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Lake Charles, Louisiana
United States
Lake Charles Triathletes
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 01m 22s
Overall Rank = 65/109
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 12/16
Pre-race routine:

The good ole Peanut Butter, Bagle, and bannana sandwich - Elvis would be proud!
  • 09m 38s
  • 437 yards
  • 02m 12s / 100 yards

I always swim with my shirt (I have a self, homemade race suit where I sewed a 3xl under armour shirt, but not a skin tight, more of a t-shirt, to my BRtri tri shorts)tucked into my race shorts and pull it out at swim finish and pull it over running to T-1.

Today I decided to wear it during swim. MISTAKE! It had more drag than a sail on a boat. My swim is usually middle of the pack, not today . . .
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 01m 40s

I suck at getting on my bike out of T-1. I get on and coast for about 50 feet trying to clip in . . . GRRRRRRRRRRR.
  • 27m 16s
  • 10 miles
  • 22.00 mile/hr

OH BOY!!!!!!! I am getting faster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What would you do differently?:

Go Faster!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1
Transition 2
  • 01m 9s

My coach wants me focusing on my Transisitons and I did ok . . .
What would you do differently?:

  • 21m 35s
  • 2 miles
  • 10m 47s  min/mile

My goal was sub 12 min mile average. Last year this time at a race very similar to this one, my average was 17(plus) min miles.

Today - 10:48!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
What would you do differently?:

Run Harder!
Post race
Event comments:

BRtri is lighting it up!

Special thanks to Scott for his kind words before the swim start.

DebE, seriously, you are getting fast sista! CarolineO was cranking it out there.

NormanN - Missed it by just thaaaaaaaat much, but you smoked. And your pointers and advice are coming in handy and paying off on the bike. I will put the check in the mail along with that certain item you put in my glove box - thanks my man!

ChadS in da house. Thanks to his lovely better half for the pics, love em. And you brutha are picking this tri thing up quick. Your learning curve in awesome. I don't expect to hold you off at LA tri . . .

It was nice meeting . . . (forgive me) Keith (?????) I think your name was? Nice to see you out and racing and I look forward to seeing you in our tri uni soon!

DebT - Also equally nice to meet the myth and the legend! Wy to go out there!

And last but never least - Beth (poopyliz), you keep doing it and waking up and making your body GO. I am so proud of you and I know where you are right now and I know where you will be!


Nice leisurely drive with great conversation on the way to LC.

Arrived, checked in, and set up.

I was concerned about the water temp and thought I was going to freeze my nipplets off, but it was warmer than Galveston and actually kind of nice. I did something for the first time today with my homemade race uni. I wore the shirt part instead of tucking it in my tri shorts and pulling it out after swim. I figured the drag wouldn't be that bad for 400m. WRONG! Lesson learned.

Decent transition. Coach Will has been on me about my Transitions.

Once I got on the bike (which seems to be a bit of a labor for me) It was Hammer Time! While my goal of riding the big boy's speed was not obtained today and any goal I had of matching THE NormanN bike split was thrashed, I did feel good.

I WAS PASSED BY - NO ONE . . . Ha Ha Ha! <------ (what a prick)

I did some passing and once I figure out proper riding technique, watch out, because I had some still in the tank (and it's a big ole tank).

22mph average!

T-2 was ok.

Run - Goal - sub 12 min mile pace.

I headed out on the run and wanted a steady bounce. "Bounce" is my technical term for my run body motion. I determine my comfort level and ability to go faster by the "bounce" of my big ole fat belly. I had a moderate bounce on the way out. HR was really low (about 134) and I felt fine, but if I decided to increase the "bounce" too soon I would slow because of the pain it causes to my lower back and actual gut.

At the turn around I decided to increase the "bounce". It was a heavy bounce, but manageable. HR still good at about 148. I really and truly felt great.

I have been doing predominantly long, low HR training the past month with tempo work mixed in on the run and bike. That crap works.

As I turned the final corner to the finish I stepped it up to the uncontrolled "bounce" where there is belly flying in all directions and mothers pull their children close out of fear that the "bounce" may fly in their direction and take them out! This is very painful, but worth it.

10:40 (ish) min pace!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Woo Hoo!

My goal today was a bold - Sub 1hr race.

I missed it by a little over a minute and a half - AND DAMN IT, I could have made time on the run and bike.

Thanks to all that have always been pushing me over the years. I am a product of your motivation. Thank you! But, it has only just begun . . .

You guys rock.

Last updated: 2008-02-19 12:00 AM
00:09:38 | 437 yards | 02m 12s / 100yards
Age Group: 11/16
Overall: 80/109
Performance: Below average
Suit: none
Course: Nice little jaunt in the locl water thru way.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 01:40
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:27:16 | 10 miles | 22.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/16
Overall: 15/109
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 78
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:09
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:35 | 02 miles | 10m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/16
Overall: 98/109
Performance: Good
Course: Love this short little course
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-04-06 6:15 PM

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Subject: T-Gator Series - Race #1

2008-04-06 7:09 PM
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Baton Rouge
Subject: RE: T-Gator Series - Race #1

Did I happen to mention that in 2005, when I began triathlons at 425 lbs. that my bike split was about 12.9 mph and my run split was about 19-20 min mile pace???

 Long way from there at 290 lbs - 22mph bike split and sub 11 min run pace!

 Thank you Lord!

2008-04-06 11:12 PM
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Nice race and smokin' bike split.  You are getting fast.  Keep up with the training!
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