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June 12, Muncie Multi-Sport Tri, Du, Aqua, run - TriathlonOlympic

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Muncie, Indiana
United States
78F / 26C
Total Time = 2h 52m 41s
Overall Rank = 43/57
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 1/1
Pre-race routine:

This was the first tri that I've spent the night close to the race site instead of driving in so I didn't have to wake up as early. I didn't sleep the greatest, though and didn't feel all that strong waking up in a strange bed, but ate my normal bagel w/ peanut butter, yogurt w/ granola and a banana. I think I was the first car at the race site at 6.
Event warmup:

Found my required transition spot because they had all the numbers premarked and figured how to set it up with the way they had the flow. Did my normal warm up of bike, then quick run, then wetsuit on.
  • 29m 39s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards

I recognized a fellow BTer from her profile pic and we chatted on the beach a couple minutes before the start which was nice. As usual, I enjoyed the swim and even enjoyed the run across the beach to do it again. I wore a regular swim cap then my goggles, then the colored race cap. I did that at Pokagon and felt more secure with my goggles that way. Not many people around me since I'm so slow so no issues of drafting or being kicked this time.
What would you do differently?:

Be confident of my sighting. For some reason, I sighted too much. I was swimming pretty straight so I didn't need to spend that extra energy so often. Also, not be concerned about people passing me. For some reason I tend to stop my stroke and panic a bit when that happens. Relax, get in the rhythm. People are going to pass me all the time.
Transition 1
  • 02m 32s

I can't figure where they started the T-1 time. I don't recall stepping on a timing mat after the swim, but my time is sure long for just being in the transition area. I'll assume my time includes running up the hill. I was the 3rd fastest woman for T-1 and 11th overall so I can't complain
What would you do differently?:

Figure out how to get the wetsuit off my heel.
  • 1h 22m 12s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.14 mile/hr

Nice course. I passed a couple folks on mountain bikes which I think were doing the sprint tri but other than that, I felt pretty much alone out there. Second loop found some people who I passed, then they passed me back by (one was the fellow BTer). I stayed pretty consistent throughout. I did put on sunglasses because I didn't think to do different, but with the rain and overcast skys I was uncomfortable seeing so I pushed the glasses down my nose and peered over them. I'm sure I looked like a goober but it worked. It was humid so I drank more than usual. And Dang, I'm slow - 47 out of 57? It was my best bike time pace ever - over 18. It is what it is.
What would you do differently?:

Clear lenses for my sunglasses or not wear any at all? I've not biked without glasses so I might feel naked. :) I obviously need to learn how to spin my legs faster.
Transition 2
  • 00m 56s

Wow, I'm good at this one! I was the fastest woman in T-2 time and tied for 5th place overall. If only there'd be a podium spot for transitions. :)
What would you do differently?:

I got my pinky toe caught in my left shoe as I was putting it on so I had to retry. Just think if I'd gotten it right the first time, I might of beaten a couple more guys.
  • 57m 24s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 14s  min/mile

Kept a good pace but felt heavy from all the water I'd taken in. Started to fade a bit between miles 4 and 5 but got it back together (mentally just kicked myself) and finished strong. I enjoyed doing a quick talk to the nice volunteers at the water stations which I ended up seeing 4 times during the race (2 on the bike and 2 on the run). The ladies at mile 10 of the bike, which was also the run turnaround, were the best cheerleaders.
What would you do differently?:

Finally had a run time of under one hour in an oly tri, so I'm not sure I'd do anything different. Just keep running. Now I know I can work through some fatigue which was something good to learn about myself.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a water and went to transition to clean up. They were announcing winners so decided to hang out a bit. I hadn't seen any women in my old ladies AG so I thought I might have come in first and last. Chatted again with my new BT friend, ate a little pizza and fruit and layed down in the back of my car. Nice.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Did this tri so I could see the area where I'm coming back in July to do my first 70.3. I didn't push it super hard since I wanted to have energy to drive the couple hours home and still have something left to give to my family. I finished with a smile so that's good.

Event comments:

We were kept informed with a lot of info posted on Facebook, the website and e-mails before the race. Nice volunteers throughout. Even though they were also running a 5K, 10K, Duathlon, Sprint and Oly the same time, it was very organized. The enticement of beer after a race does nothing for me so I'd leave that out and keep registration costs down. Otherwise, nice venue.

Last updated: 2010-05-24 12:00 AM
00:29:39 | 1640 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 42/57
Performance: Average
Suit: Rocket Science Sleeveless
Course: Beach start with a person running across the mat and into the water every 3 seconds. Triangle course with 3 large yellow buoys and an orange buoy at the finish. Had to get out of water, run across the beach and do the course again.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:32
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:22:12 | 24.85 miles | 18.14 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 47/57
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Loop which had to be repeated. It was mostly flat but had some rollers and then got hilly on the last stretch. Smooth pavement for the most part.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 00:56
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:57:24 | 06.21 miles | 09m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/1
Overall: 41/57
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back starting down hill and finishing going up.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-06-14 7:06 AM

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Subject: June 12, Muncie Multi-Sport Tri, Du, Aqua, run

2010-06-14 10:02 AM
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Lafayette, IN
Subject: RE: June 12, Muncie Multi-Sport Tri, Du, Aqua, run
Nice job!  Those were some fast transition times!  Good luck in the Endurathon!

Edited by Gregkl 2010-06-14 10:03 AM
2010-06-14 6:34 PM
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Fort Wayne
Subject: RE: June 12, Muncie Multi-Sport Tri, Du, Aqua, run
This was my first tri ever and you crushed me in T1.  It sounds like you had some fun meeting another BT'er.  If I hadn't been so nervous about being a first timer, I might have met a couple of you guys myself. 

The swim mat was just before the gate leading up the hill.  Kind of in the area of the concessions/restrooms near the beach.  I didn't realize how the transitions worked until I was racing and could hear the beeps.

Good job and good luck at endurathon.  I hope to do a half iron in a couple of years.

2010-06-14 8:11 PM
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Subject: RE: June 12, Muncie Multi-Sport Tri, Du, Aqua, run

Congrats on the times.  The T1 time did include the run up the hill.  Good luck in July and see you there.

2010-06-14 8:53 PM
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Subject: RE: June 12, Muncie Multi-Sport Tri, Du, Aqua, run
Thanks, guys. Good job to both Greg and Dirk on your podium spots. For a first tri, Dirk you came in impressively. You were the one I tied with on the T-2 transition time. Did you use the same CD "Mastering the 4th Discipline" as me?!? Thanks for letting me know I'd stepped on a timing mat out of the swim. I just didn't see it. Have fun training for the Endurathon, George.
2010-06-20 4:37 AM
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Canandaigua NY
Subject: RE: June 12, Muncie Multi-Sport Tri, Du, Aqua, run

Congratulations on a great race and great start to the tri season!!!


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