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Columbia, South Carolina
United States
Setup Events
Total Time = 1h 05m 59s
Overall Rank = 8/237
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/41
Pre-race routine:

Well, I played poker and drank Scotch until 1:30am. I did at least manage to stop drinking Scotch at midnight. Went to bed at 2am and slept until 5:00, got up, ate some toast, and drove the 10,000 miles to the course.
Event warmup:

I felt awful. After checking in and claiming my spot on the rack, I rode the bike course, hoping that some riding would make me feel better, and it definitely did. I swam about 200m in the lake (or was that a bathtub?). By the time the race was going to start, I felt good.
  • 09m 38s
  • 500 meters
  • 01m 56s / 100 meters

Well, even though this time includes a run into T1, it still is well below what I should be doing. I'm at my wit's end when it comes to swimming. I'm losing several places overall because of my swim. Several. I'm really frustrated with it right now. I'm just lucky that almost nobody else in the 40-44 AG can swim either, apart from the guy who went 7:08. Oh I so want to be like him!

The thing is, the swim actually felt pretty good. I was never off line. I felt like I was going hard. I even caught a bit of a draft for the last 200m or so. And yet this. Ugh.
What would you do differently?:

I'm going to start swimming ridiculous volume and see whether that helps.
Transition 1
  • 00m 50s

Quickest in AG and close to the top overall. Transition area was quite long, but of course we all had to deal with that. I was fortunate in that my bike was reasonably close to the exit rather than the entrance.
What would you do differently?:

I could shave a few seconds, mostly by running a little faster, but this T1 was pretty good.
  • 36m 45s
  • 14 miles
  • 22.86 mile/hr

All of the under-30s went in the wave before ours, so there was a lot of traffic to deal with on the course. I got around most of it without trouble, but was blocked a few times, mostly by people who had passed and then not moved over, and who apparently don't understand the phrase 'on your left'. I do try to say it nicely, but come on people, pass and get right!

By around mile 11 the course had opened up a good bit. I probably eased up too much towards the end, but certainly the first 10 miles I was going pretty hard.

Top in AG beat me by 6 seconds! Oh well.

What would you do differently?:

Keep the pressure on all the way to the end.
Transition 2
  • 00m 48s

I lost a few seconds running to the wrong rack. Yes, I am stupid. I actually racked my bike there then realized I was in the wrong place. Oh well. Otherwise T2 was fine. Still 2nd in AG and near the top overall.
What would you do differently?:

Pay attention to where I'm going.
  • 17m 59s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 05m 47s  min/mile

I still am not running all-out, but getting closer. I felt pretty good about this run. I think that with another year of running under my belt, I'll be able to run in the neighborhood of the fastest guys here. I guess only time will tell.

The course was short.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. Once I'm fully healthy I'll lay it all on the line in these runs.
Post race
Warm down:

Food, drink. I did a little jogging just to get places because transition, finish line, and parking were all pretty far apart.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Poker until 1:30 probably didn't help.

Event comments:

As ever, Setup did a great job with this race. The venue was nice, and the event was well run. I love it that their events are always on time. When they give you a time that something is going to happen (start, awards, whatever), it happens at that time.

My one complaint would be: no cookies at the finish. What's up with that? I can eat an orange any time! I want COOKIES!!!!

Last updated: 2009-12-09 12:00 AM
00:09:38 | 500 meters | 01m 56s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/41
Overall: 52/237
Performance: Average
Course: Counter-clockwise loop.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:50
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:36:45 | 14 miles | 22.86 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/41
Overall: 7/237
Performance: Good
Course: Gently rolling. Good roads.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:48
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:17:59 | 03.11 miles | 05m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/41
Overall: 15/237
Performance: Good
Course: Rolling, with a steep but short hill at the turnaround. This hill had been billed as a killer 1/2 mile slog-fest, but in reality it wasn't that bad.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2010-06-26 12:53 PM

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Columbia, South Carolina
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2010-06-26 2:14 PM
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Great race!

Seems your rehab is doing well...very solid and speedy run even if it was short. Seems water running has done well for you.

Congrats on a race and 1st in your AG!
2010-06-26 2:54 PM
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Dirt Road
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Wow you can run! Congrats on the win.
2010-06-26 3:26 PM
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Agree with the course being short, but you still flew. Nice race.
2010-06-26 7:27 PM
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Lexington, KY
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Nice job winning the AG.  Must have been the excellent pre-race routine.

Pass it on if you ever figure out the secret to that swimming thing!
2010-06-28 2:47 PM
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You went to the wrong rack and still beat me by 5 seconds in T2??  <<shakes head in disgust>>   If anything that run was long and I'm taking it as a 5k PR!! 

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