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Lake Geneva Extrem - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Fontana, Wisconsin
United States
Lake Geneva Sports
85F / 29C
Total Time = 5h 51m 2s
Overall Rank = 143/234
Age Group = 36-40
Age Group Rank = 23/42
Pre-race routine:

Up at 3:30 - coffee, water, granola and banana on the road. Got to the race site about an hour ahead of time. Thought I had plenty of time, but there was a fairly long, slow moving line for packet pickup. As a result, I wound up spending most of my warm up time setting up transition and getting marked. They could have used more people helping out.
Event warmup:

Stretched and got in a very short swim.
  • 22m 22s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 04s / 100 yards

The swim course was obviously short, as evidenced by my swim time. Still I was happy with the swim. It was a bit of a blender at the outset, but as things spread out I got in to a good flow. Happy with the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Not much - It would have been nice if the course was the advertised distance though.
Transition 1
  • 04m 14s

I took my time because I wanted to make sure I had everything I was going to need on the bike. Transition was a little slow, but OK.
What would you do differently?:

Speed it up a little.
  • 3h 06m 25s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.02 mile/hr

I was happy with this ride, but the wind really hut me. I could have had a much better bike time but for the head/cross-winds that seemed to haunt me from mile 15 on. Also the rough roads on a large part of the course really seemed to slow me down.

I stuck with my nutrition/hydration plan, and took in gels and power bars every half hour. I drank two large bottles of gatorade and one bottle of water in small increments. Worked ok except that I HAD to stop for a bathroom break at around mile 30.
What would you do differently?:

Not much - I think I performed well given my abilities and training. Can't control the wind, just have to deal with it.
Transition 2
  • 03m 27s

This went fine. I packed a peanut butter sandwich to eat in T2, but my stomach objected. I took a few bites and got out on the course.
What would you do differently?:

Again, a little quicker
  • 2h 14m 36s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 16s  min/mile

Man what a run - I had heard this run course was hilly, but this was ridiculous. I headed out of T2, and ran up a series of what turned out to be short hills before the "hell hill." I started walking up the hills about halfway through hell hill though, and wound up walking the significant hills throughout the course. I had no choice if I wanted to finish.

I brought a bottle of gatorade on the run, which I refilled at the begining of the second run loop. I took in a few gels on the run, but my stomach started to cramp up on me about 1/3 of the way in. Mostly I was just drinking gatorade and water as my stomach allowed.

Around mile 9 I started to get really emotional about the whole experience. I was thinking about the amount of work it took to get me to that point, and how I knew I was going to finish even if I had to crawl. It was a really great feeling.
What would you do differently?:

Pick a course with less hills.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat on my ass and talked with my wife.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Wind on the bike

Hills and stomach cramps on the run

Last updated: 2005-09-12 12:00 AM
00:22:22 | 2112 yards | 01m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/42
Overall: 0/234
Performance: Good
Suit: QR sleeveless wetsuit
Course: Out and back counter clockwise. (Which was nice since I am a left side breather)
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:14
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:06:25 | 56 miles | 18.02 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/42
Overall: 0/234
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:27
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:14:36 | 13.1 miles | 10m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/42
Overall: 0/234
Performance: Average
Course: HILLY
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2005-09-12 1:08 PM

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Subject: Lake Geneva Extrem

2005-09-12 2:08 PM
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Racine, WI
Subject: RE: Lake Geneva Extrem

I REALLY REALLY wish I had known who you were so we could cheer you across the line!  You were in line for packet pickup?  So were we...right at five....I wonder if we saw each other?  I was wearing my BT shirt at that point.

Anyway...great job and a great race!  Hope to meet you in person sometime

2005-09-12 2:57 PM
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New City, New York
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Great job Bill! Not your fault they didn't have the swim course right. Doesn't diminish your fine race. Congrats, Mark
2005-09-12 8:30 PM
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Racine WI
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Sorry we didnt get a chance to meet but great race! That was an awesomely difficult course but you hung in their and beat the course. Like you said, even if you had to crawl, you were going to finish. That is a great attitude! Franks Killer Hill has nothing on you!
Congrats again on your race
2005-09-16 9:46 AM
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Thanks for the encouraging comments everyone (I've been out of town and just now am seeing them)

Perhaps someday I will actually get to meet some of you.
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