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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
United States
Total Time = 2h 37m 41s
Overall Rank = 519/925
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 45/58
Pre-race routine:

Drove over the got checked in. A little pissed that they ran out of medium shirts. Meet up with the Blackmons and Spanglers for dinner. Saw Rell too.

Normal wakeup routine pre-race: coffee, oatmeal, shower, sun screen, a visit to the throne.

Once at the site, got my bike ready fast and went down to watch the other waves start.

Going into this race, I was not taking it seriously at all. The only thing on my agenda was to test out some nutrition. I decided that I'd use 1 bottle of Infinit on the bike. 258 calories and 291 mg of sodium. Plan was to take 3 sips every 15 mins. At 19-20 miles till the end, I would hold off.

Event warmup:

Did about 400 yards of strides just to get warmed up.
  • 34m 31s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 06s / 100 yards

Watching the other waves go off, I knew we would be fighting the current. 34 mins though? We had about 200 down strong current, 150 across the current, then about 800 up the current. This literally felt like I was swimming 2 miles. Brutal.

Thought I might take off to avoid the mix from the start, but the group had different ideas. Most blew up after the turn and I was soon into the wave ahead of me.

At the final turn, I was pushed way down stream and kept trying to sight for the swim exit. By the time I got close to the shore, I was having to swim back up stream.

Transition 1
  • 01m 50s

Standard stuff here.
  • 1h 05m 54s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.63 mile/hr

Plan was to just hammer the bike which I did. Nutrition seemed to work pretty well on first loop. On the second loop, I could tell that I was starting feel full.

Transition 2
  • 01m 10s

Standard stuff here.
  • 54m 18s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 44s  min/mile

As soon as I started the run, I had the most intense painful cramps. No nasuea though. I think I just took in too many calories. I did 2 gels in Chattanooga and I had a small bit of cramping then. I walked the aid stations and walked a few times here and there during the first 2 miles.

Dollar, Blackmon and Lisa Marshall passed me like a freight train and told me to HTFU in their own ways.

Finally by about mile 3 I was able to run for real with no cramping.

Post race
Warm down:

Laying down and lots of it.

Event comments:

Pretty good venue. Very spectator friendly bike course. Run course was short. Swim maybe should have been reversed.

Last updated: 2009-07-12 12:00 AM
00:34:31 | 1640 yards | 02m 06s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/58
Overall: 0/925
Course: With current for 2 inches, against current for 2 miles.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation:
Rounding: Below average
Time: 01:50
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:05:54 | 24.85 miles | 22.63 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/58
Overall: 0/925
Entire workout (202 watts): Duration: 1:06:52 (1:06:53) Work: 807 kJ TSS: 91 (intensity factor 0.907) Norm Power: 216 VI: 1.07 Pw:HR: n/a Pa:HR: n/a Distance: 24.059 mi Min Max Avg Power: 0 586 202 watts Cadence: 34 244 95 rpm Speed: 0 37.2 21.6 mph Pace 1:37 0:00 2:47 min/mi Hub Torque: 0 278 66 lb-in Crank Torque: 0 733 183 lb-in
Course: 2 loops. Very spectator friendly.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:10
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:54:18 | 06.21 miles | 08m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/58
Overall: 0/925
Course: Course was short. Garmin had it at 5.87.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2009-09-29 8:30 PM

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2009-09-30 10:48 AM
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Awesome bike time!

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