Race Report: NJ State Tri

Race Report: NJ State Tri

In case you didn’t notice, I’m a little behind on my blogging.  Sorry about that.

A while ago (aka like three weeks ago), I competed in the NJ State Triathlon in the Olympic Distance.  The race was a 1500m swim, 25.5 mile bike, and a 6.2 mile run.

The week before the race was super super hot and the day of the race started off in the low 80’s during the race the temperature went up to the low 90’s.  Luckily, it wasn’t above 100 as it had been a few days before the race.

Swim

I started the race in Wave 3. This was another in water start, like TriRock Annapolis, but based on what I learned in TriRock, I made sure to get behind the fast people in the front, but ahead of the Clydesdale’s.  This worked out much better as I was able to get into a normal stroke pretty quickly after the starting buoys.  This is the longest swim I’ve done in a race yet, and I was definitely happy when I got closer and closer to the finish.  I had energy left to swim more, but by the end, I was tired of tasting gasoline from the support boats and tired of getting hit and kicked.

Bike (Course)

Coming out of the water and in to transition, I was tired as usual. But, I managed to find my bike (after turning down the wrong row of bike racks) and come out with a more respectable transition time. The bike course was flat and fast, consisting of two loops.  I felt good on the first lap, but tried to save some energy for the second lap.  Because of the temperature, I drank a lot of water on the bike course.  I was hoping to average above 20 MPH on the bike, but it didn’t happen.  I did put aero bars on my bike (which I hate) and used them as much as my body could stand.

Run (Course)

The run was the hardest part for me.  I think this has to be my worst 10K in the books.  Coming in to transition, I was out of water and couldn’t drink my sports drink.  I kept thinking that if I could get moving, there would be water leaving the transition area.  There wasn’t.  There wasn’t water until over a mile into the run.  By that point I was so thirsty, I greedily took two cups of water at the stop and inhaled both of them.  After the water stop, I tried to run again, but I was still thirsty and hot, and now had water sloshing around in my stomach.  Not good.  I ran when I could, but I walked a lot.  At every water stop, I walked, I took 2 cups of water.  And at one stop I even took a cup of Heed (which I hate more than aero bars).

But I finished the run.  And that’s all that mattered to me.  I learned a few things: 1) I need to run more and 2) Leave a bottle of water in the transition area.

SavageMan is next month.  Bring it on!

 

Swim Time

36:05

Swim Rate

2:11

Swim Rank

541

Transition One

3:26

Bike Time

1:17:59

Bike Rate

19.6

Bike Rank

430

Transition Two

2:38

Run Time

1:12:28

Run Rate

11:41

Run Rank

765

Overall Time

3:12:36

Overall Rank

637/952

Age Group Rank

63/86

Kim was there to cheer me on and got some great shots of me suffering:

Pre-Race: Ready to Swim

Heading in to the Water

Swim Start

Coming out of the Water (Tired)

Starting the Bike

Finishing the Bike

Trying to Smile Through the Agony

Finishing!