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Waterloo, Iowa
United States
Peregrine Charities
Total Time = 2h 21m 27s
Overall Rank = 30/107
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 3/5
Pre-race routine:

Packet Pick-up was the day before the event so I attended the expo, dropped off my bike and what's this? Body marking the night before the event? Ok I'll play along but my bed sheets didn't like it.

I got to transition with less time then desired. I forgot my bike pump in the car knowing I hadn't topped my tires off for like two weeks I had to scramble for one to borrow. Either I'm a moron or this was the most complicated pump I've ever used. As I struggled with the funky lever for what seemed like forever I heard the announcement that there was 5 minutes until transition would close. Oh crap! I hadn't laid out anything yet. I felt the tire pressure with my hands and could tell they were low. Double crap! But forget the tires, I ran the pump back to the guy I had borrowed it from. Then I hastily threw stuff on the ground under my bike and strapped in my aero bottle. Frantic fingers and rubber bands are not a good combo. Grabbed my wetsuit, goggles and swim cap and got out of there before any volunteers had to drag me out.
Event warmup:

No real warmup so to speak of. Met and talked to a few new people, including Noz who was super friendly. Before long we were lined up and ready to go.
  • 33m 38s
  • 1760 yards
  • 01m 55s / 100 yards

The beach was in ruin due to flooding so they started us on a carpeted boat ramp. I think I caught my foot on one of the cinder blocks holding the carpet down or maybe it was just a big rock cuz it hurt. The number of people in my wave was pretty small so it wasn't too crowded. We spread out in a hurry or should I say they left me in the dust in a hurry. I struggled with breathing again and I never really got it comfortably in control again. The turn around was a looooong ways away. I think I prefer triangular or rectangular shaped courses. But soon enough it was over. I made a graceful exit by tripping over the carpet that was floating unsecured underwater.
What would you do differently?:

Probably more swim time. I have really neglected the swim for the past 2 months.
Transition 1
  • 01m 9s

Not too bad considering my helmet was on the ground. The new shoes went on easier (they're Tri shoes) and I took a brief moment to pop a Gas-x to combat the impending indigestion issues I usually face after a longer swim. Grabbed my bike and was off
What would you do differently?:

Helmet on aerobars so I can step out of my wetsuit and pop on the helmet at the same time.
  • 1h 01m 32s
  • 22 miles
  • 21.45 mile/hr

This is where things got interesting. I immediately felt slow. I don't know if it was mental or if the tire pressure was really making a noticeable difference. It didn't help that it was a small race and there was not a whole lot of people to pass. But I pushed along trying not to worry about anything and just put up the best bike split I could.

So with about 4 miles left I approached a right turn. I looped out wide to cut the inside of the corner. I cut it pretty well but there was a giant hole in the pavement. Not a pothole, but just a big, but smooth, circular depression. I shot out of that thing way left, into the oncoming lane of traffic and going way to fast. I hit the brakes, wobbled right, corrected myself, wobbled right again, and mid correction my front tire slid off the shoulder and into gravel. No way to correct that. I hit the pavement hard with my shoulder and hip. I dusted myself off and surveyed the damage to the bike and myself. Nothing major. Just a little blood and a bent brake handle. A volunteer ran over and asked me if I was alright and if I wanted to continue. Heck yeah, I'm gonna continue. The rest of the bike was uneventful. I took the next two turns very cautiously.
What would you do differently?:

Um, let's see.....not crash!!!
Transition 2
  • 00m 36s

Quick. I managed to pull my feet out of my shoes while riding for the first time ever.
What would you do differently?:

Practice the feet out of shoes thing more. I was slow
  • 44m 35s
  • 6 miles
  • 07m 26s  min/mile

This was a pretty uneventful run. After falling off the bike I decided not to push too hard. Plus I've had a nagging foot injury for the last two weeks and I didn't know how that was going to hold up. Saw Noz on his way back a little after mile 2 meaning he was two whole miles ahead of me kicking butt as usual.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really
Post race
Warm down:

Walked a little. Met up with my girlfriend and the rest of my family. Got the wounds cleaned at the medical tent.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of swim prep. Bike crash. Foot injury.

Event comments:

For the first year this was a very good race. The organization was impressive and all the volunteers were great. I didn't realize I got 3rd in my age group until later that afternoon. I should have stuck around but I think I was in hurry to get cleaned up. Man, my first hardware race and I wasn't there to enjoy it. Oh well, there's gonna be plenty more opportunities next year :)

Last updated: 2008-08-29 12:00 AM
00:33:38 | 1760 yards | 01m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/5
Overall: 68/107
Performance: Below average
Suit: Neosport
Course: Simple Out and Back
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:09
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:01:32 | 22 miles | 21.45 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/5
Overall: 25/107
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Basically a big loop around the airport with one additional out and back section.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Bad Cornering: Bad
Gear changes: Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:36
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:44:35 | 06 miles | 07m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/5
Overall: 33/107
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back. Mostly shaded trails
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-09-29 6:33 PM

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Ames, IA
Subject: Peregrine Charities Triathlon

2008-09-30 8:05 AM
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"the wave", iowa
Subject: RE: Peregrine Charities Triathlon
congrats on the first oly!  man, you go that fast on the bike including a crash, i'd like to see your split when the course isn't trying to get you!  way to go!
2008-09-30 10:21 AM
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Davenport, IA
Subject: RE: Peregrine Charities Triathlon
Wow, nice race...especially including the crash.  I didn't crash and was pretty much a full 3mph off of your pace.  I really need to work on my biking.  Very nice run as well.  Congrats on the hardware!
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