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Chattanooga, Tennessee
United States
Team Magic
80F / 27C
Precipitation
Total Time = 3h 13m 44s
Overall Rank = 961/1153
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 21/34
Pre-race routine:

Long, long drive to Chattanooga, and when we get there, I realize it's a bit more hilly than I expected. Checked in, picked up stuff, went to dinner, and then back to the hotel for a quick sleep. I made myself some weak coffee in the morning, and we headed over to the race area.
Event warmup:

We couldn't get in the river to swim, and since they bussed us over to the start about a mile away, I didn't really have any means of "warming up." So, I just treated the first few hundred yards of the swim as my warm up.
Swim
  • 29m 3s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 46s / 100 yards
Comments:

This was a time trial start with about 3 seconds between swimmers. It actually was rather continuous as we made our way from scootching in the water to the end of the pier for the start. I've never done a swim that long that was just a straight point-to-point. I'm so used to have to go around buoys every several hundred yards. So, it made it feel long. But we had the current with us, and I really wanted to have a good time, so I focused on not being lazy in the water and swimming at a reasonably hard pace (for me...I'm not very fast). When I got out of the water and realized my swim was between 29 and 30 minutes, I was pretty happy.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. This was a very good swim for me.
Transition 1
  • 04m 14s
Comments:

Long run, up stairs to transition. Then, I was discombobulated because I am not used to racking by my bike seat and had my stuff on the wrong side. Doh.
What would you do differently?:

Set up my transition area correctly.
Bike
  • 1h 33m 51s
  • 26.5 miles
  • 16.94 mile/hr
Comments:

Started with technical difficulties because my aero bottle was not in correctly. Took me 2 stops to get it right. Then, my other water bottle decied to pop its top. Yeesh.

This course was just hard for me. The hills were long and slow. One was so long, on the way out it almost made me cry. On the way back, it almost made me pee my pants we were going so fast. I don't use my bike computer when racing, so I don't know how fast I was really going, but probably close to 40mph...for a long time...maybe a mile or so. Yikes.

By the time I reached the turnaround point, I knew I was not going to be able to post the kind of time I would need to qualify for Nationals, but all-in-all, I wasn't too unhappy with my performance because I thought I ended up managing it pretty well.
What would you do differently?:

I need to ride more hills. Especially if Augusta is as challenging as it looks in the profile.
Transition 2
  • 02m 13s
Comments:

I thought my transition was faster. Maybe it was the long run.
Run
  • 1h 04m 23s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 22s  min/mile
Comments:

I was slow. I had my moments when I felt I was going a good clip, but I was heaving and had side stitches. I walked too much at the water stops.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster...but without blowing up.
Post race
Warm down:

Walking around, getting some beer and food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hills that I really need to figure out how to train for.

Event comments:

Excellent race by Team Magic.




Last updated: 2009-05-21 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:29:03 | 1640 yards | 01m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/34
Overall: 0/1153
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri suit
Course: Straight down the river from the boat house to the waterfront.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding:
T1
Time: 04:14
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
01:33:51 | 26.5 miles | 16.94 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/34
Overall: 0/1153
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Short trip through the city then onto the highway for an out and back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 02:13
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
01:04:23 | 06.21 miles | 10m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/34
Overall: 0/1153
Performance: Below average
Course: Up hill (yay!) from transition to a set of steps, down hill (phew) to the boat area of the swim start...longest first mile ever...then on the path along the river, turn around, head back. Not bad really...and not as hilly as the bike.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-07-13 9:05 AM

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2009-07-13 3:30 PM
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Great job out there! Great swim!!
2009-07-13 5:29 PM
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Very nice race. That is a tough bike course with a lot of uphill grinds... you did great!
At least the weather was cloudy. In past years with the sun out, that run can be miserable.


2009-07-14 9:28 AM
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Sounds like a tough course! You have a great attitude and it shows with your good times! Excellent job! Now have a well deserved rest!! Cheers!
2009-07-14 2:45 PM
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kuotaguy - 2009-07-13 5:29 PM Very nice race. That is a tough bike course with a lot of uphill grinds... you did great! At least the weather was cloudy. In past years with the sun out, that run can be miserable.

Yes. I forgot to note that I was grateful for the overcast, cooler day, and even the rain on the run was refreshing.

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