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Huddleston, Virginia
United States
Setup, Inc
Total Time = 2h 27m
Overall Rank = 42/212
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 4/16
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at the hotel and drove to the park around 7:00. Got my race packet and set up my TA, and then sat on a bench overlooking the lake with my wife. Had a PB&J and Powerbar at 8:00. The race started at 9:00.
Event warmup:

Just did my usual stretching out my arms on the beach.
  • 28m 3s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

I'm pretty sure it was longer than last year, cause not only was my time 3 minutes slower, but looking at the results it looks like other people's times were a couple minutes slower too. It was a little bit longer at the start too, cause last year we started from chest deep in the water, but this year we started on the shore and had to run into the water.

This was the first time I ever started in the first wave, which was kind of neat.
What would you do differently?:

After the second turn, when we were heading back toward the shore, my navigation wasn't very good, and I got off course a little bit. Other than that, I think I swam ok.
Transition 1
  • 01m 15s

I got my shoes on while I was riding a little better, but I still need to work on it to get it faster.

I had the second fastest T1 time in the whole race, since I was one of the few without a wetsuit again.
What would you do differently?:

I still need to work on getting my shoes on faster while I'm riding.
  • 1h 10m 13s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.23 mile/hr

I was a total idiot when I was setting up my transition area, and I forgot to put my bike computer on my bike. I got started on my ride and looked down to check my cadence, and noticed it was gone. It was very frustrating to do the whole ride without cadence and mph. Then around mile 7 or 8, I realized I hadn't drunk anything yet. I think I was flustered because of the bike computer, and wasn't thinking right, and had been forgetting to drink. There was also a pretty nasty wind for most of the ride. I was pretty happy that I actually beat last year's time by 15 seconds, even with the wind. I was hoping to get more like 1:05, but considering the wind and no bike computer, I was happy with what I got.
What would you do differently?:

Remember my bike computer. Remember to drink.
Transition 2
  • 01m 13s

After jumping off the bike, we had to run down this short little incline which was hard in bare feet. I don't mind running with bare feet on pavement, but going down that steep hill, while trying to hold onto the bike was tough.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing I can think of.
  • 46m 19s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 28s  min/mile

I felt really good on this run. It was way cooler than last year, which helped. I had a little bit of a side stitch, cause I don't think I drank enough on the bike, but it wasn't enough to bother me too much.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing I can think of.
Post race
Warm down:

Wow, now that I'm sitting here typing this, I just realized I forgot to warm down!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mental mistakes, like forgetting the bike computer and forgetting to drink enough. Overall though, I'm very pleased with this race. This is the best I've ever done, and I beat my time from last year by three and a half minutes. I didn't get my goal times on the swim or bike, but I was very happy with the run and happy with the overall race.

Event comments:

I really enjoy this race, which is why I was so looking forward to it this year. It's very well run, and a fun venue.

Last updated: 2008-08-14 12:00 AM
00:28:03 | 1640 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/16
Overall: 61/212
Performance: Average
Course: Somewhat of a rectangle. I thought it seemed like the outer right corner was out farther than last year.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:15
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:10:13 | 24.85 miles | 21.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/16
Overall: 41/212
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: The first 4 miles or so was the same as the run course, and then we headed out of the park and did a big loop.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:13
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:46:19 | 06.21 miles | 07m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/16
Overall: 55/212
Performance: Good
Course: All on the road in the park.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-09-21 7:47 PM

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2008-09-21 8:31 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Great job out there. 

I debated on adding this one since Patriot's International gut turned into a seriously would have kicked my tail across the board!

2008-09-22 5:43 AM
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Great race!!  I was one of the volunteers at the top of the hell hill yelling about mounting or dismounting your bike!!  Good job!!
2008-09-22 8:22 AM
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Congrats!  Excellent times - once I saw your swim placement was lower than normal for you, I knew that was because of the wetsuit.

You really smoked that run, and even though it wasn't your goal time, the bike was fast as well!  Awesome job!

2008-09-22 8:10 PM
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Nice race. I think you could excel at any distance with your consistent training.....
2008-09-23 10:20 PM
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Awesome race! Way to kick some butt! I remember this race name from last year... mostly because it makes me laugh.

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