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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
JMC Partners
Total Time = 2h 39m 41s
Overall Rank = 287/628
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 57/92
Pre-race routine:

Got down to the race site on Saturday. Neeeded to drop bike off, check-in, etc. Meet up with maggyruth, amyjotris, firstnet911 at the transition area. Maggyruth and I went to the meeting which was kind of worthless to be honest after having done this race two years ago.

Went to eat with all those mentioned above along with mr2tony, Joe Runner, TheSchwamm, schmize and cweninger. Great time hanging out, pounding water and eating noodles.
Event warmup:

Up at 3:45. Coffee, three pieces of peanut butter toast, cliff bar, water and gatorade. Got to the parking lot, hoped on shuttle bus and got to the the RecPlex in good shape. Transition seemed rediculously crowded. Probably the most crowded transition I've been in.

Got into the water some. Sheesh! Compared to Lake Michigan for Spirit of Racine this water was hot! Felt very comfortable though and as always was good to get in and move around some. Hung out with peeps including Force which was the first time I saw him over the weekend.
  • 25m 6s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 32s / 100 yards

I think I was in the largest wave of 88 people although it might have even been more. I positioned myself in the front (second row) on the left. As we started I tried to find somebody to draft off of but I never have the patience for that. I just tried to get off to the side somewhat, find good water and site well. I think I went out a little fast at first but I was able to settle down and get into a good rhythm.

Rounded the first bouy well and as this course is notorious for, bam, right into the sunlight. I knew from the last time that that if you just keep swimming towards the large power plant and don't worry about the bouys that you'll be just fine. That worked great and I think I probably swam a pretty straight line. No real problems on this leg. Ran into a few people here and there but it was all fine.

Rounded the last buoy to come back in. I was getting a little tired but not too bad. I felt like I was moving fairly well and was probably going to end up with a decent time. Got out of the water and saw that I was in the 25 minute range which I was real happy with.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I think that I can go faster but at what cost. This OLY distance overall as it becomes "smaller" to me I think I could get my swim down even more but I think it would be unwise taking too much away from the rest of my race.
Transition 1
  • 02m 42s

I struggled getting my shirt on. Don't know why. I've been putting shirts on, well, my whole life actually but just seemed to have a hard time with this. Wetsuit came off pretty well with extra glide on and using both thumbs to push each leg off.
What would you do differently?:

The smart thing would be to have tri clothes so that getting out of the wetsuit would be followed with helmet, sunglasses and that's about it. Looking at others times I am slow and need to probably pick up another 30-45 seconds here.
  • 1h 08m 27s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.78 mile/hr

Good bike. I tried not to blow up but I probably pushed this harder than the previous OLY this year. Lots of newbies out there and combined with doing two loops and being mixed in with the sprint group, thise course had some dangerous potential. I never really got in danger but PEOPLE - RIDE ON THE RIGHT! It's quite simple but slower riders, mountain bikes, etc. were practically on the yellow line in the middle of the road!!

I felt good though and the bike really moved by pretty quickly. Force passed me on the second loop with just that, Force! Dude can really ride.

I got passed a decent amount but did quite a bit of passing and overall a nice ride.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 02m 48s

Eventually I'll probably spend the money and get biking shoes which are better for slipping out while riding.
  • 1h 00m 40s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 46s  min/mile

As always, this is where my race slows down. Never quite sure how the legs are going to feel off the bike and they felt OK this time around. It took probably about 3/4 mile to get to where my legs felt comfortable. One of my goals is to do a sub 60 minute 10k at the end of an OLY. I didn't quite make it again but I'm not too far off.

First mile went fairly well with a nice pace. It was a pace I thought I could maybe hold for the race so I was pretty excited. That changed though. Second mile I must have slowed some but still felt decent. Every water station I was trying to dump two cups over my head and drink some. Had gatorade with me on the fuel belt so I was working on that too.

Mile three same up and that was my best mile split so now I'm really thinking this could be something. Between mile three and four though I really started to suffer. I even walked a little bit after the mile four mark by the water station. Right now I'm primarily focused on trying to finish in under 2:40 for the entire race. I know the heat is starting to get to me which is making it more and more difficult. It's not really even that hot out but there's no shade on the course and I don't do well in heat.

