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2009-07-11 6:33 AM
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There is an article about the event in todays N&O.


2009-07-11 8:33 AM
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DougRob - 2009-07-11 7:33 AM There is an article about the event in todays N&O.


I just read that. Hope it doesn't encourage spectators!
2009-07-11 6:35 PM
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Wow just clicked 'directions' on the setup web site, and it takes you to a stick figure drawing relative to inside out sports. For those not from the area, that's gonna be real helpful. Sealed
2009-07-11 7:35 PM
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Just in case anyone checks this page before the race, I'll be there too. I'll have a BT temporary tatoo on the back of my shoulder.  Plus I ride a bike with pink tires and bar tape - very hard to miss.  Say "hi" as you pass me Smile    Should be a great time.  Thanks for volunteering Fatmouse and DMarkSwan!

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2009-07-12 2:02 PM
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i survived.

that is all...oh and the walk back to my car was lame.
2009-07-12 2:38 PM
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Had a great time racing and hanging out with friends. Thanks pctsab and halfpint for introducing yourself to me. Congrats to hrliles for a podium spot! woot! Nice seeing klowman and nuthouse (who was cheering on the bike course). Sorry I missed fgump, dougrob and loiuski and everybody else. Tracy - I did not know you were going to be there. I did pass a pink bike, tho!


2009-07-12 6:08 PM
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A lil photo opt-

my pre-swim "racing green" pose:



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2009-07-12 6:17 PM
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The open rack at Triangle 09:



My rack, shared the same row.  Pays to register early!  My best rack position EVER!
2009-07-12 6:34 PM
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Chewing down my OWS nervousness in the corral


my wading in...water was COLD the first time gettin in...but soon heated up in the back stretch


A lil rawk hand to mommy to show my excitement of completing the swim!


Another Hi Mom shot


post race flex
2009-07-13 6:28 AM
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Wow, super pics Scottie! You look great!
2009-07-13 7:30 AM
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So my times are pretty horrible. I even thought I rocked the bike... I can definitely improve the swim. I should have had the bike in the 40's, I don't know what happened- maybe the swim took that much more outta me than anticipated (i was running blind too, my Garmin305 froze up). My run would have been better if it wasnt a trail run. I was running in saucony grid racers and felt EVERY stone on the bottom of my feet.

I also need to work on my transition dashes in bike shoes- the length of transition really added time on..

Swim: 00:23:49
T1:00:02:45 (holy disoriented T1!!!)
Bike:00:56:34
T2:00:02:09
Run:00:27:53
Time:01:53:08

I still had a blast completing the event!

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2009-07-13 7:58 AM
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My first tri and I think it went pretty good. I did really good on the swim and got my butt kicked on the bike. Looks like that's where the money is spent and time is gained. I swear dudes were passing me like I was standing still. Also realized that I need to work on getting my transitions faster. I spent over 7 minutes in the transition area. Easily could have cut that in half. I was surprised with the run time considering how bad I thought I was doing. Overall it was an awesome experience and am definitely looking forward to doing more.

It was nice to meet you Carol and hopefully I will meet some more of you BT'ers out there next time.

Swim: 00:13:27 (finished 2nd in my wave)
T1:00:04:16 (that was a long run to the pen, does that count in your transition time)
Bike:00:57:25 (better than my training avg speeds)
T2:00:02:58
Run:00:26:16
Time:01:44:20
2009-07-13 8:13 AM
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pctsab - 2009-07-13 8:58 AM My first tri and I think it went pretty good. I did really good on the swim and got my butt kicked on the bike. Looks like that's where the money is spent and time is gained. I swear dudes were passing me like I was standing still. Also realized that I need to work on getting my transitions faster. I spent over 7 minutes in the transition area. Easily could have cut that in half. I was surprised with the run time considering how bad I thought I was doing. Overall it was an awesome experience and am definitely looking forward to doing more.

