Saturday, August 30, 2008

Marlton Lakes Sprint Tri - Report

Total Time = 1h 24m 53s
Overall Rank = 290/363
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 19/25

Official Results are here (look at the sick time the 53 year old winner put up).


Pre-race routine:

I try to pack as much as possible the night before. So I woke up at 5:30 had water and bagel with peanut butter. Loaded up the car, kissed the wife (semi sleeping) and stopped by to pick up Matt for the race. Got to race and racked the bike and got ready.


Event warmup:

I don't warm up.


Swim ¼ mile 11:23 (313 out of 363)

Comments:

Elected not to wear the wet suit. Point to point, so we walked to the start and I was first wave so off we went. Very shallow, I think you can walk the whole way. As a matter of fact I saw 2 guys in my wave run the whole way. Pissed me off because the race director told everyone that if you have to stop you can stand but "don't" walk or run forward. Oh well who are you really cheating.


What would you do differently?:

Lose weight and train more. My training has been in the toilet.


T1 3:54 (320 out of 363)

Comments:

I have to be the slowest person ever in transition. I have to get better at it, I was 320 out of 363. So I guess there are 43 slower.


What would you do differently?:

I don't know, there are so many things. One tip Kurt from my team gave me was to not worry about putting on gloves for a 11 mile ride. I think that is a good idea.


Bike 11 miles 35:53 (236 out of 363)

Comments:

This was my best sport of the 3. But that is not saying much. Pretty nice ride. Since I was in the first wave of the swim there were plenty of people behind me to pass me. I think I only passed 2 or 3 people.


What would you do differently?:

Lose weight and keep up the bike training. My bike is actually getting better.


T2 1:42 (249 out of 363)

Comments:

A little better transition. I was 249 out of 363.


What would you do differently?:

Still a lot of room for improvement.


Run 3 miles 32:04 (308 out of 363)

Comments:

Felt ok off the bike and thought just maybe I could pull a 28 - 29 minute 3 miler. Well that was not the case. I decided not to wear my Garmin for the bike or run (even though I brought it. So I had no idea of my run times. Got to the turn around and I was going real slow at this point. I didn't walk but man did I want to. About 1/2 mile left I was being passed (again) but this time the lady encouraged me to pick it up and run with her. I did and that was great, thank you BIB # 104. I stayed with her until about 50 yards (guess) I told her to go for it. She sprinted to the line I jogged and sprinted with about 25 yards to go.


What would you do differently?:

Lose weight and run more.


Post race


Warm down:

Wife and kids come for the finish so I saw them and a bunch of other people from Team Triumph. Waited around for a while and then got stuff and headed home.


What limited your ability to perform faster:

Really not a good year form me training wise and weight wise. So I need to manage the weight and train.


Event comments:

DQ does a great job with everything but with securing the transition area. Way too many people that should not be in transition before, during, and after the race.



12 comments:

Pat said...

Congrats on doing the tri. I hope you enjoyed it. I get tired just thinking about all the things you tri athletes have to do just to race.

Congrats!

SUB6 said...

Congrats on another good finish ... I like the expression "training has been in the toilet" :) Unbelievable time for the 53 yr old winner

Trishie said...

Great race, Dan :) FWIW, I think that any T time under 2 min is fast ;)

IronTriTim said...

I'm also a night before pre race packer. Everything is packed and then double checked the night before, so much less stressful for me as I normally forget things otherwise.

Progman2000 said...

I hate reading reports like this - now I want to do a Tri. Congrats to your friend Lou for kicking the Type II meds through diet and exercise, more people should be like him.

Ted said...

I know you feel like your training has been in the toilet. I have to say that I disagree with it. It is the effort that you have made. You got up. You went. You completed the race. Hat off to you. You will always know in your heart that you have room for improvement. Way to go !!!

laura said...

You did GREAT!!!! Not fair when your way older brother is in that shape and I can't even walk a mile probably!

J~Mom said...

Nice job!! Sounds like it went well! I know what you mean about transition areas! I see that a lot out here!

sfarrant said...

It sounds like you had fun. I would have tried to trip the people walking in the water, I fear :-)

Sarah

Marcy said...

You did a great job Dan!! OMG at the 53 y.o. Dang!!

Jeff said...

Nice job, Dan, getting it done. I'm quite sure I'd have been walking the swim, too! Awesome bike!

Seems like everyone complains about transition. I know I've read "1:30 in transition, gotta work on getting that down to 1:15!"

Bob said...

Dan-

WE NEED TO GET TOGETHER SOCIALLY, BUT ALSO TO TRAIN TOGETHER SOME TIME. i WOULD LIKE THAT VERY MUCH. WE HAVE SIMILAR PASTS AND CAN HELP ONE ANOTHER.

MY PLAN IS TO DO 2 1/2 IRONMAN RACES NEXT SEASON, THEN A FULL IRONMAN THE SUMMER AFTER...BUT I NEED TO GET DOWN 20-25 POUNDS!!!

GOD BLESS YOU...KEEP IT UP AND DO NOT GET DISCOURAGED. MY WIFE, BY THE WAY, REALLY ENJOYED HER BRIEF TIME WITH YOURS.

BOB