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Canby, Oregon
United States
Total Time = 1h 03m 45s
Overall Rank = 6/146
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 2/12
Pre-race routine:

Up early to load the van, ate some oatmeal and an english muffin. Arrived early to set up transition and get in a pre-race run. Drank a redbull 15min before the swim.
Event warmup:

2 mile run through the local neighborhoods. Swam a 50 before the start.
  • 09m 4s
  • 500 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards

I never would have guessed that I pr'd this swim when I got out of the water. At the first wall I punched (accidentally of coarse) the girl in front of me in the head...a couple laps later I got kicked...I kept bumping into the garmin wrist band fell off half way through the swim.

Here's where it all went right. After the first 75 a fast swimmer with a strong kick passed me. I pushed to get on her feet and for the rest of the swim I did whatever I could to just hold on. When I got out of the water and looked at the clock I was amped!! This gave me an extra boost on the bike and run for sure!!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing...I knocked a munite off my last PR and 2 minutes off of my estimated time!!

I still have a lot of improvement to make in the water.
Transition 1
  • 00m 29s

I had the fastest T1 time of the day!!!!!!!!

What would you do differently?:

  • 31m 53s
  • 12 miles
  • 22.58 mile/hr

Rode this exactly as I planned...start out 90%, after 4 miles go 110%, then just hammer whatever I have left for the last 4.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe stand up and pushed harder up the short steep climbs...I didn't because I thought it would kill my legs for the run.

I need to do more intervals at this race pace.
Transition 2
  • 00m 50s

My left foot didnt want to go in the shoe.
What would you do differently?:

More lube in the shoes definately!

2nd fastest T2 of the day but I should have been out in 30 seconds!
  • 21m 27s
  • 3.16 miles
  • 06m 47s  min/mile

My plan was to keep my pace under 7min miles and push hard after the half way mark. I started out and was able to hold a 6:30ish pace for the first .5 mile. Then at mile one my mind started wondering if I would die or pass out or I unzipped my tri suit and took in a big breath, told my head to shut up and picked up the pace. I kept the pace between 630 and 7 until mile 2.5 then I opened it up and tried to stay close to 6 and on the track for the finish I sprinted to finish strong.

This was, to date, the best 5k off the bike that I have run...I'm stoked with my perfomance.
What would you do differently?:

More speed work needed definately.
Post race
Warm down:

2 mile run, walked around, ate some food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I was beat in the pool and the run. Need to keep working on these.

Event comments:

This is one of the best organized triathlons I have attended!!

I love these little races to build confidence for the harder races coming up. There will be more competition at the bigger races so I will have to push even harder to get results like this. I'm looking forward to a great year with many new PR's.

Last updated: 2008-12-22 12:00 AM
00:09:04 | 500 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/12
Overall: 59/146
Performance: Good
Suit: ZXU tri suit
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:29
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:31:53 | 12 miles | 22.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/12
Overall: 3/146
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: The first 4 miles flat, 2nd 4 miles hills, last 4 rolling and ending flat.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:50
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:21:27 | 03.16 miles | 06m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/12
Overall: 13/146
Performance: Good
Course: Flat
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2009-05-10 10:57 AM

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Subject: Gator Grinder

2009-05-10 3:28 PM
in reply to: #2141514

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Lake Oswego, OR
Subject: RE: Gator Grinder

Great race. I am humbled by your T1  as well as your bike. It was a beautiful day wasn't it? I hadn't seen the course before the race and was caught off guard by the hilly section(s).

Edited by E=H2O 2009-05-10 3:37 PM
2009-05-12 3:23 PM
in reply to: #2141514

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Colorado Springs
Subject: RE: Gator Grinder

Dude I'm so amped for you man!!! Your racing is gonna be on another level this year. 

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