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Sullivan, Illinois
United States
Sullivan Civic Center
Total Time = 1h 40m 44s
Overall Rank = 203/267
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 7/11
Pre-race routine:

Nothing too special since the race wasn't until 12:30. I live 1 1/2 hours from Sullivan. Got on the road around 9:30. Rained on the way up. Got to the Civic Center, found a spot in transition and got set up. Cold. I think the temp was in the high 50s or low 60s and there was a lot of wind.
Event warmup:

Swam some laps in the pool. Water was really warm and I hated to get out.
  • 11m 25s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 35s / 100 yards

I am a slow swimmer and tried to fall in with the 11:30 - 12 minute group. Couple of people in front who were struggling. Passed a lot more people than I would have thought. Just tried to focus on staying calm and this worked well for me.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really, probably could have moved forward in the line a bit.
Transition 1
  • 01m 47s

It had been raining and my foot slipped off the left pedal. Clipped in all right after that.
What would you do differently?:

Practice running and jumping on bike
  • 49m 7s
  • 13.4 miles
  • 16.37 mile/hr

First few miles were great with a tailwind, although the surface seemed slick to me. one time a big truck went by and it felt like I would be blown off the road. Kind of scary with the rain and wind. Got rained on a couple of times. At one point the sky kind of opened up and it felt like about 5 seconds of hail before turning into a stinging rain. These were the worst conditions I have ever ridden in.
What would you do differently?:

Did the best I could under the conditions.
Transition 2
  • 01m 38s

I was very cold and my legs were tired after pushing on the bike. Fingers didn't want to work.
What would you do differently?:

Weather related, probably nothing I could do about it.
  • 36m 44s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 11m 51s  min/mile

My legs were shot; I took a lot of walk breaks.
What would you do differently?:

More bike/run brick work
Post race
Warm down:

I was freezing cold and shivering. Got bike and gear loaded up and sat in my car to warm up a bit, then went back in the civic center and changed into dry clothes. Still cold though. They had Subway sandwiches down in the gymnasium and I just kind of sat on a bench and ate my sandwich. Watched some of the awards but it was late and I had a long drive back to Springfield. Felt good to get back in the car and crank the heater.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I knew I was somewhat undertrained, so feel pretty good about my times given the difficult weather conditions.

Event comments:

Definitely plan to come back in 2011. I opted to participate as an Athena; in retrospect that might not have been the best decision, as I was the oldest (48) in the group.

Last updated: 2010-01-18 12:00 AM
00:11:25 | 440 yards | 02m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 0/267
Performance: Average
Suit: tri top and shorts
Course: Pool swim, down and back. Really nice pool with wide lanes.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:47
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:49:07 | 13.4 miles | 16.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 0/267
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Two lane highway with a wide shoulder, open to traffic. The shoulder was rough, I stayed on the road. Lots of water on the road. The route then turned off on a country road with more than its share of potholes.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:38
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:36:44 | 03.1 miles | 11m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/11
Overall: 0/267
Performance: Below average
Course: Winding gravel trail in a park, went back into the woods and looped around through a forest. Very pretty path. Then out onto a road.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-04-26 4:16 PM

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Subject: Sullivan Civic Center Triathlon

2010-04-26 5:19 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
Subject: RE: Sullivan Civic Center Triathlon
Great job in tough circumstances!!
2010-04-26 7:11 PM
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Subject: RE: Sullivan Civic Center Triathlon
Nice job on a cold and rainy day!
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