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Portsmouth, Ohio
United States
47F / 8C
Total Time = 2h 49m 3s
Overall Rank = 164/328
Age Group = M 40-49
Age Group Rank = 28/47
Pre-race routine:

Spent the entire night Friday and Saturday early AM (up at 5) hydrating, combined with salt pills. It was going to be a long day. Tried to finish drying my race shirt (you wear the same one all weekend) and tri shorts; unfortunately, the hotel wasn't really conducive to all our stuff drying out...dammit, guess I'll wear a wet shirt and tri-shorts.

Packed all our gear for the day....this isn't trivial....we needed to remember cold and warm weather clothing, enough liquids and bottles to last the day, all the mechanical gear we needed, food, and gear to relax in between races. I probably shouldn't have bothered unpacking the would have been easier.

Snuck through the McDonald's drive-thru on the way to the race site - you knew that had to happen. :) Yeah, go ahead and giggle, but it was completely a challenge getting any kind of decent food this weekend...whether it be from restaurants, at the race site, or on the go. Eating properly takes time, and that's something we just didn't have a lot of. So we made due.

Got to the race site too early (again), as the butterflies were it was pretty much a 'standard' transition setup, then stood around BS-ing with Rob and Jaret of the Blink team, and then right before the event Jess and Dollar. Dollar is a funny, funny dude.
Event warmup:

Now, I'm getting smarter. See? Threw on the wetsuit, and swam roughly 400m, focusing on long, easy strokes, and exhaling underwater. I thought the warmup went swimmingly. Get it?

Emerged from the water (that was steaming/fogging/whatever, as the air temp was colder than the water temp) and compared notes with Dollar on how to best pee in a wetsuit and other redeeming topics.
  • 22m 17s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 29s / 100 meters

I thought this swim was horrible. Again, even with the warmup, I spent the entire first lap gasping, or at a minimum, never getting a rhythm. My strokes were short and choppy, breathing labored....

Based on my starting position (297 out of 328 or so), I really didn't have too much opportunity to grab any feet. I was a quicker swimmer than most of the folks at the BOP, so no feet there. The pros and elites were passing me on their 2nd loop, and they're a little too flipper for me. Dammit, no feet there. So I was on my own.

The swim time turned out to be a solid time - either I was moving more quickly than I thought, or the course was short. Either way, I was really happy with this swim.

And one funny side note...when starting or finishing the swim, due to the shallow and silty nature of lake, each athlete churns up the lake silt into the water - making it a big cloud of muck close to the swim start / finish. And the silt had a unique taste - let's just say you could tell it wasn't just plain lake water. My first thought was 'hey, that doesn't taste too bad', and I just started giggling, literally, as I'm finishing my first lap on this swim. The 2nd lap, as soon as I tasted the silt, I just got this huge grin on (again, in the middle of the swim), and knew I was close to done.

I never thought that tasting the bottom of the lake was a happy thing; but in this case, each hint of silt signaled one more event was close-to-over.
Transition 1
  • 02m 38s

I was so damned cold that I forgot how to do everything. This T1 was included stripping the suit, putting on a shirt and arm warmers, fastening the race number belt, in addition to the usual stuff. And a long run. And both hands and feet were numb. I'm just glad I got out of transition with all the gear I needed. That in itself was a victory.
What would you do differently?:

Do a tri in a place with a warm lake.
  • 1h 25m 55s
  • 24.8 miles
  • 17.32 mile/hr

Well, this was the beginning of the tough mile 4, we're grinding up a hill, and I'm pretty close to calling it quits. I felt myself tapping into reserves I *knew* weren't healthy for this point in the weekend. But I shut out those thoughts, and just kept drinking water and gatorade. Keep hydrated, keep eating...

After the first hill, we did a big...long...downhill, which gave me fits on two fronts (other than the rush of going downhill). First, there were these , err, dirt bumps. The parks road maintenance folks had apparently carved maybe 2ft wide gaps in the pavement from shoulder to shoulder, and there were maybe 10 of 'em, spaced out maybe 200 yards apart. So you've got two choices...bunny hop 'em in the aero going 35 mph, or just ride over 'em and hope for the best.

So I rode over 'em, and hit a few of 'em really, really hard. One time I'm sure I heard carbon, so I stopped to inspect my wheel. visible damage, but damn....I saw at least 10 dudes with flats after these bumps.

Second, the bumps activated my 'behind the seat bottle launcher' and I shot two of 'em into orbit, and making a funny story short, 6 miles into the ride I'm down to half a bottle of Gatorade. Damn, that's not cool. So now 20 minutes into a grinding ride I'm metering out liquids. Gah.

