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Grand Rapids Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
United States
Grand Rapids Triathlon
60F / 16C
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Alarm sounded at 4:40, out the door by 5:20 with all my gear in the car.
Event warmup:

No real warm-up other than stretching my arms a bit.
  • 33m 14s
  • 2000 yards
  • 01m 40s / 100 yards

This was a good swim for me. I didn't bilateral breathe much, as I had intended, but I did sometimes and it gave me confidence in the water. I didn't have any nervous moments, and I felt good throughout.
I did where my sleevelees, rather than my new sleeved wetsuit, in part due to temperature, in part due to lack of experience with it, and in part due to that fact that I haven't figured out how to take if off quickly.
What would you do differently?:

Try to bilateral breathe a little more, but I'm ok with how much I used it.
Transition 1
  • 02m 45s

I jogged from the swim and through transition, and even then I could feel my Achilles questioning me.
I wasn't as urgent with my transition because I knew I wasn't going to finish the race, but at the same time, I didn't doddle.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, it was a fine transition.
  • 2h 28m 50s
  • 56 miles
  • 22.58 mile/hr

One of the best aspects about the bike is that my GURU and I were working so well together! Loved it! I will say however, that my butt was a little more sore than I would have liked. I've been thinking about changing saddles. I'll have to see how my next long ride goes.
I worked the bike of course. I did all of the passing, with the exception of one gentleman who I finished somewhat close to. We were back and forth at various times during the ride. As it turned out, he dropped out to the race after the bike for the same reason I did, and he's scheduled to compete at Ironman Wisconsin, in September.
What would you do differently?:

I would have grabbed water at the last bike, aid station. I ended up running out with three miles to go. That's not too far, but when I was already 53 miles into the ride, I needed it.
Transition 2
  • 00m

At this point, I packed up all my gear, walked the distance of the transition area, gave my chip to a volunteer, and headed out onto the course to cheer on the runners.
What would you do differently?:

This had to be done with my eye on the Ironman Louisville prize.
  • 00m
  • 13.1 miles
  •  min/mile

Didn't happen.
What would you do differently?:

Under the circumstances, I made the right choice.
Post race
Warm down:

I rode my bike about half a mile out to cheer on the runners and then another 1/2 mile-ish to my sister's house where my car was parked.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Achilles tendonitis.

Event comments:

The Grand Rapids Triathlon was a first year event, and they did a fantastic job. If I didn't know it was a first year event, I wouldn't have known it.
It was a positive experience for me, under not-so-positive circumstances.
I'm very pleased with my performance. It would have been interesting to see what I could have done if I could have run.
Thanks to Ryan, Mom, and the Shaw's who came down for a spell to give a cheer and such.

Last updated: 2010-11-19 12:00 AM
00:33:14 | 2000 yards | 01m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/
Overall: 44/
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri shorts and tri top under long-john QR Wetsuit
Course: Rectangular course in a river, but it was in a very still area, near a dam. I didn't notice a current if there was one.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:45
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:28:50 | 56 miles | 22.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/
Overall: 16/
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: The course was an out and back with a good variety of hills, curves, turns, and straight-aways. It was nice. I may have to do some training out that way more.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:00:00 | 13.1 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Keeping cool Drinking
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-06-09 7:17 PM

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