska River City Days tri was very well done.  The organization was excellent and the athletes themselves were awesome.  Everyone is super supportive and actually the better athletes encourage you as they’re passing you on the run and bike.  A good time was had by all.

I guess now I’m allowed to say I’m a triathlete.  Pretty cool.

Interesting side notes… the women’s overall winner was 50 years old.  And… They started the swim waves from typically slowest age groups to the groups that are typically fastest.  I was in the 25-34 wave and we were second to last.  The last group was the 35-44 men.  That tells you something… being young doesn’t mean you’re going to have an advantage.  That being said… the overall men’s winner was 21.

One Response to “Post First Triathlon Summary”

  1. Maria said

    Dang! Way to go, my man!! I cannot tell you how incredibly proud I am of your performance today. I was (admitedly) slightly surprised when you told me, 5 months ago, that you planned to start running on a regular basis. As long as I’ve known you, you’ve said that you don’t run unless being chased. I was even more surprised when you shared the fact that you were considering the Chaska River City Days triathalon. Sadly, my immediate response was “Really?….Why?”
    After experiencing my first triathalon from a spectator’s perspective, I think I kinda “get it” now. I had no idea what to expect as a cheerer/supporter. Honestly, I was expecting to feel intimidated by a herd of perfectly toned and athletic bodies. Instead, I was pleasantly surprised by the wide variety of participants taking part in the competition. I found myself feeling downright inspired by the strength and determination of each and every person who had the guts to show up and show their stuff.
    Emma, Noah and I had a good time getting to each transition in time to cheer you on. I was very excited – and felt so proud – to watch you fight your way through the course. I was even more excited for our kids to have the chance to see their daddy participate in his first triathalon. You’ve set a wonderful example for all three of us. :) Again, way to go!

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