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Walla Walla, Washington
United States
Walla Wall Multisports
65F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 49m 13s
Overall Rank = 112/250
Age Group = 40 / 45
Age Group Rank = 11/
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:00am ate waffles and had a cup of coffee loaded the car and headed to Walla Walla at 6:10am.
Event warmup:

Set up T1 and put wetsuit on, listened to the official give instructions and rules. Headed to the water to do a warm up swim.
  • 28m 26s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

This was a good swim for me I learned a lot about what to do and what not to do.Drafting is a fine art that I will work on in future events I kept drafting off people that were just a little slower and I got my goggles kicked off twice and a swift kick in the throat which I had to stop all 3 times and re-adjust my self. After that I just swam wide of the main group and had no further problems.
What would you do differently?:

More open water swims would be helpful and more allaround training in the water.
Transition 1
  • 02m 57s

This went a lot faster then I thought it felt like I stood around longer trying to catch my breath.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 19m 6s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.85 mile/hr

Leaving T1 you have several speed bumps to go over then down hill for a about a mile. Then i'ts into the campus parking lot then out to the main road that your on for most of the ride.From about mile 4 you start to go uphill steadly until the turn around elavation gain 1000 ft.The turn around was sweet you could just haul ass down hill I averaged 28 for a few miles then you hit the wind and it just sucked (or blowed)either way it made a lot more difficult to hold my speed.The last mile was back up the hill to T2 ( T1/T2 were the same place) and over the speed bumps.Overall this was a very good race even though it seemed like everyone passed me on the bike I'm happy.
What would you do differently?:

I need more speed and endurance training and maaaaybe a Tribike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 45s

Again It felt like it took longer but things went very smooth.
What would you do differently?:

  • 56m 58s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 10s  min/mile

I was going to take it easy on the run because of the problem with my left leg (which did not flair up at all through the whole run that made me very happy)because I did'nt want to have another injury to deal with before Boise .The course was a little hilly and the running in the dirt was a pain by now the temp was in the 80's and I was just tired. By mile 3 I started to cramp up in my quads so I walked to the aid station got some gateraid walked for a couple more minutes then proceded to run slowly to make sure I was not going to cramp up again.I was able to run the rest of the way to the finish line.
What would you do differently?:

Because of the injury I have not been running very much and I could feel that on this run. I definatly need some trail running experience.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around had some water and an orange cheered the other competitors on and waited for Roni to finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I feel that i'm were I should be with the amount of training I've put in this year I'm very happy with my swim time Roni has taught me well over the winter.

Event comments:

I realy like an event that has a free BBQ for the post race activities.

Last updated: 2009-02-24 12:00 AM
00:28:26 | 1640 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 68/250
Performance: Good
Suit: yes
Course: 2 loops in Bennington lake then a run up hill to T1
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:57
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:19:06 | 24.85 miles | 18.85 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 115/250
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Out and back on Mill creek road.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 01:45
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:56:58 | 06.21 miles | 09m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 145/250
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back along one of the many trails that are in the park.The first 1.5 mile's was in the dirt then asphalt.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-05-24 6:59 PM

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somewhere in the northwest
Subject: Onion Man Triathlon

2009-05-26 3:13 PM
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Almost Canada, WA
Subject: RE: Onion Man Triathlon
Nice job!!  You held it together really well considering some set backs (I think I'd be crying if I got kicked in the throat!)
2009-05-27 2:47 PM
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Subject: RE: Onion Man Triathlon

Great job on the race! That's a pretty nice run pace for holding back. I go hard and I'm not much faster! Congrats.

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