Finished 1:54:06(official time); A new PR!(First Tri)
Swim time: 20:21
Transition 1: 3:31
Bike time: 1:04:01
Transition 2: 1:49
Run Time: 24:26
Overall place: 58/85
Place for men: 44/58
Age group place(M40-44): 11/15 in my AG; 14/15 for swim; 13/14 for bike; 3/14 for run
|Accurate times but paces look incorrect.|
The course was a 750 meter swim, 17k trail bike, and 5k dirt road run. Overall a really well run triathlon that was very beginner friendly. Of course, I will preface that with the fact that it's my first so I don't quite know what to expect but being this was my first, everything was very clear how things worked. Based on my running race experience, Tri To Finish was very well organized for everything from registration, website, Facebook and Twitter pages, race day, safety, bling and loads of fun! I've decided I will do another Tri at some point but probably not until next year with marathon training taking priority. Tri To Finish gave me a great introduction into the triathlon world.
I will say I got out of it what I put into it in regards to training. With only one practice swim, a handful of bike rides and no brick workouts, I'm happy with the results - I finished! It's apparent that the run is my strongest discipline yet it's also the one I do the most of in training.
Registration was very simple. Tri To Finish has an awesome website that is vey easy to use. They have lots of races to choose from throughout the year. I chose this one since its so close to home and I'm familiar with the area even though it's probably a harder route. $60 cost when I registered which is on par with most other races I looked at plus if you don't have a USAT membership, it's $12 more(which I didn't)
Since the race was so close to home, my daughter and I decided to go up to Stony Creek to get my packet the day before. The race company was set up for registration and they were in the process of setting up the transition area. I walked right up, found my number and received my packet. The company has a really cool tent they use and you can't miss it.
|Registration tent - very cool looking|
|Lake at packet pickup|
|Turkey Family - Stony Creek Metropark|
|Age(dammit - ha!)|
|Race - Sprint|
|Ready to rock!|
The race had a prerace meeting just to clarify things. The race started with the men going first and the ladies following a few minutes later. The Duathlon went a few minutes after the ladies swim. As we were almost ready to start, this was a beach start all at once but the race made sure to count everyone going out and coming in just in case there were any issues. I lined up at the back of the pack since I already knew how slow my swimming was going to be. Boy was I right to do that. Haha!
|I have to swim that far?|
|Swim course per Garmin 310xt|
|Swim elevation per Garmin|
|Swim pace per Garmin|
|Swim Splits per Garmin|
|Back to transition after swim(taken the day before)|
|Bike out of transition|
From there we made our way over to the mountain bike trails for two loops of the course. Two loops of a hilly course I might add! After riding the course several times(in training and the race), I still don't know my way around but it was all clearly marked and there were several volunteers out on the course if you needed help. I knew the trails were tough since I'd been there in training a few times but they still took their toll on me.
|Bike map per Garmin|
|Bike elevation per Garmin - it's got some hills!|
|Bike pace per Garmin|
|Bike Splits per Garmin|
|Bike into transition(taken day before)|
|Run out of transition|
|Run Course per Garmin|
|Run elevation per Garmin|
|Run pace per Garmn|
|Run Split per Garmin|
|Ah, the finish - ok to collapse now(photo taken after race)|
There was two aid stations on the course. One was set up right next to the transition area. This allowed you to get something after the swim and also before the run. There were no aid stations on the bike course(or I didn't notice). There was also an aid station on the run course. They were serving water and Hammer products. Given the transition area and the fact you were on a bike, I felt the number of aid stations were adequate. Most had a water bottle on their bike as did I. The volunteers throughout the entire race were cheering and helpful.
I have to say the announcer did an incredible job before the race, during the race and after the race. He really kept things going which was a great motivator for everyone. He was especially good at the finish line announcing names as they crossed the finish line.
For your race entry, you received a race tech shirt, some Hammer nutrition products, a swim cap with the race company name(required for the swim), a race finishers medal and a free picture that will be posted on Facebook shortly. In addition, the race was chip timed, the course had plenty of volunteers and there was police support in part of the park where we had to run across the street. You also received finish line food(including apples, bananas, and pizza) and a marked course throughout.
I love the race shirt because there are NO sponsors on it. I will definitely be wearing this shirt at races and in training. The medal is also a great design and good quality too.
|Extras in packet|
It's very clear that Tri To Finish really knows how to put on a race. The company had an awesome website. They were excellent at communication. They had a Facebook page and Twitter page to check for updates. We received an Athlete Guide that was sent to us race week that explained everything clearly. The company set up the transition area nicely, and while it's my first tri, I felt it was very easy to navigate all parts of it as well as having a clearly marked course.
Overall, I would certainly do another Tri To Finish race again. One thing that I was really concerned about was if it would be new triathlete friendly. All the staff and volunteers made you feel very comfortable being there. I would also say the same thing about the athletes as well. Everyone I talked to was very friendly and willing to help you anyway that they could. While there were many experienced triathletes, it was clear that the race wanted everyone to feel welcome. I'm very happy to have picked Tri To Finish as my first triathlon experience since they did such as excellent job at everything.
|Success - Finished!|