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Waxhaw, North Carolina
United States
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 20m 52s
Overall Rank = 48/108
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 6/15
Pre-race routine:

Got there wicked early but nothing extraordinary in terms of getting set up.
Event warmup:

The rain was pretty bad two hours from the start so we weren't sure if the swim would happen. Ran about ten minutes and was finally able to swim for a couple minutes right before the start. Rolling up with my 1988 Serotta was daunting as everyone had tricked out tri bikes.
  • 13m 6s
  • 500 yards
  • 02m 37s / 100 yards

Even is a smallish race, there was a fair amount of chaos/licking other swimmers at the outset. I started near the back and some guys were hitting backstroke after a minute. I swapped between free and breast to catch my breath and sight. Overall, I was happy for my first OWS.
What would you do differently?:

The typical - swim more, get faster. I felt sluggish running up the hill to the transition area but wasn't really lagging my competitors.
Transition 1
  • 00m 58s

Smaller race and transition area led to quicker T! time. I said "screw it" when it came to socks. My feet seemed to make it ok so maybe that's the way to go for Sprint tris.
What would you do differently?:

Get a little better organized - with the rain and trash bags they gave us, it felt a little scattered.
  • 39m 44s
  • 13 miles
  • 19.63 mile/hr

Never felt great on the bike. Partly the course & weather (hot and humid) takes credit for that (75%), partly my conditioning (25%). Haven't practiced riding after a swim in some time.
Transition 2
  • 01m

Felt slow but was ok, I decided to grab a water bottle to squirt on my head as it was hot and humid and I get crushed in that kind of weather.
  • 26m 2s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 24s  min/mile

I suffered but that seems to be a trend for the two tris I've done. Walked the steep hill the first go round as I was gassed. I probably tacked on 10-15 seconds when I thought the finish was the transition area, only to yell an expletive when my buddy yelled at me to finish at the finish line of all places. This could have used a little extra attention by the volunteers as it got a little convoluted near the start/finish.
What would you do differently?:

Went with my wife's old school Ironman watch, maybe using my Garmin would have forced me to run faster? I felt like I went as fast as I could so not sure how much that would have helped.
Post race
Warm down:

The Chocolate Milk industry has drilled into my head that I need to consume this "after" and I did. Lots of food and whatnot set up by vendors as the sponsorship was pretty solid. Having a NASCAR driver's foundation probably had something to do with it.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was my first OWS tri so I'd say "experience".

Event comments:

Having a shorter distance OWS tri was the big appeal for me, plus it was close to home. I hope JJ's Foundation has this next year as I'd like to do it again and see how a more experienced version of me stacks up!

Last updated: 2014-08-20 12:00 AM
00:13:06 | 500 yards | 02m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 0/108
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri suit
Course: Cane Creek, while brown as a chocolate milkshake, was a good venue for my first OWS. It was a triangular course so you never felt too far from shore.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:58
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:39:44 | 13 miles | 19.63 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 0/108
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: I have done three bike legs on variations of this course and have yet to feel like I find my groove. "Rolling" with few straight-aways and the pavement doesn't feel smooth. Could have something to do with swimming 500 yards prior and running up a hill.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:26:02 | 03.1 miles | 08m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 0/108
Performance: Below average
Course: Rolling, we had two laps. Nice when it went down near the lake, not so nice when you had to climb a short and steep hill coming out of there.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5]
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