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Lake Geneva , Wisconsin
United States
Lake Geneva Extreme Sports
90F / 32C
Total Time = 3h 05m 26s
Overall Rank = 360/420
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 18/21
Pre-race routine:

Drove to Lake Geneva... got up at 3:15 and got into the car by 4:00 am. It was so FOGGY on the way up to the lake... We drove 10 mph on some stretches of Route 47. Ate a PBJ sandwich in the car.
Event warmup:

Got into the water before my wave went off to acclimate myself.
  • 19m 35s
  • 1000 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

As per my comments above...
What would you do differently?:

Next year I'm going to do more open water swimming. Our group swims every Tuesday and Thursday AM @ Lake Zurich. I haven't gone once. Obviously, my swim performance could be improved, and this practice might help. I've also blown off Master's swims lately.
Transition 1
  • 02m 57s

Even though we got on the road by 4 am, we still arrived at the race site rather late, and I wound up with a lousy transition spot. I'm going to consider staying overnight before some of these races... this early AM foggy driving crap isn't for me. (!!!)
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I found my transition spot right away... it was just in an inconvenient location. I will arrive EARLIER next year!!!
  • 1h 21m 53s
  • 25 miles
  • 18.32 mile/hr

So, I thought I was hammering on the bike... until I saw CindyK's splits! OMG! That girl can go go go go go!!! :) I will say, I was racing a couple of guys... I'd pull ahead and they'd catch up and pull ahead, then I'd pull ahead again.... etc etc... anyway... one of them said "263.. you're kicking my A$$!" that made me smile.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Pick up the pace a bit.
Transition 2
  • 02m 3s

Husband and dog appeared at the fenceline to say hello.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Faster faster faster. Anyone can have quick transitions. Practice transitions more.
  • 1h 19m
  • 6.2 miles
  • 12m 44s  min/mile

Slow. Slogging. Up hill... terrible. But that's what I expected.
What would you do differently?:

RUN RUN RUN training. Off season, here I come... I intend to emerge as a whole different athlete next season! I need specialized RUN training. Going to start all over... from square one and get myself going for next year.
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the finish line to the cheers of some BT'ers... Coredump, CindyK, Hiccup, and Tupuppy... Hung around and chatted with them fora moment, and then off to find husband and dog.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bad attitude about swimming and running. Either I need to make a decision to become a cyclist, or get it together and become a more well rounded athlete. (!!!) I love triathlon! I'm infatuated with biking. It's like I'm having an affair with my bike. But I'm married to triathlon. Bizarre, I know... (!!!)

Event comments:

The swim course was definitely short... how short, I don't know. About 10-12 minutes short in my case. I was meandering all over the course and still managed to finish a good 9 minutes better than my best Oly swim time. This race is notoriously disorganized, but it didn't seem that bad to me this year. I had a great time... Looking to improve next year... Tri season 2005 is a WRAP!!! Photos to come.

Last updated: 2005-05-20 12:00 AM
00:19:35 | 1000 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/21
Overall: 0/420
Performance: Below average
Suit: Zoot tri top and tri shorts
Course: Out and back around two white bouys. This swim was short. I'm estimating the distance. I had major problems sighting... I don't know what was wrong, but I swam waaay off course. My goggles got foggy too... Had to stop to tread water to clear them out... I couldn't see! Don't know why this happened as I sprayed de-fogger in them on race morning. I usually don't have this problem... I haven't been sighting very well this year, and I think it's an attitude problem. I need to get more enthused about all 3 events... not just bike riding. I've been sort of laxidazical (sp?) about swimming and running. Not an excuse... just a fact.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:57
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:21:53 | 25 miles | 18.32 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/21
Overall: 0/420
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Rolling hills. Not nearly as bad as I expected... Turns out we were biking the RUN route when we rode around Lake Geneva. Whoops. I thought the bike was going to be very very hilly. Turns out that was the run.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:03
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:19:00 | 06.2 miles | 12m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/21
Overall: 0/420
Performance: Bad
Course: Hilly. Up hills and down hills. This was a hilly route to RIDE... Actually not as bad to WALK, which is what I ended up doing for much of the "run".
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2005-09-11 8:46 PM

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2005-09-11 9:28 PM
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Livingston, MT
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Nice job Whiz! Keep smiling Don't be a roadie! That's like being a marathoner: BARF!
2005-09-11 10:01 PM
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Chicago and therabouts
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First congrats on a great race.  Dont beat yourself up too much over the swim...those white buoys were impossible to see. You were flying on the bike!  Im like you and thinking about really focusing on run training..... Congrats on an awesome race and a great racing year!


2005-09-12 9:51 AM
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chicago area
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Great job Whizz! Don't worry about the run and swim. Please don't get a divorce from tri- we'd miss you.
You can still have your little fling with bike whenever you feel like it.
2005-09-12 9:51 AM
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Nice Race Whiz!!

You are so speedy on the bike...nice compliment from a guy. Maybe you just swam better than you thought.

In your log you had some obsrevations about your season....great insight into this year and help make your next year better.

You did awesome!!

2005-09-12 10:37 AM
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Nice job Whiz!  It was so nice to finally meet you
Great race--even with that stupid Frank....he killed me!

2005-09-12 12:12 PM
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Racine WI
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Great job on the race and enjoyed your race report Congrats on a great 2005 tri season, you'll kill 'em in 2006!
2005-09-12 2:24 PM
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Racine, WI
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Don't worry Whiz you aren't nearly as weird as you think you are...or we are BOTH as wierd as you think you are!  I have the same thoughts....wanna take up crit/road racing...but wanna do an IM someday...gotta run faster...but wanna bike time to do it all!  But what the heck it's all good right   But Brenda's right we would miss you.

We'll see each other next season   You had a GREEAT race!  18+mph on those hills is NOTHING to sneeze at you ARE a speed demon! 

2005-09-12 5:15 PM
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molto veloce mama
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awesome job! you are SO fast on the bike. way to go!
2005-09-12 6:54 PM
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Sounds like a tough race, good job.
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