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Naperville, Illinois
United States
Capri Events
85F / 29C
Overcast
Total Time = 1h 35m 20s
Overall Rank = 463/1672
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 82/301
Pre-race routine:

Hung out with my friend Kathy. It was her first time, and she was very nervous... I was nervous too... We set and reset our transition areas, ate a Clif Bar, and watched the elite wave take off... All very interesting. Also hung out with husband and Mocha-the-tri-supporter-dog.
Event warmup:

Didn't really warm up before the swim, as the warm up time was a good hour before my wave was taking off... Did some general stretching and walking around, and visiting of porta-potties. ;)
Swim
  • 12m 37s
  • 800 yards
  • 01m 35s / 100 yards
Comments:

I tried drafting off the girl in front of me, I did't really see that it made that much of a difference. Plus, I sort of felt like I was stalking her! I hung with the leaders in my wave for the bulk of the swim. Swam the entire thing freestyle, and felt pretty good afterwards.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, really. I've been training my swim more and more, and I don't see it making much of a difference. My swim time this year was EXACTLY the same as it was this year. I think my time might be better spent training my run. But we'll get to that later....
Transition 1
  • 04m 22s
Comments:

T1 went reasonably well... pretty smoothly. There wasn't as much drama associated with BIKE SHOES as I expected. They weren't that hard to run in, and they went on fairly easily. I put my sunglasses on and started to run off and I stopped for a second thinking I still had my goggles on. It's funny what the mind sort of thinks on it's own. I actually stopped to feel my face. Can you imagine me biking with my helmet and goggles?
What would you do differently?:

Not much, except for the minor goggle flash, I'd probably do things much the same.
Bike
  • 41m 35s
  • 14.5 miles
  • 20.92 mile/hr
Comments:

This bike ride ROCKED. I was fast. I was awesome. I was employing my new "take no prisioners" bike strategy. I love riding my bike. I just love it. I was passing people left and right.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. NOT A SINGLE THING.
Transition 2
  • 02m 15s
Comments:

As I was entering T2, the girl riding behind me said... "Nice job on that bike" I was beaming with pride! Apparently she'd been trying to catch me the whole way. My bike rack was EMPTY when I returned from my bike. NO ONE else in my wave had finished yet.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. T2 went well. I was worried about running through the transition area with my bike shoes on, I thought they'd be more slippery than they were. It's really no big deal.
Run
  • 34m 33s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 11m 09s  min/mile
Comments:

I'm a lousy runner. I was hoping to build up enough of a lead on the bike so that I'd have a head start on the run... it worked until about mile 2, when I started seeing people from my wave catching me... and the two waves behind me, 16 & 17. Not many people, but enough to make me momentarily doubt my all out swim/bike theory.
What would you do differently?:

Ummm, learn how to run better? I'm awkward on land. My hips hurt, my knees hurt, I'm sure I shuffle rather than stride. I just don't have grace or dexterity on land. I try, though... My run time THIS year was only :33 seconds slower than it was last year, after an all out pedal-fest on the bike. **SIGH** I am a prime candidate for the new AQUABIKE race series.
Post race
Warm down:

Wandered around after the race looking for my friend Kathy and my husband, dog and mother. Couldn't find anyone, so I ate a banana...

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My utter lack of running ability.

Event comments:

This is always one of my favorite races. It's so organized and there's really a feeling of friendliness amongst the women involved. I really like this race alot.

I'm actually quite happy with my performance. It was my goal to finish within the 1:30's, and 1:35 is right in the middle. It's a 6 minute improvement over last year's performance. Most of my gains were made on the bike. I think I'm going to spend less time swimming and more time running... maybe every other week I'll swim and every other week I'll turn my swim into a third run for the week. ??? We shall see...




Last updated: 2005-05-20 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:12:37 | 800 yards | 01m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/301
Overall: 0/1672
Performance: Good
Suit: Zoot tri top and Zoot tri shorts
Course: Zig Zag course up and down and up and down and around the Centennial Beach quarry pool. A bit awkward around the bouys, but not bad. I like this swim as a rule.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 04:22
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
00:41:35 | 14.5 miles | 20.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/301
Overall: 0/1672
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Two loops around an entirely blocked off course... except for one street.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 02:15
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:34:33 | 03.1 miles | 11m 09s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/301
Overall: 0/1672
Performance: Average
Course: Pretty flat running course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2005-06-13 10:56 AM

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2005-06-13 11:09 AM
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Awesome swim and bike, Laura! Nearly 21mph on the bike, you are one fast chickadee!
2005-06-13 11:16 AM
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You smoked that bike -- very impressive. That milage and hard work on the bike is obviously paying off.

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2005-06-13 11:17 AM
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Great race Whizzer, your bike split is awesome, and I would be thrilled to have a swim time like yours! 

2005-06-13 11:29 AM
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Wow!! 20+ mph on the bike... Awesome.   Great race (from a fellow shuffler on the run course )
2005-06-13 11:34 AM
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That's some serious biking!!!

Sounds like you slaughtered everone on the swim and bike to hold them off until mile 2 of the run. I smell a podium finish for ya in the near future!!!


2005-06-13 11:49 AM
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Great race/  Totally impressive swim and bike...I'm with ya on the running thing...think this aquabike thing might work out for me though.  Congrats -SMO
2005-06-13 12:10 PM
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Great race Laura. You finished in the top 3rd of your AG. That's FOP.
2005-06-13 12:30 PM
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What a great race!  Lots of us wish we could run faster - not many of us swim AND bike at the front of our AG!   Fantastic!
2005-06-13 12:42 PM
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You guys are making me blush! I'm so proud of myself... even though I had a lousy run, I'm a lousy runner, so that's just the way it is... I highly recommend the swim-and-bike-like-a-lunatic race strategy... unless you're a strong runner... then you don't have to!

It's taken me 3 years to get to the point where I'm actually quite pleased with one of my own performances.

Happily,

Whizzzzzzz

2005-06-13 12:47 PM
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WOW! Great swim AND bike time. Even though you aren't happy with your run (I'm slower, btw), your overall time is GREAT!! Congrats on your performance!

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2005-06-13 1:47 PM
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You did awesome on the bike, you must have been one of the FLYING bikes that just whizzed right by me. 

Sorry we didn't get to meet up, I think I saw you are doing Chicago Accenture, so maybe I'll see you there!!!!!!!  Nice race again, could not have asked for a better day!

2005-06-13 3:00 PM
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Awesome job Whizz. You'd smoke me any day!
2005-06-13 3:08 PM
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OMG! Incredible bike! I'm gonna have to try the swim and bike like a lunatic thing because I'm a crap-ola runner. How much worse can I get?! LOL! Did someone call you a FOPer?! Way to go! It's good to see that a not-so-strong runner can get to that legendary FOP! There's hope for me yet...
2005-06-13 6:07 PM
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Woo-hoo! Good to see someone be really HAPPY and PROUD of their performance. You rock, Whizzer! (what a good name for such a fast biker)
2005-06-13 6:10 PM
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you had a great race, kicking major tail on the swim and bike. i would bet you passed more people than passed you! hope to be there next year.


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