Pleasant Prairie Triathlon - International Race - TriathlonOlympic

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
JMC Partners
76F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 58m 54s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Drove up to Pleasant Prairie from Crystal Lake. Didn't hit much traffic so that was nice... at a PBJ sandwich in the car and had a bottle of water. My stomach & lower GI track was upset from the moment I woke up. I don't know what I did different from what I did @ Racine?? I felt great @ Racine... today, I felt like... well...crap(ing). Sorry, couldn't resist.

Anyway, I made it my mission to find a porta pottie the moment I arrived, and then pretty much every 20 minutes after that til the race finally started...
Event warmup:

Walking around... chit chat, etc etc...
  • 28m 42s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 45s / 100 yards

Not very aggressive at the start, however, I pulled ahead of my wave and got in with the wave ahead of us. Out of the water within my goal time. I knew within the first couple of hundreds that this was going to be a comforable swim for me... I felt relaxed. I tweaked my neck a couple of nights ago and I was worried about how it would feel while swimming... it felt OK!

Bilateral breathing the entire time. (!!!) Yippee! I've been working hard on that, and it now feels entirely natural.
What would you do differently?:

If I could get my sighting down to a point where I'm comfortable relying on MYSELF, I'd be much happier. I tend to watch what the crowd is doing, and generally just do THAT. I check their accuracy by sighting, but I don't lead. I need to stop letting the swim mob lead me around.
Transition 1
  • 02m 41s

***SIGH*** Another leisurely T1. I know I could make up time here... I just sometimes choose not to! I come in, collect myself, look around, get out of my wetsuit, slap on my helmet and shoes and go... but my transitions this year have been longer than they were last year, I think.
What would you do differently?:

No socks on the bike for next Olympic Distance Race. They are just soggy and wet and they don't serve any purpose except making my feet pruny.
  • 1h 18m 36s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.97 mile/hr

TRIED TRIED TRIED to stay in the small chain ring...And I did for the majority of the ride. I did flip it into the big ring when I saw the course was looking flat... And I wanted to hammer just an iddy biddy bit.

I'm simply not as fast in the small ring. Those are the facts. My legs feel better and my knee appreciates the small ring, though...
What would you do differently?:

Discussed my gearing with Katie and Pete and have arrived at the conclusion that my small ring is too small... need a bigger small ring. That should improve my efficiency while still keeping the pressure off my knee.

No socks. Socks end up wet and squishy no matter how I dry my feet. Would be better to just skip them all together.
Transition 2
  • 02m 9s

Missed my transition spot the first time... had to turn around with bike and go back. ((PAY ATTENTION NEXT TIME!!!))
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 06m 44s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 45s  min/mile

YIPPEEEE! Another run PR for me! 1:06 is now my 10K PR. Took 3 minutes off my April PR. Run is slowly slowly slowly getting faster. Did I mention it was happening slowly?

Saw Hangloose, CindyK, MarkK, and a bunch of my other friends on the run... Nice that the out and back type of course lets you do that... :)
What would you do differently?:

Keep training my run. Maybe one day I **WILL** see 10 minute miles? Maybe? Maybe?
Post race
Warm down:

Wandered around, saw some pals from my Master's Group and some others from the Health Club and finally met up with Cindy and Mark.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing really, except the small chain ring on the bike. I am getting better, though, and my knee feels better too. It's a trade off I guess. My neck was a bit stiff throughout the whole race, and I'm wondering if it had any effect on my swim...? I don't know. Still feels stiff now.

Event comments:

There were lots of volunteers however, some of them weren't paying attention, and I had to ASK at more than one intersection on the bike... RIGHT turn? LEFT turn? They just were not watching for us or directing us where to go.

Other than that, this was a really nice race... and the weather was perfect for it! Not too hot, and not too cold... even though the start of the bike was a little chilly, I'd rather be a bit too cold than a bit overheated. (!!!)

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Last updated: 2006-07-28 12:00 AM
00:28:42 | 1640 yards | 01m 45s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: QR long john
Course: A triangular (circular? I couldn't tell) course around this little lake. There weren't enough buoys and it was hard to sight.. but I had a decent swim.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:41
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:18:36 | 24.85 miles | 18.97 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Cross-winds
Course: A decent bike course. We had pretty strong winds for parts of it... I couldn't tell if they were cross winds or head winds or what, but I just knew they probably weren't tail winds. (!!) That was for certain.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:09
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:06:44 | 06.21 miles | 10m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Around and around and around we go! It was like a great big squiggle... out here and back there... runners running with you, passing you, running at you, seeing you from the other side... All quite confusing. Good thing we all had a general idea of where we were supposed to be going.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4