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Bridgeport, West Virginia
United States
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 41m 23s
Overall Rank = 90/118
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 9/11
Pre-race routine:

Wasn't feeling well, so I got a late start... almost an hour late. Grabbed some peanut butter toast and a cup of coffee and headed out. Drove down to Bridgeport and got there just in time.


Event warmup:

driving very fast and praying fervently not to get pulled over... other than that... nothing.
  • 16m 27s
  • 600 yards
  • 02m 44s / 100 yards

Part of the time involved the running from the water to T1. Not all that far, but the time actually swimming was a little shorter... oh well... it doesn't really matter with times this slow.
Transition 1
  • 01m 27s

Wasn't bad... for me.
  • 47m 22s
  • 12 miles
  • 15.20 mile/hr

Good course... on the way back in... about 3 miles or less from the transition area... I felt like i was going to puke. i really didn't know why at the time... but I do now. I had mixed up some gatorade from powder. I used 500 ml of water, but had used enough powder for twice as much. STUPID. Not feeling well, I didn't eat much before I left so I took some gatorade with me... I should have just gone with water... but oh well...
What would you do differently?:

train more... duh
Transition 2
  • 00m 58s

This actually went well... I had second fastest T2 in my AG... lookit that. The overall winner was in my AG and I even beat HIM! heh.
What would you do differently?:

nothing... went pretty well.
  • 37m 45s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 12m 08s  min/mile

This sucked. My base is so thin right now... I really had nothing. I just plodded along... oh well. This might be my worst 5k since my first in 2006.
What would you do differently?:

train more.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

lack of training... not feeling well(headache, stuffy nose)... rough week at work causing fatigue...

Event comments:

first year that this tri was put on... A few things could be improved. They had a number of last minute registrations, so I got no bag of goodies, and no shirt... they will be sending me my shirt later... no big deal, but really...

post-race food was good... logistics such as parking were difficult, but not unmanageable.

Last updated: 2008-07-04 12:00 AM
00:16:27 | 600 yards | 02m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/11
Overall: 78/118
Performance: Below average
Course: rectangular lake course... no current. Warm water. I'm not sure anyone wore wetsuits. Course almost certainly longer than 600 yards... probably in the 700-800 yard range... and start was strange... There was a set of concrete steps leading to the lake. The timing mat was at the bottom. On the siren you went down the steps, crossed the mat and stepped in... no diving... and if you crossed the mat, the clock started even if you can't jump in the water because someone in front of you was too timid or hesitant or whatever. An in water start would have been better... IMHO.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:27
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
00:47:22 | 12 miles | 15.20 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/11
Overall: 71/118
Performance: Below average
Wind: None
Course: great rolling course... no killer climbs but nothing really flat either. Out and back.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:58.3
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:37:45 | 03.11 miles | 12m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/11
Overall: 110/118
Performance: Below average
Course: A double out and back.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-07-26 10:25 PM

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Subject: J Cecil Jarvis Memorial Triathlon

2008-07-27 9:36 AM
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North Central WV
Subject: RE: J Cecil Jarvis Memorial Triathlon

I cannot believe I finally got to meet you in person.  Oddly enough, you looked different to what I was expecting even though I have checked out your photos on this site - don't worry, this isn't a "bad" different

I felt much the same as you.  My RR is similar - check out my warm down - I think it might be word for word the same as yours   I thought the race was actually excellent for a first time race.  Like you, I didn't like the jump in start.  I heard some others say the course was long but I cannot judge distance in water.  I would think I should be swimming closer to 2 min/100 yds than what I did but as you say, it included the run up to transition.  I think it is a bit disappointing that they didn't do an awards ceremony.  For people competing for their first time and for people receiving awards for the first time, I think they way they gave them out was very anti-climactic.  However, it did mean you could leave as soon as you wanted.  They did get results ready really, really quickly.

Sorry to hear you have had a bad week at work.  I hope this week is better.

2008-07-27 4:27 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
Subject: RE: J Cecil Jarvis Memorial Triathlon

Nice job on making it through despite being sick.  The too-strong Gatorade would have made me throw up.  Yuck!

I have a picture in my head of you getting pulled over and then putting on your collar with a tri suit.  What can I say...I think it would be funny.  "Sorry officer, I have to bless a triathlon."   

2008-07-30 9:49 AM
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Southern Chicago Suburbs, IL
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Subject: RE: J Cecil Jarvis Memorial Triathlon

Ok, I'm gonna be a bit of a hardazz on this one.  But first, congrats on finishing.  Finishing any triathlon is no small task.

So let's see, you didn't feel well AND you have had little to no training recently to speak of.  Glad to see at least YOU admited it in your Limiter.

Don't be down on yourself for the race.  Use it as motivation to get back into the training habit again. 

I know you can do it.

Your TAN family knows you can do it.

More importantly, YOU know you can do it.

So buck up, HTFU, AND DO IT!

2008-07-31 2:19 PM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: J Cecil Jarvis Memorial Triathlon

Now THAT'S a rockin' T2!  You should podium for that!

Ya finished, so stop complainin' already.  HTFU!  You'll do better and chalk this up for experience.

2008-08-01 4:29 PM
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Subject: RE: J Cecil Jarvis Memorial Triathlon

     I believe that the swim was spot on in distance.  The swim start was apparently a race day decision by the management firm and was a complete surprise to me as I thought we were going to have a wave floating start in line with the can bouy and the diving board.  I have never had a jump in start before and the feedback on it has been mixed.  I thought it was kind of unique and cool myself.  I simply waited to cross the timing mat until it was clear in front of me.  T2 times seem obviously inaccurate (all nearly about the same) but I have not yet heard what the problem was.  The bags were supplied by the management firm.  They simply didn't bring enough.  I am sorry about not having enough shirts of appropriate size.  The number affected was small and was related to the large number of late participants and volunteer turnout.  I have ordered more shirts.   Contact me though email so I will have your address to send it to you when it arrives.  They are great shirts; you will be glad to have one.  The way the awards were handled was also a management firm decision.  We had planned a ceremony with relatives of Cecil Jarvis handing out the awards.  However, the awards themselves were awesome.  Texas Roadhouse did a great job and the post race food, watermelon and cake were well received, although the amount needed was just slightly underestimated due to the late registration of around 40 participants. 

     Overall, the J Cecil Jarvis Memorial Triathlon is a special event with a special mission and it made a great debut with a large number of participants and enthusiastic volunteers.  The race was held at a good venue and it had a festive, postive atmosphere.  The athletes received a well organized race on a great course, great T-shirts, great awards and great post race food.  The race is already the most attended sprint distance race in the state that has an open water swim.  It is a great newbie level race with a big race feel.  We will iron out any minor kinks with the management firm and continue to improve the race and expect it to be bigger and better next year.  Thank you all for participating and we hope to see you again next year.

Kyle McCammon             


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