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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
76F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 16m 29s
Overall Rank = 37/292
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 8/26
Pre-race routine:

Woke up and checked out of the hotel. Got down to the transition area well in time. Since we didn't have to race till 9, I gave myself plenty of time. It was raining, but not too hard so found a nice place, right in front of the speaker at the end of our bike rack (boom, boom, boom, love that bass) and started to get all set up. Remembered to actually put the gears in the easiest for the start this time (yeah me) and went over the whole set up about 2-3 times.

Saw Raytown, maggyruth and ami and we all joked about a bit. Everyone looked much calmer about the race compared to last year. Probably because there were no waves (awesome).

Then saw some of the women coming in from their wave and there was Melanie. Got her suit off likety split but then put her helmet on backwards. "Melanie, turn your helmet around!" "Thanks Dave." Got lots of compliments on that one. Looks like she did well otherwise.
Event warmup:

Really didn't warm much this time. Don't know why, but I didn't. Was really focusing on the swim. I had been in the water yesterday so I knew how cold it was going to be. I was running though, in my mind, "be comfortable with being uncomfortable" over and over again.

Finally walked down to the starting area, got in the water to remember the cold (GOOD LORD!) and then came out and stood around till they blew our wave into the water.
  • 14m 18s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

Well, the water was glass smooth this year. Which was good. Seeded myself to the front of the pack and when the horn sounded, I did a good job of staying running till I couldn't lift my knees anymore and dove in. This time, though, I knew what to expect with the cold, and took a big breathe OUT before I hit the water. It worked. I was able to hit, turn, breathe in, and keep going. At that point, I knew I was going to rock this swim.

It wasn't the best swim I've ever had. That still belongs to Pleasant Prairie, but it was good. Sighting was solid, while the rest were weaving in and out of the buoy's, which made them have to swim further over all. I wanted to find someone to draft off of, but I kept passing them. So I thought, screw it, let them try to keep up with me.

So I kept passing people. Some of them were walking. WALKING! Forget that. I think I must have passed at least a dozen guys, if not more. I'm writing this before I know my time, but it had to be good. No idea what my placement or time was at this point, but I think it was a pretty good placement in my AG.
What would you do differently?:

More OWS?! This was only my second one of the year and my first one in the wetsuit. If I do more OWS practice I think I might be pretty happy.
Transition 1
  • 01m 42s

I can't believe how quickly that suite came off. I don't know what my time is in T1 yet, so I'll add more later when I know that time, but it was fast. I'm hoping less than 2:00. And I haven't even practiced with a suit this year yet.
What would you do differently?:

Umm... probably nothing. It was as good as I've done so far.
  • 34m 50s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 21.41 mile/hr

I pushed it this year. Really pushed it. Hit that first hill, made it up to the top, and dropped into aero and only got out of it a couple of times.

I don't remember it being as rough as this last year. Bone jarring a few times. Made it hard to drink out of the aero bottle. Got more on me then in me a few times. But I pushed it. Every time I looked down and I was under 21, I dug deeper and pushed it back over 21. I knew I had to make up for the first hill and some of the turns which would drop me down on the average. If the calculation is right, I hit 21+mph on the average.

On the last turn, right, back down the main stretch, I almost lost it. Took the turn a bit too tight, too aggressive, and the back wheel started to fish tail out to my left, let go of the brakes, straightened out and got control. Glad there wasn't a course marshal there because I went over the center line and would have gotten a penalty for it.

As I was going down the last main stretch, I got passed by a peleton. Yep, a peleton. 6 guys, all working together, in a pack. Not stretched out, but literally on each other's wheel's. WTF!?! About 100 feet behind them was another guy and I said "Where is a Marshall when you need one!" He said they have been like that almost the entire bike. And some of them were in my AG. Really made me mad. So I pushed it harder. Good motivation.

Got the feet out about a 1/4 of a mile from the end, and still kept a good speed up. Turned to go down the hill and hit the line off the bike and in bare feet.

What a great ride.
What would you do differently?:

T.I.T.S. Still need to keep working on getting my speed up. Even though this is a big improvement from last year, I still need to go faster.
Transition 2
  • 01m 10s

Helmet unbuckled, bike on the rack, helmet on top, visor on, shoes on (took a few extra seconds to adjust the tongue's), grabbed the belt and number and took off.
What would you do differently?:

Make certain I pull the shoes on with the tongue in hand so I don't have to re-adjust.
  • 24m 28s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 52s  min/mile

I thought I was pushing it. But the time doesn't reflect that. As I look back on it, I should have pushed a little harder on the out which would have picked me up on the way back.

