Monday, July 28, 2008

First Oly Tri - in the books


New Jersey State Triathlon - Olympic Distance

2008-07-27 West Windsor, New Jersey

CGI Racing 80F / 27C Sunny

Triathlon - Olympic Total Time = 3h 25m 50s

Overall Rank = 677/738 3:25:50

Age Group = Clydesdale Age Group Rank = 21/22

Swim Rank = 679/738

Bike Rank = 528/738

Run Rank = 695/738

Pre-race routine:

First Oly distance (4th tri ever). (Posting with out using spell check or proof reading so this may be hard to read).

As usual I am like a kid at Christmas and do not get much sleep before races. I didn't even set the alarm and I was getting up at 4:15 am (way earlier then I usually do). Got up and put the food from the fridge to my cooler, and loaded it in the car. Put the bike on the car, kissed the wife and kids (sleeping) and off I went. Had an hour and 10 minute ride to the race so sipped a gatorade and ate two bagels with peanut butter. Got marked and set up transition.

Event warmup:

I'm not a big warmup type of guy so just talked to people I knew from Team Triumph. This was to be the longest swim ever for me. Also first without a wet suit, so I was nervous (I think I did a good job of not showing it). I was there at a little past 6am and the sprint was starting at 7:30 and I would not be starting my Oly wave until about 8:30. So a lot of time just walking around and getting ready.

Swim Distance 1.5 K Time 42:40


Looking at my time it is probably silly that I say my performance was average, but for me this performance was actually good. Surprisingly I had no problem with the distance (as slow as I was). I never panicked in the water. Even when some chick punched me in the goggles (yes I have a black eye to show) I kept on going. I never had to breast stroke, or turn on my back, I just plugged along. I felt good about finishing this swim.

What would you do differently?:

More training. And learn proper swim technique. I am breathing only on one side right now.



I am slow and that is that. I ate one uncrustable PB&J sandwich and drank some water. I swam in just my cycling shorts so just had to get Garmin, shirt, socks, shoes, gloves, glasses, and helmet on. Still that somehow takes over 5 minutes for me. I actually ran holding my shoes as it was a long distance to the bike mount.

What would you do differently?:

It will never be great but I do need to be faster.

Bike Distance 23 miles Time 1:15:47


The bike is becoming my best event. I looked at my garmin and at one hour I was at 19 miles (put Garmin on when I started the bike). Obviously I slowed for the last 4 miles but I was happy with the performance. The last 10 miles I kept passing one girl and then she would pass me back. We joked to each other and made the 2nd half of the ride go by quicker. I started the race in big ring on front and hardest gear in the back. I wanted to do the whole race like that (I did Parvin that way) but after 12 miles and a little hill I backed off that goal. Kept big ring on the front the whole ride.

What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. Maybe learn proper gearing.



Again I am slow and take my time. I drank some more and had a few shoot blocks.

What would you do differently?:

It will get quicker (I hope).

Run Distance 10K Time 1:18:48


Coming into this year this was my best part of the tri. Well after 7 months of bad run training it is not so much any more. Don't know if it was the heat or just the lack of training but I could not get it going on the run. I was not hurt, but I think I was mentally exhausted. HR was way too high at the start of the run. I walked after about 1/2 mile to see if I could get it down, when it went down I started running again and it spiked again. It kept happening so I just did a run/walk for the race. Saw Wife and Kids about 1/4 mile from finish line so that pulled me through the finish. Cool think was my name was announced at the finish line and got more cheers.

What would you do differently?:

Get back to last years run shape. Weight has to come back down as well. I am up 25 pounds from my lightest last year (and that was even too high).

Post race

Warm down:

Kissed the family, saw some TT members and ate. Kids played in the park a little but had to head out and drive an hour home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training in July and current weight. I had lost 110 pounds, but put about 25 back on. So yes I am happy with my overall weight loss but have to lose about 45 more pounds.

Event comments:

As always CGI does a great job. Can't say enough about Larry and Michele. If you have not done so you have to do a CGI race.


J-Wim said...

Good race Dan. an 18.2 bike average is pretty speedy!

My best advice: Don't mash it in the big ring the whole race, work more on fast cadence or you are cooking your legs for the run (Do as I say not as I do - this is a struggle for me too....)

Marcy said...

Dan you did AWESOME!! Great, great job!! Here's to many more ;-)

Iron Eric said...

What a neat race. Thanks for the report. GOOD WORK!!

I love racing! I wish I could do more. My bike is becoming my best leg too.

bigmike600 said...

Don't feel bad Dan, my run is totally in the crapper right now. But I have some really good attainable winter goals. I am looking forward to the people in blog land to keep me honest and working towards them.
Nice swim. Without a wetsuit even. I wouldn't even attempt to swim that far without mine yet. Too panicky in the water. I need the security blanket that the suit provides. Maybe after the winter.

Nice bike too.

ShoreTurtle said...

Congratulations Dan. Your race report was great. I was out of town this weekend or else I would have gone out to cheer you on. MCP is 5k from my house.

Pat said...

great race report Dan. I'm amazed by what you tri people accomplish.

Bigun said...

did you have fun? cause really that's all that matters! Just keep plugging away - 4th tri and you are allowed to make all the mistakes...

Chris said...

great job, dan!
i'll second what j-wim said... focus on the cadence on the bike, not the ring.

SUB6 said...

Great race ... congrats on the swim especially. Always good to read your very honest race reports.

TrainingtoTri said...

Great recap, nicely done Dan. I agree with the poster aboe, there is no reason to plug along in your big gear, it doesn't do you any good unless you are on a downhill. Save your legs for the run.

J~Mom said...

Great job!! The run was tough on my Oly too but you did a great job!

Duane said...


Viv said...

Congratulations on your first oly! I hope to be there soon. it has tp be difficult to go to a new distance for me anyhow.

Jeff said...

Great report, Dan. Congrats on the finish. 18mph on the bike is speedy. Nice job.

VeganHeartDoc said...

Way to go for a first olympic distance! Dan Morrison sent me in the direction of your blog. Very cool!