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Tri the Parks Mistletoe - Duathlon

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Appling, Georgia
United States
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 23m 41s
Overall Rank = 7/
Age Group = Masters 40+
Age Group Rank = 2/
Pre-race routine:

Drove down the night before to avoid the 3 am wake-up. Got up about 4:30 ish and immediately started to rethink my decision to do the race. I had had a pretty miserable flu-like virus the entire week and woke up feeling like crap. Cough for several minutes and attempted to clear my lungs and sinus'. I took a double dose of cold medicine, and decided to give it a shot anyway.
Event warmup:

Arrived at the Transition area pretty early so getting marked and my chip were pretty easy. I moved to transition and set up my area. I lucked out on the bike rack. and got the end spot right at the entrance. I set up my spot and went out for a short ride, and then a 2 mile or so run. My HR was through the roof, and my lungs were on fire. It did slightly eased up so I continued on still feeling like crap. Finished my warm-up and a quick run to the toilet only to find the line too long. Thats ok since I knew how to fix that.
  • 21m 59s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 04s  min/mile

The run started out pretty rough. but I guess adrenaline took over and I started feeling better. I had let several people get in front of me but was able to catch all but 6. And I fixed that full porta john pee-line problem enroute again this race. Gross I know.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing under the circumstances.
Transition 1
  • 00m 46s

I had a decent transition. Took slightly longer to get in the shoes due to the up hill start. No biggie. Still a strong point. 3rd fastest overall.
What would you do differently?:

  • 36m 43s
  • 11.8 miles
  • 19.28 mile/hr

Started to feel the effects of being sick around mile 8 but I still pushed as hard as I could so I'm satisfied with the effort.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing under the circumstances.
Transition 2
  • 00m 27s

Best transition ever. Fastest overall.
What would you do differently?:

  • 23m 41s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 37s  min/mile

Started feeling pretty crappy after the first two miles. I'm very happy it was a downhill finish since it probably offset my fatigue whic is good since it could have been much slower.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Darnk some water. Coughed for about 15 minutes. Walked and chatted with friends.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

No excuses!

Event comments:

Overall I'm satisfied. I had hoped to finish a couple of minutes faster (as everyone does) and I think I was poised to do so with my training. Had some sickness issues which really dissapointed me since I really had trained very hard. Oh well, I still finished 3 minutes or so faster than last year and it was still fun. Looks like I should finish second in masters for the overall series again this year.
Bluesky usually puts on great events however the last two post race events have been pretty marginal. Once again splits were all jacked up for many racers (not me this time) and the awards ceremony was very late. I try not to be too critical, but we are paying and traveling a long way for some of these races.
Thanks to neal for jockstrapping and driving on the way back so I could sleep!

Last updated: 2008-06-24 12:00 AM
00:21:59 | 03.11 miles | 07m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/
Overall: 7/
Performance: Good
Course: Loop course part trail part road with a couple of short extremly steep hills.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Time: 00:46
Overall: Good
Run with bike? Good
Jump on bike? Average
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Average
00:36:43 | 11.8 miles | 19.28 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/
Overall: 9/
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Out and back with two 180 degree turns.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:27
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:41 | 03.11 miles | 07m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/
Overall: 4/
Performance: Below average
Course: Reverse direction of 1st run. Downhilll finish.
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? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-07-27 5:41 PM

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Subject: Tri the Parks Mistletoe

2008-07-27 7:07 PM
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Subject: RE: Tri the Parks Mistletoe
OUTSTANDING! Congrats on blowing out this race and the series this year- even being sick.
2008-07-29 3:28 PM
in reply to: #1563068

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Woodstock, GA
Subject: RE: Tri the Parks Mistletoe

Great job on the race even though you sounded pretty nasty with all that congestion before the race. 

At least you did not smell like urine after the race.  I am glad you took a shower before the ride home though. 

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