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Marksville, LA
United States
71F / 22C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 55m 13s
Overall Rank = 34/71
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 3/8
Pre-race routine:

Early (7am) start, race is a hour-and-a-half away, So I'm up at 3am, drink coffee, eat a power bar and take a quick shower. Throw the wife and kids in the car, gone by 4:30, get there at 6. Unload the car and register. Angel and the boys got volunteer assignments as pointers out on the run course.
Event warmup:

Rode the bike about 5 minutes then went set up transition area. Then I jogged about five minutes more.
Run
  • 25m 53s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 21s  min/mile
Comments:

Thought I was running fairly conservative here, didn't realize it was an 8:30 pace. At this stage in my training, anything under 9 minutes is pretty good for me.
What would you do differently?:

Train better, be lighter, but that will come.
Transition 1
  • 01m 3s
Comments:

Trouble mounting and clipping in at the start.
What would you do differently?:

Practice getting on the bike, maybe get some tri shoes.
Bike
  • 58m 37s
  • 20 miles
  • 20.47 mile/hr
Comments:

Had a good pace going out, average was well over 21mph on the way out but suspected the wind was blowing that way. Turned out to be the case, though it wasn't very strong. Managed to keep it above 20mph for most of the return trip, last two miles I was struggling to keep it over 18-19.

Passed a lot of people, but only had two pass me (until right at the end). I got out of their draft zone for a few minutes, then passed them back and dropped them.

No marshals on the course, there was a lot of reported drafting. I suspect there was a guy drafting me the last three miles, I had passed him then slowed slightly and could hear him back there the whole time. He came around me at the end, but I beat him out of transition and never saw him again.

Took a clifshot when I got on the bike, but ran out of water with 3 miles left so didn't take my second one.
What would you do differently?:

Dunno. Maybe save a little more for the end, but 20.5 is the fastest I've averaged on a solo ride this year. Maybe an extra water bottle?
Transition 2
  • 00m 44s
Comments:

Eventless transition. Changed shoes, downed some gatorade and got out of there.
What would you do differently?:

Nada.
Run
  • 28m 56s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 20s  min/mile
Comments:

Wheels kind of fell off here.

By this time the temps had approached the 80s. Started out slow, as I loosened up I took inventory. Both feet hurt from hot spots on the cycling shooes/pedals. Achilles tendon is screaming "Don't forget, I'm not all the way well yet." This is new: HIP PAIN. And the right calf is joining the achilles in two-part harmony.

Finally get everything settled down and start dealing with the heat. Drank a gatorade at the first two water stops, also poured a water on my head.

Get past Mile 2, and Mr. Side-Stich makes himself known. Stop and walk a few steps, so he behaves the rest of the run. Couple people pass me, but not many. Manage to finish fairly strong.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more?
Post race
Warm down:

Avoided puking and passing out.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat. Lack of training.

Event comments:

Not a bad event. Low attendance, around 80 or so (will update when official results are posted).

Finished third in my age group, got a medal;). Not sure if there was a fourth.

Edit: Turns out there were 8 in my AG. I was 4 on both runs (to a 17mph biker) and the bike (by only 5 seconds) to different people, but third overall. Would have had to shave 13 minutes to contend for 2nd in AG, those guys finished 12th and 14th overall.


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Last updated: 2005-05-14 12:00 AM
Running
00:25:53 | 03.1 miles | 08m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/8
Overall: 51/71
Performance: Good
Course: Actually three out-and-back routes: through the golf course to the clubhouse and back, then down a long street through a subdivision and back, then a little out-and-back through the RV park.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
T1
Time: 01:03
Overall: Below average
Run with bike? Below average
Jump on bike? Below average
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Below average
Biking
00:58:37 | 20 miles | 20.47 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/8
Overall: 28/71
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Just an out-and-back on the shoulder of a major four-lane highway (LA1). Still, traffic control was great, just wish the RD would have sent someone out this morning to shovel off the road kill. Counted eight armadillo, most of 'em fresh, that we had to navigate around.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 00:44
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:28:56 | 03.1 miles | 09m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/8
Overall: 45/71
Performance: Average
Course: Repeat of the first run.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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2005-05-14 6:14 PM

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2005-05-14 6:19 PM
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Speaking about road kill:

Boudreaux and Thibodeaux had a camp down there in Grand Chenier, they would go stay at da camp every Saturday night.

