Revolution3 Full Distance Aquabike - Aquabike

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Sandusky, Ohio
United States
65F / 18C
Total Time = 6h 50m 56s
Overall Rank = 2/4
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 2/2
Pre-race routine:

Practice swim in Lake Erie on Saturday was crazy. There were breakers to dive through leaving the beach then swimming in 4-6 foot waves out to a buoy that you could only see if you happen to sight at the top of a swell. I HAD A BLAST!!! I guarantee there were a lot of people praying for calm water on Saturday night.
Event warmup:

No warm-up, just a walk down the beach to the start line. I did get in to swim a few strokes just to empty the bladder.
  • 58m 41s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 23s / 100 yards

Prayers were answered, the wind direction changed 180 degrees and the water was fairly calm. I lined up towards the outside and just swam my own race from the start. For some reason I could not swim straight to the first buoy. I found myself about 30 yds off course a couple times. After the first turn I saw a group about 100 yds in front of me and decided to try to bridge that gap before the end of the first loop. I caught the group as we rounded the second buoy and wished I hadn't. As I started to pass them I kept taking hits to the head by someone's unusually wide stroke. I moved to the outside and went back to swimming my own race. As I exited the water ahead of the group I looked at my watch and saw 28:** and was pleased. I porpoised a few times before starting to swim and noticed someone about 25 yds in front of me. As I passed him I thought about going wide and speeding up a bit to avoid him latching on but decided to just let him if he wanted a ride. He latched on for the rest of the swim and each time I looked back it seemed like there were more bodies hitching a ride. I exited the water and crossed the beach in 58:**. Pleased with that effort for absolutely no training I took my time in transition.
What would you do differently?:

Swim straighter and train more
Transition 1
  • 09m

Slow transition, nothing to rush for.
  • 5h 48m
  • 112 miles
  • 19.31 mile/hr

Helmet on, glasses on, shoes on ........ Aquaphor caked on pretty good and it's time to ride. Going into this race my longest ride was 80 miles back in early June and since has been in the 40-50 mile range. I was not expecting much from this ride but definitely wanted to break 6 hrs. My Garmin stopped working as soon as I started the ride so this was essentially a "naked" ride with no distance or speed data to keep me occupied. The first 10 miles were with the wind and I was very comfortable other than the bumps in the road. I decided to take 10 mile splits on my watch to at least have some idea of avg speed. This was a very flat course with constant 20+ mph winds. They felt great when they were to the back but the last part of each loop was directly into the wind. For the most part my 10 mile laps were just under 30 min and my AHR was in the low to mid 130's. After about 40 miles I was feeling drained as we were riding into a headwind. I was taking in too much fluids for how cold it was and could not stop having to go pee. It seemed like I had to stop every 15 miles or so! I started taking in more gels and bananas for energy and layed off on the fluids except 1 bottle of whatever the drink was on course each hour. This helped the peeing problem. I rode through the first couple aid stations like I was racing then thought that's crazy, I might as well take my time in these aid stations and chat with the volunteers while I use the porta-potty and reapply some Aquaphor to the crotch area. I had a handful of Aquaphor with me and gave a few tubes to one volunteer that said "I love that stuff!!" The funny thing is they recognized me by name the next time around so I had to stop again.

Miles clicked away the second loop until we hit the darn headwind for the last 30 miles! That was the longest 30 miles I had ever ridden. All I wanted to do was get back and eat! I was glad to get off that bike when I reached the park. Watch said 5:48, with all the stops I had I could not ask for more than that.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, waited to see some BTers come through T2. Ended up walking to the finish to get some food and watch the winners of the full come through.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training

Event comments:

Great race and a perfect family venue. I wish mine could have been there.

Last updated: 2010-07-26 12:00 AM
00:58:41 | 4224 yards | 01m 23s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/2
Overall: 0/4
Performance: Average
AHR 147, MHR 161
Suit: Rocket Science Speed Suit
Course: A double rectangular course with a 100 yd jog on the beach in between swims
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 09:00
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
05:48:00 | 112 miles | 19.31 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/2
Overall: 2/4
Performance: Average
AHR 135
Wind: Strong
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4