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Lake Charles, Louisiana
United States
Lake Charles Triathletes
58F / 14C
Total Time = 1h 05m 52s
Overall Rank = 34/94
Age Group = M 50-54
Age Group Rank = 2/7
Pre-race routine:

Usual: wake to bagels and coffee, shower, shave, dress, load car and drive.
Event warmup:

Got there too late to do anything more than set up transitions, visit, and hit the restrooms a couple of times.
  • 10m 35s
  • 547 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

Pretty uneventful, managed to stay mostly on course.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 01m 20s

Pretty good transition, about a 50-yard obstacle course (roots, trees, etc.) to the transition area, decent job grabbing the helmet and the bike, then had to run the length of the transition area to the mount line. Mount and shoes went perfect.
What would you do differently?:

Get there earlier and find a rack closer to the bike exit.
  • 35m 47s
  • 13 miles
  • 21.80 mile/hr

Not bad starting off, but something felt a little off. Eventually I noticed my aerobottle was rubbing on the front wheel. Tried unsuccessfully to make adjustments. Then I felt moisture on my legs and feet: the tire had worn a hole in the bottle. Drank what I could before it totally drained.

Rest of the ride was mostly uneventful. RD needss to do a better job of explaining the rule as there were several slower riders in the middle of the lane/road. At one point I had to slow down to 17mph as a car that passed me couldn't pass the lady in front as she was in the middle of the lane.

Still fastest in AG despite all these challenges.
What would you do differently?:

I'll have to find a better way to mount the aerobottle on these aerobars (duh!). After I buy a new one, of course.
Transition 2
  • 00m 39s

Perfect rolling dismount, good run with bike to rack, had a little difficulty putting on shoes, but not that much .
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, this wasn't bad at all.
  • 17m 32s
  • 2 miles
  • 08m 46s  min/mile

Angel took my picture coming out of transition, then ran ahead of me to take another. I told her to stop that as she was making me look bad by out-sprinting me.

About a half-mile in, Chris from Lake Charles came up alongside of me. I caught Chris loafing at the finish of my last tri and almost out-sprinted him at the finish. He's in the age group above mine, but still a competitor as he's in the evil LC Triathletes, an established tri-club which is our biggest rival in the USAT-SMW Region club competition. Anyway, Chris is a good ol' guy, we talked all the way to the turnaround, then he picked it up strongly and went ahead of me about fifty, seventy-five yards.

With about a half mile left, I decided I could finish this thing and started picking it up a little. Surprisingly, I mad up most of the gap on Chris, and got within maybe 20 yards of him and hollered, "Dammit Chris don't make me do this again!" Some of his teammates started egging him on, telling him that the team needed the points. Don't know where I found the strength, but I managed to pass him about ten yards from the finish.

What would you do differently?:

Eh, I probably underpaced the first three quarters of this, but considering I haven't been able to muster more than 10, 10:30 pace in training, this was a good effort.

Good news is I can now swim (62nd overall) as well as I can run (63rd)! Bad news is they both suck.
Post race
Warm down:

Tried to not puke. Old fat guys shouldn't try to run this fast at the end.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Eh, lack of consistent training. Now that I'm able to run regularly, if not often and far, I need to get back on the bike. Last year I averaged a mph faster on the bike and a m/m faster on the run.

Event comments:

Good bare bones race series.

Last updated: 2008-05-17 12:00 AM
00:10:35 | 547 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/7
Overall: 62/94
Performance: Average
Course: Straight one-way course from boat ramp to transition area. There was a decent bit of current with us today. Temps made it wetsiut legal, but only one guy wore his.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 01:20
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:35:47 | 13 miles | 21.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/7
Overall: 17/94
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:39
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:17:32 | 02 miles | 08m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/7
Overall: 63/94
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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] 3

2008-05-18 1:48 PM

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The Road Back
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Subject: T-Gator Triathlon #2

2008-05-18 5:09 PM
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Gulf Shores, AL
Subject: RE: T-Gator Triathlon #2
Good job, happy to see you back in the swim/bike/run thing.
2008-05-18 5:30 PM
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the colony texas
Subject: RE: T-Gator Triathlon #2
good job out there...
2008-05-18 8:35 PM
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Fort Bragg
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Good job. Not many guys who use 1.5 pood kettlebells can also tri like that!
2008-05-19 9:29 AM
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Extreme Veteran
Williamsburg, Virginia
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Good race and nice job kicking it in at the end against the evil LC club.
2008-05-19 10:52 AM
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Great job Bear. I am sorry I missed it this year. This was my first race ever last year and I was looking forward to coming back to compare times. Still babying the achillis, hopefully I will be ready for some of the local races at the end of June.

2008-05-19 10:55 AM
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Cycling Guru
Fulton, MD
Subject: RE: T-Gator Triathlon #2
May not have been a "great" swim ann run, but you still podiumed your AG!!  Congrats on that and work back into your old form!
2008-05-19 3:04 PM
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Lookitchew! First in your AG on the bike - but I should expect that, huh?

Great job, Bear. Glad the injury has healed up.

2008-05-19 3:06 PM
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Sneaky Slow
Herndon, VA,
Subject: RE: T-Gator Triathlon #2
Nice race.  I hope you didn't have to yell "on your right!!" at all.  What worked for me yesterday, after the first "on your left!!," was, "STILL on your left!!"
2008-05-19 3:20 PM
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