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Heart O' Dixie Triathlon - Triathlon

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Louisville MS to Philadelphia MS, Mississippi
United States
The Philadelphia Sertoma Club
Total Time = 2h 25m 33s
Overall Rank = 47/205
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 4/15
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5AM to head to the race site. Stayed at a hotel that was about 1 mile away from the race site, which was nice. I don't eat much the day of the race.
Event warmup:

Spent most of the time trying to figure out why my Garmin wouldn't turn on, until I said "screw it" and biked for about 10 minutes to make sure everything was ok there. I didn't even get in the water before the race, which would end up costing me.
  • 15m 19s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

My timing chip almost came off during the swim, so I had to carry it in my hand, which messed with my catch on my left pull. I felt like I did ok otherwise.
What would you do differently?:

I think swimming is where my lowest hanging fruit is for getting faster overall. In the offseason, this will be my focus. I definitely need to swim more.
Transition 1
  • 00m 56s

Had to put my timing chip back on, but otherwise a rather smooth T1.
What would you do differently?:

Learn to flying mount. I'm going to keep typing it until I actually do it.
  • 1h 14m 50s
  • 27.5 miles
  • 22.05 mile/hr

I'm a big fan of this bike leg. There was some headwind out there, which slowed me down some, but everyone had to deal with that. Overall I felt it was a strong ride.
What would you do differently?:

I think barring getting a tri bike, there isn't much more I can do as far as speed here.
Transition 2
  • 01m 16s

Thank God they decided to move the transition to the grass instead of the gravel parking lot of death. It made for a much smoother T2.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing much. Felt like this one was pretty solid.
  • 53m 14s
  • 7 miles
  • 07m 36s  min/mile

The run is hilly in this race, which makes your pace feel very interval like. I wish I had my Garmin on for this portion of the race to pace better. I pushed hard in my mind, but I feel that I have a barrier mentally that I have to break to go as fast as I can in the run.
What would you do differently?:

Have my Garmin with me, so that I can pace closer to my racing ability.
Post race
Warm down:

Did a lot of walking around after the race to let my HR go back down. After that I looked at the results to see that I missed 3rd in my AG by 6 secs!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

There are lots of situations where I could have picked up 6 seconds, but I'm satisfied with my effort for the race. I beat my time last year by 13 minutes, so hopefully I can keep improving for next year.

Event comments:

This is a great race! The logistics are kind of crazy being point to point, but if you can get support for it, it is definitely worth a look!

Last updated: 2011-06-14 12:00 AM
00:15:19 | 880 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 10/15
Overall: 0/205
Performance: Average
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:56
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:14:50 | 27.5 miles | 22.05 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/15
Overall: 0/205
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: Rolling hills down Highway 15.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 100
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:16
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:53:14 | 07 miles | 07m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/15
Overall: 0/205
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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

2011-07-25 9:17 AM

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Ridgeland, Mississippi
Subject: Heart O' Dixie Triathlon

2011-07-25 11:09 AM
in reply to: #3613133

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Extreme Veteran
Olive Branch, MS
Subject: RE: Heart O' Dixie Triathlon
Great job!! I want to make it to this one next year.
2011-07-25 12:49 PM
in reply to: #3613393

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Ridgeland, Mississippi
Subject: RE: Heart O' Dixie Triathlon

stateu - 2011-07-25 11:09 AM Great job!! I want to make it to this one next year.

Thanks.  It's definitely one of my favorites.

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