It was nice to meet you Carol and hopefully I will meet some more of you BT'ers out there next time.

Swim: 00:13:27 (finished 2nd in my wave)
T1:00:04:16 (that was a long run to the pen, does that count in your transition time)
Bike:00:57:25 (better than my training avg speeds)
T2:00:02:58
Run:00:26:16
Time:01:44:20


Nice job and congrats on your first tri! I chuckled reading your note though. I did my first tri last year about the same time and thought almost the exact same thing as you: Why are these guys going by me like I am standing still? Why do I feel THIS bad on the run but then being surprised that the time wasn't that bad in the end. Its amazing what a year can do though- for me this year, bike was no longer a laugh-fest for everyone speeding by me (I still got passed, but not like I was standing still!) and the run was much more controlled, like I actually knew what to expect. So just stick with it and things will fall into place more and more. Hope to see you out there sometime.
2009-07-13 8:14 AM
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halfpint - 2009-07-13 8:30 AM So my times are pretty horrible. I even thought I rocked the bike... I can definitely improve the swim. I should have had the bike in the 40's, I don't know what happened- maybe the swim took that much more outta me than anticipated (i was running blind too, my Garmin305 froze up). My run would have been better if it wasnt a trail run. I was running in saucony grid racers and felt EVERY stone on the bottom of my feet.

I also need to work on my transition dashes in bike shoes- the length of transition really added time on..

Swim: 00:23:49
T1:00:02:45 (holy disoriented T1!!!)
Bike:00:56:34
T2:00:02:09
Run:00:27:53
Time:01:53:08

I still had a blast completing the event!


Good job dude! Love the pics you posted. Thanks for sharing them with us.
2009-07-13 8:24 AM
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I posted a race report, but figure I would post here to give you all a good laugh. Here are my times:

Swim: 19:25
T1: 2:57
Bike:50:12
T2: 1:54
Run: 27:15
Total:1:41:42

Now for the laugh: I packed the night before. When setting up my transition I found out I had packed two right running shoes from two different sets of shoes. No lefts! SO I ran in 2+ year old NB regular non-running shoes. They came untied before I left the transitiona rea and again on the course. They were loose and it sucked! I was thinking about it the whole time on the bike too. I feel like a bone head! It cost me quite some time I am sure. Oh well live and learn.

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2009-07-13 9:04 AM
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Thought I would post my times just for kicks:
Swim:24:57    
T1: 03:52        
Bike:01:10:13    
T2:01:25        
Run:28:41         
Total:02:09:07

Lessons learned:
-Swim in open water more, duh
-Don't worry about having grass on your feet while putting your socks and shoes on
-Secure your gels so that they don't fly out of your bento box while riding over the first speed bump out of the park
-Get a bike computer so I have some sort of clue as to how fast I am going on the bike since I biked the first 5 miles alone, yeah I was in the back of the pack

Sorry I didn't say hi to many after the race, the sun really took it out of me during the run and I needed a bit of shade to cool off and recover.  Even though I swore I would never do another tri as I was floundering in the lake I am already looking for another one, I guess this does get a little addicting!


2009-07-13 9:36 AM
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My times:
Swim: 18:37
T1: 4:47
Bike: 1:05:50
T2: 2:38
Run: 31:18
Total: 2:03:08

A great workout, I was a bit out of shape, especially the run was tough for me.

While this used to be my benchmark tri, I won't do it it again if it is held at Harris Lake. The parking situation was unacceptable for a family-attended event. The lack of communication about parking, no signs where to get the shuttle after the event, it was abominable.

