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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
JMC Partners
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 09m 46s
Overall Rank = 17/634
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 2/79
Pre-race routine:

Started the night before with some dinner at the Chancery with a group of BTers. A ton of laughs at the table for sure. Went to sleep after watching some of the Packer game and Torres missing out on her gold by .01s. Didn't really sleep great, but that is normal.

Got up at 3:15am, had an ensure and a clif bar. Decided to head over to the course, and the worked out great. Holly was up, so we just got in the car and actually beat the road blocks, so we parked very close to the start/finish (no need for the shuttle/remote parking - early bird gets the worm ;)

Started to rack my bike, and realized my rack position stunk. Also realized that the bikes were set up by when you registered and not an age group. Tried to find an official to see if I could change my position. None in site. Talked to the RD, and he said to go ahead an move it, if I I did. Probably saved me 20s even before the race started.
Event warmup:

Saw dumpster and whizzzz and Chris and I decided to do our warmup runs together. Did a 10' run w/ 4 strides. Then got on the bike to check out the new course set up, turnaround, etc. Did 2 race pace pickups for 1'. Then got my suit on, realized I was running out of time and cut that warmup short. Forgot to take in any water during the warmup, which probably didn't help me any towards the end of the race.
  • 23m 5s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 32s / 100 meters

Pretty good swim. Seeded myself towards the front. Jumped in and my goggles fell down. tried to swim with them full of water, and that wasn't working. So, I stopped an got them back on. This was actually good, as it allowed a couple people to pass me. I grabbed on to some feet, but this dude was flying (did 20:00). I hung on for about 50m, but knew it wouldn't last. I then swam alone for about 500m or so and felt someone on my feet. And then he finally passed me. So, I hung on his feet for awhile. He was a little crooked, but we were going into that awful sun, so I hung with him. I lost him a couple of times, but rode him in for the last 400m. That was good. He finished 2s in front of me.

Slower than last year, but a good swim nonetheless.

2006: 25:30
2007: 22.26
2008: 23:05
What would you do differently?:

A couple things. Its a pretty steep entrance, so the dive in will jar your goggles. I either need to hold on to them, or make them a little tighter. I also made the wrong decision with the full sleeve wet suit. It was way to hot for it. My arms were burning up towards the end. I just wanted out of the suit.
Transition 1
  • 01m 16s

Good transition. 19th overall. The suit got stuck on the chip side leg. So, I yanked harder and my arch started to cramp. So, I just yanked again, and figured the cramp would go away on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I work on transitions, and really believe in the free speed that is available here.
  • 1h 00m 50s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 24.51 mile/hr

Good bike. The first mile was all about getting my HR down to where I could sustain and hammer. First lap was nice b/c it wasn't crowded, but it seemed tougher. There was definitely a headwind when we hit the road that needed repaired. Seemed like we were on that one for awhile. But my HR came down, and I hammered as best I could. I was averaging about 22.6 for that lap. At the turnaround, my legs really started to feel good and I continued to drink water and get some fuel in.

At about the 15 mile mark, I hear this voice, "come on man, lets pick up the pace". It was Dumpster and he was flying (35mph+) on a slight down hill. I didn't expect to see him b/c he was in the wave in front of me, but he hadn't been swimming, so I figured I passed him on the swim. He got up about a 1/3 of mile on me and was weaving in and out operating the legal drafting to its finest. I started to pick up my pace, b/c, well, I didn't want him to get too far ahead of me.

This worked out good, as we have pushed each other in races before. There are some slight hills and rollers that bring your speed down on this coursse. I was able to get closer to him on a couple of these and then finally passed him back on the 2nd to last turn. I continued to really hammer as the finish line was near (and I didn't want him to pass me back). The only issue with this little cat and mouse game was that I was so focused on going faster, I forgot to take in water. And I needed it. Kind of a rookie mistake, but I got caught up in it.

2006: 1:12:22, 20.6mph
2007: 1:09:26, 21.5mph
2008: 1:00:50, 23.2mph

*added bike computer mph to these splits, as 2008 was 1.5m short, and wasn't a true 9' improvement, but a 1.7mph improvement.

