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LaGrange, Georgia
United States
GA Multi-Sports
81F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 54m 36s
Overall Rank = 219/520
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 8/14
Pre-race routine:

Drove down to race morning of, ate an english muffin on way.
Event warmup:

Rode bike from car to registration. Otherwise, nada.
  • 38m 51s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 22s / 100 yards

Felt good on the swim. This is a huge improvement for me, so I'll take it. Especially if everyone who says the swim was long is correct. Nothing really to add here except people really need to learn how to sight. I ran into a lot of people who were swimming diagonal to me..and I was in line with the buoy.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 01m 18s

I am a little poky in T1. I have not mastered putting on my socks and shoes quickly. Not my bike shoes anyway. I had a pretty good spot though right by bike entry/exit.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 21m 46s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.23 mile/hr

My legs were burning for the entire ride so I pushed where I could and tried to race as best I could. At about mile 5 or so, my friend Annie came up behind me and was saying hi. I looked at her blankly until she yelled my name and I snapped out of my fog. Oh! Thankfully she came along because I was just in a daze pedaling along and not really "racing". So I put on my racing hat and took off. I would say I really pushed from miles 9 to the end. All the while my legs were just not feeling the bike. Come to find out the next day (before a ride) my front brake was rubbing and bad. My tire would spin for a second and then come to a stop. Oops. I knew BEFORE the race that my brake was too close but I 1. forgot to check it in transition and 2. I didn't realize it was that bad. Oh well, I just laughed it off. Bike time was a little slower than I would like but not terrible. Another note, is my aero bottle was not velcroed in the entire time. I somehow managed to hold onto my bottle for the 24 miles while in aero. There were some roads I seriously considered tossing the thing because it was so bumpy but whatever.
What would you do differently?:

Check brakes before a race. duh. Otherwise, not "forget" I'm racing and really push myself. I have troubles with pushing on the bike for some reason.
Transition 2
  • 00m 56s

Pretty smooth here. Helmet off while running with bike. Bike on rack, shoes off, run shoes on, grab everything else and go.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Pretty standard.
  • 51m 46s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 20s  min/mile

Going into the run I felt great. I tried to keep a steady pace heading up to the damn because well, it's all up hill. No problems there. Really, there were no problems throughout the entire run. I never slowed down and I was only passed by 1 person. A very chipper girl who was yelling and whooping at everyone. I was glad she passed me :) A little too much energy can be annoying. haha. I saw a bunch of familiar faces out there and really just enjoyed it. I was finally having a good race.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. I know I can run a little faster than this but honestly this is a good run (for me) for where I am at in training.
Post race
Warm down:

Just happiness. A PR and on the same course..from 2007. So I've waited a while for a PR and I am happy with my race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training a lot (for Ironman) so no real tapper and lots of miles on the legs. But I also think all the training helped too.

Last updated: 2009-05-19 12:00 AM
00:38:51 | 1640 yards | 02m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 12/14
Overall: 0/520
Performance: Good
Course: Point to point.
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 81F / 27C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:18
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:21:46 | 24.85 miles | 18.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/14
Overall: 0/520
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Rolling hills.
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:56
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:51:46 | 06.21 miles | 08m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/14
Overall: 0/520
Performance: Good
Course: Up hill, flat, up a small hill, then all down from there.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-06-15 9:24 AM

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Atlanta, GA
Subject: West Point Lake Triathlon

2009-06-15 10:03 AM
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Atlanta, Ga
Subject: RE: West Point Lake Triathlon
A PR, long swim course, rubbing front brake, all looks like a great race to me. Plus no stomache issues. Perhaps you have found the answer there. If there ever was a case for fine tuning, you are a prime example. Every race you do, you are getting better and better.. oh, and that Ironman thing you have coming up.. You are on a great path to it. Keep up the great work, and keep up the constant analysis. It will only make you better.
2009-06-15 10:49 AM
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Marietta, GA
Subject: RE: West Point Lake Triathlon
Great job and great RR!!!!
You rocked that run...I wish I had done that.
Keep it up this summer with the improvements on each race.

2009-06-15 2:24 PM
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Gimme a 'P'!  Gimme an 'R'!  YellSmile

Just a good day.  What a nice change.  (We'll talk bike angst later...)

Nicely done.



2009-06-15 7:53 PM
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Subject: RE: West Point Lake Triathlon
"Helmet off while running with bike."

You allowed to do this?  I never thought about it but that could save me a few more seconds. 

Great news on the PR!
2009-06-16 2:27 PM
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Awesome job on the PR!  I wish I could race like that while in "a fog".  Impressive.  Careful with the helmet off when the bike is not on the rack.  Some officials will tag ya for that.

2009-06-17 8:24 AM
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Subject: RE: West Point Lake Triathlon

Even if you aren't on your bike? I thought the rule was helmet on while you're on the bike. Perhaps I should look that up. I don't take it off until I'm in transition. hmm..

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