The course, on the other hand, I thought was very good. Nice swim, great bike route, and a challenging run. Nice brick workout going into the second half of the season! I was disappointed in my performance, but have no excuses. I need to train harder. Smile

Goals for the rest of the season:
Swim
Focus on swim technique. I did too many long swims but without working on technique. This lead to shoulder pain but no appreciable improvement in my swim. My goal is to do the 750 m in 17 :30 in my next tri in August.
Bike
For biking, I need to incorporate more intervals into my training. I am very weak up the hills compared to the other riders. Down hills I am fine as I weigh more than most triathletes
Run
For the run, I need to get out there and just run more. Frankly, I don't like running. I tend to dread my run workouts. I think to remedy this I need to mix it up some. Do some intervals, do some longer distances, and some medium distances. I used to really like running, when I was better at it. So perhaps I just need to improve a bit to like it again.

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2009-07-13 10:07 AM
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DougRob - 2009-07-13 9:24 AM

I posted a race report, but figure I would post here to give you all a good laugh. Here are my times:

Swim: 19:25
T1: 2:57
Bike:50:12
T2: 1:54
Run: 27:15
Total:1:41:42

Now for the laugh: I packed the night before. When setting up my transition I found out I had packed two right running shoes from two different sets of shoes. No lefts! SO I ran in 2+ year old NB regular non-running shoes. They came untied before I left the transitiona rea and again on the course. They were loose and it sucked! I was thinking about it the whole time on the bike too. I feel like a bone head! It cost me quite some time I am sure. Oh well live and learn.

Doug


Wow, that sux! Little annoyances like that can definitely interfere with your mental focus and can slow you down. Sorry to hear it. I keep a pair of old racing flats in my car all the time. That way, I always have a pair of running shoes, that are useable. Actually, I use them for my pre-race warmups, and then leave them near the swim start. Almost forgot to go back for them yesterday!!!

2009-07-13 10:15 AM
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For those of you who were adversely affected by the parking (like neuronet and me), please let Setup Events know. I'm going to send them a note. Basically my wife and 3 and 5 year old were held up for over an hour BEFORE the power plant parking because the road was closed so they ended out going home! I know they were going to close the park, but not the roads leading to the park. I don't mind my time being wasted but am not keen on my family being in that situation since I like their support at these events (and they like coming). I think setup can figure out something better with the shuttles and parking for next year, but if we don't tell em what didn't work well, they won't fix it.

Anyway, since everyone is posting times, my race report is up if you want to look. I had a good race for me- everything was controlled and manageable so I was happy with that. And for once I didn't have the debate on why I am putting myself through this :-)
2009-07-13 10:48 AM
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Sorry I didn't get to meet more of you. I was the guy in the cowboy hat spraying people at the first water station on the run. Unless you didn't want to be sprayed, in which case that was some other guy that looks sorta like me.

Not the best volunteer experience, but I enjoyed watching the runners go by and not being to tired to rubber neck watch. I got to see each person; from the winner blazing through (relaxed, polite, and not really out of breath), the young boy who had been throwing up but still kept trudging along with a trooper smile, to the cheerful ladies near the end just as happy as they could be. Hmm, I guess it was a good experience during the race.

I got in a bit of disagreement with somebody who was directing us about filling all those cups of Heed before the race so y'all could have tiny cups of warm Heed after the race. They informed me that after the race they would be too thirsty to care. I explained that I had done a few races and I would care. Didn't matter anyway, when I went to replenish the big containers I discovered they were warm to start with.

Still, I'll volunteer again, maybe not that race, or maybe I'll just go watch. It was funny how ignorant the organizers assumed the volunteers to be.

2009-07-13 11:04 AM
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I volunteered too, Mark. One of the key things is to let them know you've done several races before. Once they learned that from me they had me doing the bike in/out area.

It was interesting to see people get through transition. One guy had three different bike computers on his handlebars. I did see how many people think it is so important to push their lap button as they cross the timing matt. Of course, I've done that tons of times too and now realize that the fast guys don't do that.

Some folks are good at flying mounts. Others are not. Don't try it for the first time at a race. Saw a number of people have real problems trying to fly mount or had shoes on their bike.

Watched a guy endo at the dismount line. Apparently he has an ironman in a month but I'm guessing he broke his wrist at a minimum.

