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Harbor Lights Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Waukegan, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
69F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 20m 33s
Overall Rank = 95/810
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 14/105
Pre-race routine:

Get up, get some PBJ, visit the bathroom, hit the road.
Event warmup:

Had to get in and out of the water for about 10 minutes before the start. THE WATER WAS 58 DEGREES!!!!!!!! It hurt my feet so much that it took 10 minutes to get accostomed to the water so that my feet didn't hurt anymore.
  • 10m 24s
  • 800 yards
  • 01m 18s / 100 yards
What would you do differently?:

I can definitely cut about 4 minutes off my swim time by putting more effort in and still keeping under the redline.
Transition 1
  • 02m 40s

It was still pretty cold/cool out and my feet wouldn't go into my shoes today. Not sure what was different...I didn't get really hung up on this facet, and I was cruising to the highway in short time.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure, I might try to use baby powder in the shoes so my feet get in easier???
  • 37m 3s
  • 13.2 miles
  • 21.38 mile/hr

I pushed on the bike but certainly not really hard. I didn't know what I could do in the form of a hard pace and still have enough left for the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Definitely push harder. Try to get to a 25mph average on the flats. Looking back I had plenty of energy on the run and there were no cramping or fatigue issues at all!
Transition 2
  • 01m 42s

Uh, I forgot to take my feet out of the bike shoes before approaching T2. I was too busy staying away from the asshole that was drafting off of me and another guy the whole bike.
What would you do differently?:

Stop letting people get into my head and remember to race "my race".
  • 28m 46s
  • 4 miles
  • 07m 11s  min/mile

Kept my effort level and heart rate at a very comfortable level. I have to understand the distance of these events so that I can evaluate my energy stores and dig deep to get the best effort for the distance
What would you do differently?:

Run Faster! Because I can take it.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

My first outdoor tri of the season. So, I really didn't know where my fitness level would put me as far as how hard I could go before breaking down. It turns out, I could have gone a lot harder.

Event comments:

This is a great race. It's billed as a Sprint Distance event but with an 800 meter swim, and a 4 mile run, it's on the longer side of most of the sprints in the Chicago area. It's a great opportunity to hit a Sprint event with some longer sections.

Last updated: 2009-05-12 12:00 AM
00:10:24 | 800 yards | 01m 18s / 100yards
Age Group: 46/105
Overall: 292/810
Performance: Average
I was 12 seconds slower than last year, and looking back I definitely took it really easy on the swim (too easy).
Suit: Full Suit Orca Equipment
Course: Wading start in the surf, course was a big "C" ending just north of the start.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 58F / 14C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:40
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:37:03 | 13.2 miles | 21.38 mile/hr
Age Group: 18/105
Overall: 126/810
Performance: Good
The timing chip doesn't lie, but I swear I was faster than the 21mph. I was averaging 23mph on the flats and about 21 on the way back to transition. Again, looking back after the race I can definitely push another couple of mhp harder and still be good on the run.
Wind: None
Course: Lots of turns getting out of the industrial harbor area, then 2 loops on a closed highway. Best course to try and push it on the flats
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:42
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:28:46 | 04 miles | 07m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/105
Overall: 102/810
Performance: Average
Course: City streets, with a long incline leaving the harbor industrial area.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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] 4

2009-07-19 7:42 PM

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Winter Park, Florida
Subject: Harbor Lights Triathlon

2009-07-20 9:30 AM
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Subject: RE: Harbor Lights Triathlon
Nice job out there.  I saw a ton of people drafting. 
2009-07-22 7:08 PM
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Subject: RE: Harbor Lights Triathlon
Great job Eddie. solid race with a good all around performance. I hear ya on pushing the swim a bit more. Keep up the good work.
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