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Galena, Illinois
United States
52F / 11C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 03m
Overall Rank = 250/799
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 45/125
Pre-race routine:

As usual, my pre-race routine started two nights before by packing. I always lay out my gear, start getting it organized, and start thinking about what I'm about to do and how I'm going to do.

We drove out on Friday, checked the bike into T1, got all my stuff and I listened to a course talk. Glad I did.

Beth and I then drove the bike course. I'm SUPER glad I did that. I was completely prepared, mentally, for just how tough this bike course was going to be. Especially the big hill going up to Miller's Ridge. What a monster. But it actually made me excited to do it. And it paid off in the end.
Event warmup:

I didn't warm up too much because it was so cold on Saturday morning. I did clip into the bike and hit up the hill out of T1 to see how it would feel. Glad I did. I knew I would have to gear way down to get up it and it was worth it, mentally.

I then got in the water and swam out to the first buoy. I must be getting used to cold water because I didn't think it was too bad. Made it back to shore and waited another 15 minutes before the waves started to go off.
Swim
  • 11m 41s
  • 660 yards
  • 01m 46s / 100 yards
Comments:

My shoulder has been very sore over the past week. I had dislocated it years ago and I notice when I don't exercise it enough, it starts to really hurt. I don't think I have done enough swimming lately and this is its way of telling me. So I didn't have high hopes going into the swim, I was just going to suffer through it. Ran into John from Sullivan. He was only doing it as a training day. He was there for his friend. I would see him again twice later.

That being said, I had a great swim. Top 20% over all, out of the water. And I KNOW I could have done even better if my shoulder weren't so sore.

So I dove in and hit the water hard. It is my strength. I was slightly off course in the first 30-40 yards, but sited the first turn buoy and I was on from there. Did the roll turn at the buoy and cut off at least 2 swimmers. Found a foot or two to draft but they were going too slow so I passed them.

Hit the second turn buoy and did another roll turn (basically roll over onto your back like you are going to do a back stroke, but continue to roll over back into free). Cut off one more swimmer. By doing this swim, you can get much closer to the buoy and not interupt your stroke too much and turn much sharper.

Hit the third buoy just a bit wide so didn't need to roll turn. And was basically in the home stretch. Realized there wasn't too many people around me but siting was spot on. Then about 1/2-3/4 of the way to the last turn buoy, I got a heal square in my left goggle. I swam up on someone from an earlier wave that had been trailing their feet so I didn't see them and then they decided to do a quick kick. Ouch. That hurt! (I now have a slight cut under my eye and it is a bit swollen).

I probably lost about 3-4 seconds because of that. But I plowed on, hit the last turn buoy and turned into shore. Beach headed, stood up and the water was only shin deep and took off down the shore line to get to T1. And there was John, standing on the side shivering, waiting for his friend, Grace, who was supposed to start 20 minutes behind him. What a nice guy!

This is a very long run, nothing like Chicago, but still long. Crossed the mat and part 1 of 3 was done.
What would you do differently?:

Not have a sore shoulder? Seriously. I couldn't be happier with the swim considering.
Transition 1
  • 03m 20s
Comments:

T1 is in a gravel parking lot. OUCH! So I walked. Got to the rack, shedded the suit lickety split, got the shoes on, helmet on, sunglasses on and then got to waste at least 30 seconds shoving my gear into the bag so the gear would make it back to the finish line. But everyone had to do this so whatchagonnnado?
What would you do differently?:

Try to ignore the pain from the rocks.
Bike
  • 1h 10m
  • 17.4 miles
  • 14.91 mile/hr
Comments:

So coming out of T1 I knew what to expect on the hill. I had geared way down. I didn't do a running jump because of it. Swung my legs over the bike, clipped in and started peddaling. Passed 5 guys on the very first hill. This would be the theme for the ride. Got to the top of the first hill and the legs were already screaming at my. Yeah, this was gonna be tons of fun.

I had the fore thought to bring the arm warmers with, so they were around my wrists at this point, as I was going down the first hill, I rolled the first one up and crested the next hill and attacked the other arm. Then went about getting the Garmin on my wrist. I really need either get the quick release or just pick up a cheap Ironman watch. Probably the latter.

So anyway, going North to Stagecoach I knew would be hard. Heading into some stiff winds up some fairly steep hills. I was right. I know on one hill I was geared down as far as I could and I was only doing 6.5 mph! And I was wishing I could drop another gear. Crested that one and I never dropped that low again.

At about mile 4 or 5, the over all women's winner FLEW by me. She was quite tall. And another guy came on my right, passing me and asked "Was that a guy or a girl?" That was a girl! "Damn" he replied. Heh!

