Monday, September 24, 2007

First TRI race report.

Let me get the legal stuff out of the way. I copied the format for this race report from a RR that Mike G wrote on Team Triumph's web site. He writes a extremely detailed report. I will see if I can get his permission and post his report from when he won the NJ State Tri. he wrote a great report and I think you Tri and non Tri people would love it. I did not use all of his format, as he had things in there that I don't even know what they mean.

Treasure Island Sprint Tri
Pt. Pleasant, New Jersey

Total Time = 1:24:35
Overall Rank = 120/161
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 18/23


00:14:50 | 600 meters | 2m 15s / pace (what ever that means)
Overall: 130/161
Performance: I was happy
Suit: I wore my Specialized Bike Shorts for the whole race
Manasquan River – Start left about 200 meters turn right and come back pass start and finish 200 meters up the river.
Start type: 3 groups. I was in the first group (age)
Water temp: Nice

Time: 04:11
Performance: Bad but it can only get better
Cap removal: Good
Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: slow

00:36:10 | 10.5 miles | 17.4 mile/hr
Overall: 94/161
Performance: OK for me
Wind: No
Course: A 4 lap course.
Road: Smooth Dry
Gear changes: When I was tired I changed gears. When I was going good I went faster.
Drinks: No

Time: 02:27
Overall: Slow
Jumping off bike Yeah right
Running with bike slow
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good

00:26:57 | 03.00 miles | 8m 59s min/mile
Overall: 112/161
Performance: Was happy
Course: For the most part the same as bike but a few extra turns to make it 3 miles
Drinking: Had some water

Pre-race routine:
Night before I made 4 servings of Cytomax and froze two of them. I had about an hour and a half drive so I drank the two that were not frozen on the way. I also had Oatmeal at home before I left. I woke up a little later than I wanted too so I was rushed in the morning. I forgot my Garmin but that was about all I forgot.

Event warm-up:
Got there and picked up my packet. Got bike out of the van and went to set up my area. Then went and changed into my Bike shorts. I don’t do a lot of stretching I should but I don’t. My goal here was to meet Jay from Calorie King. I did not find him but to my surprise I did see my cousin there. He is on the High School Football team and apparently the team was their to help out with the event.

Saw my cousin again and he let me know that he was one of the life guards for the swim. I told him to keep his eye on me. They actually had green caps for beginners and let us know that the life guards were instructed to look out for us.. I had no problem wearing the green. I got to find Jay and we talked all the way up to the start. We were in the same group so we both started in the back of our group. Jay is a better swimmer than me and also had a wet suit that he rented for the day. So when we started he was off. I didn’t need to stop and turn on my back so I was happy about that. Also I did the swim with my head out of the water the whole time. With some (a lot) of help I can greatly approve.


I was purposely slow here. I just wanted to collect my thoughts and do things right. I made sure I drank some more Cytomax and got shoes and sox on. Gloves, helmet, and glasses on and off I went to the mount area. ***** gears might get switched in transit so check before you get on the bike and try to ride off. ***


Truthfully I had not ridden my bike since I got the fitting done. I know that was stupid but I was training for the PDR and didn’t want to do anything but run. So the day before I did take it out so I can use the clip less pedals (yes my first time on them). So this race was my 2nd time on them. They are awesome, and really do help you. I know I was not that fast but being a 4 lap 10.5 mile course there were a lot of turns. The bike went pretty quick and I did not mind the 4 laps at all. I would think the experienced rider might not have liked it. But for me it was great. *** I passed a spectator (4 times) and I swear it was Gary Dell’Abate from the Howard Stern Show. It was great as I would laugh every time I passed him.

I spent about :45 looking for my area. So that certainly slowed me down a little. Again drank more Cytomax. I had a shot block that I meant to take but forgot. Again I went at a controlled pace and didn’t want to make a major mistake.

Didn’t know what I had left as this was my first Tri, and I didn’t do much running this past week (break after the PDR). I knew I would get through it but was very happy to do 9 minute miles for the race. And what was real cool was that Kim and the kids were at Mile 2 of the run. She didn’t come with me but when the kids got up she got them ready and drove them 1.5 hours to see me for a few minutes and then drive them home the 1.5 hours. I can’t tell you how lucky I am to have her. And how happy it was to see them at that part of the run. Gave them all high fives and that was all I needed to finish the race. She did get to meet Jay and his family after the race and Jay got to meet my kids. I even had a kick at the end for the finish.

Post race
Hung out with my family and Jay’s family and friend for a few minutes. Walked Kim and the kids to her car and went back and waited until I could get my car out of the lot. Got a few bagels and a banana that they had. Went and let my cousin know I was still alive and to see if he needed a ride or anything.

Event comments:
This was the first year for the swimming TRI for the event. They do a Kayak race simultaneously and I thought it was really well run. The guy that was directing traffic in the transition area was great. I noticed the M-Dot tat so I guess he knows his stuff. Had a great time and I am hooked.


Tri-Dummy said...

This is a great report...I don't think the Mike G dude has a copyright on it! I would continue to use it.

Great race!

J-Wim said...

great report.
Uh, you forgot your Garmin??? How do we know you were actually there??
17.4 on the bike?? 2:15 splits on the swim?? Dude, Excellent!

Pat said...

great report. I'm glad you had a blast. You'll get way better with experience. I would have been scared stiff.

good job.

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The Scott Family said...

Great race report!

My apologies for the flippant comment on previous post :)

First Tri of many???


Duane said...

Hey Dan! Great report and congratulations! Dan the Triathlete!

Jeff said...

Dan -- fantastic report. Reading it I felt like I was there in person.

Important question, though, what kids of stuff did you get? Shirt? Medal? You know, important stuff like that. Inquiring minds want to know.

bigmike600 said...

Nice report.
Someone told me that cold stretching is bad for you so I never do it either. If I feel the need to stretch, I always run a little first to get warm.

Great race and now you have some idea of what you can do.

Pokey said...

Wow, AWESOME! I dont claim to know much about Tri's, but it sounds like you did GREAT! WTG!

J-Wim said...

Jeff brings forth a good point.... what good schwag did ya get?? Pictures? Hmmm??

K80K said...

Sounds like you had a fantastic time. Kind of making me want to try it. I am just a little paranoid about getting into some of the bodies of water that the local races around here require you to swim in, lol.

ShoreTurtle said...

Nice race report. Congratulations on your 1st tri. It's inspiring. I have yet to take the plunge. I'm thinking next year's NJ State Triathlon.

Good luck with training.