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Memphis, Tennessee
United States
Start 2 Finish, Inc.
71F / 22C
Total Time = 3h 44m 3s
Overall Rank = 765/1600
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 160/164
Pre-race routine:

Got up, gathered my stuff, ate a bagel and drank some Gatorade. Had a bananna prior to start of the race.
Event warmup:

Light stretching, tried to get mentally prepared.
  • 37m 19s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 16s / 100 yards

The swim was horrible for me. The first 100 yds, I thought I would either get pulled out or would have to stop. The water literally took the breath away from me and had me floating way to fast. This caused me to really have a hard time getting back into my swimming rhythm and I struggled the rest of the way. I also could not swim a straight line to save my life. Thank God they had cord roping off the route or I am sure I would have either severely cut corners and possibly swam too far the wrong way.

I did finally get into some kind of rhythm down the last stretch of the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure how to prepare for the rushof really cold water. I had planned for it, but when it hit, Man, it hit me!
Transition 1
  • 05m 52s

The T! was alittle weird. I felt so dizzy after getting to my bike, Iwas worried about riding it. I actually fell over trying to put on my shoes, so I took some time to eat and drink something.
What would you do differently?:

Probably have better nutrition before the race.
  • 1h 28m 58s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.76 mile/hr

I did what I could do on my bike, My top speed wa sin the mid 20's while I average 16. There were some portions of the race where the wind was blowing so strong, that I dropped into the 13 and 14' for awhile. Mybike and butt started hurting around mile 14.
What would you do differently?:

Get a new bike!

Get on the bike more.
Transition 2
  • 04m 43s

No problems, just damned tired at this point
  • 1h 27m 14s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 14m 03s  min/mile

Really disappointed myself here, I really thought I would do better than this. I was so spent from the swim and bike, that I had nothing left in me at this point. My right quad was twinging about every 100 yards, and the hills felt alot steeper than they were. It came to a point where I would run some, then walk some. I finally met up with a buddy and we finished it together.
What would you do differently?:

More brick workouts.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

The swim kicked my butt mentally. This is the first OLY Tri I have done and I do not know if I was mentally ready for it or not. I know next year willbe different.

Event comments:

I will do this race again next year, if for no other reason than to beat my time this year!

Last updated: 2008-02-06 12:00 AM
00:37:19 | 1640 yards | 02m 16s / 100yards
Age Group: 152/164
Overall: 0/1600
Performance: Below average
Suit: Shorty wetsuit
Course: Kinda of a wierd four sided triangle type of configuration
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 05:52
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:28:58 | 24.85 miles | 16.76 mile/hr
Age Group: 158/164
Overall: 0/1600
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong
Course: The bike route was not new to me as I had riden it before. This was actually my favorite part of the race, and I even passed some folks!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:43
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:27:14 | 06.21 miles | 14m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 161/164
Overall: 0/1600
Performance: Below average
Course: Rolling hills, and lots of them
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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

2008-05-19 12:18 PM

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Bartlett, TN
Subject: Memphis in May

2008-05-19 6:29 PM
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Memphis, TN
Subject: RE: Memphis in May
Good Race!

That run course was something else, it killed me too.

I'll be more ready next year
2008-05-20 11:42 AM
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Menomonee Falls, WI
Subject: RE: Memphis in May
Hey, great first OLY! It's a different animal, isn't it? And Memphis is one deceptively tough course because of that run. Great job fighting through your initial difficulties on the swim and congratulations again on going the distance!
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