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Ridgeland, Mississippi
United States
City of Ridgeland
90F / 32C
Total Time = 2h 35m 8s
Overall Rank = 29/89
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 3/11
Pre-race routine:

Heatwave is our hometown race, a mere 5 minutes from my house, so I spend way too much time socializing...
Event warmup:

See above.
  • 21m 16s
  • 880 yards
  • 02m 25s / 100 yards

I wish they would just call this a 1,000 yard/meter, whatever, is not half a mile. Anyway, I started in the mix, as it were. I have a hard time staying there, and let the crowd push me out the back, so I had to catch up again. I did, however, keep swimming. There was a lot more contact than in the past, but nothing too bad. Almost lost the goggles; luckily they stayed on. I ended up drafting off my friend, Jackie, at the end. It was perfect.
What would you do differently?:

Try to stay in the mix. I might pick up some time.
Transition 1
  • 01m

I expected a faster transition. Not sure what took so long. 3rd fastest in my AG, though.
  • 1h 16m 27s
  • 24.5 miles
  • 19.23 mile/hr

It was starting to get very hot, so I wanted to be careful and not go out too hard on the bike. I do not use the bike computer or Garmin, so have no real idea of how fast I am going except by the mile markers. I negative split the ride, though, and this was my fastest on this course. I am still pretty far down in my AG, but if you look at my run, it actually seems to pay off in the end.
What would you do differently?:

Possibly ride a bit harder, but I am not sure my run would have been as good if I had.
Transition 2
  • 00m 55s

Again, slower than I expected, but 2nd fastest in my AG. Huh.
What would you do differently?:

Faster, faster, faster...
  • 55m 9s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 53s  min/mile

This is where I managed to run into 3rd place. I passed 4 women in my age group. Guess what...when it's hot like's not about the bike. It's about the run. And while people around me were dying, I was doing fine, and ended up with a negative split and my fastest run on this course in 5 years. I loved passing the men from the wave behind ours who blew by me on the bike, and I loved passing the young guys who started 7 and 14 minutes in front of me. It was a fun fun.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe start a little faster. I gave myself a few minutes to get my HR and breathing down at the beginning, but otherwise, I had a very good run today.
Post race
Warm down:

Two bottles of water, then a beer.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mostly, the heat.

Event comments:

City of Ridgeland puts on a great race with great food and fantastic awards.

Last updated: 2011-05-12 12:00 AM
00:21:16 | 880 yards | 02m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/11
Overall: 0/89
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri shorts and sports bra
Course: 3-sided square in the reservoir.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:16:27 | 24.5 miles | 19.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/11
Overall: 0/89
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Same old...out-and-back Rice Rd to North Trace.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:55
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:55:09 | 06.21 miles | 08m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/11
Overall: 0/89
Performance: Good
Course: Kind of a new course...across Post Rd and onto the multi-use trail and then out and back to the Old Craft Center.
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
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

2011-06-06 3:23 PM

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Madison, MS
Subject: Heatwave Classic Triathlon

2011-06-07 8:26 AM
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Jackson, Mississippi
Subject: RE: Heatwave Classic Triathlon
"and I loved passing the young guys who started 7 and 14 minutes in front of me. "

100% positive I was one of those guys. I started in wave 3. I was getting passed like I was standing still all during the run. I felt strong at first but faded fast.

Great Race!
2011-06-09 6:41 AM
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Subject: RE: Heatwave Classic Triathlon
Nice smart race Karen!  Your strategy certainly paid off with some hardware!  Congrats on 3rd in your AG. 
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