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First tri - what's good time?...(5 posts)

First tri - what's good time?...posty
Jul 31, 2001 6:20 AM
Doing my first tri - a sprint (1k swim, 25 k bike, 5k run) in about a month. I'm 35, and curious what a decent time is for that distance? I have been a serious competetive swimmer, but that was long ago, and it seems I still have some of those competitive juices flowing... So I want to know, how fast do I need to go to do well?

Thanks.
re: First tri - what's good time?...str8dum
Aug 2, 2001 8:38 AM
not sure about the swim but the bike should be about 35 minutes and the run sub 19 add about 2 mins transition time for the entire race plus your swimming guess and you'll have a goal
re: First tri - what's good time?...Kudzu Kaptain
Aug 22, 2001 12:19 PM
Well if you swam competitively then assume that in the 1km you will be finishing that in about 15 mins. As for the guy who gave you the bike time, unless he is some kind of pro, doing a 25km on any course in 35 mins is fast (you would have to be a CAT cyclist, slower than Lance, but faster than 99.9% of the rest of us).

So realistically, lets say you hold >20MPH which on a flat course - THE NORM for most men your age in their first triathlon (don't let anyone tell you differently and trust me you will get faster. I have, just not a 25+ MPH cyclists like the other reply to this post! Geez). Anyway, remember, the race is in the run...

Anyway, I typically finish real strong on the races I have done as an amateur cyclists (top group) and I am 21-22MPH on average in HILLS (I live and compete in North Georgia).

As for the 19min 5K? Here we go again. Did you say you were a runner? That is a fast 5K especially after a bike. But running I am weak at so I can't dispense too many opinions here. So let's say you hold 7m/mile at best and 8:30at worst.

This is your first triathlon, not your first time as a pro...once again I have to question the other response's numbers.

So as a first timer (here is something to shoot for):

15 min swim (most beginners would be closer to 20+ mins, but you have swam before, so I am giving you the benefit of the doubt).

1.5 min transition (this is your first tri, so expect T-times to be slow).

46 min bike (that is holding just a little over 20)
1.5 min transition (as before...your first time)
24 min run (your first time again)

YOU will probably beat this, but hell it's a goal right? So that is under an hour and a half and TRUST me, in your age group that will put you in the top 1/3, unless it's all pros!

So, to put in perspective

1h 30m - OK finish
1h 25m - Good finish
1h 20m - Excellent finish
1h 15m - You are on the podium for your age group!

Good Luck
re: First tri - what's good time?...Kudzu Kaptain
Aug 22, 2001 12:24 PM
Hmmm...may have been too aggressive on the times (here is something based on another race of similar distance)

1h 35m - Top 50%
1h 30m - Top 33%
1h 25m - Top 20%
1h 20m - Top 5%
1h 15m - PODIUM
re: First tri - what's good time?...str8dum
Aug 23, 2001 9:58 AM
those times i posted were just what i did in my 1st 20 -24 age group sprint tri. and it still wasnt fast enough to win