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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
75F / 24C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 28m 54s
Overall Rank = 234/640
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 19/73
Pre-race routine:

Well, we arrived at our parking spot at exactly 4 am. If you extrapolate that backwards, you will find that we got up at 2:40 and left the house by 3:10. Yes, people, in the AM!

Had some coffee, grabbed my PBJ sandwich and started driving. Car was all packed up and bikes were on the back already.
Event warmup:

Rode my bike from the parking lot (which was used last year for parking, but not this year, so we had the whole thing to ourselves!)

Didn't really do much of a pre-race warm up because my wave didn't go off until 7:30. I didn't see the point in getting all warmed up just to stand around. So I chatted. Alot. With who ever would chat with me.
Swim
  • 15m 15s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards
Comments:

I thought this would turn out to be a faster time. Hmmmmmpf. Was super aggressive in this swim start. Started up front and fought with the front girls of my wave for clean water. Didn't draft much as I didn't trust anyone and there was lots of traffic coming in the opposite direction. I wanted to try to avoid head on collisions. Even so, I got into accidents with several people, all of which crossed the buoy line and were meandering around in my lane. This did not make me happy.

Also collided with a number of backstrokers. This did not make me happy either.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. I thought this would have been a faster "per 100" time. I usually say "I should have been more aggressive" but I think I was aggressive enough this time. Started up front and center with the attitude that "I own this swim".

For this reason, and because I've swum similar distances in about 12 minutes, I am deeming this sprint swim "long". There's no way I swam 1:52 100's. And there's no way I was 9th out of 73 while swimming 1:52 100's.
Transition 1
  • 01m 45s
Comments:

Focused. Had to stay focused.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Any transition time with a 1 in the first position makes me happy.
Bike
  • 36m 20s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 20.53 mile/hr
Comments:

Had no idea how fast this was going to turn out to be. No speedometer. Chris' wheel feels totally different on my bike, so I couldn't really tell how much effort I was expending. Didn't feel like I was working 20+ mph hard, but I was hoping I was.

I think I may get myself some new wheels... or maybe I should continue to train on my crappy wheels and get myself some RACE WHEELS for race days. Hmmmmmmmm. Something to think about. There was a marked difference. And this wheel was nothing special.

Lots of new racers doing this race, and they like to ride 3-4 abreast, much to my chagrin. Made it very hard to pass without going left of center. I started out being polite... "Please keep to your left..." and wound up just snarling "Move over!" after the 750,000 time. Very frustrating. One thing for all new triathletes to remember, PLEASE stay to your right while on the bike. For your safety and for the safety of those passing you.

OK, off my soapbox.
What would you do differently?:

I guess I could push even harder!
Transition 2
  • 01m 59s
Comments:

All fine!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Run
  • 33m 37s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 49s  min/mile
Comments:

My knees ached as soon as I started this run. They made their presence known, and I thought it would be smart for me to lay off them a bit and not push it too much. I have another big week ahead of me, and I just came off a pretty big running week. This marathon thing... Hmpf. ;)

When you have the knees of an 60 year old woman, there's not much you can do but try to listen to your body.
What would you do differently?:

Knee transplant? Hobble all my competitors? Run faster? I did what I could today.

Perhaps the thing I could do differently is learn to accept my limitations as a runner. And embrace my talent for cycling.
Post race
Warm down:

Cross finish line.

Stop. Find Chris and Schmeeze and Holly. Chat.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Defective body parts.

Event comments:

Very expensive race. Racks were crowded, but the race itself was fairly well organized. The sprint cost $109.00, and for that I got an EAS bar and a fleece. WooooHooo.

Of course, I did get the opportunity to ride my bike, swim in a lake and go for a runny type thing with a bunch of my friends... and I suppose you can't put a price on stuff like that.

This is a sprint PR. With a longish swim. :)




Last updated: 2008-08-17 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:15:15 | 820 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 9/73
Overall: 0/640
Performance: Good
Suit: None
Course: Out away from the sun, and back into the sun.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 01:45
Performance:
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
00:36:20 | 12.43 miles | 20.53 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/73
Overall: 0/640
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: 12ish miles of meandering roads... some of them in an office park type setting... A fairly strong headwind in some parts.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:59
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:33:37 | 03.11 miles | 10m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 59/73
Overall: 0/640
Performance: Average
Course: Running around on a path, kinda.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2008-08-17 3:05 PM

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2008-08-17 8:26 PM
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Good job out there Whizzzz...very impressive!  Beautiful day for us to race out there today!

2008-08-18 9:13 AM
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Wow!  My dream is to bike like you someday.  Sounds like you had fun racing without all the gadgets.  Nice race.
2008-08-18 9:51 AM
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My e-sistah is kinda fast!

That's a warmup - you loosened up the jaw muscles.

Nice job, Whizzzzzzzzzbang!

2008-08-18 10:33 AM
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Nice race, I'm hearing you about the swim being "long" and the backstrokers - WUWT?

Good job on the bike!

2008-08-18 10:35 AM
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Great race and good seeing you on the course!!! Always nice to talk to the Whizzzer.


2008-08-18 10:42 AM
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But did you have FUN????

Way to get out there.  That is awfully early to get up though!  Wow!  I would have been sleep driving....

2008-08-18 10:42 AM
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So you think it was long too?  I did this distance last year, and did it in the exact same time and I am a MUCH stronger swimmer this year than last. Granted I was in a wet suit last year and was without this year.  Interesting.

 

Great job though.  Yeah, I agree about the crowded course.  Hopefully they will have the old International course back next year to open up the Sprint course a bit more.

 

Glad to see Coredump didn't have to wait too long to get his bike out.   

2008-08-18 10:43 AM
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Backstrokers? Now that is totally bizarre. Any butterfliers out there?

Great race! I'm glad you had fun. Hope that fleece is comfy
2008-08-18 11:31 AM
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Grrrrrr!  Nice job!! Grrrrrrrr!

BTW,  your looking pretty ripped!  Have you been working out? 



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2008-08-18 2:15 PM
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Great race!  3rd in AG on the bike is sweet!  And good swim and run, too.

My vote is definitely no need for electronics and get some race wheels!



2008-08-18 5:59 PM
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Good seeing you yesterday. You looked and sounded like you were having a lot of fun. But when don't you sound like that

 Really nice race on your part.

And yes, as funny as it sounds (and even funnier as it looks) my head does sweat.

2008-08-18 6:09 PM
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Awesome race Laura!!

And what an awesome bike split. I will be channeling whatever inner Whizzzzz I can find on IM race day to try to get a little bit of that speed.
2008-08-18 8:59 PM
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Race wheels,huh?  Good thought. 

Great race, Laura...I was there in my  thoughts

2008-08-19 10:37 AM
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Great race girl!! Nice job!
2008-08-19 2:22 PM
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Great job out there, running always sucks, nice finish!


2008-08-19 9:15 PM
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yeah, most of MY transition times have a 1 in front of them as well... only difference is there is usually another number before you get to the 'seconds' column....

great race whizzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz!!!!! Awesome PR!
2008-08-20 8:54 AM
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Great job!  Wish I could loan you my knees for races but I don't think they've perfected that operation just yet.  Congrats.
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