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Lafayette, Indiana
United States
Purdue Triathlon Club
53F / 12C
Total Time = 2h 23m 3s
Overall Rank = 41/177
Age Group = F35-39
Age Group Rank = 1/8
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5:30 and went to the coffee shop for breakfast in hopes of not waking up my son. Didn't work. I usually try to get to transition when it opens, but it was raining hard when I left home, so I just hung out at the coffee shop for awhile and finally got to the race site at ~7:45. It's a small race with lots of late-sleeping college students, so there were still plenty of good spots on the racks. Set up and chatted with friends while keeping an eye on the rain and lightning. Fortunately, the weather let up about 30 min before race time.
Event warmup:

Got in to swim ~400 yards. I thought I'd freeze waiting for my wave, but with only 3 waves 3 minutes apart it wasn't so bad. I was in wave 3, the geezer wave (35+).
  • 25m 11s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 32s / 100 yards

I loved this swim. The water was smooth as glass, and with the small field there was almost no contact or clogging. The water temperature was comfy, but the air temp was cool and my arms went numb about halfway through the swim. I felt like I was pinwheeling my arms. By the end of the swim I was just hoping I'd stayed under 28 min, so I nearly tripped over my own feet when I saw 24:xx on my watch as I came out of the water. It's a good thing there was such a long run up the hill to transition, because that gave me time to recover my composure and remember that I didn't want to wear my wetsuit and cap and goggles on the bike!
What would you do differently?:

Full sleeve wetsuit would have made for a faster and more comfortable swim, but this was a very good time for me.
Transition 1
  • 01m 7s

Had a little trouble getting my feet out of my wetsuit as usual, but I had already decided to take my chances and not put on a warm layer for the bike, so it was a simple, quick transition.
What would you do differently?:

Put my feet up and relax a little. Why the rush? ;)
  • 1h 12m 9s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.66 mile/hr

The roads were wet, but the rain held off so they weren't very slippery. I took the turns a little more carefully than usual, but otherwise I don't think the conditions were much of a factor. This is a really fun, fast course, with almost no bike traffic to deal with. It is open to car traffic, but the drivers I saw were considerate and patient.
What would you do differently?:

This was a good bike split for me.
Transition 2
  • 00m 45s

My legs were colder than I realized, so I kind of staggered in on stiff legs, but it was a quick easy transition. I double-checked with a volunteer that I was running the right way out because I had a little bit of a brain freeze going on.
What would you do differently?:

Remember the baby powder for my shoes.
  • 43m 52s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 04s  min/mile

I came out of T2 feeling pretty good despite the numb feet and bike legs. I didn't have a HR monitor or GPS on, so I ran by feel until I got to the mile 1 marker and then hit lap on my watch to start tracking my run splits. Unfortunately, I only saw one other mile marker after that so I was basically running blind but I felt good. Around mile 2, I felt that little lift that means my running legs are back. At a turnaround, I saw a tri club friend who challenged me to catch him and then took off like a rabbit, pulling me to a faster pace. I also got a boost from seeing my family and other friends out on the course. About halfway up the mean little hill at the end, there was a young woman standing out in the cold, cheering people in. It turns out she was the OA female winner, who had crushed the field. What a good sport! My husband and kids were waiting for me at the finish, and I finally looked at my watch. 3 minute PR!!!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. This was a great run for me, thanks in no small part to support from my family and friends.
Post race
Warm down:

My calves had started cramping on the loop around the lake, so I stayed on my feet and did some gentle stretching. I chatted with friends until the awards ceremony, when the rain really let loose. Then scooted on back to my car and home to a warm shower.

Event comments:

This is a really fun, no frills race put on by the college triathlon club. They have a lot of energy and enthusiasm, which makes for a great race atmosphere. And, they order lots of pizza.

Last updated: 2011-07-16 12:00 AM
00:25:11 | 1640 yards | 01m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 36/177
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra sleeveless
Course: 3 sides of a rectangle, well-marked.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 01:07
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:12:09 | 24.85 miles | 20.66 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 64/177
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Flat lollipop course with some nice fast stretches.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:45
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:43:52 | 06.21 miles | 07m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 41/177
Performance: Good
Course: 4 miles on surface streets, 2 miles trail, flat with 2 small hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-09-30 12:03 AM

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2011-09-30 2:10 AM
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Great race and report...Geesh you're fast!!! Congrats!!


2011-09-30 4:04 PM
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Congratulations on an excellent race! You executed it flawlessly and crushed it!! Such speedy legs!!!
2011-09-30 5:09 PM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
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You are one consistent speed demon!!!  Congrats on the PR and the #1 AG slot!
2011-09-30 6:17 PM
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Almaden Valley, San Jose, California
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Great jealous of your speed!!!
2011-10-05 8:38 PM
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Frisco, TX
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Great race!  congrats on the winning your AG!

2011-10-06 12:17 AM
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san francisco
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Julia, you are amazing! I am so happy for you, you truly are the complete package! LOVE IT!!!!
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