It was really cool to see some of the people coming through all smiles. Helped to reinvigorate my interest, which has waned a lot since doing all that training last year. Signed up for Mission Man that afternoon. I've got all of 20 miles on my bike in the last 2 months and 2 weeks before the race. But seeing how much people enjoyed being out there reminded me that I don't have to compete for a podium slot to enjoy the day. So, it will be much more casual in Burlington.

Hope everyone enjoyed the day. It was fun being out there experiencing the race rather than stressing about it. If you get a chance, volunteer at some race you're not doing. You'll see a lot about what works and doesn't for people.


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Mark, thanks for the spray...I needed it at the time

You probably didn't recognize me (was in 2xu black top and bottom), but next time I'll also try to meet more people. I saw Carol, but she was talking with someone and I didn't get a chance to wait long because my family was hot and tired.

The parking was terrible. They closed the roads earlier than they said they would and my family had to walk close to 3 miles from where they parked. I'm really proud of them for making the hike and then trying to figure out how to get a shuttle back while I scouted ahead with my bike.

Speed bumps really upset me too...second one bounced my aero drink out. Would have preferred they just left the wood off...wasn't very well done.

Congrats to everyone on their times and finishes. I will probably go to that race again next year, but only because it is close to me. Overall, I wasn't that happy with the venue...still I'll take em when I can get em.


Oh yeah...the warm Heed...that stuff was terrible for even me, and I drink Heed regularly. I can't believe I couldn't find a cold glass or bottle of water anywhere...I was dying after the race and Coke just doesn't do it for me.


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2009-07-13 11:15 AM
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I enjoyed finally meeting Louiskie, sorry I didn't get to the rest of you!

I enjoyed the race.  My swim was 20:04; 2 minutes of that spent helping get another age-grouper some help from the boat. 

I got to T1 determined to go hunt down as many folks on the bike as I could.  I did not like the speed bumps (test-ride on race day confirmed that the ramps WOULD eject a water bottle, so I had to scoot back and clamp it between gluteus and cage); that and no water bottles at race finish (yet you could find any number of styrofoam and paper cups everywhere, and very little to no mention of their efforts to improve recycling).

The run was just about survival for me.  I had one friend ahead and one behind.  I couldn't catch the one ahead, and I put 5+ minutes on the one behind on the bike

Did I mention I liked the bike?

I think I nailed the timing on parking and spectating.  I rode with my buddy Paul and his wife to the race site.  We arrived at 5:58am, and parked inside the park, on the very front row (furthest from the wooden fence).  We had absolutely no problems parking.  My wife came to spectate at the right turn onto Friendship.  She didn't know it, but Nuthouse was there too.  They both cheered for me as I went past, then she was like "How do you know Bill?"  Funny.

That location is easy to get to, and out of.  And it was.  Perfect for me, perfect for her.  Another good location would have been where New Hill met 55.  Anything other than that would not be good viewing.

Plus, she's seen the finish line photos.    Not many chances to see me on the bike!
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DMarkSwan - 2009-07-12 11:48 PM

 I was the guy in the cowboy hat spraying people at the first water station on the run.



I was sippin on my cup when u hit me with the hose and i choked due to the thermal shock...lol

con: water in lungs
pro: i definitely woke up a bit =)
2009-07-13 11:23 AM
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Well, now that my first Triathlon is behind me, I can say with out a doubt that swimming in a pool is nothing like an OWS.  Wow! is all I can say. That 750m had to hae been one of the most difficult things I have ever done. and to make it worse, I turned too early (at the second bouy on the back stretch instead of the third) and got halfway back to the shore before I realized it (well, really someone a canoe had to come right up to me and redirect me) and had to reroute myself back to the correct path.  I am an idiot I know.  The transitions were a lot toougher than I thought they would be, I willl have to be more organized next time to not waste valuable seconds.

Overall though, a fun experience.  I will have to work at the swimming and sign up for another one!
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