Anyway, finally turned onto Stagecoach and the headwind was a strong cross wind. THAT I can deal with. I just kept passing people left and right. Sure, I was getting passed, but I passed more than passed me. That is always a good feeling.

And then it was the turn South I was looking foward to. Two things. First was a tail wind. YES! But second was THE HILL. Everyone that was on the course knows which one I'm talking about. Long. It is very long. I think close to a mile? If not, it sure felt like it. Anyway, hit the bottom, geared down, tucked into aero (not that it was going to help) and grinded my way up. Never left the saddle. Passed at least 12 people going up that hill. Reached the top and there was a water station (which I had never seen on a Sprint Bike Course before). Huh. Oh well, thanks but no thanks.

From there on, I kept the front in the large chain ring and just kept gearing up and down on the back. Started making up for lost time. And finally, when we were on Wachter, was the BIG downhill. THIS. WAS. AWESOME. Bike computer topped out at over 37 mph. Probably could have done faster but the front wheel started to wobble so I had to gently feather the brakes. Wasn't in tuck because I didn't trust myself. Talk about a rush. I've never gone that fast and can't wait to do it again. ;)

Made a few more turns, continued to pass folks and get passed and we were now sharing the course with the runners. I got a good, quick preview of what the first 2 miles were going to look like. It was also at this time that I realized I couldn't feel my feet. They were ice cubes. This was gonna be fun.

Last down hill to T2, popped the feet out of the shoes, with some difficulty since I couldn't feel my toes but still did it. Dismounted and into T2. Part 2 of 3 down and the most interesting one to come.
What would you do differently?:

Find some hills in this flat land and ride them? I wish I had more hills. That is probably my biggest limiter on this course. But considering I don't ride hills I'm pretty pleased with the time.
Transition 2
  • 01m 56s
Comments:

Got off the bike and my feet felt like stumps. I thought "Oh this is just the asphalt, it will be better on the grass". Uhhhh, nope! Felt like there was a wadded up clump under my arches and my toes were completely numb.

Got to the rack without any difficulty, racked the bike and then promptly sat down to put socks and shoes on. I knew I needed the socks cause the sores from Sullivan still weren't completely healed.

Stood up, pulled on the visor, running bib and I was off.
What would you do differently?:

Have healed feet so I could go sockless.
Run
  • 36m 26s
  • 4.3 miles
  • 08m 28s  min/mile
Comments:

Coming out of T2 I knew this was going to be fun. I had seen the first two miles on the bike and it was hilly, but nothing like the end. I'll get to that in a bit.

Out onto the course I just got into a rythym. Biggest goal was to keep a steady turnover and to attempt to get some feeling back in my toes. That didn't happen till just before mile 3.

Anyway, turned left onto Territory and it was a bit of a down hill so I started to take advantage of the free speed. A guy in a CSC jersey and I leap frogged for a bit. His feet felt like mine. We joked a bit, between heavy breathing. Then came the first big hill up towards Wachter. I knew my legs were working so I kept the same turnover, and just attempted to lean into the hill. Next thing I knew, I was at the top and turning left. 1/2 through the run!

Turned into the culdesac and there was a nice downhill. Once again, let the legs swing free and took advantage of the free speed. Up a slight hill, right into the turn around and mile 3 was done.

Back out onto Wachter and I knew I was almost done but it would come at a price. BIG down hill. I haven't checked it yet, but I'm almost positive I hit 5:30 pace going down it. It was huge, but I knew what was next. Going back up the other side. Yeah. Think the Roosevelt Bridge at Shamrock or Chicago Marathon times 4. But I knew once I got to the top, it was a cake walk. So again, leaned into it, kept the turnover, even if they were much shorter and plugged away.

Turned right onto the trail to go to the fishing chute and started to look around for Beth and mum and Dan. No where in site. Maybe at the chute. And at least someone was nice, putting the finishing chute DOWNHILL!!!! Woo hoo, I'm done!
What would you do differently?:

Train on hills. Just like the bike. Might have to look for some around here. I know they will make me stronger.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed an apple, banana, gatorade and a BUNCH of water and started to walk around and look for Beth and the gang. And waited, and waited. Then I started to get cold, so I snuck back into T2 to get a shirt and my big green towel from QC last year. That helped. Then continued to walk around, strech a bit (the quads still haven't recovered as I write this). Finally, I had been done for 40 minutes and here comes Beth and I can see she is NOT happy. The bus driver got lost. Seriously. The bus driver went ALL the way into down town Galena. Beth is going to be writing a little complaint letter about that. Long story short, this woman should never have been driving.