Passed a 77 year old woman that was still on the course from the women's start and gave her a shout out. She laughed, said thank you and told me to go get 'em. I hit about 0.75 miles out and the eventual OA winner went the opposite direction! Hey, that's good. Last year, they were already done by the time I hit the run.

Passed 2 guys in my AG but then had 2 others pass me. Hit the last hill, thought I was going to puke at the top of it an had a good pace going. Went down the other side, used gravity to get my pace up and kept it up. Had a great finishing push an saw Raytownpete, maggyruth and ami9296 all on the way back in and got a high five from the first two. Awesome.

Hit the final shoot, was already pretty close to top speed and thought, let's show off the guns. Did the flex as I crossed the finish line (I really hope they got that on the camera) and hit the stop on my watch.
What would you do differently?:

Push it, push it, push it. I so can do better here.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Talked to Beth, mum, Dan, Larry and Ellen. Got some food and sat down to recover. Felt pretty good. Then they started to post results and I finished in 1:16:29, a 16 minute improvement from last year!!!!!

OA I was around 36-37 (people were still finishing) and I was 8 in my AG but only about 2:00 from 3rd. That's right. 2:00!!!! So there were 5 of us that were separated by all of 2 friggen minutes!!! Well, that is more motivation to put it all together at Pleasant Prairie and see if I can get sub 1:15.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Good question. I really don't know. I think it is still a mental thing. Still trying to become more comfortable with being uncomfortable. Especially on the run. Lots of soul searching till the next race.

Event comments:

Things seemed to be a bit less organized this time. From a last minute venue change for the expo, a hectic expo, not knowing when the waves were going of, misprints in the packet information (bike cutoff 1 hour from the beginning of the start of the waves) and then not a course official anywhere on the bike, not one. Which was disappointing.
Food was better this year, or at least I finished early enough to get some (they were running low last year). Not entirely certain I will come back next year. I might just to break that AG placement.

Last updated: 2007-12-18 12:00 AM
00:14:18 | 820 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/26
Overall: 0/292
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Changed from last year. Last year, it was only two buoy's, out to one, across to the other and in. This year, they made it a bit more shallow, out to one, and across about 4-5 buoy's before the turn in. Could see the bottom the whole time.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 58F / 14C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:42
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:34:50 | 12.43 miles | 21.41 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/26
Overall: 0/292
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: The road seemed quite a bit more rough this year than last. Then again, it could be because I was still recovering from the swim last year. ;) Anyway, same course as last year.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:10
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:28 | 03.11 miles | 07m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/26
Overall: 0/292
Performance: Average
Course: Same as last year, along the back side of the zoo. Three hills total, two on the way out and one on the way back.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-07-21 7:47 AM

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Southern Chicago Suburbs, IL
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Subject: Spirit of Racine Sprint Triathlon

2008-07-21 7:51 AM
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Subject: RE: Spirit of Racine Sprint Triathlon
Congratulations on a most excellent improvement in your sprint time. You should really be proud of your performance! And of course, great job getting up the hill out of transition!
2008-07-21 8:16 AM
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Davenport, IA
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Awesome race, Crowny! Two things really stuck out in your RR.  1.)That's some cold water.  58 degrees?  Wow. 2.) Awesome bike time.  Hopefully in a year or two with some real work I'll be able to get up there. Need to carry some thumbtacks at your next race in case you see a peleton again.
2008-07-21 8:57 AM
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Where did you find results at?
2008-07-21 8:58 AM
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Racine, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: Spirit of Racine Sprint Triathlon
It was nice meeting you and great race!
2008-07-21 9:51 AM
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Southern Chicago Suburbs, IL
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2008-07-21 10:38 AM
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Madison, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: Spirit of Racine Sprint Triathlon
Great Job!! That water was cold. I did the half on Sunday and froze my arse off!
2008-07-21 3:45 PM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: Spirit of Racine Sprint Triathlon

Way to go, TANner!!

Yep, they were a tad bit disorganized and short-staffed on Sat.

16 min. improvement - VERY cool!

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