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Grimsby, Ontario
Subaru Triathlon Series & Trisport Canada
28C / 82F
Total Time = 1h 50m 23s
Overall Rank = 215/400
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 33/44
Pre-race routine:

Big office party the night before. Got to bed after 3am.
Crewled out of bed at 6am. Threw my gear in the car and drove off. Stopped at McDonalds for a large coffee and muffin.
I had no other liquids before the race - I paid for it later on...
In my drowsy state I forgot my towel, fortunately the race t-shirt came dirt colour and was used as a towel.

Event warmup:

A 200m swim in the lake.
  • 16m 27s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 11s / 100 meters

What a great swim.
For the first time in my life my swim rank was better than my bike or run rank. Usually the swim is my weakest discipline but today I felt great in the cold water and crappy on the bike and run.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Well, maybe I would have liked to push myself to draft a bit more.
Transition 1
  • 02m 12s

The past few races I had terrible T1 times - averaging around 2:45 - so my goal was to shorten the T1 time.
To save time I decided to skip wearing socks. I saved a good 15 seconds.
At the end of the race I was hobbling on two bloody ankles - by blue/grey shoes had become a lovely shade of red.

What would you do differently?:

  • 50m 52s
  • 25 kms
  • 29.49 km/hr

As soon as I got on the bike I felt wrong. My calfs cramped up and I had muscle pain in my hips. Dehydration and sleep-depravation are two cruel mistresses. Then I hit the hill called 'the Beast'. The climb was brutal for me - I'm not a good climber in general and it all my effort to mash my way up at 8 km/hr without unclippimg and walking. One guy beside me actually tipped over and fell. Several people were walking their bikes up.

The rest of the bike ride was uneventful, but I lacked the spark to hammer away. The highlight of the ride was the descent down the hill. I hit 70km/hr before fear kicked in and I applied the brakes. good fun.

What would you do differently?:

Get more rest. Get more liquids. Get more big hill training.

Transition 2
  • 01m 18s

I always have a T2 in the 1:00 to 1:20 range.
  • 39m 29s
  • 7 kms
  • 05m 38s  min/km

This is where it all fell apart.
My body started to give way rightfrom the start. A 50mg Caffeene gel pack kept me alive but just barely. I walked a number of times. My ankles bled and my legs were to tired to move. My body overheated when I ran.
What would you do differently?:

Get more sleep. Get more liquids. Get more running miles.
Post race
Warm down:

Medical tent for anti-septic and band-aids for my ankles.
Then took my bike back ot the car and returned for the draw prize.
My record remains perfect - 15 Subaru races and I've not won even one lousy water bottle.

Then it rained. Hard. It seems like it rains every time I race this year. If there is some drought stricken land in a God foraken corner of the third-world, they should organize a triathlon and invite me. I guarante that the rains will come down from the heavens and soak all my race gear.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat, fatigue and dehydration.

Event comments:

Nice race venue - especially the swim. The hill on the course is also a nice twist. I may do this again since its close to home.

Last updated: 2009-08-05 12:00 AM
00:16:27 | 750 meters | 02m 11s / 100meters
Age Group: 26/44
Overall: 211/400
Performance: Good
Suit: T1 DeSotto
Course: Fantastic course. The lack of waves made it possible to have a rectangular course that followed the the beach out and then back 50m farther from shore. Where were plenty of safety kayaks and boats and even 2 yachts were moored by the course and made excellent sighting markers. The water was clear and surprisingly clean. The water was very smooth - no waves. The water felt cooler then the official 70F - but that was good for me as my desotto T1 wetsuit is very warm.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:12
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:50:52 | 25 kms | 29.49 km/hr
Age Group: 27/44
Overall: 162/400
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: a 500 foot climb up the escarpment in the first 5km, then flat windy country roads, then back down the hill....
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:18
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:39:29 | 07 kms | 05m 38s  min/km
Age Group: 38/44
Overall: 283/400
Performance: Bad
Course: Out and back on residential roads, park trail and even some wooded paths.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
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

2009-08-11 2:38 PM

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