What would you do differently?:

Take in more water.
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s

Very nice transition. I went w/o socks for the first time in an Oly, and it worked fine (no blisters). That chopped off some time, but then I realized I needed some water and took a swig from the aerobottle. Couldn't find my last gel for the run, and took off w/o it. I believe I can do this sub 1:00. Of course, rack position helped here.

1st Overall in my AG! And 7th OA in the race. Free speed, I say!
What would you do differently?:

Drink water on bike, have gel already in a pocket.
  • 43m 24s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 59s  min/mile

Run started off really good. I came out of transition about 10s behind the eventual winner of our AG. I didn't know that he was the leader, but I suspected he was in my AG. He was going at a good clip, so my plan was to just stay with him and then pass him at the end. At least that was my plan.

Run started off great, I felt pretty good for the 1st 1/2 mile. Then, I had this stomach cramp. Not a side stitch but something going on with the stomach. Thought, I needed water, and didn't think it had anything to do with nutrition, as I just had 2 gels on the ride. I tried altering my breathing and the right foot exhale trick, to no avail. I figured slowing down or walking might help, but I decided to just fight threw it. It NEVER went away. It made for a tougher run than I wanted, but glad to see the mental strength was there. My body kept negotiating to walk, slow down, but my mind just kept chugging. Maybe walking would have helped, though? Either way, my HR was going up and my pace was going down and I was losing my rabbit.

I took water at every aid station and there were 5 of them. I took two glasses at the first one, but only got about 4-5oz down. I continued to run with our AG leader, but he was putting about 5-10s more in between us every mile. Even at mile 4 when it was really starting to hurt, I still thought I could catch him at the end. And although, my last 1/2 mile was around 6:30, I couldn't make up the lost time as he was sprinting at the end, too. He got me by 52s on the run, and 53s overall.

1m: 6:53, 155ahr
2m: 6:53, 158ahr
3m: 7:04, 159ahr
4m: 7:11, 162ahr
5m: 7:12, 165ahr
6m: 7:10, 168ahr
0.2m: 6:29, 170ahr

Saw a ton of people on the run and that is always encouraging. I wasn't my usual chipper self, but its tough when you are arguing internally with your body. The body is such a great negotiator ;)

2006: 52:12 (8:24m/m)
2007: 45:12 (7:17m/m)
2008: 43:24 (6:59m/m)
What would you do differently?:

Hydrate better on bike. With my recent track work and tempo runs, I was poised for a sub 42. This run hurt more than it should have.
Post race
Warm down:

Grab some gatorade and water. Wait for others to finish. Talked to Holly and discussed the race and how I missed her at the spot she was at last year. Stretched, had my Endurox and talked with other BTers.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I really think I was a little dehydrated towards the end of the race. I didn't go to the bathroom until about noon and it wasn't clear. That was a mental mistake for sure, and I pride myself on taking care of the details.

I tend to be hard on myself, but I like to find the things I did wrong, so I can improve on them next time. I am very excited about this PR (10' in an Oly is phenomanal). I know there is still room for improvement, though. And that is what makes this sport so great. I will get better.

I really enjoyed the race, and it is a great set up in that you get to see so many people throughout it. Took 2nd in my AG, so that was very cool. Got to meet Leroy Butler and take a few pictures with him and Lauren Jensen.

Event comments:

Good race. Large field with some great talent. They really but on a great show and have a great gift bag, too. Some people weren't big fans of the fleece, but Holly loves it (yes, she got mine).

They are weak, however, on the post race food. Very weak.

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Last updated: 2008-07-22 12:00 AM
00:23:05 | 1500 meters | 01m 32s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/79
Overall: 23/634
HR was higher than normal: 154ish
Course: Triangle, buoys on right.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:16
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:00:50 | 24.85 miles | 24.51 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/79
Overall: 30/634
Course was about 1.5 short. My speedometer had it at 23.2mph. I am sure that is closer. HR was high.
Course: Changed from last year into two loops, and will go back to normal next year I was told.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:12
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:43:24 | 06.21 miles | 06m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/79
Overall: 62/634
See below in text.
Course: This one is flat. Wind did seem to effect the run out on the highway. And the sun was beating down hard coming in b/c its so open.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2008-08-18 12:17 PM

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2008-08-18 12:29 PM
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Waukesha, WI
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Hey, did you know you are fast?  Great job.  I can't wait to see what you do at Moo.  Keep up the great work and attitude!

