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Ridgeland, Mississippi
United States
City of Ridgeland
90F / 32C
Total Time = 2h 47m 53s
Overall Rank = 221/352
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 15/37
Pre-race routine:

Ate a Powerbar and Banana on the drive to the race and drank some water. Setup transition. Cut the pockets out of the back of my tri top.

Event warmup:

Took a few minute jog to warm up my legs for stretching.
  • 15m 45s
  • 1161 yards
  • 01m 22s / 100 yards

So that whole "Nothing new on race day" rule needs to be changed to.. "Nothing that hasn't been used in at least 1 year on race day" I have a tri top that I haven't worn in about 5 years that I decided to wear on race day. Partly because, If I did happen to crash on the bike I'd want to have it on, but also (for vanity) My farmer tanned harry self creates race photos that are nauseating. I admitted it.. there. Well I decided to cut the two large pockets out of the back because I wasn't going to use them and I figured they'd just slow me down. Well the first 200 yards of the race I felt like I was being held back substantially by this thing. The finisher before me was just over a minute ahead so this decision could have cost me a place. Oh well. I'm over that now.
What would you do differently?:

Not wear the top.
Transition 1
  • 01m 11s

Still putting socks on but this time things went pretty well. The morning was so warm that my little warm up jog managed to get my socks a little wet. This made the rolling them on go really well. I don't feel like I could have gone much faster at all unless I go sockless. I could have run faster in transition but I was trying to stay calm and not get too fired up.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really.
  • 1h 24m 29s
  • 24.5 miles
  • 17.40 mile/hr

I just suck on the bike. No way around it. I need to ride much much more if I want to expect anything more out of myself. I'm not even really using the limited time I do have effectively so I can't really complain about this. The MOP bike avg for the Clydes was 19.5. If I ride this (which I should be able to with some more saddle time) My time drops 8:20 and I place 9th. Big difference. This is where I need to spend time. I also have some clip on aero bars (road bike) that I didn't put on for the race because I haven't ridden on them. This will probably help some too.

I figured I would just try and stay comfortable for the whole ride and not push too much. I was hoping for an average between 18 and 19. Didn't quite get there. About 5 miles in my groin started to feel sore and fatigued. I was worried this was going to be a big problem but I don't think it had any real affect on my race. I was most concerned about what it would do to my run. There was a bottle exchange that I passed up because I didn't know it would be there. I may have only taken one bottle on the bike if I knew it would be there but I took two and planned on finishing them both. (one water and one nuun) I had three gels that I ate at about miles 5, 13 and 20. I don't feel like nutrition or hydration were a real issue for me during this race.
What would you do differently?:

Ride more with the clip-ons.
Transition 2
  • 00m 47s

My shoes stayed clipped on the bike (unlike last race). There was a guy standing in the way of my rack space when I got there but I doubt that cost me more than a second or two. No worries.
What would you do differently?:

Can't get much faster here unless I run faster. Nothing.
  • 1h 05m 42s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 35s  min/mile

HOLY CRAP! It got HOT FAST. I knew it was going to be hot but I didn't have any idea it would be this bad. There were three or 4 water stations that we passed twice. so 6 or 8 water stops. It's terrible that I can't remember. I took one gel with me and at it just after the turn around. The first three water stops I drank the gatorade and some of the water and after that it was 2 cups of water. One to drink and one on my head. The first 3/4 of a mile on the run felt REALLY good. I was headed out of Transition on the run and got a high five from my 2.5 year old Son. Best part of the race by far. I had a good turnover and was probably rolling at around 9:15 min miles to start. Maybe a little faster. I felt good and probably ran a little too hard because of it. After the second mile things started to get bad. The heat was oppressive and my legs and motivation started to leave me. I walked the aid stations like usual and then started walking the hills. After the turn around point I was having trouble keeping the running up for more than 1/2 a mile at a time. I didn't really want to be walking but mentally I couldn't get past it. I was hoping for an under 1 hour 10k here but the heat and my lack of running the previous month just didn't give me the option. Also, It turns out that dumping water on your head really puts it in your shoes. I was wearing running shoes with no drainage in them so my socks and feet were sloshing during the last third of the run. That couldn't have helped.
What would you do differently?:

I really should have kept up my running. I ran a 1/2 marathon on April, 30 in 2:07 and change. I thought this was going to allow me to really do well on this run. I may think about buying a pair of shoes that are tri specific to help with the drainage part and maybe consider going sockless with them.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank lots of water and walked around. Chatted with the family in the shade for a while. Ate the post race meal.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I raced at 220lbs so loosing some more weight would help me quite a bit I'm sure. I also really just need to ride more (you'll see this in ALL of my race reports) The heat probably didn't help any but everybody ran in the same heat. Maybe the earlier waves and faster racers got a little luckier and didn't spend as much time in the heat. I guess they were just lucky.

Event comments:

This is a great race on, what I think, is a great course. It sold out this year at 500 registered (but it looks like not nearly that many showed up to race) The Ridgeland department of parks and recreation really do a great job when they put on activities like this. I've been involved in a few of them and they always seem to be run well and are very well supported.

Last updated: 2011-03-07 12:00 AM
00:15:45 | 1161 yards | 01m 22s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/37
Overall: 30/352
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri-Top
Course: Triangular loop. Race was advertised as .5 miles but word from a racer who logged it with a GPS in their cap was .66
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:11
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:24:29 | 24.5 miles | 17.40 mile/hr
Age Group: 32/37
Overall: 0/352
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Basically an out and back on the Natchez Trace. Smooth pavement almost the whole way. Pretty flat overall.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 89
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:47
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:05:42 | 06.21 miles | 10m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/37
Overall: 0/352
Performance: Below average
Course: Slightly hilly (at least it seemed) out and back on a mostly shaded multi-use trail.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2011-06-06 9:34 AM

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Jackson, Mississippi
Subject: Heatwave Classic Triathlon

2011-06-06 2:46 PM
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Subject: RE: Heatwave Classic Triathlon
Nice race.  And was HOT.
2011-06-06 8:09 PM
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Subject: RE: Heatwave Classic Triathlon

Good job!

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