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Hadley Township, Michigan
United States
3 Disciplines
61F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 19m 55s
Overall Rank = 40/240
Age Group = 35-39 Male
Age Group Rank = 9/31
Pre-race routine:

Woke up a bit later than planned, set alarm for 4:45 P.M. instead of A.M. Oh well...breakfast of peanut butter w/wheat toast and a banana. Drove to event got decent spot on rack and set up transition area. Did a lot of pacing as I was antsy to get going. Drank a bit of gatorade and had a gel about 20 minutes before the start of my wave.
Event warmup:

Swam just a bit to get use to water temp - Water felt warm. Stomach was a bit upset (nerves).
  • 12m 50s
  • 500 meters
  • 02m 34s / 100 meters

Boy do I need to improve my swimming. I'm still not comfortable in the H20. I think I may have started too strong and tired my self out. Definitely need to get more confidence so I can focus on stroke and technique.
What would you do differently?:

Start training in the OW. I swam in the lap pool yesterday and do a lot better in that setting. I don't think its the open water so much but the other people, etc.
Transition 1
  • 02m 3s

Felt like I did a decent job here. I went sockless for the bike portion and that seemed to work well. Having a tri top and nothing to change into certainly helps. 13/240 Overall and 3/31 for Age Group.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. Just be a bit faster.
  • 38m 24s
  • 12.4 miles
  • 19.38 mile/hr

Again, the bike is my strongest segment. I made up a lot of ground during this segment and was passed only three times (none racing in the sprint group). The course was rolling hills with a large downhill to start and thus a large uphill to finish.
What would you do differently?:

Just more time in saddle, still feel I can get faster here. Need to practice hills more. Also this was first extended time in aero position. I felt that that went well but really still need to analyze position in aero.
Transition 2
  • 01m 44s

Went down wrong aisle at first and before that had a poor dismount. Ranked 184/240 Overall and 23/33 in Age Group. Poor transition and no reason this can't be a lot faster. Also need to work on getting out of shoes while on bike.
What would you do differently?:

More practice.
  • 24m 47s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 58s  min/mile

Good run for me, especially after solid bike. Middle mile had some good uphill portions. I think I was only passed 2 or 3 times on the run. Coming off the bike I realized, after looking at my time so far I wouldn't be able to get my goal of 1:17. I was happy that I was able to keep pushing though and reset my goal to beat 1:20. I am very happy with my place in my age group...never ran regularly until last summer, getting in the top 25% makes me ecstatic!
What would you do differently?:

Just more base building.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank lots of water and leisurely walking around and talking with some of the Michigan BT folks and my mother. Agree with others, HEED taste horrible.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The swim and 2nd transition.

Event comments:

I really enjoyed this race, the bike was fun and the run was nice as well. It was great having the BT cheering section!

Last updated: 2008-06-01 12:00 AM
00:12:50 | 500 meters | 02m 34s / 100meters
Age Group: 15/31
Overall: 116/240
Performance: Below average
Max HR 174; Avg HR 169
Suit: Pear Izumi Tri Shorts and Orca Tri Top
Course: Out and Back
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:03
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:38:24 | 12.4 miles | 19.38 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/31
Overall: 23/240
Performance: Good
Max HR 175; Avg HR 168
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back, rolling hills with a couple sizable hills. Cyclometer showed distance of 13.06, mapping online showed distance of 12.9.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:44
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:47 | 03.11 miles | 07m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/31
Overall: 49/240
Performance: Good
Max HR 176, Avg HR 171
Course: Out and back, rolling hills
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5

2008-06-24 9:41 AM

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Subject: Big Fish Triathlon

2008-06-24 8:26 PM
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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Subject: RE: Big Fish Triathlon

Awesome race, DID killit. And I'm kinda glad that you got up in the first place; my alarm misses by 12 hours, I'm not in the race. And we'll fix your swim at Island Lake. What are you doing Saturday afternoon?

And...I drank heed for 4 races over 3 days, I couldn't keep it down to start, but by the 4th race, it was liquid gold. Be at one with the heed.

2008-06-25 7:58 AM
in reply to: #1487913

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Subject: RE: Big Fish Triathlon
Thanks for the positive comments.  I'll check with my "Admiral" re: Saturday.  I've no idea what she has planned for the weekend....
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