Pleasant Prairie Triathlon - International Course - TriathlonOlympic

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 36m 51s
Overall Rank = 149/681
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 18/74
Pre-race routine:

Alarm set for 3:15, but for some strange reason I woke up naturally at 3am. That gave me about 5 hours of sleep. The good news is that they were quality hours of sleep because I took Nyquil that night to insure it. Brewed up some coffee at 3am, had a bagel & Greek yogurt and Colleen and I were off at about 3:40.

At 3:40am, one does not typically plan for traffic or other types of road delays, but we found all of them. We were forced to avoid the 794 bypass because the freeway was closed at Cleveland. Instead we decided to drive through downtown Milwaukee where we discovered the ramp from I94 EB to to I43 SB was closed. We ended up going out of our way by taking the Lake Park Freeway and coming up alongside the airport and getting back on I94 via Layton. Nothing like a grand tour of downtown Milwaukee and the airport at that hour of the day.

The good news is it only delayed up about 15 minutes.
Event warmup:

Zero. Ironically it was a bit chilly before the sun came up.
  • 30m 4s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

Couple interesting tidbits on the swim. First, it seemed a bit long. My Garmin showed 1.1 mile which seemed strange since I felt I sighted and swam pretty straight. Fellow BT'er Irunfit also had the swim at 1.2 mile on her Garmin. I guess we both swam long.

Due to some pretty good wind out of the southwest, there were some waves and chop for us to swim through. I was convinced I had a solid swim and was hoping for sub-28, so I was surprised a bit by my time. However, I am not disappointed in this time bc we all swam through the same conditions.

What would you do differently?:

Not much.
Transition 1
  • 02m 34s

Wetsuit stuck on heels a bit. Was happy to see only a small handful of bikes were gone when I got to T1, which led me to believe I had a very good swim. Tried to move a little quicker than normal in transition and it seemed to pay off. I am fairly happy with my time here.
What would you do differently?:

Get out of the damn wetsuit more smoothly & not expend so much energy wrestling with it.
  • 1h 08m 20s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.82 mile/hr

They revised this course since I last did the race in 2011 & I like most everything about it except the newly added turnaround on the western portion of the route. Just not a big fan tight turnarounds on any bike. It doesn't bother me because I am comfortable with my bike skills, but it does add some unneeded stress when I see a bunch of people of all cycling levels congregating in that area. I got through okay, but I wouldn't be surprised if there were some accidents in that area.

Some of the course was pretty tough going into the wind where I looked at my computer and saw some pretty slow speeds. Then in other areas I found myself going 25-30 mph with less effort. This was my first time using my race wheels in a race and also the first time I have ever used a rear disc. Even with the strong winds, I never had any issues with control of my bike and, as it turns out, I felt like the disc was a great choice.

Overall. I put forth a solid effort on the bike and felt like I did not overcook it. I did a good job of drinking through my aero bottle and downed 3/4 of it & ate about 100 calories in the form of half a cliff bar. Also had one salt tablet. I am pretty happy with my pace of just under 22 mph.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
Transition 2
  • 01m 37s

No real issues coming into or exiting T2. Fairly smooth.
  • 54m 18s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 44s  min/mile

Running is not my strong suit and running in heat is definitely not my strength. It was very humid and hot at this point and there is no shade on the course. My goal was to run 8 min miles in a cooler temp, but I decided I wasn't going to kill myself on this run and try to hit that goal. I basically adjusted to what felt comfortable in that heat. I think I had more in the tank and definitely could have run faster, but I wanted to keep consistent and not kill myself as this is not my A race of the year. So my run was not stellar, but it wasn't a complete disgrace. I saw a lot of people walking and was glad I kept it comfortably hard which put me right in the middle of my age group. I'm happy with that.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Rest. Got to meet mr2tony at the finish line & he removed my chip. He seemed to be volunteering all of the place........Thanks Tony!

Met up with Colleen & found a nice shaded area where I had some Gatorade, water and a few bananas. Unfortunately the ginormous cookies that looked so delish were all gone by the time I got to the food area. That was the only bummer for me on this fine day.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nuthin except that I purposely held back a bit on the run.

Event comments:

Great race, great facility and always very well run. Only suggestion was their post-race food items were very limited with only bagels and bananas. Could have used a little bit more variety. However, IMO there is no doubt that this race is one of the better races in Wisconsin.

Last updated: 2013-03-21 12:00 AM
00:30:04 | 1640 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 14/74
Overall: 74/681
Performance: Average
Suit: Vortex full suit
Course: Counterclockwise triangle.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:34
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:08:20 | 24.85 miles | 21.82 mile/hr
Age Group: 20/74
Overall: 74/681
Performance: Good
Wind: Cross-winds
Course: Started with an out and back on the western side of the rec complex and then a loop on the eastern side of the complex.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:37
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:54:18 | 06.21 miles | 08m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 37/74
Overall: 74/681
Performance: Average
8:23, 8:49, 8:53, 9:00, 8:58, 8:52, .2 = 7:58
Course: New course since design which kept you closer to the rec complex and around the lake. I liked it better than the 2011 version.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
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