T-Gator Series Duathlon - Duathlon

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Lake Charles, Louisiana
United States
Lake Charles Triathletes
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 20m 17s
Overall Rank = 71/113
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 16/22
Pre-race routine:

My race last weekend taught me to eat and hydrate well beforehand, so I woke up at 5:00A (T-3h), ate breakfast(raisin bran), and drank water. At 6:00A, I ate an apple and drank more water. After this, I didn't add any additional food or water because I didn't want it sitting in my stomach for the race.

Was a little stressed because my borrowed bike's back tire was flat and I couldn't get air into it. I also didn't have the proper tools. It is a ZIPP tire with some type of disk material around the rim so the valve stem was hidden and inaccessible. I went to the race site earlier than usual because a local bike shop would be participating.

The bike shop helped me with the tire and got me race-ready about 15 minutes before start time.
Event warmup:

Not enough again! The delays with the tire kept me from really warming up like I had planned, but without a bike I'd be in more trouble! Ran up & down the road for about 8 minutes before getting ready for the start.
  • 14m 31s
  • 2 miles
  • 07m 16s  min/mile

Ran well and faster than ever had before! Didn't feel too fast.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 00m 40s

After the tire work, the bike was in the smaller pedal ring and midways on the back ring. Got on the bike fine, but couldn't shift into the upper ring for about 2-3 minutes of working it up & down on front and back to find a place where it would let it go!
What would you do differently?:

Have the bike in the pedal gear I wanted to race in!
  • 48m 5s
  • 15 miles
  • 18.72 mile/hr

This was my first road condition bike race, so I didn't really know what to expect. I felt that it went well and the race highlighted the need for me to work on bike conditioning. I've gotten my running in the 5K to 10K range much faster, but the bike's time/distances were harder on my legs than I had expected.
What would you do differently?:

Given the experience level, nothing. I will spend more prep time on the bike before the first tri!
Transition 2
  • 00m 40s

I was using cages, so I didn't need to change shoes into and out of the bike.
  • 16m 20s
  • 2 miles
  • 08m 10s  min/mile

Slow legs! Worked through it by the 1 mile mark and was able to pick up pace for the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Walkout and some stretching

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Inexperience and bike conditioning

Profile Album

Last updated: 2006-12-16 12:00 AM
00:14:31 | 02 miles | 07m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/22
Overall: 62/113
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Time: 00:40
Overall: Below average
Run with bike? Below average
Jump on bike? Below average
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Bad
00:48:05 | 15 miles | 18.72 mile/hr
Age Group: 16/22
Overall: 73/113
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:40
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:16:20 | 02 miles | 08m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/22
Overall: 72/113
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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] 3