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Athens, Texas
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 43m 35s
Overall Rank = /486
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 0/15
Pre-race routine:

Ate peanut butter on whole grain toast for breakfast.
Event warmup:

Stretched. Jogged a bit.
  • 7h 00m
  • 300 yards
  • 2h 20m / 100 yards

The seeding was way off resulting in clogged lanes and lots of bumping. Couldn't ever get going with a smooth stroke and breathing. Lots of turbulence caused from so many swimmers in pool simultaneously.
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure I could do anything given the seeding situation. I do need better gear as the tri top and shorts I wore for the swim trapped too much water and created drag (and annoyance!).
Transition 1
  • 03m 5s
What would you do differently?:

Get into shoes faster; get a clearer sense of direction as to T1 exit before race.
  • 51m 53s
  • 14.2 miles
  • 16.42 mile/hr

Downed a Gu pack during second mile. Couldn't/didn't drink enough because of difficulty controlling bike with one hand in gusting (30 mph) winds.
What would you do differently?:

Hydrate more. Need to install Profile Aero drink bottle I bought earlier but never used.
Transition 2
  • 02m 13s
What would you do differently?:

Remember to put race number on BEFORE bike ride! I took off without it and had to turn back after 100 yards. Luckily, a race official said I needn't return to transition area to retrieve it since I had my chip on.
  • 39m 21s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 12m 41s  min/mile

Seized up during first 200 yards and had to walk/jog the first mile. Continued to walk briefly throughout, though only once after water stop at turnaround. Wasted a lot of time with the bib problem early and with the necessity of walking.
What would you do differently?:

Practice bike-to-run transition. Also perhaps add some more to pre-race nutrition, like a banana or some Gu.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Had a piece of banana, some sport drink, and a slice of pizza. Leaned on my husband a lot!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Inexperience. This was a learning experience and I trained in the three individual disciplines well. Now I just need to put them together more effectively.

Event comments:

This was my first tri in any capacity (observer, participant, etc.), so no comparisons. Just from my own personal experience, I enjoyed it very much and had no major problems.

Last updated: 2005-03-13 12:00 AM
07:00:00 | 300 yards | 2h 20m / 100yards
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 0/486
Performance: Average
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 03:05
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:51:53 | 14.2 miles | 16.42 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 0/486
Performance: Average
Wind: Cross-winds with gusts
Course: Out and back, rolling, good shoulders on main highway. Some trick crossing of access lanes, some of which were accompanied by volunteers, others not.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 82
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:13
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:39:21 | 03.1 miles | 12m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 0/486
Performance: Bad
Course: Nice path through park, leading out to quiet country road, almost no traffic. Presented no difficulties in terrain or surface.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2005-03-13 9:04 PM

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Subject: Athens YMCA Triathlon

2005-03-13 9:30 PM
in reply to: #129327

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Longview, TX
Subject: RE: Athens YMCA Triathlon
Way to go Kahne! I knew you could do it. That wind was tough on Saturday. You'll have to come to Jefferson!

2005-03-14 8:43 AM
in reply to: #129327

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Jacksonville, FL
Subject: RE: Athens YMCA Triathlon
Congratulations on your first tri!
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