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Springfield, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
65F / 18C
Total Time = 2h 27m 48s
Overall Rank = 34/131
Age Group = Dude 30-24
Age Group Rank = 5/12
Pre-race routine:

drove to race. Ate pbj and an apple and soy milk.
Event warmup:

Able to run for about 5 minutes and found the mystical unused bathroom facility. Never have had the privacy of a 4 bathroom facility prior to a race.
Swam a bit to check out the water- it was wet
  • 20m 46s
  • 1192 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

Good swim except my goggles filled up with water after rounding the first buoy. That is exactly the wrong place to be floating on your back and trying to drain/rearrange the googles. Was able to swim strong with no issues. Caught quite a few folks on the one lap.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing very satisfied with results given the small amount of swim training this summer
Transition 1
  • 01m 57s

I street modded my wetsuit and cut about 4 inches off the legs. No more suit stuck on ankles issues. Shirt is always hard to get on a wet body. Rode with socks although I thought about trying it out sockless.
  • 1h 17m 33s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.23 mile/hr

broken record I guess but my bike times are still stuck in neutral. The course was more challenging than I thought from viewing the elevations on map my run. I was expecting uphill for 8 miles and then slight downhill/flat for the remainder. I guess I did tie my PR (set on a flat course earlier in the year) on a hillier course. The top folks were at 22 ish with rare 23s. That is slower than on the flat courses so I guess I have closed some gaps.
What would you do differently?:

not much. I felt good riding and stayed comfortable with drinking and exertion. I just need to squeeze a little more speed in.
Transition 2
  • 01m 3s

The racks were kinda packed and my "spot" had disappeared when I returned. I used a little muscle and reclaimed my territory. Shoes on quick.
What would you do differently?:

nothing. This was the second race where the officials have told me "nice dismount". I feel good about that
  • 46m 31s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 29s  min/mile

Thats right-I won my age division run split. Hooray! Too bad the guys in front of me all biked faster. I got to pass many folks and only got passed by one guy. The run was cool and nice. The scenery was nice too. I didnt drink or eat anything on the run. I was a little thirsty but I didnt want to stop (I cant drink out of a cup ont he run-I lack the skillz). Felt good the whole way with a nice even pace. I did get outsprinted over the last 150m by a fellow I had caught earlier in the run. I just didnt dig enough. Overall it was very close to a PR (less than 40 seconds off)
What would you do differently?:

Nothing other than push just a bit at the end- a little pain never hurt no one.
Post race
Warm down:

eating potato chips and crispy apples

What limited your ability to perform faster:

nothing- it was a perfect day for racing. I did pretty well (compared to me) in all three aspects. If I could have gone 19.5 instead of 19.2 on the bike I would have taken 3rd. That is a little frustrating but I will live.

Event comments:

I liked the run course as it was scenic and did contain some shade (the weather was a little unseasonably cool so it wasnt needed but most August it would be welcome). The ride was challenging but fun on mostly good roads. The swim transition run is a little long and up a hill but as long as everyone has to do it fine by me.

Last updated: 2009-08-22 12:00 AM
00:20:46 | 1192 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/12
Overall: 31/131
Performance: Good
Suit: full
Course: rectangle
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:57
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:17:33 | 24.85 miles | 19.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/12
Overall: 64/131
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: One loop up and down and around
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:03
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:46:31 | 06.21 miles | 07m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/12
Overall: 22/131
Performance: Good
Course: A very pretty paved out and back over rivers, by the dam and by lakes. Uphillish for the last .75 mile or so.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2009-08-25 12:27 PM

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Alpharetta (until we find a home)
Subject: Great Buckeye Challenge - Mini (Olympic)

2009-08-25 6:49 PM
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Subject: RE: Great Buckeye Challenge - Mini (Olympic)
Smokin' run, dude.

So what do you do on your dismount that garners the "nice dismount." Inquiring minds want to know.

2009-08-26 9:51 AM
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Alpharetta (until we find a home)
Subject: RE: Great Buckeye Challenge - Mini (Olympic)
not anything cool but I can ride in on top on my cycling shoes, slow down (not stop) and come off the bike at a jog/run without mangling myself. It does save unclipping time and I can keep moving forward quickly.
2009-08-26 2:41 PM
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Columbus, Ohio
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Subject: RE: Great Buckeye Challenge - Mini (Olympic)
7:30 miles! Wow!
Nice race! I enjoyed the run, too.

Have you tried pinching the top of the cup so you can drink from a "spout" while you keep going? That's what I do. Learned it at a marathon.

Great race!
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