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Peachtree City, Georgia
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 21m 47s
Overall Rank = 51/443
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 16/66
Pre-race routine:

Got up way too early but arrived at 5:55am with close parking
Event warmup:

Ran back to the car to get an extra race # belt for #142 Derek (his 1st race), then swam about 2 minutes. Perfect. Good Karma? - hopefully a little for me!
  • 22m 7s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 21s / 100 yards

Awesome swim, boy do I love TT starts vs wave, in the whole 1500, never ran into anyone. First turn buoy is about 600 meters, the yellow marking bouys are guides so no worries making sure they are on your right.
Got into a 3 stroke rythm quickly and never felt out of breath or panicky. I did not go out fast or hard, good to remember. Best in a while.
Transition 1
  • 01m 38s

Wide open T-area with big lanes. First couple hundred yards after mount line is a no-passing zone, so I did a flying mount following 2 guys out of T-1, passed them at the line and was off without being bottlenecked.
Still doing socks and shoes. Adds a 10 secs or so but with SPD mtn bike pedals, clipping in is a snap. Not bad though considering was 13/66 AG and 58 OA given that I put on socks & shoes + remove wetsuit
T-1 felt faster than Tanner.
What would you do differently?:

practice suit off/helmet on at same time but only have 3 races a year with wetsuit, so no worries.

  • 1h 13m 29s
  • 24.5 miles
  • 20.00 mile/hr

Just cranking along, enjoying the ride, pass a few people and feeling pretty good. Not overdoing it because I learned last year to not go at a sprint speed but still working hard and per garmin, avg around 22+. Then the circus begins. Around mile 12, start to hear a loud squeak (uh oh), then mile 16 left pedal starts to wobble. I look down and can tell the crank arm is starting to back off the BB. So I start soft pedalling on the left to hope that it will hang on just for 8 more miles. Come on, hang on there, please hang on... well no dice, at mile 17 after the turn, bam, crank arm falls off (still attached to my shoe). I stop, get my multitool and the hex head is too big so not possible to reattach . Zip ties won't work so bang it back on, jump on and start pedaling, within 15 seconds, falls off again ARGHHHHHH! So dang, I have 7 ish miles to go. Without thinking, I grab the crank arm, carry it in the left hand, hang left foot off the rear wheel skewer and proceed to pedal 1 legged. Fun drill that is.
Flats, can maintain around 17, downhills, up to 28, uphills were riduculous (try it sometime). Also the cassette is a 12/21 so I didn't help myself with a big gear. Push/pull/push/pull, blah, right butt muscle is burning, can't even stand to stretch out (guess I could have stopped). Plus all the remaining turns were right handers, hard to do with only a right pedal to push off for balance.
But I told myself, no DNF, what's the big deal, just push hard, and still compete, you will finish, it may be ugly, but who cares. Unfortunately got passed by a BUNCH of dudes. So thinking my day is done, now the focus is to just finish as fast as I can and not worry about a PR but I will finish dammit.
What would you do differently?:

Umm, not think I am smart enough to maintain my own bike.
Transition 2
  • 00m 43s

Awesome! Finally off bike, get to the dismount line and go sprinting into T-2, toss crank arm onto wetsuit, rack bike, swap shoes (thanks yankz) and head out.
Felt really speedy and I was happy with it. 3AG / 7 OA - not bad!!!
Thanks to Marvnett for the clinic a few weeks back, limit options, keep it simple.
  • 43m 51s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 07m 04s  min/mile

So #1 Goal for this year = Oly distance, not walk the run while sacrificing bike speed. Although my whole right leg is tight, sore and tired from 30 minutes of one legged drills, I embark.
I never looked at the garmin, just ran and ran. Picked off about 9 guys on the run and only got passed by 1 lady. The mental demons started in on me around mile 5 saying "you have a great excuse to walk, just walk, come on, do it". But fighting back and remembering the recent podcast post from the Captain about physical vs mental, my mind wanders about how to fix the bike, that darn crank arm, I thought I got it tight, the previous 100 miles were fine. Low and behold, I am on the dam and can hear the finish line. So pushing on, finish up and it ends up being a PR 10K for me!!! and a 5:45 faster split than last year Woohoo! What a deal - no walking, finally. Left leg is fine, right leg, ooohhhhh/ouch
Post race
Warm down:

