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Council Bluffs, Iowa
United States
Council Bluffs YMCA
Total Time = 2h 45m 8s
Overall Rank = 124/133
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 21/21
Pre-race routine:

Up bright and early, short drive to race site since we had stayed in Council Bluffs.
Event warmup:

Set up transistion. Did about 200 yard swim to warmup.
  • 19m 22s
  • 1000 yards
  • 01m 56s / 100 yards

Not a terrible swim for me since I haven't been in the water since
July 8th . Rumor has it that it was probably closer to 800 yards. Started at the back of the pack. Navigated much better than last year. Did have some problems with goggles sealing. Didn't feel too bad on the swim.
What would you do differently?:

More swim practice.
Transition 1
  • 01m 57s

Average transistion. Tried to be smooth and efficient.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transistions more.
  • 1h 03m 12s
  • 18.29 miles
  • 17.36 mile/hr

This is where I really tried to make up some time. I feel that of the three disciplines, this is my best. Once again still lacking in training. Passed quite a few people on the bike. Tried to keep my candance at 90 and do smooth shifts and corners. Stopped for a downed biker to offer my help, but it wasn't needed. Felt happy on the bike. My bike computer showed 19.92 miles with an average of 18.9 mph.
What would you do differently?:

More training.
Transition 2
  • 00m 39s

Fast transition since I am still using cages.
  • 1h 19m 51s
  • 6.34 miles
  • 12m 35s  min/mile

This is where the wheels really fell off. Since I had pushed hard on the bike and lack of training, my legs were fried for the run. Made my way out of transition and onto the cours. Passed the family right out of transition. I would call my run more of a shuffle than a run. Within the first mile I had to take a 30 second walk to get my legs back under me. Fell into a decent shuffle until the first aid staion. Walked the aid station to hydrate. Continued with my shuffle and then it happened. Between the first and second aid station I stepped into a huge pothole. I don't know how I missed it. I turned my ankle and fell into a gravel driveway. My ankle hurt instantly. After getting up and brushing myself off, including my pride, I walked for half a block to see if I could even finish. I decided to finish and started my shuffle again. Walked the next aid station. After that I started to do a run/walk routine. I ran until I felt like I couldn't and then walked for a while. After the last aid station I was mentally beat. I was hot, tired, sore and could only run for short distances. Then the fast finishers started to pass me with their bikes in the back of their trucks on the way home. I almost just sat down and waited for a ride home. Decided to finish and run/walked to the finish. Ran across the finish line with my kids.
What would you do differently?:

More training and not step in pothole.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked over to sports medicine to get an ice pack for my ankle. Apologized to my cheering section for my poor performance.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training, training and more training. I'm not even going to use my ankle as an excuse. It was the lack of training that did me in.

Event comments:

More drink stations this year on the run. Would have liked to have mile markers on the run.

Last updated: 2008-08-19 12:00 AM
00:19:22 | 1000 yards | 01m 56s / 100yards
Age Group: 18/21
Overall: 118/133
Performance: Bad
Suit: None
Course: Out and Back.
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:57
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:03:12 | 18.29 miles | 17.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/21
Overall: 67/133
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Lap around the lake and then an out and back portion on the trails.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:39
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:19:51 | 06.34 miles | 12m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 21/21
Overall: 127/133
Performance: Bad
Course: One lap around the lake.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-08-24 9:00 AM

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Beatrice, Nebraska
Subject: Black Squirrel Triathlon

2008-08-25 9:56 PM
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Beatrice NE.
Subject: RE: Black Squirrel Triathlon

Nice job on the swim and bike. That suck about your run. I know what it is like to have a good first 2 legs then have a horrible run (Steelhead), kinda motivates you huh. Get that foot healed up so you can get running again. Only about 3 months til the Turkey Trot.
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