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Wilmington, North Carolina
United States
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60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 24m 52s
Overall Rank = 173/573
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 29/59
Pre-race routine:

got william up and we had his choice of breakfast (poptarts and sugar free red bull ) No, I know that was not terribly healthy, but was good :) Drove to the site and got set up
Event warmup:

walked over to the swim exit and walked that route back to transition. got on the bus to go to the beach and tried to stay warm
  • 25m 13s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 32s / 100 yards

I hit the ladder and was out at 22:31. Then you have a .28 mile run/jog/walk to the transition area where the mat is. This makes White Lake seem like two steps.
What would you do differently?:

not sure. navigation was pretty good for me. probably keep working on stroke technique and strength. was better than two years ago by a minute and a half with a longer T1 run, so that is good.
Transition 1
  • 01m 50s

nice fast T1. can't ask for more
What would you do differently?:

  • 35m 51s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 20.80 mile/hr

middle 1/2 of course had some pretty decent head winds. too many people on the course. Hard to avoid drafting. probably could have gone a tad faster except for avoiding drafting on parts of the course. about a minute slower than 2006, but part of that is the wind and part of it was a more crowded course.
What would you do differently?:

continue to work on bike fitness
Transition 2
  • 01m 14s

not bad. didn't get my feet out of the shoes on the bike in time, so I had to take them off at the rack. didn't really matter much given the time
What would you do differently?:

  • 20m 46s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 41s  min/mile

not a bad run. first mile was over 7:20 if it was marked right, so I picked it up after that. Was trying to break 20, but didn't get there. Ran on the street some to avoid all the people on the sidewalk. 1 minute faster than 2006, so that's an improvement.
What would you do differently?:

Probably pick up the speed sooner. Was close to throw up level at the end, but still had something in me probably to go faster.
Post race
Warm down:

jogged out to the bike course area to route for william. then ran to different parts of the run course to cheer him on and stretched while waiting for him

What limited your ability to perform faster:

swimming ability and too many people on the bike course. probably also bike fitness could be better.

Event comments:

this is a great, fun race. even with 1300 people, i recommend it to everyone.

Last updated: 2008-06-07 12:00 AM
00:25:13 | 1640 yards | 01m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 37/59
Overall: 307/573
Performance: Good
avg hr 141
Suit: none
Course: point to point swim from behind the Blockade Runner Hotel to Sea Path marina going across Banks Channel. Salt water swim.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 01:50
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
00:35:51 | 12.43 miles | 20.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 30/59
Overall: 185/573
Performance: Good
avg hr: 151
Wind: Strong
Course: sort of a figure 8 course. some of it is very sheltered by trees, other part is on 5 lane road wich is not sheltered.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:14
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:20:46 | 03.11 miles | 06m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 15/59
Overall: 87/573
Performance: Good
avg hr: 168
Course: one loop with a short out and back just after you start.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-09-21 7:20 AM

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Kinston, NC
Subject: Wilmington YMCA Triathlon

2008-09-21 8:03 AM
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Subject: RE: Wilmington YMCA Triathlon

Great race!! That wind was fierce!! It is a super fun course.

Good job on increasing your times. Smile

2008-09-21 10:33 AM
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Great race! Improvement is what I am for.

I know how you feel on the run, and you explain it better. I'm red lining at the end, but after a 5 minute rest I feel like I could run another 5K.

I saw a group pass me on the bike that I could tell was not working together drafting, but they were having trouble getting sorted out. I was glad I didn't hold anyone up on the bridge like I did last year.

2008-09-21 1:15 PM
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Chapel Hill, NC
Subject: RE: Wilmington YMCA Triathlon
Nice race report. Congrats on improving your time and fast run time. I need to figure out how to dig deep in the run so I am at throw up level at the end.

I love the swim on that course, but don't like the bike, because of the crowds and not being able to pass people on bridges. At white lake sprint, they spaced out the waves farther which really helped thin out the bike course. They ought to do that here, too.
2008-09-22 9:48 AM
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Wilmington, NC
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Subject: RE: Wilmington YMCA Triathlon
Nice race and race report. Taking a minute off your run time is huge, nice job!
2008-09-23 6:51 AM
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Great race! Congratulations on the improvement!

I remember the bike course being packed last year.  I certainly hope they don't add another 100 participants next year!

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