I know that quite a few people just completed their first Tri's this weekend and figured it would be cool if we could hear from all that completed tri's in one thread so we can congratulate you all and not miss your threads. It would be great if you could share the following that would be great:
Tips & Tricks
This info I think will be invaluable to the rest of us coming into our first Tri.
OK, I did my second tri on Saturday, does that count? It was in Colorado Springs at the Air force Acadamy base. Here's the stats and what I've learned from both of them:
750 meter swim plus a run across the building out the door: 14:25
14.69 mile bike (tons of hills!)-1:00:22
5K run 29:00
What I've learned:
Warm up! I didn't warm up my first tri and I felt like I was going to die during the swim. The second time I warmed up and felt great.
Talk to those around you. I've learned more about little tricks by talking to people around me (I always look for people w/ the aero bars, they're the ones that have done hundreds of tris!)
Hydrate starting 2 days before. I've done with this both tris and have had no problems.
Practice transitions. I tweaked around my transitions and learned stuff that I would have never thought about (like when setting up your shoes, undo the velcro on your bike shoes so they're ready to go!)
I've also learned that I'm hooked on this sport, and will do many more next year!
Timeyo, You better post Monday morning! I'm dying to know how you liked it! Let me know if you have any other questions!
First Triathlon Completed!
Who: Timeyo Banda - Age 32 Weight 200 lbs
Where - Santa Rosa Island Triathlon on Pensacola Beach
This was obviously my first triathlon and a few things stood out to me like how excited everyone there is. The energy is ridiculous amongs all the athletes and sure enough you had all kinds of variations, all kinds of body types and all kinds of equipment. Some of the bikes there were just gorgeous. Anyway, I got there early, setup my transition area and racked my bike.. stretch and went for a quick dip in the ocean before the race. An open water swim is intimidating for the first quarter of the distance until the pack thins out.. I went out too slow in the swim. I swam what felt comfortable... mind you looking at 600 yards laid out when you have only been doing laps.... WELL.. I was like.. there is no way in **** that is 600 yards. LOL. But I didnt get kicked in the face although someone tried to go over me... yeah.. he wont do that again Anyway, I got comfortable and started watching the crabs on the ocean floor about 50 feet below... Yes the water was that clear. Oh yeah, it was like swimming on a lake... no waves whatsoever. Eventually got out of the water, heart rate was high so I took it easy and walked to the transition area, took my time there so as to drop my heart rate and as soon as I mounted the bike, my heart rate was back down to 150 so off I went. Course was clean, free of pot holes, lots of officials, lots of spectators but traffic wasnt closed off but rerouted and managed well. Some of these boys can cycle. Guys on the carbon bikes were flying by me like I was sitting still. Anyway, I stuck to my training and didnt go out harder wanting to make sure I had legs under me for the run. Run was actually really good. Anyway, here are my times.
Swim(600 yards): 18:26
Bike(18 miles): 1:03:47
I felt great on the run. That may not be great time for you guys but for me that was faster than I have ran in training so I was excited. I ran at a 8:13 minutes per mile which is about 20 or so seconds faster. My average on the bike was apparently 16.9 mph which is not great but not far off what I do in training at all but the swim was drastically different. Eitherway, I loved it all. And yes I already plan on doing PLENTY more.
Tips and Tricks:
1. Heart rate monitor while you race is a very useful tool especially if you used it during training, it will keep you on track if nothing else does. Only problem was that I wasnt monitoring it during the swim otherwise I would have realised that I was going too slow.
2. Hydration is very important. I started hydrating with a mixture of water and then G2's for 2 whole days before the race. Drank a lot, as well as a lot of water the whole week leading up to the race. I did not cramp up at all. Not even a little bit and the weather was perfect but by the run it was hot.
3. Water during the run. Be very very careful when you get that cut of water during the run. I can easily drown in that little bit of water. I resorted to pouring it on my face and letting some dribble into my mouth. LOL. I wish they gave out squirt bottles instead... thats easier to drink from.
4. Water tub - if youa re doing open water swim and there is no matting out of the water, have you a shallow tub to step into to clean off your feet. You dont want sand in your shoes during the bike or the run.
5. Talk to triathletes after the race. You will learn alot because the work is over and everyone wants to share their stories.
6. Walk or drive the course so that you have some land marks to give you an idea where you are and where you are going. If its local.. ride it and run it, gives you a great advantage.
Congratulations Triathlete! Sounds like you had a really good race and stuck to the plan. Don't bother monitoring your HR during your swim. I only wear the HR strap during the swim so I don't have to put it on while in T1. I would get use to swimming on feel, you don't want to be looking down at the watch while you are going at it, it will break up your rhythm. Congrats!
Thanks Triitout. Run was great! It was hard for the last mile but I was ready for it. I was timing it all and the first mile took 8 minutes on the dot, second was about 8 minutes and 13 seconds then I struggled a bit but the crowd and adrenaline got me to finish strong. Bricks are what got me here... but so much work to do.
Yeah I only looked at my heart rate when I got out the water.. had I see what it was maybe I would have picked my pace up. Great idea on swimming on feel. I gotta find one more race before the season is over.
It was fun reading your race report! Great race! Like you wrote, sometimes seeing the swim course mapped out is intimidating, especially when the swim loop gets really big. I'll be like really, that's the same distance as however many laps in the pool? Are you sure?
You wrote about seeing the crabs in the swim below you. I love seeing stuff in the water. Sometimes my husband calls me the Jane Goodall of triathlon, because I'm always seeing stuff while I swim, bike and run. I love it. One summer I took a disposable camera and put it in my bento box on the bike. It was a fun part of training that year.
Sara Cox Landolt
hey as long as you are not taking pictures during the race, thats pretty cool. I definately enjoyed the swim more than I expected because I was so used to seeing the bottom of the pool. So being in a differnt environment was actually quite exciting but distracting at the same time.
Yeah it was 75 yards out from the shore then 450 yards parrallel to the shore then back in. So that 475 laid out in a straight line was crazy... on land its cool but in the water, it was crazy.