I did not get to break the tape at the finish line, but this was my first time doing a triathlon, so I’m counting this as phase 1. Phase 2 will be breaking the tape or at least coming in first in my age group.
I raced a triathlon for the 1st time in June 2012. This is something I’ve been wanting to for a while now. I just needed to get enough workouts in to be able to finish it. I mostly worked out, but there were also a lot of lazy days. I felt very out of shape, but overall so glad I did it. It was a lot of fun. Here is a race report I wrote up for beginnertriathlete.com where I found a plan to follow and people to chat with in their forums.
TRI for FUN Triathlon #1
Sprint (0.5 mile swim / 16 mile bike / 3 mile run)
June 2, 2012 in Herald, California
Weather was sunny about 70 degrees / high of the day was 97 degrees
Total Time = 2h 37m 47s
Overall Rank = 398/421
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 24/25
racing site was less than an hour away. Woke up and had cereal, toasted wheat bread with peanut butter, and on the drive there had a small bottle of Gatorade.
Got to the site just as the transition opened. set up my spot and then found a couple of people to talk to from a tri club I am thinking of joining. Moved my stuff to their rack. A lady that has done triathlons for a year was very friendly and nice, and a guy that was his first time too. Talking to them calmed my nerves.
I walked around making sure to see where we were coming in from the swim and where to leave, come in on bike, and run. small enough of transition area (421 total people) so it was easy to find my bike.
Course: U shape course starting on the west side of the swim beach and ending on the east side of the beach
Started off in the water. I was going to be in the back, but no one wanted to tread water on one side of the start line, so I tread water and had hoped that it would help loosen up my muscles.
Took off fast at the start to try to stay away from the pack. swam to the outside the whole way. I think it was because i had a crick on my left side of the neck so ended up doing a shorter stroke with my left arm. felt like a decent enough pace. swam until my hand touched mud, stood up easily enough and ran up grassy area to transition.
I forgot to start the watch at the start and completely forgot to tap it for splits. So I have no idea what my time was for each leg of the race.
(Transition from swim to bike) sat down and dried off feet, put on sock and then shoes.
re-applied sunscreen to face and arms, put on t-shirt. headband, sunglasses, and helmet. grabbed bike and was off to the next part.
Course: Out and back from Rancho Seco park onto State Route 104. SR 104 is relatively flat with a couple of rollers thrown in. Had to deal with drivers coming from both directions
Heard a lot of “on your left” as bikers rode pass me. that was frustrating, but I knew I had to just ride since I haven’t done this before. it felt like a good pace to me, but guess it was a bit slow with the number of passerbys. I did have to move to the left once to avoid a pothole and a biker yelled at me to stay on my left. Sorry wasn’t going to ride through that pothole. but i didn’t waste my breath yelling at her back. most bikers were nice, a few added encouragements as they passed. Wasn’t used to the slopes up and down. toward the end, I was really hating even the slight incline.
(Transition from bike to run) got off bike, feet felt like cushioned tops. got the bike racked, helmet off, hat on. made sure to grab a gu. I didn’t have bike shoes, so didn’t have to change that. put on race belt and took off for the run, volunteers all around to point the way.
Course: Grass exit from the transition area and then an out and back on a dirt road. A little bit hilly, but not too high. lots of rocks. had water stations as you left for the run, and at mile 1 / mile 2 marker
by this time, was just doing what i could to finish. I was going run/walk but ended up walking a lot of it. my left foot and lower leg became completely numb. people later said it might have been because the shoelace was too tight. it felt better running for a little bit, then the inside part of my knees cramped up. first time that happened. easily out of breath. very warm out by this time
walked around some, ate a banana & some pasta they had there. was sooo glad that a guy gave the tip to freeze the water bottles the night before so the water was still cold for the bike and run