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Tri The Parks Indian Springs - Duathlon

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Flovilla, Georgia
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 26m 57s
Overall Rank = 9/41
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 1/6
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4am -- prepped and packed for the 1 hour drive to the race site.
Event warmup:

Checked into transition area and set up my bike. A very crowded narrow hilly transition area. Body marked and timing chipped. Run a short while and stretched. A good turn out for the DU race. Race started promptly at 8am.
  • 21m 34s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 56s  min/mile

I really have no expectations today. I was worried when I heard the course is hilly as I am burned out on hilly courses this season. So, I just run a pace that I think I could finish well later in the day. There were some steep short inclines throughout the course -- really hurt my quads. It was a repectable run.
What would you do differently?:

I need more training so I can trim my 5k time to solid 20mins ..... back to the drawing board.
Transition 1
  • 01m 8s

Running downhill from the transition area to the mounting line was not fun.
What would you do differently?:

It's about time to put in transition training into my workouts!!!!
  • 39m 10s
  • 12.8 miles
  • 19.61 mile/hr

A very dissappointing bike time. I was so worried about the start of the bike course due to the fast curvy dowhill route - I am not a very technical biker so I kinda create some unneccessary anxiety. Well, the bike started badly, after 0.8miles I have bike technical difficulty. My chain came off as I was trying to change into a smaller gear for the hill climb. This caused me at least 2 minutes, maybe 3 ..... it took me about 4 miles to trully get bad into my rhythm. I must be biking below 17mph for the first 4 miles. Not happy. Well, the hills did gave me some advantage as I like hills. I finally started cruising and passing others. This gave me back some of my confidance. I really thought I biked well but the time did not reflect the effort.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing major -- continue to put in more bike time. Lately I have not been riding as regularly as I should. Also, pray for a smooth ride and no technical failures.
Transition 2
  • 01m 3s

Running uphill with clip-on shoes to the transition area was not fun.
What would you do differently?:

  • 24m 1s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 43s  min/mile

I was not looking forward to run the same hilly course again. Luckily this time I was running behind a runner that I have raced with several times. So, I just keep her pace until my legs were ready to work the hills again. I knew I would not finish in my projected time by now. So, my immediate goal was try to catch any duathletes that were in front of me. I was grinding my legs and running effort was laboring. I finally pass a great duathlete/runner(I guess it was not his day) and wishing to see the finish line. Mission accomplished, tough run.
What would you do differently?:

I think I must be burned out. I have no more finishing endurance in me. Not good. Rethink my nutrition and training.
Post race
Warm down:

Hydrated and strecthed. Cheered with my fellow tri buddies. Ate. Cleaned up and waited for the darn award ceremony.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training and mental preparation. I have not been training as much as I would like due to work. I think my body is trying to tell me to rest. One more race in this season and I shall rest my old tired body. I need a new jump start.

Event comments:

First race completed at this venue. Another hilly course but it was a fun race. I will definitely race this event again and I will know how to prepare for it. A good day considering not achieving my projected finish time.

Next race -- TRI PARK SERIES, Mistletoe DU


Last updated: 2008-06-28 12:00 AM
00:21:34 | 03.11 miles | 06m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/6
Overall: 8/41
Performance: Good
Course: Paved road around the park. Relatively hilly course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Time: 01:08
Overall: Below average
Run with bike? Average
Jump on bike? Average
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Average
00:39:10 | 12.8 miles | 19.61 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/6
Overall: 13/41
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Downhill curvy course out from the park and around rolling hill country roads.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:03
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:24:01 | 03.11 miles | 07m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/6
Overall: 8/41
Performance: Average
Course: Same as run#1 but in reverse.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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

2008-06-28 7:35 PM

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Douglasville GA
Subject: Tri The Parks Indian Springs

2008-06-28 8:57 PM
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Subject: RE: Tri The Parks Indian Springs
Great race today. Good to finally meet you.David
2008-06-29 8:46 AM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Subject: RE: Tri The Parks Indian Springs
Congrats on the AG win! That's great!
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