Sunset Sprint Triathlon:
.5 mi Swim, 16 mi Bike, 5k Run
Overall, a great race. First one of the season for me, as I missed 4 races earlier this year due to work. This was a good course for all three. Out and back swim in a lake, good bike loop (not repetative), and the run was actually more on trails than roads.
Water temp was 86 degrees!!! No wetsuits, which was good for me. I just got my first wetsuit in the mail Friday night, so with no time to practice in it, I wasn't going to wear it anyway. However, I felt HORRIBLE on the swim! I couldn't get my rhythm AT ALL once I was in the water. Not to mention I couldn't see a damn thing and had to stop and look around too much. I started in the first wave (with a few pros!) and definitely finished towards the back of the pack. But, all things considered I guess I can't complain too much. Definitely learned that I need to practice open water swimming more often (for direction) and swim at race pace more often. I never got into a good rhythm, so hopefully swimming at faster paces will help that. Felt okay when I got out of the water, but I was a little more winded than I wanted to be.
Cedric was right - keep the tri-top on during the swim! Even with a zipper, that thing was hard as hell to pull on a wet body. Or, just don't wear one! Other than that, I was pretty happy with this transition. Transitions are something I rarely practice, so it wasn't too bad.
I felt like I was crushing people on the bike. I was only passed once, and that was by a guy I had already passed. I was smoking by people for the most part. Some rolling hills and wind slowed me down for some of the course, but I was still catching people in front of me. Felt like my nutrition plan was a good one - no complaints for the rest of the race. If I can make an improvement here, it's - HILLS, HILLS, HILLS!!!
Not bad, although I want to research the quick laces for my shoes. I felt like I wasted a lot of time tying up my running shoes. No socks definitely helps, but the laces were killing me. Otherwise, again - I felt it was a good transition.
MUST DO MORE BRICK WORKOUTS!!! Even though the rubber-legs went away relatively quickly, my legs still felt pretty heavy for most of the run. I was passed more than I'd hoped, but that was just people making up for the bike I think! But, I was fairly happy. I really didn't set any goals for this race, but the fact that I ran sub-8:00 miles made me happy.
Overall (1:25:03), 49th Overall, 5th in age group (25-29), 41st Male
I was happy about the race. There are definitely things I need to improve on (overall swim, hills on the bike, bricks from bike to run), but I feel good about how I raced.
Waiting on the official times and pics, and I'll update this again