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Cutting Edge Half Classic - Triathlon1/2 Ironman


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Effingham, Illinois
United States
Cutting Edge Events
90+F / 32C
Sunny
Total Time = 6h 43m
Overall Rank = 90/180
Age Group = 20-24F
Age Group Rank = 1/2
Pre-race routine:

W0ke up at 5:10am, quickly ate a cliff bar and packed, had half a bagel with peanut butter a little bit later. Repacked the wetsuit, (water was too warm for them). Set up the bike
Event warmup:

Not much, listened to some music on the ipod and walked around
Swim
  • 44m 45s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 07s / 100 yards
Comments:

I can't swim in a straight line. I was all over the place the whole time. Overall the swim was good, but I think I would have been a lot faster if I wasn't so off track the whole time.
What would you do differently?:

Not a lot, swim straight
Transition 1
  • 02m 23s
Comments:

Took my time. Put on gloves, helmet and sunglasses. Slipped the shoes on and sprayed on some sunscreen, (thank god!!).
What would you do differently?:

nothing
Bike
  • 3h 25m
  • 56 miles
  • 16.39 mile/hr
Comments:

Great bike. Really focused on riding at my own pace, though I was getting passed a lot at first. Held a good mph ave. I had adjused my aerobars last night and didn't tighten them enough, so they were moving around the whole time, which was not good. Took a gel every 45 minutes, switching the last gel for sportbeans. Drank a lot of water, and 1 bottle of gatorade. Felt really good but I can tell I'm going to need to start doing a lot longer rides for Lou. It was HOT. Definatly in the upper 90s but I really didn't have much of a problem with it.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure my aerobars are tight, other than that not much.
Transition 2
  • 03m 13s
Comments:

Really wanted to make sure I didn't miss anything here. Put on socks and more sunscreen.
What would you do differently?:

nothing
Run
  • 2h 27m
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 13s  min/mile
Comments:

Wow it was so hot at this point. I felt great for the first 6 miles, drank gatorade at every aid station and had a gel every 30 min. Talked to a couple people who had done IM Lou before and that was cool. The 2nd 6 miles was rougher, the last 3 were really hard. I wanted to finish under 6:45 so I kept moving. I could have walked and felt fine but I really wanted a good finishing time.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Post race
Warm down:

Jumped in the lake, talked to my parents and had some pizza.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat, but I felt really good and wouldn't have changed a thing.

Event comments:

Great race! Hotter than blazes though. There was a 25% DNF out of 180 participants. My race went perfectly, I still can't get over how well it went. Confidence booster for IM Lou!!


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Last updated: 2009-05-27 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:44:45 | 2112 yards | 02m 07s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 0/180
Performance: Average
Suit:
Course: 2 loops
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding:
T1
Time: 02:23
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
03:25:00 | 56 miles | 16.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 0/180
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course:
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 03:13
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
02:27:00 | 13.1 miles | 11m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/2
Overall: 0/180
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back twice.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-06-22 10:37 AM

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2009-06-22 11:00 AM
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AWESOME job!!!! It was sooooo hot this weekend...you are a badazz...wish I knew you were racing, I could have gone to support you...I am only 30 minutes away
2009-06-22 11:24 AM
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Grats, way to go out there in some nasty conditions! Your gonna do great at IMLou!
2009-06-22 5:56 PM
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AWESOME report and finish time. That's huge!
2009-06-22 6:16 PM
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Nice job.   It should help you be well prepared for IMKY. 

2009-06-23 8:10 AM
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GREAT JOB!!  It sounds like you had an awesome race.  Congratulations.  Your pictures are great too!  I love them.



2009-06-23 8:23 AM
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Wow!  What a great time!  Sounds like you had a great race and you looked awesome
2009-06-23 9:00 AM
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Great race report Melissa, way to go. Keeping to your race plan can be tough especially on the bike. With some longer rides looks like you'll be ready for IMLOU !!
2009-06-23 12:26 PM
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Great job on a really tough day!

2009-06-23 1:17 PM
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Hey nice race! Dangit and I was considering doing this race. Sounds like one for the future. I think this is also the group that does the Great Illini down in Mattoon in September. I did it last year and it's also a fun race. Good work out there on a hot hot day!
2009-06-23 11:37 PM
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Congrats!  Great job...looks like you're well prepared for IMKY!


2009-06-24 10:56 AM
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Congrats! you had a great race, glad it went so well for you despite the heat!
2009-06-24 11:17 AM
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Congrats!  Great race. 
2009-06-25 3:51 AM
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Nice job out there on a hot day!! Congrats!

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