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Niles, Michigan
United States
Niles Optimist Club
90F / 32C
Total Time = 3h 28m 24s
Overall Rank = 118/140
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 3/4
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5. Oatmeal, banana, coffee. Stretched. Left home at 6am. (1hr drive)
Event warmup:

5 min run, 5 min bike, just in the water enough to get the wetsuit wet.
  • 38m 31s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 21s / 100 yards

The first couple hundred yards were the hardest. Just had to remind myself to relax, breathe, and settle in. Tried drafting a little, but had to pass that swimmer. Didn't find any feet after that.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 02m 17s

That wetsuit was stuck like glue. I did put body glide on my ankles and wrists, but it didn't seem to help. This transition felt slow.
  • 1h 27m 51s
  • 25 miles
  • 17.07 mile/hr

20 oz. water & 16 oz. of heed (I had 24 oz. of heed with me, but I didn't get it all down. 2 gels.
What would you do differently?:

Next time I would make sure to finish both bottles of water/heed, especially given the hot weather.
Transition 2
  • 01m 39s

Couldn't believe how careless people are with their stuff. There was a wetsuit right in the path where we needed to run. Someone racked their bike right on top of my stuff. In general, there was shit everywhere.
  • 1h 18m 5s
  • 6.31 miles
  • 12m 22s  min/mile

Had all my positive thoughts going and was looking forward to a slow steady run. But, within the first 1/4 mile I started having cramps in my right quad. Tried walking, but it didn't help. Was forced to stop and stretch. This went on for a bit and then the left quad started cramping too. I was hobbling along, walking, stretching, jogging a little for the first 2.5 or 3 miles. Drank as much as I could get my hands on at each aid station. Luckily there were people in the neighborhood out with garden hoses. That was sooooo awesome. The cramping was under control by the half way point, but I continued the walk/jog thing throughout the race. Ugh. I also carried a 10oz bottle of heed on the run.
What would you do differently?:

Might try salt supplement on the next race of this distance, and drink more on the bike. Interesting thing is I finished with the same overall running pace as my last race (5.1 mi.)
Post race
Warm down:

Went and sat in the lake with some other racers. That felt so good and it was nice to just sit and visit. Most of them were also doing their first oly.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Same as always, my newness to running. I'm gaining, but I just need more work. The heat was a factor. The actual temp. was 90 and the heat index at the end of the race was 100.

Event comments:

I found out after the race that there were only two "official" water stations on the run. The others were just locals doing a good deed and I'm sure glad they did.

Last updated: 2011-06-05 12:00 AM
00:38:31 | 1640 yards | 02m 21s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/4
Overall: 97/140
Performance: Good
Suit: Full
Course: Triangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:17
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:27:51 | 25 miles | 17.07 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 118/140
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Loved this bike course. It had some curves, lots of rollers, and two steep climbs. The countryside was beautiful. One area of really rough pavement, but overall a great course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:39
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:18:05 | 06.31 miles | 12m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 127/140
Performance: Bad
Course: Nice course. Mostly flat with a few gradual hills. Nice shade in most parts
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
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? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2011-09-03 7:01 PM

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Brevard, North Carolina
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2011-09-03 7:26 PM
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Jayne, way to tough it out in that heat! Not sure where Niles is, but I was watching the Michigan game in Ann Arbor today and saw that it was 90 degrees and humid,  I know that those conidtions are unusual in Michigan for this time of year.  Way to finish!!!
2011-09-03 7:44 PM
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Well done Jayne!

First of many Oly's I'm sure, hope you enjoyed the day. Make sure you've got something else to aim for now so you don't get stuck in that post-race limbo space!!!

Your cycling is going great! (and swimming and running tooLaughing)

2011-09-03 9:27 PM
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awesome job!  f the heat!
2011-09-03 10:16 PM
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NW Georgia
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great race, jayne!!!  Now where are those pics?!?
2011-09-04 5:55 AM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
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Really nice job on that first Oly!!  The heat is a tough one to battle and you came out the other side to finish strong!  Well done.

2011-09-04 7:30 AM
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Fort Wayne
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Contrary to what your comment on facebook was, I think you did extremely well.  The heating conditions were pretty troublesome at best even when just doing yard work, running a race is a whole different matter altogether. 

I doubt you were the only one dealing with the cramping and heat related stresses, so take that in stride and relish the AG placement.  Congrats on a hard run race and look forward to finding other easier and MUCH MUCH faster races in your future.  They will definitely happen especially with your dedication.

Good job!!!!

2011-09-04 6:20 PM
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Congratulations, Jayne!! Heat can do all sorts of mean things to you on the run. Great job gutting it out and finishing!
2011-09-04 8:43 PM
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Sendai, Japan
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Congrats Jayne!!  Sounds like a tough run with those temps.   I can't imagine only 2 aid stations on the run part of an Oly.   The last Oly I did had 6 (actually  3, but set up so that they could hit folks coming and going.  
2011-09-05 1:19 AM
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san francisco
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You did such a great job, Jayne! Heat and humidity are hard to battle, but you were strong!
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