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Musselman Half-Iron Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Geneva, New York
United States
Musselman Triathlon
70F / 21C
Total Time = 6h 02m 28s
Overall Rank = 290/549
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 9/25
Pre-race routine:

Got up at four, had oatmeal and banana, helped Jake get his stuff together and drove to Geneva. I was later than I like to be and felt a little flustered even with the hour+ that I had til race time to get set up. I made several mental errors, like not leaving my dry clothes in the car (knowing it was going to rain), bringing a large towel, or a second pair of socks. Initially I didn't even get my helmet out. Mostly this was due to helping Jake with his transistion space. That was a mess. Too tight and too short for his bike to be racked. That's what you get when you ride a 63 frame.
Event warmup:

Swam for about 10 minutes. Ate a gel with 20 minutes to go.
  • 42m 58s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards

Today is all about IM prep, so I swam this comfortably, a warm up pace, like I intend to do at then. The water was very wavy/choppy, but I felt really good. My biggest problem was veering off course. I'd been doing quite well and didn't sight for longer than I should have and was far inside the triangle when I looked again. Some of that was wave action, mostly it was me. I'm happy with my time although I dislike Seneca Lake's shallowness-you walk a long way in the water and its too shallow to swim but too long to consider running it (I'd get tired!)
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 02m 16s

Didn't rush, just went, I'm sure its painful to watch me get on my bike, I'm not at all graceful or quick.
  • 3h 19m 24s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.85 mile/hr

Ugh. I did mini-mussel yesterday, pretty hard too, so I wonder if that had an impact. The headwind was hard for me, I'm already a weak biker and any impediments to biking are exponentially worse for my pace. About 7 miles in I came accross Jake, swearing and tossing his bike. Evidently, his bike had fallen over in transition (or was knocked over) and the chain had come off. He ran out of T1 before noticing and stomped on the pedals to go. Obviously it didnt' move. He saw the chain, put it back on, but the damage was done (either by the fall or his stomping). The chain was bent and would ghost shift every third stroke. He stopped several times in the first few miles to adjust it but nothing worked. I stopped with him for at least three minutes (that was when I looked at my watch) but he urged me to go. It was his first aquabike and I was hoping he'd a positive day. I left, into the headwind and granny geared it till we headed north again. The rain started at about 32 miles for me. The headwind and rain just wiped me out. Mentally I wasn't in it. Once we got on some fast road it was better, but I was deflated.

My average would have been over 17 if I hadn't stopped, but I would have felt really bad if I didn't. Even so, my pace was terrible.
What would you do differently?:

I don't know, I feel like I'm doing the right stuff and my biking isn't getting any better.
Transition 2
  • 02m 30s

Talk about not in it!! I strolled into T2! The rain wiped me out, I took a training day attitude, yelled to my parents and to Jake, joked with my massage therapist who had just finished the aquabike, contemplated going to the bathroom.
What would you do differently?:

I know I can do this in a minute, I did it yesterday! Its a race stupid!
  • 1h 55m 43s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 50s  min/mile

This was actually pretty good. I ran out of T2 with the thought that today was for training, I'd run comfortably and not get concerned, especially since I'd already blown it on the bike. But I felt pretty good. Very good even. I stayed comfortable and easy for four miles, eating some pretzels (gel just seemed awful at that point). At four miles I started to chase people, a slight increase in pace to catch who ever I could see. I had to pee pretty badly, but thougth I might make it. I just didn't want to wrestle with the soaking wet shorts. My socks were wet too, and the blister on my arch was coming. Its the same one every time and dry socks wouldn't have mattered-they would have been wet very very soon. I decided I would pee when there was a portopottie close by, I didn't want to lose a ton of time. At mile 7 there she was, lonely and empty. I had passed a large clump of runners and was about a minute in front of them, and only a few seconds behind another clump so it seemed opportune. 45 seconds later and a lot more comfortable I was on my way, still in front of the group and able to catch the next one. At mile 9 I strated to run harder and at 11 I really tried to pick it up. The last mile wasn't so good, but I was pleased with the knowledge that despite a race yesterday and a poor bike ride today that I could have run my training pace all day. I rarely negative split these things, but today I did, running 9 minute miles for the first 7 and 8:40 average for the next 6 (although those were progressively faster).
What would you do differently?:

take splits
Post race
Warm down:

try to find dry clothes!! Jake didn't finish, he waited a bit for support but then decided to ride back to the start. The organizers were helpful and good to him, but by the time the problem was fixed he had decided that he wasn't going to do it. I think this was about competition and not just finishign for him, he knows he can finish this, we've ridden this far many times, he wanted to see how fast he could do it and really, I guess, beat people. Maybe his anger will go away in a day or two and he'll consider doing another one. His swim was good, 35/549 and 4 in 30-34AG, so he was doing well.

I was also a let down for me at the end, because I'd made up some time on my good run and finished feeling not too bad about the whole thing, however, it wasn't the right time to enjoy that.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

my biking is just not that great, I've been doing five days a week, long rides every weekend, and some hard work too, but nothing changes

Event comments:

Jeff does a great job and I encourage people to sign up for this, even in the rain the aid stations and volunteers were awesome. Spectators were understandably few but more than I expected. The food and trinkets for racers are appreciated, the top notch organization, the number of potties, the directive to pee in my wetsuit are all appreciated!

Last updated: 2008-06-09 12:00 AM
00:42:58 | 2112 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/25
Overall: 175/549
Performance: Good
Suit: sleeveless
Course: triangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:16
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
03:19:24 | 56 miles | 16.85 mile/hr
Age Group: 16/25
Overall: 414/549
Performance: Below average
Wind: Headwind
Course: South, North, South, North
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:30
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:55:43 | 13.1 miles | 08m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/25
Overall: 209/549
Performance: Good
Course: Winding thru Geneva, some hills and some dirt road.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
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] 5

2008-07-14 7:15 AM

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Subject: Musselman Half-Iron Triathlon

2008-07-14 9:42 AM
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Canandaigua NY
Subject: RE: Musselman Half-Iron Triathlon
Tough conditions out there yesterday!!!  Great job!  I don't think yesterdays conditions were a good measure for biking ability!
2008-07-14 12:29 PM
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Subject: RE: Musselman Half-Iron Triathlon

Great job!!! Congratulations for finishing, and living through the rain and chop yesterday, and I am so impressed that you did a double-mussel .

Edited by momandmd 2008-07-14 12:31 PM
2008-07-14 4:06 PM
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Canton, Michigan
Subject: RE: Musselman Half-Iron Triathlon
I was bummed to see the weather we had in Muncie on Saturday was hitting Geneva on Sunday. That kinda of weather can really test your mental state. Still a nice race overall, with impressive run times. Hope you recover well and continue to do well with your IM training.
2008-07-15 9:04 AM
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New City, New York
Subject: RE: Musselman Half-Iron Triathlon
Outstanding effort(s) on a tough day. I'm sure that will go a long way towards your IM prep. Well done!
2008-07-15 10:45 AM
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Ann Arbor, MI
Subject: RE: Musselman Half-Iron Triathlon
Great race! I can't believe how mentally tough it would be after having already raced the day before, but that kind of prep will be wonderful come ironman time! Congrats on a great weekend!

2008-07-15 12:19 PM
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South Florida
Subject: RE: Musselman Half-Iron Triathlon

It seems that this race threw a lot of stuff at you can put that in your pocket for IMFL..been there, done that.  Good swim fine bike great run!  You've got plenty of time before IMFL...and getting your mojo back for the run was crucial - so good job!!!  Bummer for Jake. 


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