Devil's Challenge Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Baraboo, Wisconsin
United States
Wisconsin Triathlon Series
33F / 1C
Total Time = 1h 27m 22s
Overall Rank = 50/735
Age Group = Clydesdales
Age Group Rank = 3/45
Pre-race routine:

Goal is to beat Last Year and should do better in run and bike, swim will be tuff but hoping for a 6:30-6:45 split.Goal is to go 1:27, and hoping for "A" Goal of 1:25:27

2006 1:28:53
Swim 6:06
Bike 53:06
Run 26:11

Event warmup:

It wa frosty out. I had to scrape the windshield to get going this morning. I actually went outsid ein the trisuit and wet suit to see the feel before I left - Not bad for 30's (no wind0 Picked up Travis on the way and we were ther about 6:45. we registered and grabbed our stuff. We gota great parking spot in the front lot and was easy to just get set up and go.

For wramup I shivered for about 40 mins. I even had trouble getting my swim cap on cause I was shivering. For breakfast I had 4 endurolytes - 2 at wake up and 2 an hour prior - which saved me later. I had a Marathon Bar and Boost. Then 20 min pre race I Torch'd.

We heard the race speech barely and finalized oll the gear for the day. Trying to keep warmer stuff ready.

Off to the wave start area and Had a Gu 3 waves before mine. Never really did anything other than bouncing to warm up, I thought about peeing myself to warm up, but actually used the toilet.
  • 07m 8s
  • 440 yards
  • 01m 35s / 100 yards

Almost Perfect! I seeded myself in the first row in the middle. Thought since I was going to swim this one this year I should be in a better spot. The horn went and off went everyone running - I just power walked in and lost a little time to people, but this did not send the HR soaring and it is a 90 min race why blow up in 10 secs.

People pulled ahead of me but I was not worried, I just waited until everyone ahead of me was swimming then dove in and sprinted to the buoy. I hit the buoy perfectly, just off the left shoulder. Then I sprinted a bit and settled into a long strong stroke. I kept up with the pack ahead of me by drafting a bit, then half way thru I started to drop the pack. I saw and felt them slide back. I kept powering forward (I guess being able to swim 3 miles straight helps).

About half way thru I also caught the end of wave 8 by the buoy caught the main pack of wave 8 and ran out with tail end of wave 7. It was a great swim. I was the first one out (so I thought cause I hit the rack and NO ONE was there) I found out later someone got out 30 secs before me.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, maybe swim harder to try to gain a few seconds, but 32 overall is great. I hit both buoys with the left shoulder and came out feeling good.
Transition 1
  • 04m 26s

Did well, but not great, was trying to put on to many clothes - socks, underarmour, arm warmers, tri top, glasses, helmet, blah blah blah. I just tossed the underarmour and wnet tri top arm warmers. Much easier with knee bands than old knee brace. Grabbed stuff and ran.
What would you do differently?:

Go lighter on the gear and wear the top under the suit as always. I did run the whole thing and it felt good, did move well but just stumbled on wetsuit, UA top and tri top and arm warmers(glad I rolled them)

i ran out of transition and put in my left foot - due to past shoe foot troubles while riding.
  • 50m 45s
  • 15.44 miles
  • 18.25 mile/hr

So this started Great ! I actually slid into the shoes and did not lose one for the first time all yaer (minus IM cause I strapped into shoes pre ride) I was excited and hit the burner to tear out of ther. At the first turn - Bump over the tracks and out popped the water bottle. I thought I might have lost the one withthe bike gear - nope - lost the hydration. So turned around to get it cause it was all I had for the day. It hit the ground and exploded. Hydration poured out for my dead homies.

So I wasted about 10-15 secs there and just hammered out from that point. Out to the first hill and up we go. I passed a lot of people on the first one. It was great having the new ride - Darth Vader and so named by Travis for it's all black appeal. The force took me quickly up the hill. I got to the top with little problem - just odd when getting out of the saddle. I zoomed up to the big climb and away we went for a few miles. I just kept pluggin away to hit the top. So after it all I checked the Garmin - 15mph at the end of the climbs! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeawwwwwesome!!

