This was my first ever triathlon. It was a sprint tri with the following distances:
Swim 500 Meter, Bike 20 Kilometers, Run 5 Kilometers
|Headed to T1|
There is no greater feeling than passing a full carbon race bike with a mountain bike...I did it several times. Apparently roadies are pussies and don't know how to stand while climbing hills and hammer down. Well mountain bikers do and I did. I just kept telling myself that I knew my legs would have plenty left for the run so I wanted to abuse myself on the bike. I suppose I could have pushed harder, but the headwind (12-14MPH) kept me in check. I ended up finishing the bike in 27th place.
|Heading out of T2|
I pushed a little hard on the last 1/4 mile of the bike so I was really winded coming into T2. Again I was amazed how much time people wasted getting off their bikes. I burned way too much time in T2 putting on my running shoes. The transition took me 1:26 while other people did it in 34 seconds. I anticipated this may be a problem, and it was...but I got off too fast on the run. When I passed Jason (he was out of the water and helping direct runners at that point) I was really winded and feeling pain. I looked down at my Garmin and was running 5:40 pace...it took me about a mile to catch my breath and settle down. I passed a good number of people on the run. The nice thing about triathlon is they write your age and event/distance right on the back of your legs so when you are on the course you know who your competitors are. With about a mile to go I realized that the guy in front of me was in the sprint tri and was 33. He was in my age group and I wanted to run him down to improve my placing. I stuck with him and made my move about 25 yards from the finish as we were running down the chute. He didn't have a chance as he had no idea I was coming...I blew past him to improve my ranking. Overall it was a really fun race. I ended up finishing 24th out of 144 overall and 21st out of 97 males. Not sure how I placed in my age group. I finished 68th on the swim, 27th on the bike and 14th on the run. I'll be back. I want Oly distance!! Just gotta figure out that swim and get a real bike. Oh and speed laces for the running shoes.
Official results can be seen here.