First triathlon...first blog...I guess today's a good day to try new things. Here goes nothing...
So, I competed in my first sprint triathlon this past Sunday, and all in all I'd say I finished as expected...average! The good news: I felt really strong throughout the race and I learned a ton. The bad news: I felt *too* strong at the end of the race and I learned too much (i.e. I made mistakes). Here are all the gory details of the weekend's festivities...
So, we decided to make the weekend into a family affair: packed the kids and pooch up and went to visit my folks at Ossipee Lake for the weekend. This gave us a nice home base close to the race (15 minutes), and guaranteed that we'd be busy all weekend allowing me to keep my mind *off* of the upcoming race.
Saturday we went into North Conway for the day to let the kids play and get some energy out. We had a picnic in the park, watched a hot air balloon exhibit, watched the nearby Conway Scenic Railroad trains come and go, and spent a long time in the playground monkeying around.
On the way back from Conway we stopped in at King Pine so I could pickup my race packet and attend a first-timers meeting. Race packet had all the standard goodies: race numbers, coupons for random things, a voucher for a *free* King Pine lift ticket (sweet...the girl is learning to ski this year btw), and a too-big tech t-shirt. Oh well, what do you want for nothing...oh wait...this was far from nothing...but I digress. Newbie clinic was good. I knew most of what they covered, but it was good to at least see how many first-timers there were at this race. Nice to no longer feel like the only new guy!
Race Day Recap
Full results can be found at http://coolrunning.com/results/10/nh/Jun13_KingPi_set1.shtml
Swim: 1/3mi, 11:37, 35:11 pace
Pros: First swim out of the way and a PR. I didn't finish last :-)
Cons: My breathing was horrible and this was my slowest competivitve swim ever. Way too excited and came out of the gate like I was swimming a 50 yd race.
Pros: First ever T1 out of the way and a PR. I didn't try to get on my bike with my wetsuit still on :-)
Cons: Choked on gel/water mixed in my mouth. Warning: don't GU when you can't even breath!
Bike (12.5 mi, 39:11, 19.1 mph)
Garmin log: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/36805163
Pros: Faster than I've ever gone in training. Overall a pretty good ride.
Cons: Need more work on riding in aero position. Need more hill work...had to stand a few times even in lowest gear.
Pros: First ever T2 out of the way and a PR
Cons: I stunk...way too slow
Run (3.8 mi, 31.23, 8:16 pace)
Garmin log: http://connect.garmin.com/activity/36805169
Pros: Felt good the entire run
Cons: I should have run harder. Had too much gas in the tank when I finished