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Racine, Wisconsin
United States
HFP Racing
60'sF / 0C
Total Time = 1h 14m 43s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = F45-49
Age Group Rank = 1/
Pre-race routine:

Up earlier than needed to, snuggled the Allie girl for awhile! Blueberry Pop Tarts and Diet Pepsi on the way to the race. Set up transition, hung out with family Weninger until race start. Did see Amy Noie (miami9296) before starting. Pretty excited about the weather, sunshine, some wind (increased as day went on).
Event warmup:

Did not warm up, just very quick stretch prior to swim.
  • 13m 30s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 39s / 100 yards

Water temp was suprisingly nice!! A quick yikes this is cold, then right into a nice rythm. Felt like I swam well(really concentrated on full strokes), but the course was obviously short. (wish I knew what the real distance was to know my true pace!). Fairly crowded even past the turn buoy, couldn't find any heels to latch onto, as is usual for me. Headed for the far orange buoy, and realized very late that the turn buoy was YELLOW! Had to then swim out to get to it, and around and back in. Only cost me a bit though, Im sure! Run up to T1 was crowded with slow walkers, so had to go out of the cones to pass! Not much water in the rinse buckets!
What would you do differently?:

train? be even more thankfull that the course was short?
Transition 1
  • 01m 51s

feet still a bit sandy, but didn't have a water bottle to rinse with (forgot...) No biggy though.
What would you do differently?:

bring water bottle to squirt feet off.
  • 35m 46s
  • 12.4 miles
  • 20.80 mile/hr

legs were a bit weak starting the bike. THEN, my donkey jumped off the bike at about mile 2-3. I heard something plastic hit the ground, looked down and expected to see my bike comp. missing. Nope, it was there but Donkey wasn't!!! Decisions..stop, go get him, hope he catches up...(didn't stop, he didn't catch up) Now I have to find a new Donkey Pez dispenser.
Rode hard, but realizing that I put comfortable for the pace, I maybe could have pushed a bit more? Passed alot of girls. (all women started together). Tried hard to chase down an overall position, but wasn't happening! Bit of wind on the way out, but neg split significantly with the tail wind back.
What would you do differently?:

Focus on knowing my limit on the bike, and hit it!
Transition 2
  • 01m 8s

Pretty good T2, tried for under a minute...
What would you do differently?:

Take gatorade with me, and leave bottle on at the run exit, rather than drink a few gulps while IN T2. May have netted me the 8 seconds.
  • 22m 25s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 14s  min/mile

Good solid run. Mile markers a bit off...RTP's garmin said the run was 2.93 miles so my avg really was 7:36, which seems pretty accurate. I ran hard, chasing down overall places. Got a couple. Not sure where I ended up, 7th?? Maybe 8th. Did stop for water at the turn around. Walked and drank.
What would you do differently?:

wonder if I could have gutted out a few more seconds off pace? Need to do some short stuff in the next few weeks, just expirement.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, then went out with Clints dad who was just starting the run. Did his 5k with him, walk/jog...what a nice guy, great sense of humor! DJ walked with us for the first and last mile.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Happy with my race, getting off the sz med definitly made today better than last weeks race! Still having wt issues (need to gain a few pounds), and some weakness.

FUN race, really enjoyed myself!! Was really cool finishing 1-2-3 with newguy (patrick), RTP (pete) and myself! 3 donkey's in a row, DJ thanked us for making it easier for him and Nicole to cheer for us!!

Event comments:

well organized, well marked course. wish they had posted results for my race, but they only posted the womens. Some issue with the printer or something. Thinking I'd like to really focus and train for speed, and improve my times, rather than training for halfs. (which I wanted to do this year, before head issues, couldn't last year due to stupid hip injury!!) But, that said, I did enjoy the two times I did the SOR half.

Last updated: 2009-07-12 12:00 AM
00:13:30 | 820 yards | 01m 39s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Time included run up to T1, was out of water at about 12:15.
Suit: blue seventy helix full
Course: rectangle
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 59F / 15C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:51
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:35:46 | 12.4 miles | 20.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: out and back
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 01:08
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:22:25 | 03.1 miles | 07m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
1/7:52 2/6:53 3.1/7:40:56 (yeah, the mile markers may have been a bit off...1 was long, 2 was short...)
Course: out and back along the lake for the most part. Few bigger hills. Nice long downhill to finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-07-18 9:42 PM

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Muskego, WI
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2009-07-20 10:32 AM
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West Allis, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: Blue Wave Sprint Triathlon

yet another outstanding performance!!  i tried to help you out a bit and this is what i came up with:

Place Bib#  Name                  Age Rank   Swim      T1  Rank   Bike  Rate    T2   Rank   Run2  Pace    Final
===== ===== ===================== === ==== ======= ======= ==== ======= ==== ======= ==== ======= ===== =======
    1    55 Pam Grande             48    1   13:29    1:50    1   35:54  20.7    1:03    1   22:25  7:14 1:14:39

also from what i can tell................7th or 8th Overall Female!!!


2009-07-20 5:11 PM
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Racine, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: Blue Wave Sprint Triathlon
Great race Pam, the one-two-three donk finish was cool, we'll have to see if the finish line photo turns out.
2009-07-20 5:17 PM
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Extreme Veteran
Greendale, WI
Subject: RE: Blue Wave Sprint Triathlon
Awesome job Pam!!  Congrats!!  It was great meeting you!
2009-07-21 12:23 PM
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Iron Donkey
, Wisconsin
Subject: RE: Blue Wave Sprint Triathlon


SUPER-DUPER FAST little lady!  VERY impressive!

Now you need to get a new pez Donk - yeah, I know, it won't be the same and ever replace the original, but, don't worry, you'll make it your own.

Thanks for coming out and cheering us on Sunday!!!

I need to apologize for just remembering NOW that you were one of a couple that I needed to mention in my RR.  Sorry.

2009-07-21 10:03 PM
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Cheesehead, WI
Subject: RE: Blue Wave Sprint Triathlon
Pammy! You are my idol woman! Speedy Gonzales! Glad to read your head is doing better these days too.
Great race...and sorry about your donk but I'll be you can find a new one anywhere there is Shrek stuff for sale

2009-07-22 9:59 AM
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Madison, Wisconsin
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Congrats PJ!! You always give it your all! I want to be like you when I grow up!

2009-07-22 10:55 AM
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Menomonee Falls, WI
Subject: RE: Blue Wave Sprint Triathlon
Smokin' race, Pam. Way to prove to yourself and everyone else you are back in a big way! Congrats on the hardware and as always it was great to see you out there rooting for us Halvers on Sunday!
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