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Collierville, Tennessee
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 05m 29s
Overall Rank = 34/108
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 11/17
Pre-race routine:

Got up around 4:30, ate a bananna and Dr. Pepper. Gathered my stuff, used bathroom and headed out about 5:15 to race site.
Event warmup:

Unloaded my gear and got transition area setup, met up with a few guys I met from and some that I train with. I got in the water two different times, once for a longer warmup swim and once to practice getting up the ramp.
  • 08m 21s
  • 400 meters
  • 02m 05s / 100 meters

The swim went smoothly. I was worried about the dive in and almost went for the cannonball leap, but the boat with the photographer was sitting out there and thought I might have a cool picture, so I dove. The goggles stayed up and I felt like I was in a good pace. I made the first turn easily and then when I got to the 2nd buoy, I felt oddly alone out there, so much that I wondered if I had taken a wrong turn or something. It was weird.
Exiting the water, we had to go up a ramp which was something new for me, but they had people lending you a hand, so it actually went well.
What would you do differently?:

Continue to work on speed in the water. Seems like more races are going to time trials nowadays.
Transition 1
  • 01m 5s

T1 was fine, except I dropped my goggles while running to the bike, and yes I stopped to pick them up (They were new goggles!) Got to the bike and got shoes on easily. I wanted to try and hop on my bike and then get into shoes, but it was up hill out of the park and did not want to risk falling over in front of everyone. Once I got clipped in, I was fine.
What would you do differently?:

Not drop stuff!
  • 35m 43s
  • 12 miles
  • 20.16 mile/hr

Anyone mention there were a few hills on this course? It seemed to me that you were either going up a hill or getting ready to go up a hill on the bike. I had driven the course the day before and knew it was hilly, but my leggs were burning. I had not been on my bike much in the last 3 weeks due to vacation and I could tell.

Was very frustrating to get passed on the bike and to see how easily they were working compared to me, I need a new bike.
What would you do differently?:

more time on the bike and get a new bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m

T2 went ok. I got my shoes off and rode the right distance with feet on top of shoes, but had a hard time stopping the bike. The road was rough and my tenderfeet had a tough time stopping! Everything else went smmoth, was happy with T2.
What would you do differently?:

toughen bottom of my feet up somehow!
  • 19m 22s
  • 2 miles
  • 09m 41s  min/mile

At the time, I hated the trail run. I was glad when someone passed me so I knew I was heading the right direction. It was funny cause I could hear the music, then I turned and couldn't hear it anymore. It seemed like the first mile marker was really far away.

I am not used to running trails, so this made it tougher for me, as I am usually the guy that steps on a rock and twists an ankle. Thankfully I heard of noone doing that!

I was disappointed with my time and thought I was faster than my time showed.
What would you do differently?:

Push it harder. Think a new bike would also help my legs on the run.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a Gatorade, walked around and cheered other runners on. I was able to get my stuff packed before the Showman racers came into to T2, so I cheered them on.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not biking for 3 weeks really hurt me bad on the bike.

Event comments:

I will definately be back to do this race again.

Last updated: 2009-07-13 12:00 AM
00:08:21 | 400 meters | 02m 05s / 100meters
Age Group: 8/17
Overall: 0/108
Performance: Good
Suit: No
Course: Dive off a pier and the swam a U shaped course. Exited the water up a ramp that was built for the pier.
Start type: Dive Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:05
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:35:43 | 12 miles | 20.16 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/17
Overall: 0/108
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: rolling hills, one after another, after another after another...
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:19:22 | 02 miles | 09m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/17
Overall: 0/108
Performance: Average
Course: Trail run
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
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] 4

2009-08-17 10:18 AM

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Bartlett, TN
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2009-08-17 10:27 AM
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Extreme Veteran
Olive Branch, MS
Subject: RE: Showman Shooter Triathlon
Great race! Especially on the bike!
2009-08-17 12:20 PM
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Memphis, TN
Subject: RE: Showman Shooter Triathlon
Great Race! I really do need to get where I can recognize you guys out there. I was on the sidelines at the super sprint swim start/finish, so I probably saw you and cheered you on.
2009-08-17 2:20 PM
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Houston, TX
Subject: RE: Showman Shooter Triathlon
What a great race James especially considering you were on vacation right before!  Trail runs can be brutal.  I hear ya about tripping or twisting an ankle.  I am not graceful at all and something like that would happen to me.  OH!  And I still think the cannonball would have been an awesome race pic! 
2009-08-17 2:41 PM
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Austin, TX
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I too was hoping for the cannonball, but great times with all the time off.  I know how it feels.  But really, that bike is an awesome speed.  Great job man!

2009-08-18 7:30 AM
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Upstate NY
Subject: RE: Showman Shooter Triathlon
Great job, I too have been waiting patiently to see the cannanball picture. Smile
It was hot up north, so how hot was it down there for the race??


2009-08-18 11:38 AM
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Great race- congratulations!

2009-08-19 5:01 PM
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Extreme Veteran
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Great race!  And when you get the pics, you better have a good diving one.  Very nice job on the bike, especially since you were on vacation just before.  Now no more vacations, go get out there and beat those co-workers at the du!

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