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Geneva, New York
United States
Musselman Triathlon
90'sF / 0C
Total Time = 5h 25m 25s
Overall Rank = 96/1000
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 16/71
Pre-race routine:

got up at 4:30, ate an egg sandwich, woke the kids and wife up, went drove 20 minutes from campsite to race. racked the bike, looked around at all the participants, just focused on staying strong. its hard to size up the competition because looks can be deceiving (fit "looking" doesnt always mean the fastest). i really wanted to perform a better swim this race since my previous one a month ago sorta bombed, so i was focusing on that mostly. complete the swim, and the rest of the race will come.
Event warmup:

no warmup.
  • 35m 9s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 40s / 100 yards

i was SO calm going into the water. this swim really went great for me, about the same pace and comfort level that i had during Savageman. not sure why, but these longer the swim, the better i seem to do. i was a tad nervous looking from the beach at the chop and waves but once i got in the water and started to swim, it was awesome! i totally loved the choppiness of the water - it didnt throw me off one bit. only swallowed one unintended gulp of water.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 02m 21s

i felt like my transition was slower than this, but it is what it is!
What would you do differently?:

eh, not much.
  • 2h 47m 57s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.01 mile/hr

i had a great ride. this was my first real HIM besides Savageman, where i could open up a bit more on the flats. i felt like i was holding my pace back a bit so as not to ruin my run, and still i passed a bunch of people. some of the roads were rough, but everything was marked well, tons of volunteers, and from where i normally ride, this course was what i would consider pretty flat. consumed 2 waters, 2 gatorades, 2 hammer gels, and one stick of Clif bars. didnt want any more or less than that.
What would you do differently?:

well for one, i need to do more longer rides. i had one ride at 35 miles, and another ride at 40 miles. the rest were in the teens to 20-some milers. and my neck was feeling the effects of this as well, things were getting pretty sore.
Transition 2
  • 02m 22s

felt good. i am pleased with this.
  • 1h 57m 36s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 59s  min/mile

man, i dont know where this came from! for me, this was a great run! my run has always been the worst performing of the 3 events but i seemed to keep it together pretty good for this race. i did get off the bike feeling for the first time like my feet were floppy and almost numb-like. i started out holding back so i didnt crap out too soon. turns out my first 5 miles were an 8 min/mile avg. then the hills started to come into play. then the heat started to get to me. the aid stations were wonderful with the water and so were the homeowners with their hoses to spray us down to keep cool. that was a real boost, and could have made things alot worse i think if i wasnt able to be hosed down like that. i drank coke when i started to feel hungry, but every other station i would down waters. around mile 10 i couldnt remember what mile i was on was longing for the finish line. looking across the lake from the town of Geneva, over to the finish area at the park, it was tough! i made it till the last 1/4 mile till i had to stop and walk for about 30 seconds, if that. a lady started yelling at me that i was only a hair away, give it all you got! i smiled and thanked her for yelling at me, and kicked it back in gear. actually, i finished that last bit pretty quickly compared to the pace of my last 2 miles. the heat didnt seem to bother me until about the 10th mile. i just dont believe that i didnt bomb out during this part! but then again, by not doing enough long runs before this race, its hard to guess what i will do.
What would you do differently?:

do more long runs. my longest run was only 12 miles and i did that once. the other runs were 7-9 miles, and infrequent.
Post race
Warm down:

my quads were howling. still are today!!! (monday night)
guzzled some water, sat with my family until my legs stopped screaming.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

not enough long runs.
not enough long bikes.

Event comments:

very well run race. tons of volunteers and traffic control. well marked. course is very nice. cool lake, semi-flat bike, challenging run. neat swag. i will strongly consider this for next year, except i will stay in a hotel instead of a pop-up camper. we were still so hot after the race when we got back to the campsite that we ended up getting a hotel room for the night. the A/C was wonderful!!
my performance was alot better than i thought it would be for this race. i figured my time was going to be about 20-25 minutes slower. its hard for me to gauge my finish times, and i hadnt factored in the heat. i am just thankful that my body allows me to do this.

Last updated: 2011-01-03 12:00 AM
00:35:09 | 2112 yards | 01m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 29/71
Overall: 183/1000
Performance: Good
Suit: full
Course: loop out into the lake, then up through canal.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:21
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
02:47:57 | 56 miles | 20.01 mile/hr
Age Group: 17/71
Overall: 97/1000
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: out and around?
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:22
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
01:57:36 | 13.1 miles | 08m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/71
Overall: 135/1000
Performance: Good
Course: out and around
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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]

2011-07-19 8:12 AM

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Subject: Musselman Half-Iron Triathlon

2011-07-19 9:19 PM
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Subject: RE: Musselman Half-Iron Triathlon
Man you rocked that run.  As soon as I got to the hills I bonked big.  You did something right and I congratulate you on some great numbers. 
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