I just tried to keep plugging away having done the math and I knew for 2:40 I was fairly comfortable as long as I didn't fall over. Finally made the last turn around the lake and started the path into the finish line. I'm really hurting and started just making small goals. Just make it to the lightpost. Then, just make it to the grabage can, etc. Once I got about 100 yards out I tried a little bit of a kick which felt OK. Actually passed a few people which is always nice.

Mile 1 9:24 170
Mile 2 9:56 170
Mile 3 9:23 176
Mile 4 10:20 179
Mile 5 10:05 179
Mile 6 10:17 182
Last.2 1:42 204
What would you do differently?:

I feel like I left it all on the course. Other than training more, lower weight,etc. I don't feel like I could have gone any harder today.
Post race
Warm down:

Got together with Force, cweninger, Joe Runner and amyjotris and hung out. Saw Schmize too with his 2:09 finish - impressive as always!
They were handing out cool washclothes at the finish which is very nice!

Fun racing weekend with lots of BT peeps.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Two years ago I did this race in 3:07 so a nice improvement although having a nice bike and a wetsuit I'm sure contributed. Since my HIM in July I would say my training has been below average which I'm disappointed in. I had some nice workouts but not consistant enough and not enough volume so actually this race went better than I thought it would.

Event comments:

Nice venue. Shuttle busses are a pain but I don't know what else they could possibly do about it. Post-race food was average.

Last updated: 2007-10-15 12:00 AM
00:25:06 | 1640 yards | 01m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 13/92
Overall: 60/628
Performance: Good
159 avg
Suit: XTERRA full sleeve
Course: Triangular
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:42
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:08:27 | 24.85 miles | 21.78 mile/hr
Age Group: 49/92
Overall: 2032/628
Performance: Good
165 avg
Wind: Little
Course: Two loop course due to road construction this year. Fairly flat with a few small rollers (mostly going over brdiges).
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:48
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:00:40 | 06.21 miles | 09m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 81/92
Overall: 478/628
Performance: Average
Course: Wrap around the lake with an out and back leg on the highway in between.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-08-18 10:44 AM

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Mukwonago, WI
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2008-08-18 11:05 AM
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Excellent job on your PR yesterday.  Way to hold it together on the run to break 2:40.  Your advice for the swim sighting came in very useful.  You rocked the swim - can I get some help for next year?  Thanks for setting up dinner res on Saturday too.  Good times.
2008-08-18 1:44 PM
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Waukesha, WI
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I'd say you came along way since last year.  Very impressive.  Great job and it was nice dining and hangin' with ya. 
2008-08-18 2:08 PM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
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A very nice improvement, fellow Donk!  EEEAAAWWW!!!
2008-08-18 2:10 PM
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NW Suburbs, Illinois
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Great race, man!  You keep getting better and better. 

 I am hoping you can stay consistent with your training over the winter.  Next year will not be able to handle the likes of you.

2008-08-18 2:19 PM
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Living in the past
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Sweet race, Donk, sub 2:40 and a great swim. Most excellent. That run course is built for punishment - no shade and blacktop the whole way - and you persevered.

 It was good to see you again after SOR and good to hang with the rest of the donks. Got a few more events this season, Discovery run, etc., see you there?!

2008-08-18 2:39 PM
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Very nice race man!!! Can you teach me to swim? We had eerily similar times, except you were faster on the swim and I was faster on the run.
2008-08-19 10:32 AM
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Great race dood!! Thanks again for organizing the dinner for us on Saturday night!! Always nice to see you!!
2008-08-20 8:48 AM
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In The Peleton
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Great race Mark!  Nice improvements this year.
2008-08-20 2:50 PM
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Muskego, WI
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Mark, very very VERY impressive.  Look at those run splits!  WAYYYY Better than the 11+ I remember seeing from you, even in training.  Serious improvement!!!  I sense you are happy, and you should be.  Schmize is right...try to stay consistent over the winter and you'll be killing stuff next season!
2008-08-20 2:50 PM
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Delafield, Wisconsin
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Good Stuff Mark! Excellent race in all phases and a great overall time! I like the wet washcloth idea for the finish.

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