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Forrest City, Arkansas
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 19m
Overall Rank = 116/368
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 24/32
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 4:30, got ready with a short shower, went to the bathroom and ate a little something, then packed up the van and headed out to Forest City.
Event warmup:

Got trabsistions setup and then went to the water to get in a little swim. The water was very nice.
  • 10m 17s
  • 528 yards
  • 01m 57s / 100 yards

THe swim was fine, they changed the race to a time trial race instead of a wave start, which wold have been nice but they did not seen anyone by their swim time, just their numbers. So that meant the start was nice but it got bottled up at the finish. It was nice to be able to find a line to swim right off the bat, but the sun was shining right in front plus the reflection off the water mae sigting diffucult on the first buoy. I really thought I was swimming faster than my time reflected, was actually slower than last year!
What would you do differently?:

work on sighting, maybe try and speed it up some more.
Transition 1
  • 01m 50s

I realized just how much of a tenderfoot I really am! Running up from the swim on the concrete killed my feet! Oh Well!. T1 went a hell of a lot better than last year, as I have really simplified what is in T1. The actual transition would have been faster if I had not had torun so far to get to my bike.
What would you do differently?:

Need to learn to run with bike and jump on it
  • 41m 50s
  • 13 miles
  • 18.65 mile/hr

The bike went fairly well as I was prepared for it this year, still got passed by too many people, but then I am passing people this year. The hills on this race were tougher than I imagined. Again, I was able to get shoes off and pedal to the dismount line, which helps. I had a gel on the bike cause I could feel a twinge in the calf, so I did try to drink, but I know it was not enough.
What would you do differently?:

need to get an aero drink thingy! I think better nutrition would help me on the bike. Also need to work on runnign and getting on the bike out of T1
Transition 2
  • 01m 2s

T2 went fairly well, no complaints there.
What would you do differently?:

nothing, except get there faster!
  • 25m 47s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 19s  min/mile

The first mile was a bitch! Not sure why but it literally defeatedme so much that I had to start pickig little goals ( make it to the corner, just to the ridge, etc...) After the first mile though I finally got my running leggs and it started getting easier to run, just had to break through that first 8 minutes. The locals sat out on their yards and would spray the awaterhose over the road, which helped jar you back into race mentallity!
What would you do differently?:

Still need to work on running after biking, get those running legs back quicker and I want to speed up! I would like to get under 8 minutes miles on a triathlon sometime! But, I am still happy with my time.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed some water and a Coke, walked around talking to other racers.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

hills and that first mile of the run! Have to work on that!

Event comments:

I beat last years time by 15 minutes! So it is a new PR, and you know I love me some PR's! I like this race and will continue to do it again.

Last updated: 2009-02-19 12:00 AM
00:10:17 | 528 yards | 01m 57s / 100yards
Age Group: 13/32
Overall: 0/368
Performance: Good
Suit: No
Course: U shaped
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:50
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:41:50 | 13 miles | 18.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 28/32
Overall: 0/368
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: One long stretch, was a point to point race.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:02
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:47 | 03.1 miles | 08m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 26/32
Overall: 0/368
Performance: Good
Course: somewhat hilly at first then nice and fairly flat.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-07-18 5:11 PM

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Bartlett, TN
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2009-07-18 6:06 PM
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Austin, TX
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Dude, sweet times...way to go!  And you aren't kidding about it being a competitive AG!  18.5mph on the bike and you are 5th from last...crazy!  But I am really just keep getting better!
2009-07-19 12:23 PM
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Houston, TX
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Nice race James!  15 minutes faster than last year is HUGE!  
2009-07-20 2:02 PM
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GOOD JOB!!!!!  Way to PR!  

I think a bottle for the aero bars is a good idea.  Keep working on running off the bike so you can go sub 8 minutes on the run.  Woohoo! 
2009-07-22 10:47 AM
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Awesome job- congratulations on the PR!!!

2009-07-24 1:19 PM
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Great race!  As everyone always tells me, don't worry about your place.  Set your goals, and race your own race.  You never know who is going to show up in your AG.  Congratulations on your PR!

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