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clemmons, North Carolina
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 09m 47s
Overall Rank = 27/350
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 6/33
Pre-race routine:

Took dog for a walk, PBJ on toast. Short (3 mile) drive to race site.
Event warmup:

Ran about a mile. Had a very late swim time, so lots of time to kill.
  • 07m 12s
  • 328 yards
  • 02m 11s / 100 yards

They tried to do some different things with how the swimmers were seeded. Seeding some of the slower swimmers up front, followed by a 10-minute break to clear the pool, then most of the MOP swimmers. It was OK I guess, but still had a lot of congestion in the pool. I passed four people, including a few that were walking (the pool is only 4-ft deep).
What would you do differently?:

Pool swims are luck of the draw. If you get clear water in front of you, you can get in a good rythm, otherwise, it is stop and go.
Transition 1
  • 01m 57s

Long run to T1, but once in the TA, my bike was right at the entrance. Then had a long run to the bike start over a rough paved surface. Tough to run with bike shoes. Overall a good T1 time. Little on the dizzy side after the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
  • 35m 51s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 20.80 mile/hr

Would have been faster, except got caught behind a white pickup that refused to pass any of the bikers even though there was no traffic coming the other way. Eventually, I just passed him. He was only going about 15mph on what was the fastest part of the the course. Really pissed me off at the time. Passed a ton of bikes, only passed one time.
What would you do differently?:

Push a little harder, definately could have been 21+ on this course.
Transition 2
  • 01m 9s

Tough to run on this surface in the bike shoes. Felt like I was going to go down a few times. Shoes on very quickly (I love lacelocks), no problem with RN belt for once.
What would you do differently?:

  • 23m 37s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 35s  min/mile

Good run. I am always amazed that my bike and run placings are nearly identical. I loved the downhill start, gave you a chance to get into a running rythm without a lot of effort. Struggled a little on on the hills, but did a lot of passing, and only passed one time that I could remember.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. This course is kind of tough due to the hills and actually felt kind of long.
Post race
Warm down:

Got in the shade.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Probably didn't push as hard on the bike as I could have. My experience behind the truck definately slowed me down and mentally took me out of the zone for a while. It's just a fine line between saving some for the run and pushing the bike to the limit. I still tend to be a little conservative on the bike.

Event comments:

For a first year race, they really did a great job. Had plenty of post-race activities, well run, lots of giveaways. Really enjoyed it and Tanglewood Park is just a fantastic place for a race.

They probably need to revisit how the did the swim seedings, but I don't know if there is a good way to do it that would avoid all of the congestion in the pool

Last updated: 2009-04-27 12:00 AM
00:07:12 | 328 yards | 02m 11s / 100yards
Age Group: 19/33
Overall: 170/350
Performance: Average
Includes about a :45 second run to transition mat.
Suit: Desoto Liftfoil
Course: Pool swim. Exit thru the kiddie pool area. Different, but I liked it.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:57
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:35:51 | 12.43 miles | 20.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/33
Overall: 29/350
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Nice flat to gently rolling course, 2 laps with one short steep hill at the finish
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 94
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:09
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:37 | 03.11 miles | 07m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/33
Overall: 30/350
Performance: Good
Course: Downhill first 1/2 mile followed by a flat section, then a pretty good up and down section, followed by a flat gravel section. Then the big hill, a good 1/2 mile uphill and steep in spots, finish on grass.
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] 5

2009-06-08 2:28 PM

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