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Shreveport, Louisiana
United States
Sportspectrum
72F / 22C
Overcast
Total Time = 1h 40m 28s
Overall Rank = 431/1161
Age Group = 44-49 M
Age Group Rank = 31/66
Pre-race routine:

Got to Shreveport at 11:15 Saturday, 45-minute line to pick up packet. Met waskelton (Will)and his wife, OldAg92 (Brandt) and his friend Chris, Michael Pate and lynda (Kathy) at packet pickup/lunch, then Will, Brandt and I rode to the race site to check out the course. Met later for dinner with mnewton (Michael) and his wife, Jessie and Christie (Kanoelani), along with Will and Brandt.

At the hotel, went through three air conditioners before we got one that worked halfway, managed to achieve lass-than-sauna conditions. Did get a good night's rest, in bed for 8:30, up at 4:15. Cliff bar when I woke up, two cups of coffee, then shower and gone. Munched on a bagel and sipped on a gatorade on way to race, in line for about fifteen minutes to get into the park. Had about a mile walk to transition after parking.
Event warmup:

After setting up transition, jogged back to the car to get another cliff bar. Walked around and talked to other BTers and hometown folks up there for the race. Got in the water as the first group started, stayed there twenty minutes until my wave went off, swimming a few strokes here and there.
Swim
  • 20m 32s
  • 880 yards
  • 02m 20s / 100 yards
Comments:

Hung out in the back to start, had a hard time getting my rhythm early, took about 150 yards for it to thin out and for me to get comfortable. On the leg back in, I meandered off course a little, might have swam as much as fifty yards more than I needed to with my zig zag navigation. Still, I was shooting for a very conservative 20 minutes, didn't miss by much.
What would you do differently?:

Still working on improving the swim, really have lot of room to make improvements here. By far my weakest discipline.
Transition 1
  • 02m 35s
Comments:

About a fifty-yard run from the water to the bike pit, through a pavilion. Stumbled badly coming out of the pavilion, nearly made a face plant but managed to stay upright with only my pride damaged.

Wiped feet with towel, seemed to get socks and shoes on without problem. My rack was nearly the furthest from the bike exit, so I had maybe another 30 yards to run in bike shoes. Bike mount area was small and congested, actually bumped (excuse me) a guy in front of me who was standing and trying to clip in. Get moving people! Clipped in easily and was off.
What would you do differently?:

Really need to practice my transitions. Expect triathlon cycling shoes to be in tomorrow, hope to practice and master the shoes-on-the-bike thing within the next two weeks.
Bike
  • 49m 38s
  • 18.2 miles
  • 22.00 mile/hr
Comments:

Decent enough ride, kind of slow getting started and warmed up, but settled down after a mile or so in. Lots of drafting going on, at one point, a rider passed me and I backed off to get out of his draft zone only to find there were six of them riding in a pace line..

Helped to have driven the course on Saturday, knowing where the big hills were. The biggest climb was about one-third of the way in, after that you knew there was a mostly downhill segment. I was up around thirty for a couple miles there, taking the minor uphills in stride with little loss of momentum.
What would you do differently?:

Ride more hills! Overall ride was no worse than our typical routes in St. Francisville, if I do this race next year I'm going to try to ride SF several times in the months preceding.
Transition 2
  • 01m 52s
Comments:

Again, small and crowded dismount area, rider down on the left made it even more challenging.

I'm blaming the long run with the bike on the time here. They closed off the direct route through the transition area so that you had to loop around the long way to get to your rack. Other than that, had no problem changing shoes and getting out of there.
What would you do differently?:

See T1: practice and switch to triathlon shoes
Run
  • 25m 53s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 19s  min/mile
Comments:

Not bad at all, maybe could have pushed a little harder during Mile 3. The off-road segment slowed me down too much, was cautious of losing footing. LOTS of people walking, especially up the small hills.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing
Post race
Warm down:

Walked to find Angel, got a hamburger, then walked up the road to watch the other BTers finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swim ability and not enough practice on transitions.

Event comments:

This was, to date, the biggest and the best triathlon I've done, 1,300 athletes, a logistical nightmare, yet nearly everything went like clockwork. Only major complaint I heard was the long lines in your car waiting to get in the park. That delay caused the race director to push back the start by about fifteen minutes.

Great organization, great swag, finisher's medal, good food. I'm already planning to do this one again next year!


