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Ortonville, Michigan
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 18m 56s
Overall Rank = 38/219
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 12/24
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, made some coffee, got gear in car and ate a Cliff Builder Bar on the way to th erace (about a 40 minute drive). Felt dizzy all through the morning. No idea what was going on there.

Arrived at race, registered, set up transition area, ate a granola bar and 15 minutes before race a GU Roctane.
Event warmup:

Swam about 25M, nothing special.
  • 12m 3s
  • 500 meters
  • 02m 25s / 100 meters

I shouldn't have expected any better due to just not getting as much swim volume as I desired. 3 weeks prior to race a took a spill while running and ended up with an Intercostal Muscle Strain on my left side. Swimming aggravated it so hence not much swimming. I felt like I had no endurance during the swim.

That being said, I was 47 seconds faster than last year and my fastest OWS swim by 28 seconds. So, there is hope!
What would you do differently?:

Again...same story...more swim volume
Transition 1
  • 01m 53s

I haven't tried the whole pedals clipped in start and not sure I will. I was close to the 90th percentile for T1 time so I am pretty happy with that.
What would you do differently?:

Had a bit of trouble getting into my shoes, if I am going to keep doing these races I really should get a pair of tri cycling shoes instead of pure cycling shoes. The clip system on my shoes costs me probably about 10 seconds.
  • 39m 30s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 18.88 mile/hr

Little disapointed with this leg. I felt tired on the bike and subsequent run. Hills were tougher than I remembered from last year. Also got stuck behind a trailer at one point slowing me down as well.
What would you do differently?:

More time in the saddle.
Transition 2
  • 01m 7s

Big improvement over last year's time of 1:44.
What would you do differently?:

Just be faster.
  • 24m 25s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 51s  min/mile

Again, I felt tired. Started feeling better in last half mile, but was probably just adrenaline and knowing I was in the home stretch.
Post race
Warm down:

Lots of fluids, banana & pizza with some stretching.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think the workout on Friday (low level sprinkled in with high intensity and the couple of long walks on Saturday were detrimental.

Event comments:

More consistent training in the weeks leading up to the race and a better race week strategy should have resulted in a better overall time. I had fun but was dissapointed with the end outcome.

Last updated: 2009-05-05 12:00 AM
00:12:03 | 500 meters | 02m 25s / 100meters
Age Group: 18/24
Overall: 24/219
Performance: Average
Avg HR 173
Suit: Orca Tri Top and Pearl Izumi Tri Shorts
Course: Triangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:53
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:39:30 | 12.43 miles | 18.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/24
Overall: 35/219
Performance: Average
Avg HR 169
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back, actually 12.9 miles. Mostly downhill on way out, uphill on the way back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:07
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:25 | 03.11 miles | 07m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/24
Overall: 44/219
Performance: Below average
Avg HR 172
Course: Out and back, rolling hills
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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] 4

2009-06-22 9:15 AM

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2009-06-22 9:33 AM
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Elizabethtown, KY
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Great job Mitch!

2009-06-22 9:52 AM
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Triathlete Nation ~ Texas!
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Great job Mitch!  I know you said you had not put in the volume in training that you had hoped for...but the areas of improvement are awesome.  Just keep pushing forward ~ stay positive ~ and you will continue to improve!
2009-06-22 1:02 PM
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Super job Mitch!
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