Pleasant Prairie Triathlon - International - TriathlonOlympic

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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
JMC Partners
70sF / 0C
Total Time = 2h 47m 5s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 26/69
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4. Bagel with brummel and brown and yogurt at home, coffee on the way to the race site. They were closing transition earlier than we thought they would so we had very little time to set up.
Event warmup:

Got in the water for just a few seconds. Stood in the portapotty line.
  • 30m 49s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

I haven't looked at my pace yet, but this felt like the best swim of my life. My navigation was dead on, I swam hard but not too hard, and even managed to draft a little. Coming around the first bouy the sun is in your eyes so I couldn't see the second buoy, but I did fine following the pack.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. In hindsight, I could have pushed harder maybe.
Transition 1
  • 02m 24s

Excelllent t2 for me. Found my bike on the first try, wetsuit slid right off, helmet, socks and sunglasses, downed an endurolyte and off I went. First time I left my shoes clipped to the bike and got into them while riding and it went without a hitch.
What would you do differently?:

MMM, maybe not talked to the girl racked next to me. But she'd lost her sunglassess, they'd gotten knocked around. All I did was suggest she wear her tinted goggles on the bike, that it might be bettter than nothing.
  • 1h 15m 1s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.88 mile/hr

UUUUG, I thought my avg was over 20 and it's not....still, I rode hard. Probably harder than I should have. Played a lot of "leapfrog" instead of riding my own race...but I had a blast. Saw Whiz and couldn't resist yelling "GO WIENERS, GO WEINERS!!!". Then another woman caught me and told me she was using me for her rabbit...which was ok, cuz there was this guy with hugormous hamstrings that I was using for mine. She didn't draft so it was all good, and we even chatted just a little, which is the first time I've ever really talked to anyone on a race course. In the end she passed me and finished a little ahead of me.
What would you do differently?:

Leave my ego at home....a couple of times I was passed by women who looked like they were in my wave and I just HAD to catch 'em :) Which for the most part I succeeded at....but I paid a little on the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 57s

My socks bunched up in my shoes, I think because my Yanks are in a little too tight and/or my socks were too loose.
What would you do differently?:

Looser yanks. Better fitting socks.
  • 56m 57s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 10s  min/mile

THis run is fun because the out and back nature of each segment means you pass your friends, sometimes more than once. The bad part is that I feel the need to cheeer on everyone I see :) I probably sounded like a demented cheerleader, as I knew BT people, plus people from 2 other clubs. So I was constantly yelling something different at someone!

Even for all the yelling, my legs were really really tired. I felt like I left it all on the bike course. But I managed to push myself. Before the race Mark and I were talking and he said every time he gets into a comfortable stride he tries to go just a little faster...I stole his idea and it worked very well!

My legs were pretty dead from the ride. I had plenty of wind but my legs just wouldn't go any faster. At one point I got feeling very discouraged and nearly walked, but I saw my friend Kim up ahead and thought "oh, I'll try to catch her". Which I did catch and pass her, which gave me a chance to both give and get a little much needed encouragement. (It was her first OLY.)

Otherwise, I managed to push pretty hard for the whole run. Walked 2 aid stations to have a gel....once at close to 3 miles, then once right att he end. I was having minor GI issues...cramps, so I didn't want to overdo it. I usually don't have gel on the last mile but my energy was really lagging. But after that second gel everything - ahem - cleared out and I felt better. My cap kept blowing off my head and I ended up carrying it a lot.
What would you do differently?:

Gels sooner.
Post race
Warm down:

Mark was waiting for me at the finish line, so together we cheered in Whiz, StartingtoTri, and a bunch of local people.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Leg fatigue. Also, I didn't taper well for this race because I didn't want to interrupt my marathon training too much.

Sciatica flared on the run, making my left foot almost completely numb and running felt a little awkward, although focusing on keepign my stride longer and more natural helped a ton. Also carrying my cap didn't help much. GI issues were actually to minor to be a hindrance (for a change :) )

Event comments:

As always, the town of Pleasant Prairie did a fantastic job. They left out the water bottle hand-up on the bike course this year...rumor has it the residents of the town got tired of bottle litter. But they did have and aid station with cups if you needed it...for this distance I think most people can carry thier own. Goodies are AWESOME! a nice technical type running shirt, a tri bag (can you believe that!) and a running hat.
This will remain an annual rece for Mark and I.

And the frosting that made the cake was having so many friends from BT to share the experience with. The weiners will be back!

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Last updated: 2006-07-07 12:00 AM
00:30:49 | 1640 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 27/69
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
HR monitor batteries are dead, so no hr for this race
Suit: Orca Sleeveless
Course: Triangular, with the sun pretty much in your face on the second leg. There was little wind and it's a spring fed lake, so there is no current or chop.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:24
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:15:01 | 24.85 miles | 19.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 17/69
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: West of Hy 31 for a loop, then past the park to do a loop east of 31. There was some wind coming back in from the second loop.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Bad
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:57
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:56:57 | 06.21 miles | 09m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 45/69
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Partway around Lake Andrea, then back to an out and back segment on the road, then back around the lake again. Very flat.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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] 5