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Sylvania, Ohio
United States
Elite Endeavors
88F / 31C
Total Time = 2h 40m 20s
Overall Rank = 96/255
Age Group = M 30-34
Age Group Rank = 9/19
Pre-race routine:

Ate a PBJ, ate an apple. Drove to race site (5 min). Before heading down to the beach drank a glass of soy milk.
Event warmup:

Did about 5 min of jogging. Did a few strokes to make sure goggles were proper tightness.
  • 28m 52s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 46s / 100 yards

swim was smooth. I started at the front of the wave near the outside. The nice thing about this race is that the first turn is about 650-700 yards away so it gives you space and time to swim during the start. The first turn puts you into staring right into the rising sun which makes it hard to find the next turn buoy. There is a good distance of beach run and run to transition.
What would you do differently?:

I felt good just not very fast. I have only been spending 1 day in the pool every 7-10 days. I could go a bit faster ( my time was roughly the same as last year but with about 1/3 as much training) but the time is better spent on the bike or run.
Transition 1
  • 01m 46s

went about 35 seconds faster than last year
What would you do differently?:

ride without a shirt- my shirt got stuck on my wet bod. For some reason it never happens after wetsuit races.
  • 1h 17m 32s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.23 mile/hr

The course is super flat so it should always be a prescription for an awesome bike. Unless of course a storm front moves through the day before and you get strong winds from the Northwest (thanks Michigan). The course was about 11 miles out into the teeth of the wind. When I am making a passing move at 16 mph and people are flying by at 17-18 mph the wind is strong. Of course it was easy to hammer at a 24-26 average coming back. I actually tied my best biking performance for this distance but it really wasnt fun. I would like to see what I can do without Mother Natures hinderance/help.
What would you do differently?:

Draft (yes I saw you)
Transition 2
  • 01m 21s

went very smoothly on the dismount. The transition area is good sized. I also paused to take a last sip of gatorade and get a fresh piece of gum
What would you do differently?:

  • 50m 52s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 11s  min/mile

Race day temp was mid 80s and high humidity thanks to a storm that came through the previous day. Nice thing about the course is about 1/3 is shaded. It was very hot and humid compared to what I had been training in since Ohio has been cool. I decided to walk the mile water stops. I ran the race in 8 mile increments as I self paced at that rate between stops. It was hard to run on the hot pavement in the sun and easier in the shade. I saw many people around mile 3 and on hobbling clutching a hamstring or calf. The run times also show a large amount of blowups (10 min/mile + times) than expected. I just kinda resigned myself to an average run because I didnt feel like cramping.
What would you do differently?:

Not much- I wore a hat and white shirt so I was as cool as I could be. I walked aid stations to make sure I drank water (I cant drink and run. Still havent learned that one. I always end up choking)
Post race
Warm down:

Just some walking, snacks and beer.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of swim training (swim), wind (bike) and heat (run). I can only really control one of those.

Event comments:

I PR'ed this by 3.5 min from last year. I was hoping this race would be my chance at sub 2:30 but it will almost always be wetsuit illegal (higher swim times) and the wind and heat this time derailed that idea. The race is still awesome though. My kids did the kids triathlon and fun run the previous day, my wife did well in the sprint. The venue is perfect. Plenty of volunteers. Quick race results (posted that day online and mostly at race site as it is happening). Beer truck. Nice system for packet pick up and body marking. Plenty of nearby parking.

Last updated: 2009-05-17 12:00 AM
00:28:52 | 1640 yards | 01m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 9/19
Overall: 78/255
Performance: Average
Suit: none
Course: one big rectangle
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:46
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:17:32 | 24.85 miles | 19.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 11/19
Overall: 136/255
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: kinda a rectangle- out course is roughly north and west. Coming back it is mostly south and east (suprising, I know)
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:21
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:50:52 | 06.21 miles | 08m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/19
Overall: 19/255
Performance: Average
Course: one loop
Keeping cool Below average 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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2009-08-10 3:22 PM

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Alpharetta (until we find a home)
Subject: Sylvania Triathlon - Olympic Distance

2009-08-10 5:52 PM
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Canton, Michigan
Subject: RE: Sylvania Triathlon - Olympic Distance

Nice job, but those nasty arse winds weren't from Michigan they were from the SW so blame the little part of Ohio to the west or Indiana for those winds we had to deal with.  I'm just happy the storms we drove through in Michigan didn't hit us, because it was storming bad on the way down.

Hope I can make it back next year the wife and I really enjoyed the race.

2009-08-11 11:53 AM
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Alpharetta (until we find a home)
Subject: RE: Sylvania Triathlon - Olympic Distance
I have to take every chance I can to make fun of Michigan. It is payback for the 90's and my horrific collegiate football experiences.
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