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Madison, South Dakota
United States
Madison Community Center
55F / 13C
Total Time = 1h 01m 13s
Overall Rank = 16/49
Age Group = 20-29
Age Group Rank = 4/8
Pre-race routine:

Three hours pre race I ate a waffle and drank 2 scoops of perpetuem.
Event warmup:

none. Didn't know how long it would take me to get in the pool, so I just did some light stretching while in line.
  • 11m 16s
  • 500 yards
  • 02m 15s / 100 yards

The pool water was warm. REALLY warm. I wasn't in the water long enough to overheat, but it wasn't what I was used to.

I started the swim really strong, like I do all my swims. This time I felt myself extending that effort longer then usualy, so I forced myself to slow down. About 4 laps into the swim, I realized that I couldn't hold the pace I started the first lap on, but I needed to speed up, so I started to focus on grabing the water and pushing to my hips. I could feel it speed me up a bit.

At lap 5, I lost count, but figured it out again. Because of this I wasn't sure I was on lap five and thought I might be on lap 4 still, so I decided to keep counting but wait for the timer to drop the board in the pool to indicate my final lap.

I have this phobia with flip turns with smacking into the wall. So I've been known to turn a little early. I thought I was over this issue until lap 7 when after I turned, I went to kick off the wall and hit nothing but water. It's akin to climbing a hill on your bike and having the chain snap. You lose all foreward momentum and have to get going again without any push off. If not for this snafu, I probably would have been 10 secons faster.

At the end of lap 9 I look for the signal and don't see it. Now I had been watching and noticed that the guy giving the signal usually only put the board right at the surface of the water instead of down where I can actually see it when I spot my turn. They fact I didn't see it still but that seed in my head that I had miscounted and had two to go. So I kick off and keep going at my steady pace. On one of my breaths I see the guy moving back to his chair to sit down. So now in my brain is the thought that he did indicate, just not where I could see it. So I make one of those "what the hell" decisions and give my final kick. I finish the lap strong, pop my head up, yell "am I good???" At which point the guy has no idea what I'm talking about. Fortunately Sarah was there to yell "go go go."
What would you do differently?:

Swim more in training. Even though my time isn't terrible, I feel like I'm close to being able to swim the 500 stronger. I'd also wear a single piece trisuit. I felt like the top was slowing me a little
Transition 1
  • 02m 18s

This was my first race transition. I had no idea how adrenaline would affect me. I run from the pool to the transition and everything is racing through my mind so fast that I am having trouble focusing. I had to stop and focus on putting on each sock, then putting on my helmet and sunglasses. I actually paused to think about whether to put on my sunglasses or my helmet first. I get everything together and run the bike to the entrance and "try" to hop on and go. Lets just say I have yet to master how to jump on my bike at a run. So after a few tense seconds of wild careening through the parking lot, I get on and go. Once on the bike, it took me no time to slip my feet in the shoes and latch them down.
What would you do differently?:

practice practice practice

I really need to find a way to ditch the socks. My feet just don't do well sockless in my running shoes.
  • 29m 8s
  • 9 miles
  • 18.54 mile/hr

The out ride was nice. I made up a lot of ground on the way out. Pushed it up to 30 or so and held it solid. Got in the aero bars and just spun. The entire time I'm riding, I'm looking at people coming back and they look like they are in pain. Not a good sign. So I make sure to drink now, because I couldn't imagine having the time fighting the wind.

After the turn I get smacked hard by the wind. Like a brick wall. I sprint back up to speed and hunker down into the bars. It's all I can do to spin at 90 and stay above 17 mph. I keep debating going to the hoods to make more power but suffer in aero or man up and stay where I am. I opt to stay aero and choose to ignore my steadily increasing heart rate. It was hard enough focusing on leaning to the side to keep the wind from blowing me all over. When I see the turn to head back into town, it was the greatest feeling ever.

I make the turn and get back up to normal speed. About that time the tornado sirens start going off. I think great... just what I need... but it turns out they test the sirens every week at that time.

