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baraboo, Wisconsin
United States
48F / 9C
Total Time = 1h 22m 39s
Overall Rank = 35/562
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 6/51
Pre-race routine:

Drove up early enough to get a decent parking spot and a warm-up run and swim in before the start.
Event warmup:

A little running w/strides and a short swim.
  • 07m 18s
  • 481 yards
  • 01m 31s / 100 yards

This was my third Devil's Challenge Tri, but my swim 38 seconds slower than my time from 2008. I was first in my wave around the bouy, but got water in my goggles when doing dolphin dives because I didn't keep my chin down, so I closed my left eye for most of the swim. I tried to keep the swim at a comfortable pace, since I hadn't swam much the last month and didn't want to be exhausted before the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Not take so much time off from swimming in training.
Transition 1
  • 02m 54s

Much longer than I had expected. Long run around to bike-in entrance. Had a hard time getting my wetsuit off. Put on a biking vest to try to keep warm.
  • 51m
  • 15 miles
  • 17.65 mile/hr

Bike felt pretty good, but my time wasn't as fast as I would have liked (was hoping for 50 min). I had done quite a bit of hill training, so I was thinking I would do better.

The weather sucked as it started raining during the bike and sleeting at one point, which was painful. It was definitely cool (upper 40's?). I put on full fingered bike gloves, which probably slowed me down at first while trying to get them on my wet hands, but I was glad I had them on. Got goosebumps and my feet were soaked towards the end. Got passed by 3 people, 2 of which I kept in sight. Went back and forth with one guy, who I later passed on the run.

Note to self: Putting gloves on wet hands while biking is not recommended. Was hard to do and very wobbly (could have crashed if anyone else was going by me at the time).
Transition 2
  • 01m 33s

Longer than I thought it would be. My running shoes had puddles in them because I forgot to cover them. My fingers weren't working all that well because they were so cold.
  • 19m 56s
  • 3 miles
  • 06m 38s  min/mile

Passed 3-4 people from my wave on the run. I had kind of forgotten about the hills on the run, and my legs were not all that happy to see them. Not as bad as the bike, but still noticeable. Had a good kick at the end. Happy to be under 20 min.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed water and grub then headed to the car to get warm.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not swimming often enough and needing to do more hill work on my bike and run.

Event comments:

I love doing this race, even though the weather has sucked 2 of the 3 years I've done it. The hills are definitely challenging.

Last updated: 2010-09-21 12:00 AM
00:07:18 | 481 yards | 01m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/51
Overall: 0/562
Performance: Below average
Suit: QR Ultrajohn
Course: U shaped
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:54
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:51:00 | 15 miles | 17.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/51
Overall: 0/562
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Hilly course that starts with about a 1 mile uphill.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:33
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:19:56 | 03 miles | 06m 38s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/51
Overall: 0/562
Performance: Good
Course: Loop through the campgrounds, with a few small hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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