Monday, August 27, 2012

Douple Dip Sprint Tri: Race Review

Normally I do race reports for each of the races I complete.  In the case of the Double Dip, such a report isn't needed.  I completed the 300 yard swim, went through the first transition only to learn I had a flat on the bike.  I had checked the tire pressure while unloading it from my car that morning, so I must have popped a tube.  Thankfully I had only ridden a 10th of a mile, so the walk of shame back to the transition area was very short.

This makes for my first ever DNF (did not finish).  My first DNS (did not start) was also a triathlon which I was forced to pull out of for health reasons.

Instead of a race report, I want to review the race and my training leading to it in order to better myself for the next time around.  And, yes, there will be a next time.  I considered never racing in a sport which mechanical failure meant personal failure.  After some much needed sleep I decided I wasn't the kind of person to be okay with accepting failure. 

What I did well:

  • Spent enough time on my bike to learn the gears
  • Several long rides helped build my endurance and confidence
  • Bought a tri suit to make transition easier and over all race more comfortable
  • Arrived race morning in plenty of time to set everything up
  • Passed 2 people on the swim (also got passed by 1)
  • Have a cry, then move on!

To improve:

  • Be careful of the curbs!!
    I think the incident with the tire happened on my ride in to set up my transition area before the race.  Parking was quite the trek away, so I threw my bag over my shoulder and rode in.  Unfortunately, I hit the driveway curb too fast (there was a fairly big lip).  At the time I was concerned, but it didn't immediately deflate so I went ahead with my set-up.
    In the prerace announcements the race director cautioned about the driveway exit, but I suspect at that point it was too late for me.
  • Learn to change a flat
    Some more competitive people have said they wouldn't bother with changing the tube for a sprint race, but given I don't even know how the choice was made for me.  I've decided its past time to learn how, and friend's husband has volunteered to teach me.
  • More bricks
    I didn't make it to the bike/run portion of the race, but I should have done more than just one brick before the big day.  This will be corrected in the next month before my next race.
  • Remember: Mechanical failure is NOT personal failureThis is true even if being more cautious I could have prevented the accident.  Never live in the world of woulda-shoulda-coulda.

How do you cope when life throws you a curve ball? (Or a flat tire?)


  1. Bummer on the DNF - but yay for you for moving on!

  2. I'm sorry this race didn't turn out the way you wanted it to. I need to learn the tire change, too. We should learn together.

  3. I'm sorry that you didn't get to finish, but it sounds like you'll be well prepared for the next one!