Race Report- Grandman Triathlon

18 Oct

Well, this race report is super late but I feel the need to post this as I close out my triathlon season. Part of the reason this is so late is triathlon training was taking over my spare time. Trying to excel at 3 sports at once all while working full time and taking care of a family did not leave much room for anything else 🙂 This triathlon was actually back in June… I had another tri coming up October 5th, but it was canceled due to the threat of Hurricane Kathy.

Reading through my report, which I actually wrote right after the race, my competitiveness sure shows through. I was pretty disappointed with my performance, and there definitely is room to improve, and I may not have been the youngest, or the fastest, or the slimmest,; BUT I did a triathlon at 47 and it was hard!!! and I did it!! So, YEA me!!!

Currently, fitness wise, after taking the last few weeks off,  I plan to keep up my running but I am ready to move back into some strength training in addition. I have a great program lined up and will have a post up about it soon (I promise)

Race Report- Grandman Triathlon

Fairhope, Alabama
United States
Grandman Triathlon
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 14m 49s
Overall Rank = 511/557
Age Group = First Timer
Age Group Rank = 19/28

Pre-race routine:

Got up @ 4am (VERY excited to race) had some coffee at hotel and ate breakfast (quinoa, tomatoes, black beans, cilantro, avocado) got dressed and headed out the door.

race 002      race 001

Event warmup:

After setting up my transition area I walked in and out of transition & to the swim exit & then walked about a mile to warm up. There were ‘real’ bathrooms at the pier in addition to porta potties (ewwww!) so I made sure to visit several times and avoided the PP (probably reason enough to do this race again) Met a lot of really nice people, mostly first timers like me, but a few seasoned ones were really nice about answering any questions we had.

The Swim

14m 44s     587 yards      2m 31s 100 yards

WOW. The swim was WAY more physically challenging than i expected it to be. That being said, before the tri I was very nervous about doing the swim, race day, not nervous at all- surprised me. My husband said I did best in the swim (of SBR) and I did not believe him , but as usual he was right. The swim was HARD – as in challenging to do it right, no crowding or kicking

What would I do differently?: Practice WAY more and do some drills and work on my kick to improve.
00:14:44 | 587 yards | 02m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 15/28
Overall: 446/557
Performance: Average
Course: jump feet first off pier finger swim out about 200 yards and then in at a diagonal
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good

Transition 1   2m 50s

Took some extra time getting my helmet on because it was too tight, took about a minute of fumbling to get it right. I did not sit on bucket. I did not even rinse feet or dry them – I was ready to get on with it.

What would you I differently?: Make sure my helmet is loosened to fit right on before race.
race 003 race bike

The Bike    1h 15m 6s         18 miles         14.35 m/hr

The good- I loved the bike, it is my favorite of the 3 sports. It felt very easy even with hills and I felt very physically prepared, I felt like I could have easily gone further. I passed several people. I was pretty happy with my time/pace, but not my rank.

I did feel slightly nauseated on the ride- I had some dates I wish I had ate one or two before the run but did not. I also did not drink enough on the bike, I just did not want to slow down to do it,

Biggest problem: I dropped my chain on he bike hill coming out of T1. II was in 2ed and needed to go into first, just as I was about to do this 4 or 5 friends who had arrived to cheer me on called out and I lost focus (totally my fault, not theirs!!). I stood up (steep hill) and shifted and the chain locked up. It was stuck between the big first and second gear. By stuck as in I could not pull it out. I worked and worked and finally with some blood (literally) sweat and tears (not literally) got it. It cost me about 5 minutes :-(

What would I do differently?: Take my bike in for a check up before race!!!  Keep my focus on my race and not friends!! Get clipless pedals!!!  Drink more on bike.
01:15:06 | 18 miles | 14.35 mile/hr
Age Group: 21/28
Overall: 516/557
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: some hills but nothing too challenging except a huge hill coming out of transition
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough

Transition 2    1m 33s

I was happy with this. Biggest thing that slowed me down was I stopped to blow my nose on towel. Ewwww I know but very necessary

What would I do differently?  Learn to blow a snot rocket :/   Also, I put on an extra shirt before run- would not do this again, I was too hot and took time.

Run    40m 37s      3.1 miles    13m 7s  min/mile

VERY disappointed. I walked at least a mile.  My cheering section was there at the big hill again and being one that does not necessarily learn from my mistakes the first time, at their cheering I semi sprinted up the big hill. Stupid. My heart rate went way up and I used up the last of my aerobic capacity. SO I walked the next mile off and on as my lungs tried to recover.

l I was pretty spent after the swim and bike. I did not expect to walk any of this and was not happy about it. It made me realize I was not as well trained for this race/sport as I though I was.

What would I do differently?: train more, train harder, follow a training plan more consistently. BLOCK OUT ALL DISTRACTIONS during race!!!
00:40:37 | 03.1 miles | 13m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 20/28
Overall: 496/557
Performance: Below average
Course: HUGH hill right out of transition, the rest fairly level
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough

race   race 004

Post Race

Warm down: I really felt like I was going to pass out after race. They handed me a PowerAid at the finish but I hate PA so did not drink it. I tried to speak to all my friends who showed up (a 2 + hour ride each way- did I mention how blessed I am??) .

I knew I needed some carbs or something quick. I found some pizza and ate a piece (no worrying about gluten for the moment) and a small ice cream someone handed me. I felt REALLY bad. My lungs were killing me.I could not get a deep breath. I am not sure if this is something respiratory I had coming on or from the event but I was ready to go, (I had just exerted myself beyond my aerobic capacity. Physically I was ready for this race but I had not build up my aerobic capacity enough yet) I felt completely spent. This sounds a little more dramatic than it was, no one really knew I felt bad except maybe my husband.

What limited my ability to perform faster: Under-trained and not as fit as I need to be. I know everyone has said ‘first race, just make finishing your goal’, but I really would like to have done better. I felt under-trained on the swim and run. Actually, After having a day to think about it -my pace was not too great on the bike so more training there too! 10-15 lbs of extra weight- it will be coming off!

I heard someone say last week Anything worth doing is worth doing right and if I am going to pursue this sport I want to do it right- or at least to the best of MY potential.

Event comments: I will say the race was VERY well organized and there were a ton of volunteers. Course was VERY well marked. My son and several of my friends want to do race with me next year.

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