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Benton Harbor, Michigan
United States
CAPRI Events
75F / 24C
Sunny
Total Time = 4h 36m 46s
Overall Rank = 368/
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 56/257
Pre-race routine:

Woke up and drove to the race site. Garmin wasn't giving us good directions so we followed the pack to the parking lots across the bridge. Caught the shuttle and rode over to the transition area which was still pretty empty.
Event warmup:

Walked down the beach only to find that the swim had been cancelled and we were now doing a duathlon.
Run
  • 13m 52s
  • 2.1 miles
  • 06m 36s  min/mile
Comments:

I was pretty disappointed that the swim had been cancelled, but it actually benefited me since I am a much stronger runner than swimmer.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, I felt in control the entire time.
Transition 1
  • 01m 34s
Comments:

In and out in a flash, I was lucky and had a rack spot right beside the bike out.
Bike
  • 2h 24m 1s
  • 55 miles
  • 22.91 mile/hr
Comments:

Ah where to begin....I switched back to the Plasma for this race. I never felt completely at home on the B2 and didn't feel like it was as stiff as the Plasma. It was the correct choice as you can see from my bike split. I was somewhere in the top 10-15 of my wave (14) after the first run so the plan was not to let anyone with a 14 or 15 pass me on the bike. I probably went a little too hard as a result of this. Thinking that it was going to be hot on Saturday (since none of the weather people could make up their collective minds about the temp) so I added some electrolyte tabs to my Carbo Pro. With the cool windy conditions on race day the extra salt wasn't needed and as a result I only drank about 1/4 of the bottle which wasn't nearly enough calories. Luckily I had a couple of gels in my pocket but it wasn't enough calories. Hydration was 1 and 1/2 bottles of water.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe not go as hard on the bike at first, I probably burned alot of energy that I shouldn't have pushing into the headwind. I also shouldn't have mixed my electrolytes into the Carbo Pro (even though I have been doing this in training all summer).
Transition 2
  • 01m 28s
Comments:

Again my rack spot benefited me here, I only had to run about 50 feet both ways with my bike.
What would you do differently?:

Nada
Run
  • 1h 55m 54s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 51s  min/mile
Comments:

I really didn't feel the "pop" in my legs coming out of T2 and deep down I knew that it probably wasn't going to be one of my better runs. I pushed on and ran a 6:40 mile for the first mile (oddly enough I think that has been my 1 mile split at every race this year), and hoped that I could fool my body into running, and I did for the first 8 miles. Most splits were 7:30ish to 8-ish on the hill thru 8 miles, then the wheels fell off. I hit 8 miles and it was like my body said "nope we're done". Luckily I had good friend (brian) catch me at that point and basically encourage/cheer/shame/cuss/cajole me into running for the last 5 miles (acutally he went on at Mile 11 since my quads completely seized on me at that point). After Mile 11 I felt pretty good and ran the last two miles at about a 8:15-8:30 average.

Best thing about the run was the fact that I got to see a ton of familiar faces each lap. I saw Whizz and Trixie 3 different times, got passed like I was sitting still by Birkie at mile 2 (mile 7 for him), and then all of my NAMC folks that traveled up there together.
What would you do differently?:

Actually eat and drink on the bike. I basically did this race on 3 gels, a banana,and water. Not normally a recipie for sucess.
Post race
Warm down:

Coming into this race my goal was to get a Clearwater slot. The race website estimated that the M35-39 AG would have 9 slots available (we actually had 10) so I figured that I would have to finish top 15 to be assured of a slot and top 25 to have a chance. When the preliminary results were posted and I saw 52nd place I was really disappointed and figured I had no shot. Still we were there when the rolldown started and the crowd kept getting smaller and smaller. Courtney got her slot in the F30-34 AG first (which was awesome) and so we still hung around. Finally they closed out the M35-39 AG and so I thought that was it until I remembered that any unclaimed Male slots would go to our AG since we were the biggest. Sure enough 2 slots from the older AG's were unclaimed and rolled down to M35-39. I went up with another guy and we got the 69th and 70th slots available. Not exactly how I had pictured it happening but Mission Accomplished!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Going to hard on the bike and not eating and drinking properly. You would think that I would know better.....

Another of my goals has been to go sub 5 for a HIM this year. If you take my swim from Gulf Coast (which was in really rough water and slower than last year) and add it to my splits from this race I estimate 4:52-4:55, but of course I can't claim it :). One more goal for Clearwater...

Event comments:

We bagged on this race alot, but in hindsight it wasn't really that bad. The course itself was pretty good (except for the road surfaces). That being said I don't see myself driving 12hours to do this one again.




Last updated: 2008-04-02 12:00 AM
Running
00:13:52 | 02.1 miles | 06m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/257
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back on a road with a pretty steep hill (glad we rode this by accident the day before) then around the finishing chute to transition.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
T1
Time: 01:34
Overall: Good
Run with bike? Good
Jump on bike? Good
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Good
Biking
02:24:01 | 55 miles | 22.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/257
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
I have heard that this course was 1-2 miles short so I am going to split the difference and say 55.
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Out and up heading due north into the wind then stairsteps right/left every few miles until the return on the road due south. By this time the wind was more of a quartering tailwind so we were flying back to T2.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 01:28
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
01:55:54 | 13.1 miles | 08m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/257
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: Two big loops with two smaller loops around Whirlpool contained inside of them.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2008-08-06 7:20 PM

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2008-08-06 7:46 PM
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Great job on the race- your bike split was crazy! Congrats on the clearwater slot. We had a great time over the weekend and thanks for all the wal-mart runs.
2008-08-06 8:26 PM
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Great job on getting that slot!  Nice meeting you out on the run course!
2008-08-06 8:27 PM
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So you'll eat a bit more at Clearwater, right? I can't wait to actually meet you in Florida! Great race, and I'm glad your friend cussed/cajoled you into finishing strong
2008-08-07 10:08 AM
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Awesome race Brett!  You set a goal way back at the beginning of the season and BAM, you met it.  Rock it out at Clearwater!
2008-08-07 10:24 AM
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Clearwater is one of the Holy Grail's of this triathlon business, for sure..Congratulations!

Awesome, just awesome.


2008-08-07 10:34 AM
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Congratulations on meeting your goal this year - that's awesome!! Your rocked out that bike course and turned in a time that would have beat you HIM time goal - now go prove it at Clearwater!
2008-08-07 11:54 AM
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You raced, you racked a Clearwater slot, you drank beer ... all in all, I'd say it was a good day!

Job well done, my friend.

 

2008-08-07 12:38 PM
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YEAH!  I'm so excited for you that you got a slot.  It just wouldn't have felt right going since it you wanted it WAY more than me!  You had a great race and I hope you learned that 3 GU's isn't enough for a HIM.  If not, I'll remind you for the next 3 months!
2008-08-07 4:46 PM
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Solid race coach, congrats on Clearwater!!
2008-08-07 7:06 PM
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Fantastic job getting a  Clearwater spot.  Man, you were jammin' on that bike leg!


2008-08-12 7:42 AM
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Hmm... I thought I got the last slot in M35-39 until i read your report. Thanks, I didn't know that's how the unclaimed slots were handled.

Great race and see you in Clearwater.
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