Bangs Lake Multisport Festival - Duathlon - DuathlonStandard

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Wauconda, Illinois
United States
RAM Racing
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 43m 12s
Overall Rank = 60/99
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 7/12
Pre-race routine:

Get up at the butt crack hour of 4:30 AM. My daughter was up at 3 so I really did not get any sleep. I ate a sandwich of peanut butter and banana on a hamburger bun. Had some energy drink which I am unable to recall at this moment because I am sleepy! It was a 40 minute drive to Wauconda which is a pretty nice town. Unpacked my bike and headed for the marking and chip pickup. (PS the chip weighed a friggin ton!)
Event warmup:

Not much, some stretching a little jogging. Sized up my competition and realized there was one or two people I had a chance against. I wasn't really nervous because I knew I would not DROWN!!!!!!
  • 27m 16s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 46s  min/mile

They gave us directions and told us to follow the guy on the golf cart but I guess most people didn't listen because everyone went the wrong way. (I was one of these people!) I guess I lost a few seconds but wasn't as pissed as the fast guys. There was a few hills which sucked beyond compare. I like flat courses. Do not give me challenges because I will hate them and you!
What would you do differently?:

Go faster? Lose weight? Train? I knew I wanted to run comfortably and that is what I did. It is disheartening to have people continually pass you by but that's life!!
Transition 1
  • 03m 13s

I took my time. That is how I roll? I am in no hurry. It's not like someone is threatening my BOP slot!!! I guess I could be cool and put my shoes on the bike but I think the pain and humiliation of falling off the bike in front of a crowd is deterring me!
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions! Or even better, pay someone to get my bike ready for me and have them place my helmet, gloves and shoes on me while I am laying down comfortably.
  • 39m 56s
  • 20 kms
  • 30.05 km/hr

Ok, first hills suck!! Then rolling hills suck even more. I was not comfortable at any part of this. I wanted to quit at the second hill. Now, these aren't giant hills, just run of the mill country hills but for a flat trainer rider like myself they SUCK!!! I was high as 27 mph and as low as 10 mph. I was getting passed by people on road bikes, hybrids, mountain bikes and maybe even a unicycle! I got a side stitch after the first mile. BUT my water bottle did not rocket out of the rear bottle holder. So that is one small victory for me!
What would you do differently?:

Get out of the house and ride hills! And get a bike fit!
Transition 2
  • 03m 47s

Getting my transitions below 3 minutes would be great but I was beat and a little delirious. I wanted to sit down! The best part, the guy who won the event was already finishing the race when I was starting the last run. WTF. That's like lapping me! The better part is that he got on his bike again and was going to ride the 20k again. Not sure if he did an additional 5k run too. Good for him!
What would you do differently?:

Hire someone to do my transitions for me. I could just drop off my bike and shoes to him/her. Have someone transport me to the Run Out chute and then wait for them to bring my shoes and hat. I will contact the Race Director at my next race!
  • 29m 1s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 20s  min/mile

I am not sure I was even moving for the first mile. Everything hurt! I felt like I was running in place but at least I was going forward! My one and only goal was to not stop and walk. I didn't but I wasn't running fast either!
What would you do differently?:

More bricks!
Post race
Warm down:

I was BEAT but for some reason I walked right to the food tent. Pancakes, sausage, french toast! It looked really but I wanted to vomit yet knew I would eat it later. Sat down for a second and then walked to my car. There were some YTri people around but I wasn't feeling sociable. Go figure!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Basically my ability to perform faster is what limited my performance. I guess if I really buckled down and HTFU, I could get faster but time, money and devotion and the lack of get in my way.

Event comments:

This was a nice race and challenging with all the rolling hills. I will do it again (and train for the hills). Not much post race but that is fine. Unless you know someone there it just is a time filler.
Oh and another thing my GARMIN SUCKS. I had it set to Multisport but all it did was pick up my running. WTF. I will change it over every single time I go from Run to Bike, Bike to Run, etc. What a pain in my ass. Sorry just a sore spot!

Last updated: 2011-07-29 12:00 AM
00:27:16 | 03.11 miles | 08m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/12
Overall: 0/99
Performance: Average
Course: Loop around someplace in Wauconda
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Time: 03:13
Overall: Below average
Run with bike? Below average
Jump on bike? Below average
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Good
00:39:56 | 20 kms | 30.05 km/hr
Age Group: 0/12
Overall: 0/99
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: A big loop around Wauconda
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Bad Hills: Bad
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:47
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:29:01 | 03.11 miles | 09m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/12
Overall: 0/99
Performance: Below average
Course: A loop around Wauconda
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3