I just completed my first tri. The CDA Ironman. I was given a bunch of crap for making an Ironman my first, but "oh well". Here is a brief account of what happened:
Swim - 2000 people mass start into lake Coeur d'Alene. Two 1.2-mile laps. Temp was in the low 60s. As I guess most mass starts are, it was chaos. I swam OK - the first lap was good, a bit of thrashing and contact. The second lap sucked hard - I followed a group off course wasting a bunch of time. Time - 1:19:57 - 1160th (out of 2000)
T1 - Slow, I was lost - 7:04
Bike - 112 miles - I like to ride. Very technical course, many turns and small hills. I past people the entire time. I can honestly say I was never passed once. 5:21:16, average of 20.9mph. Placing changed from 1160th to 299th
T2 - a little better - 4:36
Run - 26.2 miles - My strategy was to run 9-minute miles and finish sub four hours. That was very difficult - right when I started the run I was passed by at least 50 people running much faster than I. I kept saying to myself "I'll get them on the second half". That proved true, the last 5 miles I passed a ton of people. 3:59:56 (I know, I cut it a bit close) 9:09 average - overall placing 238
Total time 10:52:49
I learned much - next time I'm going to go for sub 10.