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Peachtree City, Georgia
United States
Tri-PTC club
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 32m 38s
Overall Rank = /600
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 25/40
Pre-race routine:

Stretched a little, walked to the swim start.
Event warmup:

  • 11m 59s
  • 530 yards
  • 02m 16s / 100 yards

This was a disaster for me. I was turning left all the way out, although I was swimming well I kept needing course corrections and lost control of my pace in the process. After making the turn, I ran out of air and seemed to have trouble staying on top of the water, I also had to swim around a bouy after going off course, this time to the right.
What would you do differently?:

Swim straight. This is something I really need to practice, apparently.I felt good about my swimming going in but I really need to work on open water swimming more.
Transition 1
  • 02m 33s

I was winded and dispirited after the swim, so I took longer than planned to collect myself. It worked because by the time I started pedaling, I was ready to go.
What would you do differently?:

Swim better.
  • 45m 22s
  • 12.4 miles
  • 16.40 mile/hr

I have trained on this course and for the first 11 miles I was doing a personal best pace of 19.44 mph. I would have been very pleased about that, except that at the time I checked my average speed I was standing on the side of the road with a broken bike. At first I thought my chain had come off, but discovered that the part of the frame to which the rear derailleur should be attached had broken. I also didn't get my foot out of the clip soon enough because I was trying to figure out what was wrong with the bike, and I took a rolling spill down a little hill on the side of the road. Nothing injured but my pride. I had mentally quit the race and started walking my bike in when I thought that as long as I was walking back anyway I might as well finish the race. So I jog/coasted the last mile.
What would you do differently?:

The good news is, the decision whether to buy a new bike has been made for me. I was pleased with my progress on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 57s

I had placed my ID inside my running shoe and got halfway out of the transition area before I realized something was not right and I stupidly went back to my station instead of just handing it to my adoring fans waiting outside the transition area. Time was slow, but at this point I was just earning the T-shirt.
What would you do differently?:

Move quicker
  • 30m 49s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 55s  min/mile

I coasted through the run and even made a pit stop at the porta-potty 100 yards from the start. I regret that because I might have made my original goal of 1:30 if I had kept running and pushed just a little harder, even with the bike trouble. Unfortunately, I forgot to start my watch at the beginning of the swim and thought I was taking much longer than I actually was.
What would you do differently?:

Try harder.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Poor swim navigation, bike trouble and resulting bad attitude.

Event comments:

I have mixed feelings about this race. I beat my previous best, my first and only previous triathlon in May, by 33 minutes. Despite equipment failure, I came close to my stated goal of 1:30. But mentally I knew I could do this race much faster and I am disappointed in my swim and in my run effort.

Last updated: 2005-08-27 12:00 AM
00:11:59 | 530 yards | 02m 16s / 100yards
Age Group: 17/40
Overall: 0/600
Performance: Bad
Suit: Tri shorts
Course: clockwise triangle
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:33
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:45:22 | 12.4 miles | 16.40 mile/hr
Age Group: 32/40
Overall: 0/600
Performance: Bad
Wind: None
Course: Some hills in the first and last mile, but overall a fast course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 75
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:57
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:30:49 | 03.11 miles | 09m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 23/40
Overall: 0/600
Performance: Below average
Course: Nice course on golf cart paths, mostly shady.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
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] 5

2005-08-27 12:07 PM

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Subject: Tri-Peachtree City Triathlon

2005-08-27 12:17 PM
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Queen BTich
Subject: RE: Tri-Peachtree City Triathlon

Keep your head up! Sometimes there are bad races, it happens. I had one last week.

At least you get a new bike! Just think...a shiny new bike!

2005-08-27 1:02 PM
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northeast Ohio
Subject: RE: Tri-Peachtree City Triathlon
Equipment problems are the worst! Good for you for finishing the race anyway! That is a very cool thing!

2005-08-27 1:36 PM
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Marietta, Ga
Subject: RE: Tri-Peachtree City Triathlon
Buddy, you exorcised all of that bad karma out at one race.  Congrat's though, on finishing.  Next one, you'll be ready to catch fire and smoke the course.  Sorry we didn't get to meet, there were quite a few of us Bt'rs out there. 
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