Here is my first race report on my first ever triathlon. The Culpepper Sprint.
I easily spotted two other members in their DC Tri Club outfits and introduced myself as NTP Bob Malloy - they were very encouraging and wanted to know what I thought of it all. The race organization was excellent. Everything from packet pickup, transition setup, timing, on course support etc. was great. I had two friends have bad luck on the bike - one got a flat and the other busted his real derailer. The first they had fixed within minutes and the second they actually got the derailer off, put the chain in a lower gear because of hills and took a few links off the chain and he was back riding in no time also. Amazing.
The swim was nice in a warm 82 degree lake. Like most lakes around here it was murky but there was no weeds, duck poop or anything that I noticed. Coming out of the water the PA System announced my name and where I lived - I nice boost of energy for me. The bike course was all hills. You were either going up or you were coming back down. I found it challenging after having trained mostly on the flat Mt. Vernon trail in VA (those little hills near Mt. Vernon don't compare). The run was uphill for a mile, flat for a mile and then downhill to the finish. Again at the finish they shouted my name. They had a nice ceremony for the age group winners while newbies like me ate the free watermellon, oranges and dominos pizza. I got a medal, t-shirt and some cool socks with peppers on them for my efforts. I've put my line in the sand / set my bench mark so I plan on doing it again next year so that I can beat my time.
Bob NTP 2012