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Last updated: 2005-07-22 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:20:32 | 880 yards | 02m 20s / 100yards
Age Group: 47/66
Overall: 0/1161
Performance: Average
Suit:
Course: Triangular, about 300 out, 200 across the back, and another 300 to the finish.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 02:35
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
00:49:38 | 18.2 miles | 22.00 mile/hr
Age Group: 23/66
Overall: 0/1161
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Single loop around Cypress Lake, fair amount of hills for a swamp rat Cajun. Website listed this as 18.2 miles, though they announced during pre-race that it was 18.6 miles, and they used 18.6 miles in the official results. I'm sticking with 18.2 here.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:52
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:25:53 | 03.11 miles | 08m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 37/66
Overall: 0/1161
Performance: Good
Course: Squirrely out-and-back that featured several curly Qs and a half-mile or so off-road segment with treacherous roots and gullies.Plenty of small but bothersome hills throughout. Four or five water stations and two places to get cold, wet towels. Finish was also treacherous, as you ran the last 100 yards alternately through sand pits and harder grass surfaces.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2005-08-08 2:13 PM

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2005-08-08 2:18 PM
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Congrats and nice report!
2005-08-08 2:23 PM
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Congrats on a great race! Sorry I didn't get to meet you but I will make a better effort to do so at Cajun Man. I had one of my best run efforts ever and you still whipped me. How much time are you spotting me at Cajun Man?
2005-08-08 2:24 PM
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Great report!

It was great to meet you and Mrs. Bear in person. I'll fully expect you to beat my transition times at Cajunman.

See ya soon
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2005-08-08 3:23 PM
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Good race.

Look forward to doing River Cities and other races with you next year.

If you get itching to do the course again this winter, we have the Frost yer Fanny Duathlon. Same Bike course. Not sure what the 2 runs are. Plus some great SWAG (Fleece pullovers, etc)
2005-08-08 3:24 PM
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Nice race. Great bike and run. Don't mean to dis the swim, it's just that you rocked the bike and run. Good job!


2005-08-08 3:44 PM
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Hey Bear,

Congrats on the fantastic race.

I think that you want to stick with the 18.2 miles as the distance for the bike portion because you achieved a super cool 22.00 mph speed.

From the stats, it looks like this was a really good race for you. You are FOP. Congratulations. Your bike leg (as expected) was awesome and it looks like you've really made some great improvements in the swim.

One question? Does mnewton really look like the biker fox?

Jen
2005-08-08 7:26 PM
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Psssst, bear...With a bike time like yours, take all the time you need in transitions. You'll still smoke 'em.

You had a great race; congratulations. And I'm with you on the run course. I don't like off road and I hate sand running. At least the weather cooperated.

It was really fun to meet you and your wife.

2005-08-08 9:24 PM
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Great race! Glad you hit your 1:40 time. Wish I'd met up with ya'll.

2005-08-09 8:22 AM
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sounds like a nice race. you did a great job.
2005-08-09 8:33 AM
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jeng - 2005-08-08 3:44 PM
One question? Does mnewton really look like the biker fox?
Jen


I would have posted a picture of the biker fox and said "Who can compare to this stud of a man?" But since this is The Bear's report, I will not commit such a crime.

Hopefully I or someone else will get their pics developed from the race and show that once and for all that I do not look like the Front-flip master himself, Frank "The Biker Fox"

Oh yeah. Will doesn't have a cowbell either.


2005-08-09 8:40 AM
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mnewton - 2005-08-09 8:33 AM
Oh yeah. Will doesn't have a cowbell either.


sure.. silence my thunder.. At least my hair looks like my avatar
2005-08-09 1:01 PM
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GREAT race....your bike skills are legendary around here, and you proved it on the course Sunday.  Enjoyed visiting with you, and look forward to more race sin the future!
2005-08-10 4:46 PM
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John,
Great race! 22avg on the bike is great. and your run was awsome. I look froward to racing with you soon.
2005-08-10 7:44 PM
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Holy Shmoley...that bike was fantastic!!!  Lots of BT'ers in the neighborhood for this one too.  Great race John!   Congrats on your great performance.
2005-08-11 7:20 AM
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John, fantastic race.  You posted a 22mph bike followed up by 8:19 min miles.  That is fast.  Congrats on a great race.


2005-08-11 4:51 PM
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jeng - 2005-08-08 3:44 PM
One question? Does mnewton really look like the biker fox?

Jen


Here is your answer:

Me and my very pregnant wife





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mnewton - 2005-08-11 3:51 PM
jeng - 2005-08-08 3:44 PM One question? Does mnewton really look like the biker fox? Jen
Here is your answer: Me and my very pregnant wife

Mike's the one on the left.

2005-08-11 8:08 PM
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Good race.  Like the speed on the bike.
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