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American Triple T Race # 3 Team Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Portsmouth, Ohio
United States
HPF Racing
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 55m
Overall Rank = DNF/328
Age Group = M 40-49
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

*** Read the RR in this order: Pre-race - warmup - Bike - T1 - Swim - Comments. That's how it went down. ***

Prepped for the race, feeling great. The weather was heating up, so over the four-hour break, I drank plenty of gatorade and ate salt. Also met some cool folks - Nevada, who is from Idaho, but lives in Columbus, and her friend, plus some others.

By this time we're so used to setting up transition that it's 2nd nature...but we had to think through the logistics of doing a Bike-to-Swim transition, as this race was Bike-Swim-Run. THAT was interesting.

Prepped my bottles, and bent the hell out of the behind-the-seat cages in the hope of not ejecting them in the first 5 miles, as I did in the morning race.
Event warmup:

None. By this point, it was all about energy conservation. A warmup would have used energy I'm not sure I had, so it was unceremoniously canceled.
  • 30m
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m / 100 meters

Ran over to the beach out of T1, there was an event staffer that helped me zip up my wetsuit and fasten the neckline, and I took off running into the water.

4 dolphins later I'm at the first buoy and turn right, and go to take a stroke - and can't move my left arm. Dammit, wrestling my sweaty ass into the wetsuit DID tweak my shoulder injury from the bike crash. Think, rick, think.

So I flip over onto my side and start kind of a modified, epileptic sidestroke - OK, it's working....let's roll with this for a while. At this point I'm not caring at all about my time, I'm all about finishing. The first 800 sidestroke went off without a hitch; I'd estimate that it took me 20 + minutes for the first lap. Who cares? I'm still going.

The 2nd lap is where things went to speak. When I freestyle or crawl, I flutter kick, and not very much. When you sidestroke, you use a scissor kick....and the dehydration from the bike PLUS not having trained the scissor kick muscles caused the cramps to start at the beginning of lap 2.

Long story short, I tried everything to stretch, to not kick, anything...but the shadow of a kayak started following me, lurking, waiting. About halfway through the lap I actually went under, and the kayak guy AND I decided I'd be better off not in the water at that particular my 2nd race ended 400m short of the swim, and minus 6.5 mi of running.

My first ever FOBK (fished out by Kayak).
Transition 1
  • 03m 40s

Heh. None of the BT race report labels for T1 stuff applies to a Bike-to-Swim transition. It was...err...interesting.

Rolled into transition, and I'm not caring about my time at this point...It's an all-out war against the course, and if I want to take another minute, dammit, I'm taking it. Especially after that cool ride, I'm still on cloud 9.

Ditched all the bike gear, and started to put on the wetsuit. My first crack at it I put it on backwards. Great. So I strip it off, sit back down, and put it on - this time correctly, but slowly, since I was sweaty. It didn't want to slide. I only put it on up to the waist, as I needed help to zip it.

Jess was standing at the rail of transition, and told me that all the BT'ers were kicking ass. Good stuff, and thanks for the encouragement, too.

Ran the 100 yds to the beach and found an event staffer to help me...where I wrestled myself into the sleeves of the fullsuit, when I feel a TWANG PAP in my left shoulder. What the hell was that? Oh well, not a lot of time to think about it, but it felt a LOT like the same injury I had after my bike wreck in March. Nothing I could do about it now, so I had the gal from the event zip up the suit, and charged off into the water.

Couldn't do much else except hope for the best. But I knew I was injured.
  • 1h 21m 15s
  • 24.8 miles
  • 18.31 mile/hr

Heh, here goes the broken record....let's see...the course was hard, I was out of shape, I lost my nutrition (again), and the ride was beautiful. And I hammered it.

First things first....there was a big climb not too far out of transition, and I take the opportunity to grab a powerbar and begin to eat...two bites into it, I fumble it, and it's now ant fodder on the road. Dammit. A guy behind me chimes in with 'I hope you've got another one'....heh. It was a little snarky at the time, but he meant well, and now it's pretty damned funny.

