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Minden, Louisiana
United States
City of Minden
90F / 32C
Total Time = 3h 05m 47s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 46-49
Age Group Rank = 3/7
Pre-race routine:

Standard. Shower, 2 cups of coffee, Ensure, water, 3 endurolytes, one lava salts, two Immodium.
Event warmup:

Asking lots of people about the weeds in the lake. Swimming a little.
  • 33m 23s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards

The first and last third of the swim were in weedy water. When it would get too much, I'd shut my eyes when they were in the water. The last third of the race was much weedier than the first third and I had to breast stroke a bit when weeds were wrapping around my neck. I never panicked, but I was happy to be done with the swim. Did I mention that the water was 92 degrees?
What would you do differently?:

Not much. This was a pretty good time for me given the temperatures and the weeds.
Transition 1
  • 01m 9s

Straightforward transition. No problems.
  • 1h 27m 52s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.97 mile/hr

I never quite got into a good groove on the bike--part of it is because I hadn't ridden or driven it before. Just did the best I could but I can tell that my recent push on the bike has helped with bike fitness. While I wasn't fast, I also wasn't antsy to get off the bike at mile 21.

Saw a few loose dogs on the country roads and that slowed me down a bit as my new technique for dealing with dogs is to prepare to clip out and stop rather than taking a tumble.
What would you do differently?:

Go faster? Preview the course? I would have previewed the course at least once before race day but the route wasn't on the internet.
Transition 2
  • 01m 31s

Because I have a blister on my heel (new shoes), I now have to stop, sit down and put on socks and shoes. Grabbed a gel and I was off.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
  • 1h 01m 54s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 58s  min/mile

This has to rank as my worst run ever, time-wise, but I'll take it. It was pretty hot this morning, and add hills? Ya got trouble. I really concentrated on not blowing up. I ran just about all of the course and when things got tough, I thought about CindyK doing a HIM in equally tough or tougher conditions.

The two loop course was tough mentally because I knew I had to go back and do the run all over again. Really hard to run back up the hill to repeat the fun of the first lap.

What would you do differently?:

Nothing much. I was really racing to the outer limit of my ability.
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

My ability. I red-lined it without blowing up. While I'd love to have gone sub-3 hours, I couldn't do it based on the conditions and MY condition. I do have to say that my second OD race seemed easier than my first. I guess I just knew what a three hour red-line felt like.

Event comments:

I only give this race an 'average' due to the weeds in the lake. Otherwise, it was fine.

Last updated: 2005-07-24 12:00 AM
00:33:23 | 1640 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/7
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: None
Course: Square course with buoys to your right.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 92F / 33C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:09
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:27:52 | 24.85 miles | 16.97 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/7
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: None
Course: Out and back on rolling hills
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:31
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:01:54 | 06.21 miles | 09m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/7
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Two loop course. Rolling hills and partly shaded.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2005-07-24 7:07 PM

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Subject: Caney Lake Triathlon

2005-07-24 8:26 PM
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Gulf Shores, AL
Subject: RE: Caney Lake Triathlon
Congrat on beating the weeds and an impressive time. I know what you mean about the 2nd loop on the run, its so hard to go back knowing how hot and miserable it was the first time. Good job!!!

2005-07-24 9:13 PM
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Elite Veteran
Subject: RE: Caney Lake Triathlon
Thanks so much for your comment, Manatee! I swear that if somebody had waived a $1 bill vowing to pay me to quit at the second lap, I'd be a DNF. $1 richer.

Tough day.

See you at River Cities?
2005-07-25 8:30 AM
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Resident Curmudgeon
The Road Back
Gold member
Subject: RE: Caney Lake Triathlon
Good one, you're  a tri-ing machine! Way to stick it out, might have to start packing a weedeater in my tri bag. Heard the water is equally hot at river cities, don't think we'll get much of a break on the run either.
2005-07-25 8:34 AM
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Extreme Veteran
Denham Springs
Subject: RE: Caney Lake Triathlon
Congrats on finishing Is there any link for the finishing times to this race?

2005-07-25 10:21 AM
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Shreveport, LA
Subject: RE: Caney Lake Triathlon
Good job!

I can't wait to see you how you do at RiverCities.

2005-07-28 12:10 AM
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The Emerald City
Subject: RE: Caney Lake Triathlon
Congratulations on your race.  Way to go!
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