Hung out, chatted with 15step (he crushed his PR by 15 minutes) and Captain about the race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Wished I didn't have the bike issue but overall. Put forth a strong effort both physically and mentally so happy about that. Hit the finish line and within the next minute, felt content with my race and felt like it was a 100% day. Had a blast. What a fun time! Low and behold, time is posted and I beat last year by 51 seconds. Double woohoo!!!!

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Last updated: 2010-01-16 12:00 AM
00:22:07 | 1640 yards | 01m 21s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/66
Overall: 23/443
Performance: Good
Suit: QR - Ultrafull
Course: TT start, 2x every 5 seconds enter water. Two main buoys keep to right.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:38
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
01:13:29 | 24.5 miles | 20.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 29/66
Overall: 126/443
Mile 1-17 = 22.4mph pace (per garmin), then mile 17-24.5 = 16 mph. More on that later
Wind: None
Course: described as rollers with no major hills (hey if I can do one-legged pedaling up them in the little ring (39) and big gear (21), not brutal or long). Fair amount of turns and mostly a closed course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:43
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:43:51 | 06.2 miles | 07m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/66
Overall: 46/443
Performance: Good
Course: Rollers on cart path around lake and through subdivision, mostly shaded course with water stations about every 1.5 miles. Mile 5 there is a good little grade for about 1/2 mile (or so it seems)
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2010-05-15 2:55 PM

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Acworth, GA
Subject: Peachtree International Triathlon

2010-05-15 6:48 PM
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Whispering Pines, North Carolina
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Crank arm falls off and you still managed to put forth that time?! D00d, you're a beast!

I had to laugh at the mental image of you trying to one-pedal it for the last few miles. That would SUCK!

Man, I'm thoroughly impressed with that run! That is HAULIN!

Rock on, bro!
2010-05-15 9:50 PM
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Acworth, GA
Subject: RE: Peachtree International Triathlon
tri_d00d - 2010-05-15 7:48 PM WOW!

Crank arm falls off and you still managed to put forth that time?! D00d, you're a beast!

I had to laugh at the mental image of you trying to one-pedal it for the last few miles. That would SUCK!

Man, I'm thoroughly impressed with that run! That is HAULIN!

Rock on, bro!

Thanks for the props.  You think that's funny though?  I wish I had a picture cause I was "that jacka$$" wearing the aero helmet with disk cover, on the aero bars pedaling one legged as fast and hard as I can.  It had to look really funny.
2010-05-15 11:14 PM
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On your right
Subject: RE: Peachtree International Triathlon
Great job with the mental fight during the run. 

You should throw a link on here if/when race photos are available.  It would be cool to see your 1 leg drills.

But also imagine how intimidating you would have been to people.  They're out there killing themselves, and then they find a dude that's cruising along doing 1 leg drills.  I'd have thought you were way hardcore using a race for drills.
2010-05-16 7:36 AM
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Atlanta, GA
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Congrats overall.  First your transitions...damn skippy.  If you look at T1 times, wet suits killed people.  You time was close to mine and I did not wear one!  T2 was just smokin.  Swim...I agree, TT starts at great.  You knocked off a great time. made me laugh so hard.  I saw you getting the one foot pic.  I came up on you and was wondering why some one was doing one legged drills in the middle of the race.  I saw it was you and smiled (sorry about that).  Run...demons walking ever again and a PR!  Best part of your race.  

You left about 3 minutes out there on the bike.  Next year...sub 2:15!

2010-05-16 12:02 PM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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I can't even imagine getting a bike split like that after 30mins of one-legged riding...Awesome!

Congrats on your day.

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