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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
United States
USA Triathlon
75F / 24C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 26m 38s
Overall Rank = 1208/2677
Age Group = M55-59
Age Group Rank = 50/122
Pre-race routine:

Drove to Milwaukee on Thu, arriving about 6:30 pm. Found hotel but did not find race venue till Fri. Bike check in, packet pick up on Fri. We were about 10-12 minute walk from transition/expo. Saw Chrissie Wellington at the kids race on Fri afternoon. Got some pics.
Event warmup:

Could not take bike out of transition, so just did a run warm up. They also limited what you took into transition, clear bag provided by them, no back packs. Each gender AG had their own wave separated by at least 7 minutes, sometimes 20 minutes. Start was delayed by 15 minutes due to traffic issues, we actually rode on an interstate. Got a swim warm as they let our wave into the starting area.
Swim
  • 31m 32s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 06s / 100 meters
Comments:

Pace was 1:55 which is good for me this year. I was still way behind. Water exit was up a ramp, you never touched the bottom but they had plenty of volunteers passing you along so it was not an issue.
What would you do differently?:

Matches my best swim of the year so satisfied even tho it's not a great time.
Transition 1
  • 02m 19s
Comments:

22/122 in AG, 906/2677 overall
What would you do differently?:

Not much, decent transition
Bike
  • 1h 06m 4s
  • 24.8 miles
  • 22.51 mile/hr
Comments:

I went hard on the bike and had my best pace of the year. I only got passed once by a female just past the 2nd turn around. I kept her in sight but could not keep up with her.
Transition 2
  • 01m 35s
Comments:

45/122 in AG, 1388/2677 overall. I decided to wear socks and hada little trouble with right sock, it went on crooked but didn't affect the run at all.
Run
  • 45m 7s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 22s  min/mile
Comments:

I had an optimistic goal of averaging sub &;00s like I did in my earlier Olys but with reduced training and getting sick between Chisago and Milwaukee it wasn't going to happen. I did pick off a few guys in my AG, only got passed by 2-3 guys and one chick. I caught up to David Swanson who I ran with at Buffalo Oly a few years ago ( and beat at the end). Here I could not out kick him and he beat me by 1.23 seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Be better trained and fully ready in all disciplines.
Post race
Warm down:

I got a a finisher medal but only imn my hand. Then Chrissie Wellington was there wanting to put one around my neck, so I let her (FOR SURE!!). I gave the other one to a different volunteer. Very COOL to have Chrissie doing medals. Found Barb and then had almost a 2 hour wait to get into transition. Changed out of tri suit, got some food. They had limited drinks but we had some of our own.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The 2 weeks between Chisago HIM and Nationals were not ideal. I had a cold after Chisago, lots of congestion and stayed in bed most of one day. Quality training was limited and I didn't start with the base I've had the last couple of years. Basically I am not training as much this year as in recent years, especially into the summer. By choice. Golfing and working at the bike shop are taking time. Regardless, a PR would have got me only up to 40th place I would have needed to beat my PR by 4:30 to qualify make top 25 and worlds was top 18 dropping down to 25 so I may still have not made it.

There were wicked fast people in all AG at this race. Greg Taylor was "only" 3rd in our AG, altho he is 59. Mark Carey was 5th in his AG, too bad we didn't know we were both going to be in Milwaukee.

However, If I had done Duathlon Worlds, I would have been top 20 in my AG based on Larry S time who was 17th. Get rid of the swim and I can compete.

Event comments:

It was fun and humbling to compete at a race of this magnitude. Definitely the truism, that there is always someone faster than you rang true in Milwaukee.

