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La Grange, Georgia
United States
Georgia Multisports Production
75F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 00m 57s
Overall Rank = 259/366
Age Group = 45
Age Group Rank = 27/35
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 3 to leave at 4. Hour drive, and we go from CST to EST, so we lost an hour. Ate some waffles w/ honey and arrived at beginning of transition opening which gave me plenty of time.
Event warmup:

Had about an hour to relax before race and I had this great idea to take one of the espresso gels with caffeine before the swim. Tasted like crap, and had no water to wash down, so I had to look for a discarded bottle and hope it was half way clean.
  • 29m 41s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards

Time trial start by race number. Got in line and we were off 2 at a time. Was not nervous at all and just got it done. Never really ran into much traffic. Bumped into others a couple of issues. Felt like I sighted fairly well. Had no idea how I was doing during the swim. Couldn't really see anyone without sighting, as no visibility. Drafting was hard, tried it a couple of times, but just couldn't get on any feet.
What would you do differently?:

Sight a little more frequently, work on drafting.
Transition 1
  • 01m 48s

Caught a cramp as I went down to put on socks, so I abbandoned my technique which cost a few seconds.
  • 1h 16m 51s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.40 mile/hr

Felt pretty good on the bike. Climbing was good and passed some on the climbs. HR stayed in the 150 zone which seemed a little high and I tried to drop it a bit toward the end for the run, but couldn't. I was able to stay in the drops comfortably most of the ride.
What would you do differently?:

Buy a $5,000 tri bike with rear disk and aero helmet. But for short term, put my clip on bar on the road bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 28s
What would you do differently?:

Forgot to take my Garmin off the bike until I was ready to leave, so I changed the function over to running in transition. Would program the multisport function.
  • 71m 10s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 28s  min/mile

Felt fairly good coming off the bike. Did not notice brick legs. After about a mile, my hams started cramping at the point of contact where they were contacting bike seat as well as my quads above knee cap. Kept having to walk and get some relief. Finally, I wasn't racing, but just trying to get thru the day. Walked at all the rest stops and a couple more times. Left foot arch was rubbing stepping on glass.
What would you do differently?:

Got to focus on running and get comfortable with more distance.
Post race
Warm down:

Shawna and Jones were there at the finish. AWESOME. Ate a little fruit. Postponed the consumption of the adult beverages which I brought till later.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Will definitely do it again next year.

Last updated: 2008-12-03 12:00 AM
00:29:41 | 1640 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 9/35
Overall: 0/366
Performance: Good
Suit: none allowed
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:48
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:16:51 | 24.85 miles | 19.40 mile/hr
Age Group: 19/35
Overall: 0/366
Wind: Some
Course: Well marked with no big climbs, but seemed like alot of steady climbing the first half and some faster segments toward the end.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 01:28
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:71:10 | 06.21 miles | 11m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 35/35
Overall: 0/366
Performance: Bad
Course: Flat run out the dam and back. Fortunately it was overcast
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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 1:03 PM

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Auburn AL
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2009-06-15 1:53 PM
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AWESOME JOB!!!!   Way to man up and grab a used bottle.  But you really need to work on the post race.  Putting off drinking beer is a bad idea. 
2009-06-15 2:11 PM
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Nice work Barry....1st one down, many more coming now!
2009-06-15 2:41 PM
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As far as I can tell that was a successful 1st olympic. Your swim time was awesome for 1600+ yds! Your bike average speed and transition times were great. The cramping seemed to be the only real issue. Maybe do some more brick workouts and perfect your nutrition on the bike to help with the subsequent running. Dude you did yourself proud. Way to go!
2009-06-15 3:33 PM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
Subject: RE: Westpoint Lake Triathlon

Big congratulations for getting your first one done.  Your biking, swimming and transitions were rock solid!  So you need to run a little more.  Plenty of time before your HIM!


2009-06-15 3:36 PM
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3 hrs is a great time, especially for your first tri!  Congrats.  You really kicked butt on the swim and bike.  do you think the cramping on the run was from your nutrition or do you think you just need to run more?  I have some cramping problems on the run too.

2009-06-15 4:28 PM
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Greer, SC
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Hey man, great job on your FIRST RACE EVER!  You really learn a ton in your first one.  Now you know what you need to work on.  Just think~  For Augusta, you just about did the swim distance, you're good on the bike, now just as you said, work on your running.  You got it!
2009-06-15 4:52 PM
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Wherever the trail takes me, WA.
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Congrats you TRIATHLETE YOU!!! WAY TO GO!!!!!
2009-06-15 4:53 PM
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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Way to start off your tri addiction, awesome times.  Congratulations, now they just get easierLaughing
2009-06-15 7:54 PM
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Atlanta, GA
Subject: RE: Westpoint Lake Triathlon

Great first did lots of things right (way, way more than I did in my first), so it can be anything but good.  Bricks, re-think your nutrition, and pacing will change everything.  Weclome to the addicition! 

2009-06-15 8:08 PM
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"Buy a $5,000 tri bike with rear disk and aero helmet."

That's funny. 

2009-06-15 8:25 PM
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Frisco, TX
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Nice job Barry.  Let me see if I got this straight, your first tri is an olympic?  That's awesome.   Now you know what to work on...


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