Small field of racers in the middle of nowhere, swimming in the False River, and the run through the antebellum downtown. Good situation for a first race. It seems to me that sprint triathlon is working at AT, and whatever your power and speed output is, that's what it is. For me, it wasn't enough to do much more than MOP or slightly better. I'll post the results when they come out.
The swim was 800 meter (about 1/2 mile) straight out and back in the river. I think that my swimming form is very good, good rotation along the long body axis, working on an aggressive catch, minimizing kick. The wetsuit is such a benefit its crazy. Probably could have done this swim without it, but its a chance to take off a suit in the T. I had some off course ventures and I found that I ran into a lot of people, start more forward in the pack next time? Pace felt consistent throughout, never really pushed it because I didn't know what to expect, I should pursue more open water swimming, not so much for the open part, but walls get boring and I'd do more distance if it was all straight. Tried drafting but I didn't really feel it get easier, maybe try drafting off a faster swimmer next time. No chafing like in the pool, used body glide all over. I was surprised at how much time I lost just due to running into people, straying slightly off the straight-line course, etc.
T1: Came in, pulled off the suit, use something slicker on lower legs next time, or cut off bottom of legs because that was five sec lost prob. put shoes on the ground because they're road shoes and I didn't want to chance a tehcnical problem with the flaps, powered up the first climb.
Bike: Hooray! On the bike! Right away I passed 4-5 people who were going quite slowly, the bike was in great shape and I love the setup, using T's Ksyriums for the bladed spokes and Bontie super light tubes, water bottle behind seat w/H20. That cage fell off after I got off the bike, so make sure to tighten everything before a race. I get into a fair aero position on the road bike, maybe not enough to save the legs for the run, maybe not enough to get any sort of aero benefit. meh. When I pushed I was seeing 23-24, when I was cruising I was never was below 21, which was surprising as I was expecting to ave 23. Did swimming really rob me of that power? It was fun to pass people uber geared up, aero hat, wheels, cervelos and javelins oh my. Just crushed past them. Raced with a 23yr old who was on a total barn bike, Rolls seat, banana hammock. We pushed hard for a long time, full back half of the 18M. Spun out the legs at the end, came off the bike into
T2: Had some issues with laces on shoes, probably cost 10 sec. Number belt, visor, some fluid, grabbed a gel but never ate it, go the wrong way once, go the wrong way twice, wtf, let's go. Really strange feeling run, started at 7:30 pace, felt stiff and separated from muscles, very little control over getting more speed, probably three people or more passed me right away, I held in there, hopped on a 6:30 train but couldn't hold it for more than 1/2M or so, then had two people pass at the last 1/8M or so. Just couldn't digg in there for it.
1. Weight is a major limiter. At 212 lbs and looking at body comp, I'm setting a target race weight of 185. Serious diet starts today and continues until I get someone to ask if everything is ok.
2. I am seriously considering getting a coach, but I don't know if that is appropriate at this point. For me the challenge is self management and control.
3. I've good strength and endurance, good power output, good balance and functionality (stamina?), but poor speed, power doesn't translate into speed. This is predictable as my body mass is huge. I've been doing mostly endurance training, not anaerobic.
4. Almost certainly should have taken in some food/gel on second half of bike. I burn so many calories and I should have been going faster.