Anyway, the rest of the ride was more of the same...grinding hills, fast downhills. One particular downhill was a 40mph'er, with a hairpin at the bottom, then a 1 mile grind up Thompson hill at a major grade. I saw 4mph on my speedo at one point. It was brutal.

The best part of this ride was about 4 miles from the finish, Jenn (jungle jenn) had gone to the top and spray painted 'Last Hill, Go Golden C'. 5% of the field knew that it was for Dollar, and laughed out loud. 100% of the field was glad to see that someone pointed out that it was the last hill. Good stuff, Jenn. :)
What would you do differently?:

Not fling my bottles into the wild, and maybe drive the course to know about those bumps ahead of time - not that there was a helluva lot we could have done about 'em anyway.
Transition 2
  • 01m 41s

I was spent. And along the lines of 'not thinking clearly', I decided on the way into transition that I was going to ride on my shes for the first time (as there was a really long run into transition which was tearing up my cleats), and even though you're not supposed to try things for the first time on race day, this worked. Ching!!! Another triumphant victory over the unexpected. I will achieve ultimate fame!!
  • 56m 32s
  • 6.55 miles
  • 08m 38s  min/mile

I won't have too much to say about the run in any of the longer races; it was just tough, and frankly, it was hard to remember many of the details. Same thing each time...Grind to the first aid station, walk the steep hills, run the flats and downhills, drink as much as possible, eat salt pills, walk the aid stations.

I do remember that they announced my name leaving transition, and right after, they announced Gordo's name as a finisher.

I went out at a reasonable pace, and felt good off the bike...and held it steady throughout. 9:30's uphill, 8's or better downhill. One of the cool parts about an out-and-back course is that you see the leaders, and your buddies, multiple times each run. Even the elites always had a 'nice run' or 'keep it up' or 'get in my belly, you bitchy hill' to keep it loose and encourage. Uber-cool, that's what makes this event special.
What would you do differently?:

In looking at the results, no one that finished in front of me through 10 places behind me ran slower than I did - and this theme was repeated through each of the races - I was consistently the slowest runner by a wide margin.

I need to learn to run. Faster.
Post race
Warm down:

Finished with a big-azz smile, feeling pretty good. Since we had another race in 4 hours, we had to get after the important stuff.

1) Grabbed some food and drink from the refreshment tent. Diet pepsi, oreos, 3 bean salad, some thick bread, fig newtons, etc. Got that nutrition in me.

2) Walked over to the lake and stood butt-deep in the water for 15 minutes, icing the legs. This was perfect.

3) Get out of the sun, and rest. Found Dollar and Jess' urban campsite, threw down a blanket in the shade, bs-ed with Farmer Johnson and Kick for a while, and went to sleep for a couple hours.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Run speed, hill training on the bike, and that crazy-ass course.

Event comments:

2nd race down. 2 more to go. Now I'm somehow starting to believe I an finish this beast...and going into race 3 I'm tired, but iced, full of good food, hydrated, and haven't blown out all my energy on the early race Saturday.

I like my chances. :)

Last updated: 2008-01-01 12:00 AM
00:22:17 | 1500 meters | 01m 29s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/47
Overall: 92/328
Performance: Good
Suit: Fullsuit
Course: Same shape course...out, turn right at the yellow buoy, and a triangle shape loop swimming counterclockwise....then out of the water around some cones, then back in for a 2nd lap.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 56F / 13C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:38
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:25:55 | 24.8 miles | 17.32 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/47
Overall: 154/328
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: State highways for a little while (mostly downhill), then a couple mile climb on smooth, park roads through the Shawnee National was gorgeous. Followed by a very fast and dangerous descent, which included unpaved (dirt) bumps every so often, probably 10 of them in total. And at the bottom, a hairpin turn, followed by a 1 mi STEEP climb up Thompson hill. Then, rollers on the park roads until the final climb to the top of Golden Cock Hill, ending in a 4 mile speed freak downhill leading back to the park / transition.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:41
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:56:32 | 06.55 miles | 08m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/47
Overall: 195/328
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back, 6.55 miles long. The out is mostly uphill, starting on pavement, going to grass, then to a dirt trail with rocks, washed out areas, grass. Aid stations at 1, 2.2, and 3.5 (at the turnaround) with heed, water, etc. One big downhill just prior to the turnaround.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-05-28 11:24 AM

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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Subject: American Triple-T Race # 2 Individual Time

2008-05-28 2:20 PM
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Washington Court House, Ohio
Subject: RE: American Triple-T Race # 2 Individual Time

Good job again.  The fun theme to this race really came out.


2008-05-30 1:48 PM
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Subject: RE: American Triple-T Race # 2 Individual Time
Stud.  That's all I got for ya...
2008-06-02 1:52 PM
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Nashville, TN
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You mean it didn't say you are golden?  This was by far the best part of the weekend. 
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