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Geneva, New York
United States
Musselman Triathlon
70'sF / 0C
Total Time = 5h 13m 24s
Overall Rank = 74/596
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 12/40
Pre-race routine:

Normal breakfast about 3.5 hours prior to race. Went to the park around 5:30 or so to set up transition. Stomach was kinda messed up for a while so I had to visit the can many many times.
Event warmup:

Only real warmup aside from walking around a lot was a 10m swim to get a feel for the water depth.
  • 38m 27s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards

Swim kinda sucked. I did a warm up swim to try to find the deeper water so I was not running for the first leg of the course. Turned out the swimable water was just to the left of the bouys. I stayed out there until the turn. The water was super choppy. It was almost like swimming in the ocean at low tide. I thought that I could ride the waves in on the last leg but that was not the case. There seemed to be an under current that pulled back before the wave hit. I got a small push then was pulled back. Not the best swim I have had.
What would you do differently?:

I probably would try to draft more. I really need to get aggressive in the water and start throwing haymakers at anyone who comes near me. If I can do that and back people off of me I can probably get a fast start and then once I get passed by stronger swimmers I can just draft. Playing catch up just doesnt work all that well for drafting.
Transition 1
  • 02m 11s

Decent transition. I think I moved a bit faster then normal, although I did have some sock trouble that kinda slowed me down a bit.
What would you do differently?:

Not really sure what I can do different other then keep practicing my transitions to get the movements down better.
  • 2h 46m 49s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.14 mile/hr

The ride was pretty good. I didnt think it was all that hilly. I tried to keep a pretty even pace so I wouldnt crap out near the end. The wind for the first 10-20 miles was pretty wicked. It definatly hurt my overall time. It did make for a real nice tailwind on the way back though. I was pretty good with nutrition. Once it started rainning people started taking less chances and slowing down. I dont mind the rain and am pretty confident in my handling ability so it didnt really bother me too much.
What would you do differently?:

I would probably hit the infinit a bit more and maybe push on some of the hills a bit harder. It was easy to kinda get into a group and stay around the same guys and not really push things. I wish in the middle I pushed a bit harder when I had the wind. Maybe that would have made all the difference.
Transition 2
  • 01m 34s

Pretty quick for me. I did slow for some water and took my time getting on my race belt.
What would you do differently?:

I will pack along an extra pair of dry socks so I dont have to keep on the wet ones from the ride. I should have taken off the socks in transition and gotten all the stones and sand out before leaving for the run, then I would not have had to stop during the run....
  • 1h 44m 23s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 58s  min/mile

Good run. There were some killer hills that really put a hurting on me but I felt real strong. I started off pretty slow at almost a 9m pace for the first mile. I decided to really try to pick it up try to keep a sub 8m pace for the rest of the run. The salt tabs were a huge help until the end when my calfs started cramping. My last mile must have been pretty close to a 9m or more pace. I really felt awesome until I hit that last mile marker. Not sure when it happend but at some point my foot really started bothering me. I thought it was a rock but it ended up being a pretty big blister just off the ball of my big toe.
What would you do differently?:

New dry socks for the run and make sure all stones are out of the socks. 2 stops to clean off my feet and clean my socks is just not good. Took some momentum out of me on one of the climbs.
Post race
Warm down:

No real cooldown, just walked to the car and did some streching and laid down in the back of the car for a while to gather myself

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not being a good swimmer. I had a pretty good ride and a real good run but my swim just killed me. I have a feeling that swimming will be my downfall for many races to come.

Event comments:

This race is awesome. If I dont get into IMPL I will 100% do this race again next year. It was a fantastic even.

Last updated: 2008-05-16 12:00 AM
00:38:27 | 2112 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 15/40
Overall: 84/596
Performance: Below average
ave ht 163
Suit: Xterra full
Course: The course was alright. The leg that paralleled the beach and the last 200-300 yards sucked. The water was real shallow.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: High
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:11
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
02:46:49 | 56 miles | 20.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 18/40
Overall: 101/596
Performance: Average
ave hr 163
Wind: Some
Course: This course was real nice. It probably favored me a bit b/c it really is the type of riding I like to do. Rolling hills with few real big climbs. The rough road was where I caught and passed tons of people. Maybe my mtb background helped me out in that 2+ mile strech.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:34
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:44:23 | 13.1 miles | 07m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/40
Overall: 81/596
Performance: Good
ave hr 170
Course: I liked this course. It seemed pretty fast on many of the streets. The gravel road I could have done without. Lots of rolling hills some were a bit steep on the way down for me. It is just so hard to keep the legs tight and run fast.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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

2008-07-14 2:56 PM

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