Photos
#1 Race morning with my neat Yanks tatoo numbers
#2 Fri with Chrissie Wellington in the background
#3 Start of bike, feet on top of shoes
#4 Passing transition for 2nd loop, rough road & poor signage
#5 Look for my kit, that's me about 3 back at the end of the run/race


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Last updated: 2013-08-23 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:31:32 | 1500 meters | 02m 06s / 100meters
Age Group: 101/122
Overall: 2175/2677
Performance: Average
1:55 per 100 yards
Suit: Desoto Black Pearl
Course: Pretty much an out and back within a sheltered bay.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 02:19
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
01:06:04 | 24.8 miles | 22.51 mile/hr
Age Group: 31/122
Overall: 842/2677
Performance: Good
Avg HR 151, Max HR 163 1 2:57.3 1.00 20.3 2 2:39.7 1.00 22.5 3 2:48.0 1.00 21.4 4 2:48.9 1.00 21.3 5 2 :13.2 1.00 27.0 6 2:19.8 1.00 25.7 7 2:41.3 1.00 22.3 8 2:46.9 1.00 21.6 9 2:10.6 1.00 27.5 10 2:20.9 1.00 25.5 11 2:34.1 1.00 23.4 12 2:48.9 1.00 21.3 13 2:39.8 1.00 22.5 14 2:43.3 1.00 22.0 15 2:25.7 1.00 24.7 16 2:47.8 1.00 21.5 17 2:51.2 1.00 21.0 18 2:34.6 1.00 23.3 19 2:34.0 1.00 23.4 20 2:38.7 1.00 22.7 21 2:35.4 1.00 23.2 22 2:41.3 1.00 22.3 23 3:10.2 1.00 18.9 24 3:23.3 1.00 17.7 25 1:32.2 0.52 20.2
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back big loop with Transition within the loop, nearer the 1st turnaround. 2 180 turns at each end. Closed course decent roads, one big hill.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 98
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:35
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:45:07 | 06.21 miles | 07m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 35/122
Overall: 981/2677
Performance: Average
7:15 pace AVG HR 158 Max HR 179 1 7:02.3 1.00 7:02 2 7:14.7 1.00 7:15 3 7:16.5 1.00 7:16 4 7:24.1 1.00 7:24 5 7:16.1 1.00 7:16 6 7:21.1 1.00 7:21 7 1:31.6 0.23 6:34
Course: Basically another out and back, sharing the first loop of the bike course. Flat, I don't remember hardly any elevation changes and Garmin veriifies this.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2013-08-24 6:48 AM
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How was the bike course? Aside from the magnitude of a large race, would you do it again next year?
2013-08-26 8:40 AM
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Great job! Very nice bike split.
2013-08-26 3:37 PM
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Nice job!!  I thought AG Nationals was awesome.  The bike was soooooo fast.  The decent after the first turnaround was ridiculous.  I think I hit 40 mph and some dude passed me on a P5 tricked out with a disc and I think 808s on the front.  Hard to tell when they went that fast by me.

Great job.  I thought Milwaukee delivered an awesome race with a great venue.  Couple of bumps on the road, especially the decent back to transition off of the Interstate bridge, but overall, well run race.

 

2013-08-26 5:15 PM
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Pete, the bike course was a little different. You got out of transition and headed north for about 3.5 miles with a 180 degree turnaround at the end a short hill. Then back to transition area. This section was smooth. At transition intersection the road was pretty rough and not marked well but it was a short section. Then up a hill and onto the interstate for about 5 miles then about 4 miles in more of a residential setting with another 180 degree turnaround. Back to the interstate and the big hill now going down into transition where you turn sharp to parallel transition and the dismount line. The USAT site has the maps, I'm sure nothing will change for next year. It was a good course, this was one of my fastest Oly bike splits.

I would not do it again next year but was very glad to have done Nationals one time. Now I know where I stack up. Unless I can get my swim vastly improved I cannot compete for a spot on Team USA and Worlds. Now if I could swim like you it might be a different story. It was a great experience and I'm glad I got to do Nationals at a site that was close enough to drive. I was in wave 7 I think, it would suck to be in one of the last waves and have to wait 2+ hours from the first starters with transition closed.

I did book a room at one of the 2 preferred hotels once I knew I was officially qualified and way before I registered since I could cancel on the outside chance I did not actually get in. It was nice to be able to walk to the race area.

Let me know if have any other questions.
2013-11-24 6:58 PM
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i qualified for 2014 Olympic Nationals, but also for Team USA in long course (China)… trying to decide if I can do either or both. In the meantime I like your idea of securing a hotel room in Milwaukee just in case - what were the 2 preferred hotels for 2013? Any recommendations?


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