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Tawas Triathlon Festival - HIM - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Tawas, Michigan
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 7h 19m 19s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 5/5
Pre-race routine:

bagel with pb and honey - it tasted suprisingly well for race morning but I wish I had creamy pb instead of chunky. also a granola bar and a gel 1/2 hour before the start
Event warmup:

just an easy swim before the race meeting
  • 49m 19s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 20s / 100 yards

What felt like a good swim turned out to be not so much in comparison to Steelhead. My focus was better, my stroke felt better, drafting was better. The times did not show it.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 03m 35s

Another woman racer was leaning on my bike bars to put on her shoes and consequently knocked out my sunglasses and salt tabs from my helmet. I had to stop and think to make sure I had everything before I left T1.
What would you do differently?:

swim faster so other athlete won't mess up my transition area
  • 3h 25m 23s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.36 mile/hr

Extremely poor bike for me. This felt like my worst event, which usually is where I make my time. I only had 3 gels. Definately not enough. I was dizzy in the last several miles of the course. I wasn't sure if I would make it onto the run course. I had a headwind on the way back into town that didn't help things.
What would you do differently?:

eat more.
Transition 2
  • 01m 54s

Again, my transition area was not available to me when I arrived there. People had racked their bikes right over my spot so I had to do some rearranging to put my bike up. In my post bike dizziness I actually put my shoes on last. I grabbed my visor first then my race belt, then realized I still needed my shoes. I really wanted to lay down and nap.
What would you do differently?:

Bike my normal speed and beat most to T2 so my spot on the rack is still there.
  • 2h 59m 9s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 13m 41s  min/mile

Very poor for me. Nothing helped, the dizziness had eased up but I had nothing left in my legs. I resorted to the run walk and could barely encourage anyone else on the course. Keep moving forward. I think the run course was longer than 13.1, based on other peoples Garmins, and other's slow run times.
What would you do differently?:

eat better on the bike so I don't blow up.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Fatigue from a long season. Not enough food. Poor sleep from loud campsite neighbors. ME.

Event comments:

This race had it's pros and cons. I'm not sure I will do this 1/2 anymore but will likely do one of the shorter distances.

Last updated: 2009-08-24 12:00 AM
00:49:19 | 2112 yards | 02m 20s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/5
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: QR
Course: out and back rectangle
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:35
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:25:23 | 56 miles | 16.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/5
Overall: 5/
Performance: Bad
Wind: Some
Course: flat with only a couple hills. It was harder than I had anticipated. I felt good on the hills. Weak and tired and slow everywhere else
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:54
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
02:59:09 | 13.1 miles | 13m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/5
Overall: 5/
Performance: Bad
Course: 2 loops, flat, mostly sunny with some gravel roads and uneven grass.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2009-09-14 2:05 PM

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Traverse City, MI
Subject: Tawas Triathlon Festival - HIM

2009-09-14 4:27 PM
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Canton, Michigan
Subject: RE: Tawas Triathlon Festival - HIM

Nice job on finishing.  Sorry you had a tough day out there.  I thought the wind was a little tougher coming back in on the bike too.  I wasn't expecting that.


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