Coming downhill off the backside of the big climb, I'm just coasting and go to grab a drink - and this time I'm going to be smart, right? I'll eat the behind the seat bottles first, so if I lose them, they'll be empty....Reach around to my right cheek, and WHA? One bottle is ALREADY gone. So 4 miles into ride 2, I'm already down to 2 bottles. And note how I used backside, reach around, and right cheek in the race report in context. At least I've got some skillz. :)

So I pretty much drain bottle number 2 on the spot, not willing to lose a 2nd bottle full of nutrition, and I stuffed it right back in the back cages. About 10 mi later I look back, and it's gone....who cares, it was empty....I reared my head back and let loose a monstrous MUAHHAHAHAHA. I showed that bottle.

This ride was the best yet...the course was excellent, and I was growing into my riding average was up to 18.3, a top 75 bike split. I was feeling great, if not slightly behind the nutrition curve.
Transition 2
  • 00m
  • 00m
  • 6.55 miles
  •  min/mile
Post race
Event comments:

This is my first DNF in a Tri, and my first FOBK (fished out by kayak). At the time, my pride was hurt. I *WANTED* to finish. But, I can't help what I can't help, and I know I did everything within reasonable bounds of safety to keep going.

In retrospect, I think 3 things brought this day to an end early.

1) The 52 miles of bumps and jiggling in the aero position from the two saturday rides were more than I was trained for. The accumulated fatigue in my neck and shoulders likely helped predispose me toward re-injury. This was preventable, if I had just trained more on the bike.

2) The wetsuit wrestling match that caused the shoulder to pop /reinjure was just a quirk; it could have happened before any event, or not at all. I thought it was completely healed, and maybe it was, but when it's time, it's time. Not sure I could have done much about this.

3) The cramps that finally brought me down may have been preventable, and may not have been. I could have gone slower on the bike. I could have not flung my nutrition down the road. Would they have helped? Maybe. But regardless of those two things I could have changed, I never did forsee having to use a scissor kick for 1500m...and no amount of prep would have made that any easier.

So, in the end, I'm disappointed in the outcome of the 2nd Saturday race, but at peace with the effort. I gave what I had, and didn't quit until I had no choice. Now the attention turned to recovering; there's a HIM tomorrow. Ice, Ice, baby. And some minor miracles. :)

Last updated: 2008-01-01 12:00 AM
00:30:00 | 1500 meters | 02m / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/328
Performance: Bad
Suit: Fullsuit
Course: Same as morning into the water, turn right at the yellow buoy, then do a counterclockwise lopsided triangle back into the beach. 2 Laps.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 56F / 13C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:40
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:21:15 | 24.8 miles | 18.31 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/328
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: An out and back with lots of long, grinding climbs and long, fast descents. I really liked this bike course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:00:00 | 06.55 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/328
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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] 3

2008-05-28 12:14 PM

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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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Subject: American Triple T Race # 3 Team Triathlon

2008-05-28 2:29 PM
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Washington Court House, Ohio
Subject: RE: American Triple T Race # 3 Team Triathlon

Real tough.  Very sorry to read how this race ended and I don't know yet how the story ends in tomorrow 4th chapter.  I really feel for you about the water and dehydration.  I might always stick to the sprint events because of my propensity to sweat profusely (keeps me cool in the heat where I do well though).  Because of sweating, I have a very tough time cycling competitively longer than 30 miles (which counting your morning, plus the run, plus the swims..)

Queue a cartoon voice over anouncer stating:

"Will rkreuser bounce back and and defeat the 70.3, or will the hills (whatever you guys named them) and the cold water claim yet another mighty triathlete.  Tune in tomorrow for ....." (don't have time to write a good funny voice over )


2008-06-02 2:08 PM
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Nashville, TN
Subject: RE: American Triple T Race # 3 Team Triathlon
3.5 baby!!!!  Its all good!!! 
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