Anyway, we walked around a bit more, talked and Beth shouted "Look it is John" and sure enough, there he was, jogging in with Grace. So we cheered him on, which put a big smile on both of their faces. I love being a Triathlete.

Finally picked up the bike, rode back to the villa, picked up the car, came back to the lodge and picked up my T1 bag and the gang, and went back. Passed out for a nap for about 1.5 hours. Woke up in time to watch the horse race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of hill training. Seriously. I have hardly anything around here. So I'm going to make it a point to look for them. Considering I've never done a course remotely like this, in training or racing, I'm pretty pleased. Could I have done better? Sure. Will I be back next year? You betcha.

Event comments:

At this point, I'll be back next year. Beautiful venue. Challenging course. Great volunteers (Sherrifs at every major intersection was way cool). Just a good all around event. And surprisingly organized considering there were two wholly seperate transition areas.




Last updated: 2009-02-09 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:11:41 | 660 yards | 01m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 25/125
Overall: 157/799
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: A big rectangle. Swim out from shore about 75 yards, hang a hard right, parralel the shore and hang another right, in about 1/2 way to shore, and a third right and then almost all the way back to the beginning and hang a left.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 63F / 17C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 03:20
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
01:10:00 | 17.4 miles | 14.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 45/125
Overall: 289/799
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: Head out North from Apple Canyon on Pea Ridge Road. Turn West on Stage Coach Road. Turn South on Scales Mound Road (this is where the big hill was). West on Rawlins. South on Morley. West on Wachter. Then around on Territory Drive to get to Eagle Ridge Drive and into T2.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:56
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:36:26 | 04.3 miles | 08m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 51/125
Overall: 328/799
Performance: Average
Course: Out Eagle Ridge Drive on the Trail next to the road, Left onto Territory Drive, left onto Wachter, Right into a culdesac, back out onto Wachter, and then right onto Eagle Ridge Drive trail and into the finishing chute.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-05-18 10:35 AM
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Great Job, Wish I could have met some of you BT'ers out there. Sounds like you had just as much fun as I did. Well Some one gave us some advice about the flipflops on the race blog and when I got there one of the vets also warned me about the flipflops so I did it was really glad I did. You might want to consider that might make your feet not hurt so much in t-1 (LOL) Great race hope to see you soon.
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2009-05-18 11:16 AM
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Damn dude. I'm gonna have to put on my big boy shorts if I wanna beat you at Pleasant Prairie. You're quiet the little Fasty McFasterson aren't you??? Nice race bro!!! Let's eat food and drink drinks sometime soon, huh?
2009-05-18 11:54 AM
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Nice race! The big hill on the bike was 0.8 miles on our odometer, and I had the same wobbles on the big downhill but I think it was the wind swirling up that hill. Smart choice to stay out of the aeros!

2009-05-18 12:08 PM
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Awesome job Crowny!

2009-05-18 1:43 PM
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Great race out there.  Sucks about the family on the bus though.



2009-05-18 2:39 PM
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Thanks everyone.  BTW, now that I know the big hill was 0.8 miles long, anyone got a grade % on that bad boy?

2009-05-18 4:02 PM
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Nice race Crowny!  I did hear that it was pretty rough, and I wouldn't have wanted to ride hills into that wind.  Looking forward to racing with you at QC this year.  Should be a good time.
2009-05-18 4:24 PM
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Great job, Crowny!  Way to kick butt on a tough course!
2009-05-18 5:20 PM
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crowny2 - 2009-05-18 1:39 PM

Thanks everyone.  BTW, now that I know the big hill was 0.8 miles long, anyone got a grade % on that bad boy?

I don't know the grade on it, but I have some friends that may have it, or can possibly figure it out. If they do, I'll let ya know. I'm sure they just need a couple days to get everything downloaded, etc. It obviously started out gradual, at what I'd guess was about 4% and kicked up somewhere in the middle.

2009-05-18 10:34 PM
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Dave,
  Great job! I had looked up your race number, and found your bike, but no YOU!! Came back later, no bike! (must have done the "little" trip up the hill! Anyway, race report great, dead on! I had the same high speed wobbles a few times, thought my wheel was going to fall off! Hit the brakes a few times, which was a bit painful to do considering the slow climb pace!! Sorry didn't get to meet you!


2009-05-19 2:41 PM
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GOOD JOB BUDDY!!! Very proud of you...heard it was really tough out there! Way to go!!

I got some hilly azz rides for you if you want them...but they're up North/West...but boy are they ball busters...umm, no pun intended!!

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