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Chattanooga, Tennessee
United States
Team Magic
82F / 28C
Total Time = 3h 10m 32s
Overall Rank = 807/109
Age Group = Clyde Master
Age Group Rank = 16/26
  • 29m 38s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards
Transition 1
  • 03m 39s

Everything soaked from rain.
What would you do differently?:

Should have bagged stuff.
  • 1h 33m 57s
  • 26.1 miles
  • 16.67 mile/hr
Transition 2
  • 02m 37s
  • 1h 04m 22s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 22s  min/mile
Post race
Event comments:

I just love the internet. They’ve already got the results of this morning’s triathlon posted. Bottom line up front is, I finished and am pleased with my performance. The fact that I finished mid-pack in my division is nice too. I placed 16th out of 26 in my division which was Clydesdale Master (fat old guys). There were over a thousand finishers to today’s race!

The kids and I drove up Saturday and checked into the Hampton Inn. I realized after I got there that I had forgotten my front wheel at home! (insert string of golf terms here) I Left the kids in the hotel and called Casey who started driving towards Chattanooga while I started driving towards home. We met about ½ way and I got the wheel. I owe her one for this!

That night we went to the Imax theater and saw Grand Canyon 3D and then went out for pizza. The hotel was only about 2.5 miles from the race site so I rode my bike to the race site this morning so the kids could sleep late.

While we were standing around waiting to start it started raining. I overheard someone say they had put their transition clothes and biking shoes in a plastic bag. I wish I’d had this foresight. The swim start was a time-trial start and they put us in on 3 second intervals. Since I was #888, I started about 45 minutes after the gun went off. The swim was nice! The water was 82 degrees – very comfortable.

When I got to my bike, everything was wet but it didn’t matter because a great deluge came when we were on the bike. The bike course had some pretty big hills – I hit a max speed of 41.25 (in the rain too) on the way back in. When you’re going this fast the rain really stings your eyes! It’s also little scary going that fast in the rain and passing the cars in the adjacent lane. I averaged a little less than 16 mph on the bike. I’m not sure why I was that slow but I guess some of the long, slow climbs really took their toll on my mph average.

I came back in and put on soaking wet socks and running shoes and took off on the run. The rain had really cooled things off and I had a wonderful run. The run course is really neat as it goes along the TN River. My run pace was 10:23 per mile and that is typical for me.

I had taken all my splits including each mile split. As I was walking to retrieve my bike I thought I was pushing the ‘save’ button on my watch but I was hitting the reset. Darn!
The kids were waiting for me near the finish line and we loaded up, grabbed some lunch and drove home. I let Jamie drive most of the way home as I was so sleepy. My Sunday-nap-on-the-couch was especially welcome today.

Last updated: 2008-05-25 12:00 AM
00:29:38 | 1640 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/26
Overall: 0/109
Course: TN River - with the current
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:39
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:33:57 | 26.1 miles | 16.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/26
Overall: 0/109
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:37
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:04:22 | 06.21 miles | 10m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/26
Overall: 0/109
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-07-13 5:57 PM

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Subject: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon

2008-07-14 5:50 AM
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Subject: RE: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon
Great Race Mike. Glad to see you've recovered!
2008-07-14 5:52 AM
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Nashville, TN
Subject: RE: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon
Great race mike.  How in the world do you forget your front wheel? 
2008-07-14 11:12 AM
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Austell, GA
Subject: RE: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon
Great race Mike, way to overcome the front rim being left home.  Enjoy your recovery and hope to see you in Louisville
2008-07-15 8:22 AM
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Sous Mon Diadème
Subject: RE: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon
Great job out there... it was definitely soggy and yup, I'd say going that fast downhill in the rain is a bit scary!  I'm glad you realized you were missing that wheel prior to Sunday morning .
2008-07-15 8:31 AM
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Subject: RE: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon
Good job Mike, sorry that I didn't get a chance to see you there. I had  no idea you were recovered enough from your accident to race. Good luck with the rest of your training for IM Louisville.

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