Finished my first sprint today at the Youngstown YMCA Davis branch sprint triathlon. What a blast.
Here in NE Ohio you never know what you are going to get on one of those "tweener" days in mid May, we have seen 80's in recent days, low 40's as well. This morning was upper 40's. The swim was held between two pools, one indoor and one outdoor. I think I found this forum looking for advice about wet suits in case I had to swim outdoors. Have since gotten advice on use of my Garmin, wet suits for open water, how to wear a tri suit, how to solve swim breathing problems, and a load of other stuff.
Anyway they put on what seemed to me to be a great race. Amazingly friendly people of both the Y and the local tri club (Steel Valley tri club, I'll be joining!)
My swim was LOUSY. The issue I asked the forum on early lap breathing was nearly eliminated and for sure controlled in training haunted me BIG TIME.
Coming in I considered my swimming the strongest leg as far as my training is concerned. I have my eye on a OLY in late June and was exceeding all of the sample sprint tri training so I pretty much considered this race a stepping stone towards that race. Sort of a celebration of my training enroot to the other race. I know you folks have a letter for that. Not sure what it is;)
The problem I was having, and had today is in the first couple laps I lose my breath. Seems to be a warm up issue but I think the adrenaline of being a first timer and the race environment sent me out to fast and exponentiated it. In the last month I got stupid and did a 2 mile swim in training, most of my swim workouts are at least a mile, but I never ever "got my groove" for more than a lap of the 10 today where I was swimming solid.
Warm up was ZERO. They were letting folks get in the pool to warm up as soon as the lane cleared and I thought we had some time. as I got in I THOUGHT I heard someone say "Go ahead" which I thought was just an official telling someone it was OK to warm up. After about a second of that I began to wonder why I was the only person not swimming like a dolphin for the other side. Not even quite ready for my warm up I learned "Race is on!" So that didn't help my breathing issue. BUT I learned something! Watch the clock, know where you are!
Anyway after that I hit the bike, it was solid (cold). I threw on 2 layers of tops in transition and felt comfortable.
Run was great although dismount from bike to run was VERY Clumsy. Being new not wanting to spend loads of money on gear I just wheeled out my vintage 80's Club Fuji from my bike racing in High school, used toe clips and wore my running shoes. Getting out of them was a little tricky. Need more practice. I didn't taste any cinder and tar though so it wasn’t a complete disaster.
The goal was just to finish comfortably and I did that.
I am hooked. Will be joining the local tri club, meeting them for open water time and looking forward to the late June oly!
Thanks folks for all the great advice getting here. I had so much fun and can't wait to do it all again. And the summer has only started!