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Hammond (Northwest Indiana), Indiana
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 3h 05m
Overall Rank = 264/443
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 39/50
Pre-race routine:

I ate 4 powerbars the day before based upon experience I've had with the Chicago Marathon in 2007. Went into the race feeling pretty good about nutrition.
Event warmup:

Just did some light range of movement stuff to limber up.
  • 29m 2s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 56s / 100 meters

For whatever reason, I felt like my chest was being squeezed. I felt like I could not catch my breath. A key qualifier is that while I've been in open water a couple of time, I didn't really "train" in it. That's a failure on my part.

It's hard to get a sense for my ranking as my T1 shows 31+ min with no swim time. I timed my swim myself at 29:02, which I was pretty happy with for my first tri.
What would you do differently?:

Train more in open water. The problem here was that it was near impossible to get into open water with this being one of the first tris of the season.
Transition 1
  • 02m 2s

Having not really practiced getting on and slipping my feet in the shoes, I found that my shoes basically "closed up" when I put my feet on top of them.

I applied copious amounts of Suit Juice to the inside of my wetsuit the night before and am going to do that from now on. It was a breeze.
What would you do differently?:

Practice geting my shoes on more.
  • 1h 34m 29s
  • 28.8 miles
  • 18.29 mile/hr
Transition 2
  • 02m 1s

Did the "sock condom" setup before I came to the race so this went pretty well.

Didn't like the fact that I was warned about the dismount line within about 10 yds. Wasn't enough time to get my feet out of my shoes.
  • 57m 25s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 09m 16s  min/mile

This "felt" longer than 6.2, but I'm happy with the result. I should be more consistent with my training though.
Post race
Warm down:

Some very light stretching, beer, gatorade, Athlete's Honey Milk (good stuff!) and an italian sausage. And I was super full after that.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Inconsistent training.

Last updated: 2010-08-26 12:00 AM
00:29:02 | 1500 meters | 01m 56s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/50
Overall: 0/443
Performance: Below average
Suit: Xterra Vortex 3
Course: Course was changed from an out and back to a horseshoe. No biggie.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:02
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:34:29 | 28.8 miles | 18.29 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/50
Overall: 0/443
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: 28.8 miles? Not 24.8? Really? What a shock! I was not ready for those last 4 miles and they hit me big time - or at least I let them hit me big time.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:01
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:57:25 | 06.2 miles | 09m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 37/50
Overall: 0/443
Performance: Average
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] 4

2011-06-06 2:32 PM

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