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Keuka Lake Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Penn Yan, New York
United States
65F / 18C
Total Time = 4h 15m 4s
Overall Rank = 241/245
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 34/35
Pre-race routine:

Uhh.. put stuff together, bathroom break, quick ride to make sure bike works, hokey pokey, etc..

Not ready for this race, pulled calf muscle almost 2 months ago and then slacked on training as well. Never have ridden 25miles before (nevermind including some decent Finger Lake Mtn hills) nor have I run more than 4miles ever. At a svelt 270lbs like I needed some extra challenges for my 1st Oly (-ha!) but I was givin' it a go anyway!
Event warmup:

Barely got a 1min swim in.
  • 41m 18s
  • 1636 yards
  • 02m 31s / 100 yards

Was worried about the swim a bit, new suit 'n all. My pace was about what it is in the pool. My previously injured calf tightened up but only for 5min fortuantely. Bumped into a few people, no big deal, really enjoyed the swim! (my suit was great, go DeSoto! no hot-spots!)

Oh, as I'm exiting the water a guy corraled up for the start of his swim yells out to borrow my goggles 'cause he's w/out for some reason. I figure, if that was me, I would hope someone would be so kind so I hand 'em off and give him my bib # and when I'm done, there they are hanging on my bike [good deeds = good karma me thinks :]
What would you do differently?:

(recurring theme initiated here) Actually train consistently for these distances :]
Transition 1
  • 05m 55s

Had to go up stairs from water and run over to transition, I wasn't pressured, it's nice doing an event w/out the 'racing' stress ~
  • 1h 53m 16s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 13.16 mile/hr

Hilly course, killed my butt & leg muscles! My quads cramped up so bad by the last mile, I couldn't even pedal! (sodium issue? thank goodness that was downhill!). But I didn't stop and was glad to have made it through!
What would you do differently?:

Hmmm.. train to handle this distance and hills? (and work on nutrition!)
Transition 2
  • 04m 18s

My locked up quads had me wondering if I could even walk for the run. So I was slow in transition, couldn't bend down to pick stuff up, too funny.
What would you do differently?:

Not be cramped and move faster :]
  • 1h 30m 17s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 14m 32s  min/mile

I could barely walk the 1st mile, they had Heed on the course and I took in some of that hoping that my cramps were electrolyte based & I might mitigate them. At the turn around point I was much better and could get some running in on the way back.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to run 6+ miles before trying to do it after a swim & bike! :]
Post race
Warm down:

Walk around a bit, lay on the ground, drink stuff, slight streching.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Let's see.. lack of training and knowledge of nutrition needs during exercising at that timeframe/distance.

Event comments:

Could have used even just one aid station on the bike. Saw some folks w/ bike issues, too bad there was no traveling repair vehicle (can't have it all of course).

I made it! Actually w/ out a race pace effort it shouldn't have been tough to complete but the cramps almost did me in and that became the real challenge. I had a good time reaching my goal! I wasn't DFL overall, in my AG or of men, but I was one of the heaviest, therefore, I didn't do too bad in my book :]

Last updated: 2009-01-12 12:00 AM
00:41:18 | 1636 yards | 02m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/35
Overall: 236/245
Performance: Average
Suit: DeSoto T1 First Wave
Course: Counterclockwise down 'n back loop.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 61F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 05:55
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
01:53:16 | 24.85 miles | 13.16 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/35
Overall: 242/245
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: 1 loop, one long 2mile hill (800ft?).
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:18
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
01:30:17 | 06.21 miles | 14m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/35
Overall: 244/245
Performance: Bad
Course: Beautiful out 'n back along Keuka lake.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-06-07 6:28 PM

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Albany, NY area
Subject: Keuka Lake Triathlon

2009-06-07 9:02 PM
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Well DONE!!

I knew you could do it and I figured you wouldn't be last beat an age grouper too. Nice.!!

Brings me back to my first TRI at westpoint (sprint) and I was so tired at the end and my legs cramped up on the way i look back and think how easy that race really was...LOL

OLY under your belt is awesome and so glad you kept going and crossed the finish line. Now you have a mark set and can train to beat that the next time.

We should do some training together...I'm doing longer stuff so nothing really fast and the company should keep your mind off the pain...LOL

Awesome job and I am so glad you did this race!!

2009-06-08 12:21 AM
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San Diego, CA
Subject: RE: Keuka Lake Triathlon

Congrats on your first Oly!! I'm so happy for you!! Way to push through a race. You paced youself and listened to you body ... good call.

Keep up the awesome work and enjoy a couple recovery days before you get training again.

Well done Jay!!

2009-06-08 5:57 AM
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Subject: RE: Keuka Lake Triathlon
Good RR.  Good job fighting through thew issues.  A reststop for an Oly course would be a help for you guys. 
2009-06-08 12:02 PM
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Congrats on your first Oly!

Cramps make it difficult but you figured out how to deal with them and continue.

Great job~
2009-06-08 12:23 PM
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Congratulations!!  i will tell you, I was LAST in my age group!!  but not last overall!!  You finished & dealt with what was thrown your way!!  great job!

2009-06-08 1:18 PM
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The Catskills
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Nice race! Way to work through the cramps and get to that finish line!
2009-06-08 1:21 PM
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way to to fight through the the end of the day, its abot fighting through the desire to stop, which you did with great success!!!!!!!!!

hopefully we can meet at another event soon!!!

2009-06-09 9:28 PM
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Williamstown NJ
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Jay my friend, congratulations on completing the OLY.  You did great fighting thought the pain.  Awesome job.
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