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Shoreview, Minnesota
United States
Total Time = 3h 09m 52s
Overall Rank = 778/795
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 292/301
Pre-race routine:

Drove to work to pick up my swimming goggles, since I had not planned to race when I left on Friday.
Power Bar to start the day. Ensure vanilla about 90 minutes before the start. Hammer gel about 30 minutes before the start.
For some reason I was in the bathrooms about five times before the start. No issues, just getting rid of water I was retaining this past week.
Saw a couple of co-workers, one of whom was racing, and the other was there to support his wife and one of his sons, who were both racing.
  • 41m 55s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 47s / 100 meters

I had the pleasure of meeting Sal/sparco while waiting for the start of the swim - what a great person, and a pleasure to finally meet him.
What would you do differently?:

Improve my breast stroke technique to shave off more time.
Get more comfortable with my freestyle technique to use that stroke, as well.
Transition 1
  • 02m 34s

Muck, muck, muck... about 8 inches of the stuff to run through to get out of the water.
USAT gave Turtleman an exemption to allow bike riding in/out of T1 because the hill at the exit. I didn't clip in to my pedals until I was a good 1/4 mile out, but that was just fine with me.
  • 1h 16m 40s
  • 22.99 miles
  • 17.99 mile/hr

I let myself ride for a good 30 minutes before I had some Hammer gel. I drank Amino Vital about every 10 minutes. My fluid and nutrition intake on the ride worked extremely well. With approximately 4 miles to go, I took my second gulp of Hammer gel to make sure it was flowing into my system by the time I was on the run.
What would you do differently?:

My speed was very satisfying. I still need to work on my hill technique, but I was pleased with my ride results.
Transition 2
  • 01m 11s

Nice, smooth transition
  • 1h 07m 38s
  • 5.1 miles
  • 13m 16s  min/mile

This was my second run using the Galloway Method and I am incredibly pleased with the results. I was not completely spent when I crossed the finish line. One nice thing about having "46" on my calf, and being passed is that many of the "young pups" are incredibly supportive of the "old lady", which is incredibly sweet.
What would you do differently?:

Continue to work on using the Galloway Method as it appears to be an excellent approach for me... at least for the short- medium-term.
Post race
Warm down:

I definitely needed to walk around when I finished the race because my quads threatened to cramp up on me.
I made sure that I drank a bottle of Amino Vital at the end to get some more good stuff flowing into my body.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Definitely my weight... this was my last tri of the season. If I can reduce my lean body mass to 75-80%, then I will have much more speed.

Event comments:

I will "Be The Turtle", again, next year.

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Last updated: 2008-01-22 12:00 AM
00:41:55 | 1500 meters | 02m 47s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/301
Overall: 768/795
Performance: Good
Suit: LG Tri Suit
Course: Out and back
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:34
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:16:40 | 22.99 miles | 17.99 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/301
Overall: 741/795
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: My home turf - many of the streets that I ride on with my bike / scooter when commuting to work.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:11
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:07:38 | 05.1 miles | 13m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/301
Overall: 784/795
Performance: Good
Course: Large CCW square, again, on my "home turf". First half was in the sun, but we had a fair amount of shade on the second half of the run.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
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? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-08-10 4:05 PM

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Twin Cities
Subject: Turtleman Triathlon

2008-08-11 8:22 AM
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Granvile, Ohio
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Subject: RE: Turtleman Triathlon
Excellent work missy!   You did an amazing job with very little training.  Beware of the turtle.
2008-08-11 5:37 PM
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Out running or enjoying a fine glass of red...
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Nice job! So jealous you got to meet Sal!

2008-08-14 1:55 PM
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Spokane, Washington
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Holy smokes, look at your bike speed!  FANtastic!  And so glad you tried the Galloway running - it sounds like it's working great for now.  Nice work, my friend!  Great race! 

("Turtleman" - I hope they had a shirt that lives up to the name!  I can see SO many possibilities!!)


2008-08-26 8:14 AM
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A farming town in MN
Subject: RE: Turtleman Triathlon

Sharon!  It was great to finally meet you!  I'm glad you decided to race, otherwise I may not have met you this year .  I use a modified Galloway--I walk at all the aid stations, get well hydrated, wait until my HR comes down a little and continue running.  I'm glad it worked for you.

Great race!  I'll see you next year if not before.

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