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La Grange, Georgia
United States
Georgia Multisports Production
Total Time = 2h 29m 54s
Overall Rank = 66/523
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 13/44
Pre-race routine:

Spent the night in LaGrange. Woke up and tried to go with less for breakfast to see how that works out. Had a bowl of oatmeal and coffee. Drove to the race site and setup transition. Talked to a bunch of folks that I haven't seen in a while.

This was a B/C race. I had spent the last few weeks/months not even sure I was going to do the race since it was 2 weeks after Macon HIM. I felt pretty good and decided to do it to see what happens. I thought I might could go sub-2:30 but I wasn't convinced of this.
Event warmup:

I decided not to do a pre-swim since the wind was blowing and I didn't want to get wet and cold.

Had a gel about 30 minutes prior to the race.
  • 25m 38s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 34s / 100 yards

Caught Brett before the first bouy. I thought I saw Kirk passing me on my left. That was the first time I gave up on sub 2:30. After the first turn bouy, my goggles (back up - lost my normal race goggles in Macon) got really foggy. I could not see anything. 3 times during the swim, I had to stop, tread water, site the next bouy, then start swimming again. Again, mentally, giving up on sub 2:30.

Water had a ton of chop for being in inland lake.

Once I made the second turn and found the swim exit, I just put my head down and swam hard.

I was really surprised when Ninja called out 25 and change. Hmmmm, sub 2:30 back in business.
What would you do differently?:

Go back to TYR goggles.
Transition 1
  • 00m 57s

Took off speed suit and grabbed bike. I was mentally distracted and totally forgot to put on helmet which was now bouncing on the ground (had laid it open on the aerobars). At the mount line, I missed my pedals. I really need to practice my flying mount this season.
What would you do differently?:

Practice flying mount.
  • 1h 11m 23s
  • 25.22 miles
  • 21.20 mile/hr

First race on the new bike. I love that bike.

I had the bike course at 25.22 according to Garmin and powertap.

Tried to push the bike hard but figured two things: either Brett and Kirk were ahead of me or just behind me and I was soon to get passed. Sub 2:30, it was nice knowing you.

Just after 15 miles (water bottle handoff) I saw them both. Needless to say, I dropped the hammer in the hopes that neither would catch me. The good news is this caused me to negative split the bike. Towards, the end, I had no idea if the bike course was 24, 25 or 26 miles. I have gotten lazy with my pre-race prep.

Came back into transition with 1:37 on the clock. Sub 2:30 back in play.

For nutrition, I used a HIM bottle with 212 calories and 2 endurolytes. For my next Oly, I will drop the calories by 50 calories.
Transition 2
  • 00m 47s

Standard t2 for me.
  • 51m 11s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 14s  min/mile

For nutrition, I used two HIM fuel belt bottles which have about 50 calories each in them and 1 endurolyte each. For my next Oly, I will go with a gel. I think having the extra weight of the water slowed me down a little.

Brett passed me like a rocket about 1/2 mile outside of transition.
1st mile was 8:06. I wasn't worried too much as I thought I could drop the pace as my run legs came around. They never showed. I figured it was only a matter of time before everyone else in NAMC passed me. At mile 4, Katie June (local teenage phenom) passed me like I was walking backwards.
Mile splits were.
1 8:06
2 7:56
3 8:08
4 8:02
5 8:36 - not sure what happened here. Guess I made a sandwich.
6 8:00

I felt like I got passed by everyone in my AG. I did repass one guy which I am happy about. With each mile, I thought sub 2:30 was slipping away. In fact, coming into the finish line, I had mentally settled for a 2:31 to 2:33. Ninja yelled at me "2:29:20" and told me to HTFU. I took off and finished with 2:29:48 on my watch. Success!
Post race
Warm down:

Went for a brief swim (probably 150m) to cool off. Then hung out and chatted with a bunch of friends I have not seen all season.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I need to work on my mental game. I gave up on going sub 2:30 too many times.

I am happy though that I broke 2:30 2 weeks after a HIM and after a week with a few HARD workouts in it. I did not get anywere near my wattage that I was supposed to (Avg 199 and am supposed to AVG 227 to 238 for an Oly) and no were near my run pace (should be closer to 7:40). Maybe I'm still recovering from the HIM and maybe the workouts from earlier in the week slowed me down. Regardless, I'll take the PR.

Event comments:

GA Multisports puts on a great race. I will do this one again next year.

Last updated: 2009-01-26 12:00 AM
00:25:38 | 1640 yards | 01m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/44
Overall: 0/523
Suit: Xterra V0.02
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:57
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:11:23 | 25.22 miles | 21.20 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/44
Overall: 0/523
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:47
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:51:11 | 06.21 miles | 08m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/44
Overall: 0/523
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2009-06-14 6:50 PM

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2009-06-14 8:13 PM
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Atlanta, GA
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Great race...don't change the goggles, I needed the draft!  I wish I would not have lost you at the final turn to the shore.  Your swim time was my target.  Congrats on a PR.

2009-06-15 6:19 AM
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Nice race, Jonathan.  Good thing Ninja was there to keep you focused!

2009-06-15 6:47 AM
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Roswell, GA
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Great race and report.  You do an excellent job of writing up your races.

2009-06-15 6:59 AM
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Great race and glad the thought of us passing you pushed you towards the sub 2:30.  Whatever motivation it takes to get you there.  Good job!
2009-06-15 7:16 AM
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Alpharetta, GA
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Great race and again congrats on the PR!

2009-06-15 7:21 AM
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Marietta, GA
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Rockin' Race!!! Congrats on a great time, especially if you thought your run could have been better.

2009-06-15 7:27 AM
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Great job on the PR- smoking time!
2009-06-15 9:04 AM
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Woodstock, GA
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Great job.  Congrats on the sub 2:30 and PR.  I enjoyed the RR too.

2009-06-15 9:39 AM
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Atlanta, GA
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Nice race! I had a little healthy kick in the pants from a fellow friend/racer too. It's actually good motivation and it seems it worked well for you. Congrats on a PR!

2009-06-16 11:18 AM
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Nashville, TN
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Kickass race.  Great job keeping it together between the ears to pull off a PR

2009-06-19 5:00 PM
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Great race!  Congrats on your sub 2:30!  Don't give up on those goals until you get to the finish.  Sometimes we are capable of crazy things. 

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