I can fly down and make it faster. So I soared down to the turn around, which is very tight, and I did alone thank goodness. So I started back up to the peak and passed quite a few people walking their bikes, I encourage a few to keep it up and congrat's theose who rode - with a "nice climb" And Liftoff- I never pedaled until the turn. I did not need to at 40+ mph for about a mile. I cautiously hit the turn and off I went again. Rolled thru about 2-3 miles until mile 10 and the floor drops out again. I passed a lot of people pedaling, i was not. The only bump was the guy who i called left to and he stayed in the middle of the road and no one was to his right. I finally got past him after the quick left right turn EEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWWWWWWW Phil ended up at this turn. Great to see him on the course. Such a great guy - he volunteers at the last minute. Great spot for the Donkai.

I took off again and kept pushing it with the thought of cramps or something from lack of hydration and electrolytes. This is when I start torealize the importance of the mornings endurolytes - they really saved me now. So I hit one last Gu about mile 13 when we turn into the last good climb. It never went down quite right cause I was dry and had no H2O to wash it down.

Still exploded up the final hill, could have been better, but knew after it I could ride it into the park no problem. And that I did just flew in and unstrapped the shoes predismount
What would you do differently?:

Ride the bike before I actually race it.
Go harder!!!!!
Transition 2
  • 01m 33s

Good T2 - moved quickly to the rack, got it on fast and shoes ready quickly. Could have been faster but not bad. I was 33 secs slower from last year, but last year did not have to change shoes at all.
What would you do differently?:

run a bit faster with bike, but not much, it went well
  • 23m 31s
  • 3.04 miles
  • 07m 44s  min/mile

Ahh yes, my "favorite" part - the RUN!!!! The best thing today was - It was only 3 miles. I just did 26.2 - six days ago. This is SHORT. So I came out of transition and tried to drink water, but could not get it in easily and lost most of it. Off I went. I actually ran ot the end of the park exit. And felt decent! So I kept running , into the park and down the hill. Along the way I saw sgoehner and hi fived him (it was hi for him and shoulder height for me) EEEEEAAAAWWWW"s were exchanged and he told me Travis was just ahead. So I kept pushing until the first lil climb in the camp area. Had to walk a bit to stretch out the legs, but actually felt better to run, so quick turnover and short strides up the hill. Walked a few step- agian felt better to run. Ran again. I saw Travis up ahead.

Near the turnaround. He and I were face to face - Eeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeawwwwwwwww and hi five (really this time) but we missed hands and nearly tore off our arms with a good fore arm shiver to each other (glad I M 40 lbs heavier on this one). I kept runnign thinking it would be cool to catch him and run it in. I hit the water station and tried to drink- nope breathing too hard just caused me to shoot it back out. So walked a few steps and got in about 2 oz and took off again.

Ran to the next uphill, walked a few steps until flat, and ran it in. I watched the Garmin and told my self I would keep the good pace until 1/3 mile to go. Hit htat last 3rd and tried to push it. I n the final chute, I went as hard as I could. I saw Travis but he was too far ahead. NO matter it was a GREAT run - I actually PR'd the 5K distance. My last PR was 24:30 in a stand alone 5K 3 years ago. I absolutely shocked myself here.

BTW_ I never had a HR reading the whole day - it just did not work. I wonder what I actually hit today. Good thing it was cool today a hot day would have destroyed me.
What would you do differently?:

I am still stumped on my time . . . can't think of anything that would have made me faster. Can't believe I M talking about a sub 24min 5K
Post race
Warm down:

I Walked and Hacked up 4 lungs after. I told the guy for timing chips to let me walk I'll be right back. I just was Spent!!! I felt awful. but it was nice to go fast. Eventually the body settled in and took a few pics. Ate some food, I mean inhaled some food. Talked with sgoehner and Phil (1stTime Tri) then ran off to get back to the Wilderness tocheck out

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Loss of Hydration and turning around to get it.

Event comments:

It was a great race, and great to see everyone ther. I was proud to see Travis's improvements from Elkhart Lake to today. Great to see other fellow Donkai and enjoyed returning to this course. I plan on returning next year to improve again.


Last updated: 2007-02-25 12:00 AM
00:07:08 | 440 yards | 01m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/45
Overall: 32/735
Performance: Good
Course: point to point "U" with short arms
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:26
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:50:45 | 15.44 miles | 18.25 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/45
Overall: 35/735
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back with a camels hump in between. Hilly out - Lots of climbing for the first 5 miles, then down a mile and turn around to up that mile. Then ROARING down to the right turn. 3miles to ile 10 when you just FLY down for about 2 miles, then a steep climb to Park entrance and down again
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:33
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:23:31 | 03.04 miles | 07m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/45
Overall: 207/735
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back - with rollers
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4