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Lehighton, Pennsylvania
United States
CGI Racing
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 33m 21s
Overall Rank = 18/442
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 1/34
Pre-race routine:

Was staying with Fred (PennState) about 30 minutes or so from the race site. Got up a little before 4:30am. Had an Ensure Plus, Clif bar and coffee. Sipped on ~16oz. of GE during the rest of the morning.
Event warmup:

Ran easy for about 10 minutes or so over the start/finish of the run course. Then did just a couple sets of strides. Hopped into the water beforehand, but only had time to just make sure my wetsuit was on properly and get used to the water before we had to get out for the pre-race meeting.
  • 11m 40s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 34s / 100 meters

I tried to get off the line quick and was on some feet right away (including a guy without a wetsuit who passed me--so I knew he had to be a strong swimmer). But I felt pretty rushed from there all the way around the first 2 bouys (maybe a third of the race distance). And rounding the second bouy, I somehow lost my draft. Suddenly, there was a big gap between the group ahead of me and myself. And there wasn't anybody right behind or around me to slip behind either. At least I started to get into a better groove with my stroke at this point. And I think I navigated reasonably well despite looking straight into the sun off the water.

*Note: Swim time is from my watch as I crossed the mat (maybe 100yds from the water). Swim placement includes T1 which got rolled into the swim for the results.
What would you do differently?:

Try to settle into my stroke quicker and make sure I accelerate around the bouys to hold the draft.
Transition 1
  • 02m 54s

Long uphill run to transition. I stopped just over the mat to remove my wetsuit. Not as bad as Harriman, but still had some troble getting it off my feet. Then carried it as I jogged up to transition (removed cap & goggles along the way). Dropped the swim stuff, slipped on my socks & shoes. Put my sunglasses and helmet on and ran with my bike out to the mount area (you had to mount inside a box on the road).
What would you do differently?:

Get that $^#&$& wetsuit to peel off my feet easier! :-)
  • 53m 19s
  • 17.7 miles
  • 19.92 mile/hr

Once I got up to speed, I felt pretty good. I passed a bunch of riders over the first couple miles. There was a bigger gap up to the next couple of riders I could see, but I kept closing the gap steadily.

As I was getting closer up a long climb, decided to take a drink. My bottle slipped out of hand and fell. Damn! Had to stop, dismount, skate down the hill on my cleats to grab it before it started rolling down the hill, remount and start climbing again. I was stopped for about 20 seconds and with lost momemtum, this probably cost me 30 seconds or so.

It took me quite awhile to finally catch up to those riders again. After the stop, I was still riding a hard effort but my power seemed to be lower. Hard to blame the stop for that, so I think my legs were just running low on juice by then (about 7-8 miles into the ride).

Kept pushing as well as I could and when I was passed by a 16yo up a hill, at least I had some motivation to keep at it (since I could no longer see any of the other riders out ahead on the course). The kid was strong & light. I could catch & pass him on the flats & descents. But I could see that it ticked him off that somebody was catching him and as soon as the road turned up he would literally fly by me and open up huge gaps on the climbs.

Finished the ride closing back in on him and another rider.
What would you do differently?:

Not drop my water bottle. And drink a little more from it over the ride.
Transition 2
  • 00m 54s

Pretty smooth except that I started running down the wrong aisle--cost me a few seconds at most.
What would you do differently?:

Not enter the wrong aisle.
  • 24m 36s
  • 3.5 miles
  • 07m 02s  min/mile

Started out trying to run steady, but knew that my legs weren't quite at full power. Didn't have a big effect until the one major climb in mile 2. No worse than hills I'm used to at home, but really dragged me down. After that, I really struggled to get my pace back up even though I could see the 16yo out ahead of me, as well as two others closing on me from behind. Best I could do was hold steady over the final mile-and-a-half.
What would you do differently?:

I probably could have caught the 16yo if I had pushed. Not much more than that though.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and chatted with some other athletes while getting something to eat and drink. Saw Tim (konichiwa) who had a great race and met Laura. Also saw Ron again. He seemed convinced a wetsuit might be a good investment.

Hung out for the award ceremony.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Good question. Legs just weren't quite all there on the bike. Maybe the swim took more out me than I thought. Maybe I'm not as recovered from Harriman as I think.

Event comments:

Nice race. Tough, but fair, course. Well organized and good support. I'd like to try the half one day, but there's no way I'd do it 2 weeks after Harriman.

Last updated: 2008-03-12 12:00 AM
00:11:40 | 750 meters | 01m 34s / 100meters
Age Group: 4/34
Overall: 35/442
Performance: Average
Suit: Full wetsuit
Course: Rectangluar swim
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:54
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:53:19 | 17.7 miles | 19.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/34
Overall: 18/442
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Hilly loop. About 1750ft. of climbing.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:54
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:36 | 03.5 miles | 07m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/34
Overall: 43/442
Performance: Average
Course: Loop course mostly on cinder or grass trails.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4

2008-06-02 9:21 AM

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Media, PA
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2008-06-02 9:26 AM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
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Nice job and congrats on the AG win!
2008-06-02 10:31 AM
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Reston, VA
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Another very good race for you.

Nice bike split on what looks to be a challenging course and congrats on the AG win!
2008-06-02 10:34 AM
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Havertown, PA
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2 very impressive things here:

1) that you won an incredibly competitive division on such a tough course.

2) that you were back in the pool this a.m. crushing it.

 much respect. 

i look forward to having my lunch handed to me @ philly when i race in your a/g Laughing.

2008-06-02 10:48 AM
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Williamstown NJ
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Congrats on the AG win and a great race in all area's.
2008-06-02 11:05 AM
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Great job and congratulations. I was trying to go and cheer you on, but my buddy who I was going to go with got injured last minute and with the price of gas.......
Excellent work. You rock.

2008-06-02 11:52 AM
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New City, New York
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Congrats on the AG win!

I think we should leave these short distances to those youngsters! Damn them  

2008-06-02 12:00 PM
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Cycling Guru
Fulton, MD
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Woohoo!!  AG win on tired legs!  Damn that is long sprint distance ....
2008-06-02 12:18 PM
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Fountain Hills, AZ
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Awesome job, JK!
2008-06-03 9:21 AM
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Wenonah, NJ
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Congrats on the AG win!

Sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you...Michele has me doing all the grunt work on race day so I was out of the park more than I was there.
2008-06-03 12:03 PM
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Northern VA
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Great race! Congrats on the AG win, that's impressive 2 weeks after such a strong HIM. I love how you were pushing the 19 year old.

2008-06-04 8:18 AM
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Southeast, PA
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Solid race JK. Congrats on the AG win and I am sure there was some residual Harriman fatigue which cost you your edge on the bike.

Lookin' forward to do it all over again in Philadelphia.
2008-06-04 11:40 AM
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2008-06-04 3:55 PM
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Extreme Veteran
"the wave", iowa
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sorry the race didn't go as well as planned, but that first place podium ought to make it a little better .  thus resumes my "i wanna race like johnnykay" mantra.
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