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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
United States
Total Time = 3h 03m 27s
Overall Rank = 774/924
Age Group = F40-44
Age Group Rank = 37/49
Pre-race routine:

Coffee, water & 1/2 bagel (normally have oatmeal but hotel made that difficult).
Event warmup:

None, just walking around waiting for our late wave to start.
  • 47m 19s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 53s / 100 yards

Very difficult swim, especially if you were not prepared to swim against the current. As my friend put it "I'm not a salmon, I don't swim up river!"
What would you do differently?:

Be more prepared and stronger in the water. There were lots of people passing me, and when they passed they were gone, so it is possible to swim fast up river.
Transition 1
  • 02m 41s

Slow, but we had a fairly long to the bikes. I'm just slow, even skipped putting on a shirt this time and I was still slow. I'm blaming it on the Garmin, takes too long to put that stupid thing on. And my bike shoes are not tri friendly, and I'm not that coordinated putting them on.
What would you do differently?:

Convince husband that I need the new Garmin 310 and better shoes that are easier to put on.
  • 1h 14m 7s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.12 mile/hr

More hilly than I expected. Felt ill prepared for this course, and we had to do it twice. I realize the field was tough, but I am not used to being passed by women, so that was hard for me. I did a little passing, but not much.
What would you do differently?:

Train more, work on hills, talk husband into better wheels.
Transition 2
  • 01m 34s

Slow again...
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions.
  • 57m 47s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 18s  min/mile

Was mentally done with the race by the time I started the run. The bike really wore me out, as did the swim. I just did what I could, walked the hills, ran the flats.
What would you do differently?:

Train more.
Post race
Warm down:

Stood in the finish tent dazed and confused for first 10 minutes. Felt really dehydrated so I sucked down the huge bottle of water they gave us.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training, equipment, mental state of mind.

Event comments:

I can't really blame the race for my performance, there were lots of people that did well. I was just out of my league, but I knew that going in, so I am glad I went. We got really cool swag, and I learned that I need to work harder!

Last updated: 2009-07-24 12:00 AM
00:47:19 | 1640 yards | 02m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 34/49
Overall: 0/924
Performance: Below average
Course: In water start holding onto pontoon, down river about 200 yard, across river about 100 yards, then up river against strong current about 1100 yards, across river to finish. (Distances are complete guesses.)
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 89F / 32C Current: High
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:41
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:14:07 | 24.85 miles | 20.12 mile/hr
Age Group: 33/49
Overall: 0/924
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: Hilly first half of loop, double loop course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:34
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:57:47 | 06.21 miles | 09m 18s  min/mile
Age Group: 47/49
Overall: 0/924
Performance: Bad
Course: Mostly flat but with a few hills, hot & humid with little to no shade.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-08-23 7:37 AM

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Johns Creek, Georgia
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2009-08-23 8:06 AM
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Huntsville, AL
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Great job, I heard the swim was tough.
2009-08-23 10:34 AM
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That course was no joke.  You did great.
2009-08-23 11:24 AM
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Vestavia Hills
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Good job, Karen.  That was the toughest Oly I have ever done ...who ever heard of a race where you have to swim uphill?  That said, it was Nationals and therefore should have been tough.

Good job in rising to the occasion to complete the impossible swim!
2009-08-23 1:35 PM
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Great job out there.  I think we all hit that point of being done with it.  Good luck on getting your new equipment!
2009-08-24 3:48 PM
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Great job out there and if you figure out how to get new equip, you will have to share your secret!

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