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Champaign, Illinois
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 04m 1s
Overall Rank = 56/308
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 17/42
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, drove ate breakfast, drove from Danville to Champaign. Checked in, waited to check my bike into transition, got hit by some college kid pushing the drink cart to the finish line, almost blew up on him for dinging the carbon in my race wheels, headed for the pool.
Event warmup:

I stretched a bit. Mainly my jaw, just felt like talking to people.
  • 05m 53s
  • 330 yards
  • 01m 47s / 100 yards

I wish the swim had been longer. 300m swim made the race feel like more of a bike-run brick.

So I was waiting in the line to jump in the water and talking to the guy in front of me. When we're about 15 people from the mat I notice he isn't wearing goggles, or carrying them, so I asked about it. His response?
"I'm doing breaststroke." Fantastic. So he jumps in, I wait my 10 seconds and jump in the water. I was by him within the first 25 yards. Ridiculous. And I swam right at my estimated time, which tells me I need to learn to swim a lot faster.
What would you do differently?:

Continue working on my swimming so I get faster.
Transition 1
  • 01m 1s

It was a long run from the pool to the transition area. Up the stairs, up and around on a ramp, and then the transition area itself must have been 200 yards long.
What would you do differently?:

I would love to do the shoes clipped to pedals thing, but I'm not sure if it's a good idea for me or not.
  • 32m 49s
  • 11 miles
  • 20.11 mile/hr

I only got passed once on the course, so I guess I did ok. It was really rough in places. Had more than a few spots where you had to ride on plywood planks to avoid really deep rumble strips.
I saw my mom standing in the open a bit short of a mile from the transition area and tried to do a hand signal so she would know it was me. Forgot that if you move your weight on the elbow pads the bike gets wobbly. So I almost crashed it there. Shortly after that there was a "Your Speed" sign...I was psyched that it was flashing at me that I was speeding and it said I was going 26 mph.
What would you do differently?:

Bike a bit harder? I don't really know.
Transition 2
  • 00m 54s

The racks were crappy, like duck-taped together crappy. Luckily ours stayed standing.
  • 23m 23s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 32s  min/mile

Maybe I picked the wrong pace to run at as I should have been able to go faster. I don't really know.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster.
Post race
Warm down:

I found my mom and walked around for a few minutes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Probably a lack of time off before the race. I was still sore from my week of workouts leading up to the race. But as this wasn't an "A" race, I can't say I would have done it differently. I would rather finish my HIM and not die than finish a sprint I didn't really care about 2 minutes faster.

Event comments:

The day started in an inauspicious way. Waiting to check my bike in some kid ran the drink cart into my wheel. I'm over it now, but I was "fairly angry" at the time. He dinged the carbon a bit, but didn't break it, and the carbon isn't structural in my wheels. His excuse? I was yelling at you guys to move, I didn't have control of that thing coming down the ramp. It was heavy." No apology, which almost made me more angry.
Could have used a few more volunteers in crucial spots, but for the most part they did a good job with it. Could have also used something to show where the finish line was, it was more than a little bit hidden. They need one of those arches for next year.

Last updated: 2009-03-31 12:00 AM
00:05:53 | 330 yards | 01m 47s / 100yards
Age Group: 24/42
Overall: 104/308
Performance: Average
Course: Indoor pool with a snake swim.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:01
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:32:49 | 11 miles | 20.11 mile/hr
Age Group: 11/42
Overall: 44/308
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Ride out from the University in the surrounding country and back. The wind was behind you while you were heading out, although you didn't really feel it much then.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:54
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:23 | 03.1 miles | 07m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 25/42
Overall: 117/308
Performance: Average
Course: Another weird loop. Part of it was around the Quad, which was extremely busy. I think the photographer may have taken a picture of me saying hi to two girls who were walking through the quad...but what can I say? They were cute, so it was worth it. They could have used some more volunteers in this part of the race. I had to yell "Make a hole" a few times to get people to move out of my way.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-05-05 6:19 AM

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Davenport, IA
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2009-05-05 7:47 AM
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Southern Chicago Suburbs, IL
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Dude.  Looks like you have caught me on speed.  Nice race.  QC is gonna be fun! 

2009-05-05 9:36 AM
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Great job! Sorry about the d-bag in front of you in the swim. I am now thinking it's smart to overseed yourself JUST a touch in pool swims, if you're a decent enough swimmer (which you are), to avoid as much of this as possible.

2009-05-05 9:39 AM
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Nice race!

Man, the drink cart guy makes me mad... No common courtesy...
2009-05-05 9:41 AM
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Davenport, IA
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TheSchwamm - 2009-05-05 9:39 AM Nice race! Man, the drink cart guy makes me mad... No common courtesy...

Yeah, when I talked to him the second time I was very close to completely losing it.

2009-05-05 10:49 AM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
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Stupid drink cart kid.  I would have been jumping all over his azz.

Nice speedy intro for the season!

2009-05-05 11:09 AM
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Nice racing out there buddy!! Good work...and if it were me, I would have gone off on that have WAY more patience than I!

2009-05-05 11:24 AM
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Nice job.  I probably would have snapped on the kid with the cart. 

2009-05-05 3:32 PM
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Northern Illinois
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Yea the Quad was a big problem.

The police radar sign was cool, I was psyched to see 25 mph for myself! Good job! Good luck to you as well. Smile

Edited by Ladycallawaygolf 2009-05-05 3:35 PM
2009-05-05 6:03 PM
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Great race! I love your "fantastic" statement about the swim.. I use "great" like that, along with a nice eye roll. Anyway, good job and it's nice to see your season is off to a good start!
2009-05-05 6:53 PM
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Science Nerd
Redwood City, California
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Great job!!   I would love to see myself going 26 mph.

2009-05-15 10:59 AM
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Good job on the bike. I wasn't so lucky as I hit a rough pot hole and got two pinch flats. I still finished though. There were portions that rode good and other parts where it was just too bumpy and rough.
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