Boudreaux would leave his house at around noon. Everytime he passed a dead armadillo on the way to the camp, he would stop and draw a big orange circle around it.

Thibodeaux would leave his house around 4pm. Every dead armadillo he came upon without an orange circle made it into that night's gumbo.

Nothing like fresh meat.

2005-05-14 8:03 PM
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great job bear. congrats on getting 3rd place and glad to hear there was no puking involved.

bill (1speed, mr. autumn) and i did our first ever duathlon today...and it was also our first race as a team. it was quite fun...although our weather was freezing.
2005-05-15 10:11 AM
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2005-05-15 2:11 PM
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If you weren't using those LOOK pedals you wouldn't have had problems clipping in. :P

Good race.  Way to go!!!

Good race report too.

2005-05-15 2:51 PM
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I go tired just reading the name of the race.  Nice runs and a solid bike.  Not puking isn't all it's cracked up to be - let it fly next time and be proud.  


2005-05-15 5:22 PM
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Biloxi???  That wasn't part of the course, was it?  IT would've been a great excuse for me to go visit the folks. 

Great race.

2005-05-15 5:41 PM
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John, thanks for the race report.  Awesome finish and killer times.  We don't have armadillos here, just opossums.  Every once in a while, they stage a group suicide night on a full moon.  I'll ride the next day and will count 10-12 fresh ones on a ride.  Yuck.

Congrats on a great race.  Glad to hear the legs held up for you.

2005-05-15 6:19 PM
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Nice job Bear.  Excellent bike avg.  Sounds like you nailed it there.  Hope you're back to 100% soon with that achilles too.  Congrats on a fine race.
2005-05-15 6:47 PM
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Nice race Bear!  Way to bring home the hardware! 
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2005-05-15 7:46 PM
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DrLeah, here's an armadillo for ya.

Why did the chicken cross the road?

To show the armadillo it could be done.





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2005-05-16 10:48 AM
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No, not in Biloxi. It's the Tunica-Biloxi Indian tribe that owns the Paragon Casino where this took place. The tribe/casino was also a major sponsor, allowing this small race to have fairly big cash prizes ($500 for first place, men and women).
2005-05-16 1:30 PM
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Dude,

You owe something to Kim to pushing you through the challenge in April and helping motivate you to keep your milage up. Nice race sir!

Mike
2005-05-16 3:13 PM
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Good Job Bear!

I almost came down for it, but had some other stuff come up.

I hope you are still planning to do River Cities up here in August.
2005-05-16 3:38 PM
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Great job Bear.  Excellent bike, and you held your own on the run.  Taking home hardware AND keeeping your breakfast in is just a double bonus!

Sharon



2005-05-16 3:38 PM
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Rollin' Thunder - 2005-05-16 11:30 AM Dude, You owe something to Kim to pushing you through the challenge in April and helping motivate you to keep your milage up. Nice race sir! Mike

Yeah!

LOL! Just kidding... that 900 mile month was ALL you! Sorry to hear that heat and injuries hampered your final run, but damn dude, your slow is still pretty damn fast to me! Way to go, getting 3rd in your age group! That's awesome!

2005-05-16 3:59 PM
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mnewton - 2005-05-16 2:13 PM I hope you are still planning to do River Cities up here in August.

Yep, if I can get register. Let me know if you have any inside contacts.

Have you given any thought to Indian Creek? Looks like that might be my next one, my first Olympic distance.

2005-05-16 4:04 PM
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the bear - 2005-05-16 2:59 PM
Have you given any thought to Indian Creek? Looks like that might be my next one, my first Olympic distance.


I have thought about it, but this is my first tri season so I am going to stick with the Sprints, but next year I plan on doing the Tinman Olympic here in Shreveport.
2005-05-17 7:14 AM
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Awesome job Bear!! Way to finish strong!

-Frank
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