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Carrolton, Georgia
United States
Tri the Parks Triathlon Race Series
61F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 12m 24s
Overall Rank = 133/492
Age Group = M 45-49
Age Group Rank = 10/31
Pre-race routine:

Arrived at 6:30am, in a steady stream of cars. I just made it into the close parking. Later arrivals had to park much farther away. Get to this race early!
Event warmup:

Easy jog 15 minutes. Ate a gel 5 minutes before the start, this worked well.
  • 11m 37s
  • 656 yards
  • 01m 46s / 100 yards

First tri of the season, for some reason I started at the back of my wave. I then proceeded to swim through or climb over most of my wave. I swam a lot this winter. I underestimated my ability vs my wave. I just wasn't thinking strategically.

There was hard rain and lighting 2 hours before. We were lucky to have gotten to start the swim. It rained a couple of minutes during the swim. We were lucky the swim wasn't cancelled due to lighting during the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Toe the line.
Transition 1
  • 01m 50s

T1 time, by my watch, included jog uphill from the lake. Left my florescent green rain jacket on the rack, so finding my bike was easy. In T1, I moved quickly.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Nailed it.
  • 34m 21s
  • 11.2 miles
  • 19.56 mile/hr

Rain before and during made for wet roads and a few people spilled. If you're eating the rooster tail off the bike in front of you, you're probably violating a drafting rule.

I rode to heart rate. Well, I was above my usual LT for the first 4 miles, and finally shifted up and slowed down to let my HR settle. I gradually pushed it back up and I felt strong. Actually, this fit the course well. Go out hard, then settle in, pace through the hilly section, then crank it up for the home stretch.

Sipped gatorade throughout bike. Ate a gel with 2 miles to go on the bike, this worked well.

What would you do differently?:

I should probably retest my heart rate LT.
Transition 2
  • 00m 54s

Second race in new shoes. First time in these shoes with elastic laces and completely wet, everything wet, conditions. Took 10 seconds extra to get my shoes on. Otherwise speed through T2 was quick.
What would you do differently?:

Experiment with different laces, or wet feet and socks/no socks. Today was no socks.
  • 23m 11s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 29s  min/mile

A strong chick passed me on the last mile of the bike. I followed her in to T2, and she was right in front of me starting the run. I tried to settle in to a similar pace. I was targeting 7:40's. We hit mile 1 at 7:15! I had to let her go.

More rain during the run. More rain, more fun. Wild conditions today.

I haven't run much this year. I was amazed how I slowed, compared to those just ahead of me, on the uphills. I stretched out and tried to gain it back on the downhills.
What would you do differently?:

Train on hill running.
Post race
Warm down:

Found my way to the bananas, bagels, water, then to my car where I had a high protein recovery drink, then a recovery beer : ), and some dry clothes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Muscular endurance. I was breathing well, breathing hard. My HR was at or above LT on the bike, so I feel like I was giving 100%. Mile 2 and 3 of the run my breathing, heart rate, and gut felt good, but my legs were hurting. I had a little mental let down in mile 2, watching people leave me going up hills.

Event comments:

Tri The Parks series puts on a good race. Post race: cookies, bananas, bagels, oranges.

What drink stations?! There were plenty, but with all the rain, I was just drinking what was running down my face.

Last updated: 2010-03-04 12:00 AM
00:11:37 | 656 yards | 01m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/31
Overall: 0/492
Performance: Good
Course: Counterclockwise loop.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:50
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:34:21 | 11.2 miles | 19.56 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/31
Overall: 0/492
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Rained a few minutes during the bike. I was worried about being wet and getting cold, but I was generating enough heat so it was not a problem. The first 3-4 miles and the last 2-3 miles are the fast part of this bike course. There's a couple of climbs in the middle, about miles 5-8.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks:
Time: 00:54
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:23:11 | 03.1 miles | 07m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/31
Overall: 0/492
Performance: Good
Course: Scenic, quiet, mostly paved, part on gravel. Medium high hilly.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2010-04-24 10:49 PM

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Subject: John Tanner Sprint

2010-04-25 7:00 AM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Subject: RE: John Tanner Sprint
Nice job! Man, I know all about the consequences of underestimating the swim-seeding game..You wind up in a rugby scrum. Much better just to go to the front and let folks go around if they're so inclined.

Congrats on your day..

2010-04-25 7:57 AM
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Atlanta, GA
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Good race...we were around each other all day.  Looks like I got you on the bike, but you got me on the run and swim.  Looks like some fun at the next race!  Seriously, great start to the race season.  Look forward to running into you at the next race.

2010-04-25 4:50 PM
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Whispering Pines, North Carolina
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Strong race! Good job! You're going to have a nice year!
2010-04-26 9:06 PM
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Thanks for the encouragement.  From you guys, my heros, it means alot.

I've done two metric centuries this year, at a reasonable but serious pace (HR zone 3 - 4), and felt some fatique and mild soreness the next day.  An hour and 12 minutes at sprint tri pace and I'm so sore I can hardly walk for two days now!  No whining, just an observation.  I guess I put it all out there.

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