2008-08-18 12:34 PM
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St Charles, IL
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Aha!  No socks, so that's how you beat me out of T2.  Dangit. 

Congrats on a solid race.  It was definitely unexpected to see you on the bike, as I was going like heck thinking you were still behind me.  But my swim did kinda suck.  Glad that I was able to be a little bit of a carrot for you.

I think we were both hurting on the run from punishing the bike, but that's what my goal was for this race.

Way to PR by 10' and go sub-2:10!!!  That's HUGE!  

It's going to be awesome cheering for you up at Madison in a few weeks.  Enjoy the recovery and the taper for the IM. 

2008-08-18 12:38 PM
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Who knew donkeys could fly?

Very impressive race and congrats.

2008-08-18 12:39 PM
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Mukwonago, WI
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Great race as always!  Awesome job!

Nice pix - especially with Leroy but what were ya doing to him in that one?  Were you trying to tackle him?

2008-08-18 2:29 PM
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Northbrook, IL
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Fantastic , as always! You've always been a great swimmer, but your bike/run improvement is amazing...sorry to miss you again. You are in fantastic shape for IMWI. Looking forward to watching you there.

2008-08-18 2:34 PM
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Wow. Dude you were flying! Sorry to ruin any drama by telling you what place you got. I'm an idiot. Still, an amazing job, my friend. Congrats and way to rock the vote.
2008-08-18 2:44 PM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
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Blah blah blah, I'M FREAKY FAST!   (j/king witcha)

Hey, Michael Phelps, you need to fix those goggles a little and weren't doing the 200 M butterfly!

Hardware grabbing and representing the Donkai Nation proud!   EEEAAAWWW!!!

2008-08-18 5:39 PM
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Oak Park, Il
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You are a freak of nature dude! Give the rest of us AGers a chance and turn pro, ok?

Oh, and tell Holly thanks for the pics.

Nice work as always. Looking forward to seeing you in Madison (and make sure to hydrate will ya!)

2008-08-18 7:22 PM
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Wellington, North Island
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Awesome job at the race Scott! And I can't believe you ran a sub-seven pace on the run even with something brewing in your stomach. That's amazing.
2008-08-18 8:00 PM
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West Bend, WI
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smokin fast.

Glad you won the negotiation

2008-08-18 8:35 PM
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Southwest Chicago 'burbs
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Pretty soon people are going to be asking to take pictures with YOU rather than you asking for pictures with them. 

Oh, and hey, can I have your autograph?

2008-08-19 8:09 AM
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Dang, speedy...
2008-08-19 8:26 AM
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Great race Scott! Plus you got to "tackle" LeRoy. I'm not sure which would be a greater highlight. It seems like you are so dialed in, sights are set on IMoo, and you are going to crush it in September. Can't wait to hear about. Have fun with the taper!
2008-08-19 9:01 AM
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Saweet race dood!! Super fast!!! Awesome pics!!
2008-08-19 9:03 AM
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Algonquin, IL
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Great job!  When I saw you on the run you looked like you were going to take a dump.  I guess you were just trying to get to a porta potty.  I usually can't run very fast when I gotta take a dump.  Lucky for you there were no marshals on the bike course and you had someone to pull you.  When you told me you got parking behind the recplex, I thought you had paid someone off, not that you had got there before EVERYONE else.  Nice swim too.  Who did you draft off of for that? ;D 

Thanks for the demoralization!  You da man!

2008-08-19 9:10 AM
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You're fast.  Perioid.

Congrats on the wicked PR!

2008-08-19 9:40 AM
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Awesome job on Sunday Mr. Schmize.  17th overall is impressive.  Your continued improvement even for a fast dood gives us slow pokes motivation to keep at it.

Looking forward to watching you at IMMOO.

P.S.  Sorry I couldn't help out with the business deal.  Cost might go up - bigger venue you know

2008-08-19 10:06 AM
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I like the fleece too.... I just wish it didn't cost me $109.00.

Nice job. Always so impressive!

2008-08-20 8:49 AM
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Wisconsin near the Twin Cities metro
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Fantastic job on the PR!  Great bike split, either way you measure it     Look forward to seeing you tear it up in Madison.
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