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Clemmons, North Carolina
United States
36 Degrees North and TriCows
68F / 20C
Total Time = 1h 31m 56s
Overall Rank = 246/340
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 36/41
Pre-race routine:

1/2 a PB and Blackberry Jam on Wheat sandwhich, Banana, Coffee.
Event warmup:

Couple of warmup laps in the pool.
  • 07m 9s
  • 328 yards
  • 02m 08s / 100 yards

Felt good on the swim, was seeded according to submitted 100m times, started 59th out of a field of 400, and passed 2 people in the pool.
What would you do differently?:

Listen more closely to course route and place my sandals at the actual exit point so I won't have to double-back to get them.
Transition 1
  • 03m 15s

Had to run across the entire Transition area to get to my spot, went slow and smooth in T1 to not make any mistakes. The shortest T1 time was 1:53, so this shows how far between timing mat and reaching bilkes in T1 is apart.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, went well.
  • 41m 27s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 17.99 mile/hr

Took first turn too fast and wide, ran off road and went into wet, soggy ditch, wheel stuck in mud and somer-saulted over the bike. Chain popped off, etc... I was okay but wet, grassy, and muddy - so was the bike. Lost my gel pack when I flipped and all the water from my Aero-Bottle spilled out so had no water for the entire ride.
What would you do differently?:

Take my turns more carefully - learn how to ride a damn bike without falling off. Get a 2nd water bottle, the kind that goes into a cage.
Transition 2
  • 02m 37s

Went fairly well, was a little flustered because of the bike wreck and fact I was thirsty. Took some extra time to drink some Heed/Water and wipe some mud and grass off of me.
What would you do differently?:

Not have had creshed on the bike, so that I could get through T2 faster.
  • 37m 16s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 12m 01s  min/mile

First few hunderd yards calves wanted to cramp... just keep very short but higher-cadence strides. Took the first 3/4 mile for my legs to come around after the bike, then felt pretty good. Probably could've pushed a little harder but knew the hills were coming and was determined to run it all and do no walking.

Actually not too bad a pace for me considering the amount of hills.
What would you do differently?:

Push a little harder. Need to train more at running and get faster. Looking at the results I'm actually a MPO'er in the Swim and Bike, but BOP'er in the Run ... which brings my Overall rating down to BOP.
Post race
Warm down:

Not much, just turned in chip, met up with my son, got bike and things from Transition and took to car, then went and showered, then partook of the post-race snacks and events.

Did go to the YMCA a few hours later to swim another 1000 yards to get loosened back up.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Running into the ditch and flipping over my bike.

Event comments:

Very well organized, especially for it's first year. Lots of FREE food and snacks afterwards, even free beer for those that drink. Lots of booths and activities for family members and even a kids section with wall climbing, big slides, moon bounce thingy, face painting, etc ... free massages afterwards, lots for freebie give-aways.... very well-ran event.

Last updated: 2009-06-07 12:00 AM
00:07:09 | 328 yards | 02m 08s / 100yards
Age Group: 26/41
Overall: 165/340
Performance: Good
Actual swim about 1:19 minutes faster, as the timing mat was after a 100-125 yard run to enter T1 area, plus I had to double-back part of it to pick up my sandals.
Suit: No - Just Tri shorts and Top
Course: 300 meter pool swim.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:15
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:41:27 | 12.43 miles | 17.99 mile/hr
Age Group: 27/41
Overall: 129/340
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Some small hills, more like long inclines or ascents. A few downhills for some good overall speed, fairly flat otherwise, very little traffic, good route markings.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Bad
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:37
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:37:16 | 03.1 miles | 12m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 38/41
Overall: 298/340
Performance: Good
Course: Started off on a downhill, left turn and it levels off, then a steep but not too long a hill. Then right onto a dirt and gravel road for an out and back, back into hard surface road and then immediately up a long, steep, killer hill. Just when you think you crested the hill it slants up and around again. Levels for a short bit and another short hill, then levels off for good. Veers left then left off the road and across a grssy field for about 200 yards, then last 50 yards finish on paved path.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 5

2009-06-07 7:06 PM

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Durham, North Carolina
Subject: 36 Degrees North Triathlon

2009-06-08 12:40 PM
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Subject: RE: 36 Degrees North Triathlon
Sounds like a good race for you despite the bike crash.  I worry that I'll drop my bike and spill all the water out of the aerobottle, now that I know someone else has done it I'll worry about it even more !

Congrats for the finish.  Keep up the consistent training.
2009-06-08 2:42 PM
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North Carolina Foothills
Subject: RE: 36 Degrees North Triathlon
Too bad about your bike crash. That first turn was definately sharp. Way to persevere though. Hope you enjoyed it anyway ... I thought they did a great job for a first-year event.
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