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Chatanooga, Tennessee
United States
Team Magic
Total Time = 2h 27m 43s
Overall Rank = 140/1153
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 21/137
Pre-race routine:

Shower (get clean to get dirty). SPF 50 sun screen all over. Coffee. Oatmeal.
Event warmup:

None. Ninja did her run and meet me at the football field staging area. This actually was pretty cool - just hanging out with Ninja and people watching.

Gel about an hour prior to start and another about 30 mins prior to start.
  • 20m 54s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 16s / 100 yards

Since I didn't do any jogging for a warmup, my body decided that the first 100 or so of the swim would be easy. It seemed like 5 mins before it got the message that we were racing. Some dude passed me and I decided to catch a draft which lasted for about a 100 or so.

I hugged the buoy line (which is where the current is). In my view, if the kayaks are not pushing you back inside the course, you ain't racing.

The current must have been really strong this year because this swim was over before I knew it.
What would you do differently?:

Nada. Other than catching a draft, I could not ask for a better swim.
Transition 1
  • 02m 11s

Ran hard up stairs and into transition. Decided to wait on removing speedsuit and I think this was a good choice - allowed me to run hard to my bike.
What would you do differently?:

Need to learn how to remove speedsuit faster.
  • 1h 12m 17s
  • 26.1 miles
  • 21.66 mile/hr

Tried to push hard on the bike. Didn't really look at watts. Just trying to drink something every 15 mins and get a gel down at mile 10.

At mile 15, I grabbed my water bottle and took a drink. I thought I had it in the holder when I let go but I didn't. Next thing I know, it's spinning around on the ground. I thought about stopping to get it but then I noticed I was going around 20mph and it was a lost cause.

Got some hunger pains towards the end of the bike. Took a gel (maybe not a wise choice).

Also, tried something new: no peddling going downhill above 30 MPH. Just used the time to rest the legs. I think this was a good plan.

Entire workout (201 watts):
Duration: 1:13:14
Work: 880 kJ
TSS: 101.6 (intensity factor 0.914)
Norm Power: 218
VI: 1.08
Pw:HR: n/a
Pa:HR: n/a
Distance: 25.924 mi
Min Max Avg
Power: 0 481 201 watts
Cadence: 31 174 92 rpm
Speed: 0 38.8 21.3 mph
Pace 1:33 0:00 2:49 min/mi
Hub Torque: 0 249 72 lb-in
Crank Torque: 0 799 187 lb-in

What would you do differently?:

Gonna try liquid nutrition next time.
Transition 2
  • 01m 3s

A standard t2 for me. Grabbed water on the way out to try and wash down the rest of the gel which was now gumming up my stomach.
  • 51m 20s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 16s  min/mile

Still much work left to be done here. One of my goals continues to be sub 50 in an Oly. I just ran a 7:03 paced 10k the weekend before. I also ran a 7:38 paced 1/2 marathon back in March. I thought I could hold 7:45s.

My stomach cramped right out of the gate. I think it was the gel with no water on the bike. Just tried to push the pace hard up to the point of puking then I would back off just a bit; wash, rinse, repeat.

Took in water at the aid stations to try and ease up the stomach gel. At the turn around I took some Gatorade (which I dropped all over myself and it was red). Skipped the last aid stations.
Paces were:

I love this finish - down hill the last 1/4 mile. You can really turn on the jets.
What would you do differently?:

Try to move to liquid nutrition on the bike. Maybe that will help the stomach cramping issues.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat down at the finish line. I really felt like puking for about an hour after the race. I guess that means I pushed it pretty hard.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My goals for this race were to:
1) Qualify for AG Nationals
2) Break 2:30
3) Run sub-50 10k.

I did #1 and #2.

It would be easy of me to be critical of my run. I think I am capable of faster run performances. My run doesn't keep up with my bike which doesn't keep up with my swim. However, when I look at the following analysis, I have to be happy with the improvement (I am most happiest with my AG bike improvement):

07 Overall Placing (S/B/R/Total) 19%, 54%, 58%, 50%
08 Overall Placing (S/B/R/Total) 13%, 22%, 32%, 21%
09 Overall Placing (S/B/R/Total) 5%, 10%, 27%, 12%

07 AG Placing (S/B/R/Total) 33%, 70%, 75%, 66%
08 AG Placing (S/B/R/Total) 13%, 25%, 36%, 21%
09 AG Placing (S/B/R/Total) 4%, 14%, 39%, 15%

Chattanooga is the only race I have done every year I've been in triathlon, so it serves as the best indicator of year over year improvement.

Event comments:

Best big race Oly in the SE IMHO. I have not done St. A's, but the non-saltwater swim and river current has to make this a better race.

Last updated: 2009-01-26 12:00 AM
00:20:54 | 1640 yards | 01m 16s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/137
Overall: 53/1153
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra V0.02
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:11
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:12:17 | 26.1 miles | 21.66 mile/hr
Age Group: 19/137
Overall: 116/1153
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Out, up a hill, turn around, down a hill, back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 92
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:03
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:51:20 | 06.21 miles | 08m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 53/137
Overall: 308/1153
Performance: Average
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
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] 5

2009-07-14 5:05 PM

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2009-07-14 6:36 PM
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Roswell, GA
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"...this swim was over before I knew it."

20 minutes for 1500m is fast!

2009-07-14 7:38 PM
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North Metro ATL
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Nicely done J! That is a bad swim time. I turn out a few 1:16's for 100m but not for 1600! That is awesome. Looks like a well executed race to me. Congrats!

2009-07-14 8:45 PM
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Wow, great race!  And look at that improvement over the 3 years.  You give me hope that if I work as hard as you do, I might have some similar improvements over the next couple years.  Nice job! 

Oh, and I wanted to stop and say hi to everyone, but my entire family was there and I thought they were getting tired of standing in the rain.  Next time.

2009-07-15 9:39 AM
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Indeed a nice swim and race overall.  Congrats on meeting 2 of the 3 goals.  Talking about eeriely similar races, I lost my water bottle too from one of the bumps in a bridge.  Good job.  See you at Nationals!
2009-07-15 9:43 AM
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great job on an awesome race! Its nice to look at someones strong improvements from year to year.

2009-07-15 2:03 PM
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Sugar Hill, GA
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You never cease to amaze, great race.  The improvement over the years is quite an accomplishment.  Congratulation on hitting 2 out of 3 goals.  Had you hit them all then they would have been too easy.  good work.
2009-07-15 3:07 PM
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Atlanta, GA
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Great race! Seriously, your swim just amazes me. Congrats on making 2 of your goals, 2 out of 3 ain't bad or that's what "they" say anyway...

2009-07-15 5:11 PM
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Atlanta, GA
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Great race...big gains over 2008.  I bet your IM run up last year paid dividens for OLY distance.  Seems like those that found the current kick butt on the swim.  You bike time and watts are a thing of beauty.  You have a great year going.  Good luck with the remainder of the season.

2009-07-16 12:45 PM
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Nice race!  Funny, I took a gel running out of transition cause I'm used to doing that on my long runs and then realized that I had no water to go with it until the first aid station.  I was running up the hill thinking that was stupid!
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