I hit the final turn which is a stop light. There is a truck directly across from me trying to go straight. He has all the time in the world, but he choses to go right as I hit the inter section and start my turn. I have to grab the brakes and abort the turn, doing a little loopy to get back on course. A good 5 seconds lost right there and about 10 mph. I hit the home stretch and get my feet out of the shoes rather quickly and pedal into T2
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. The ride was solid and I really have no complaints besides not being stronger in the face of the wind. A gel flask on the top tube would have been nice.
Transition 2
  • 01m 3s

By this time I am so pumped on adrenaline I can't focus on anything. My abs are also starting to knot up and I am hitting that point of no return. Complex motor function is starting to become problematic. I manage to get my shoes on and realize I didn't pre-tie them. So I struggle with trying to tie them super fast to get out on the run and of course botch the job. This eats my time. Then I fumble with my helmet getting the clip undone.
What would you do differently?:

get speed laces for faster shoe entry and practice the transition like a mad man.
  • 17m 28s
  • 2.25 miles
  • 07m 46s  min/mile

Once I got moving all I could focus on was the pain in my stomach. My abs at this point were one solid knot. I had no concept of speed. All I could do was push as hard as I could without the pain being completely unmanagable. Maybe I was going fast, maybe I wasn't. I had no idea, only that I passed two people.

Half way through the run I feel a slap slap slap against my legs and realize my knots had given out. I just kept pushing. I didn't have time to stop.

At the turn, my stomach knots even more and my focus shifts to how I can manage my breathing pattern to keep the pain managable. I then realize I need to speed up. So I start pushing until I reach the point that I can't go faster on my curent breathing restriction.

I cross the line strong and let all the pain hit at once.
What would you do differently?:

train more. Over the past month I had been slacking off with the run because of injury, and unfortunately sacrificed much of my core strength. That's what killed me more then anything.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Core strength. I serisouly need to hit the gym more and work on overall tone. I also need to be running more. Those few weeks of time off may have helped my swimming and riding, but killed my run.

Event comments:

The race organization was pretty good. They had a problem with the timers, which I initiall thought was just a computer glitch. Now I think back to the people tracking the timing, I think it was more a human issue then the computers. For instance when I finished my swim, he calculated my swim time at 34 min and didn't even recognize that it was off. Fortuneately Sarah was there and asked him what was up, so he "corrected" it. Still not sure if it is right. Sarah said my swim time was just over 10 min, offical time was 11:16, so I don't know who to trust there. There were also issues with me running through transition and them reading my number wrong. They would ask my number and I would yell "28", to which I would get a reply as "36?", "18?". Good thing Sarah was there to make sure they were recording right. If you look in the results, some people don't have run and bike splits because of this. They also didn't have actual racks for the bike. Just some beat up old metal racks and a fence line. Pretty unorganized transition area.

Last updated: 2006-02-06 12:00 AM
00:11:16 | 500 yards | 02m 15s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/8
Overall: 27/49
Performance: Good
Suit: Voller Tri shorts, Orca top
Course: 25yrd pool
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:18
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:29:08 | 09 miles | 18.54 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/8
Overall: 9/49
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Out abd back down highway 81
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:03
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:17:28 | 02.25 miles | 07m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/8
Overall: 18/49
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back down a flat gravel road
Keeping cool Good 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? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-04-17 4:45 PM

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Laurium, MI
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2006-04-17 7:37 PM
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New Orleans
Subject: RE: Madison Community Center Sprint Tri

Nice race Matt. Especially for being your first race. I've got my first one in 2 weeks, and I'd be thrilled with these times. Congrats!


2006-04-19 9:12 AM
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Cinnaminson, NJ
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Congrats Matt... great race...
2006-04-19 9:21 AM
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Subject: RE: Madison Community Center Sprint Tri
nice tri matt, my recent sprint had the same problem we were on the honor system for the swim, thank god I kept count or I could have swam forever.  Speedlaces are the key.  I'm thinking of getting those too!  Good story though
2006-04-19 4:24 PM
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Evergreen, Colorado
Subject: RE: Madison Community Center Sprint Tri

Woohoo!  Congratulations!   Great race!

There will always be experience points learned at the first's the way it goes!  Just keep building on that experience base!

As for the timing issues...yeah, the manual timing thing never really works well!  You could wear a watch with a lap timer...that's what I do.

2006-04-19 4:59 PM
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Pulaski TN
Subject: RE: Madison Community Center Sprint Tri
Great job with your first race!!!!

2006-04-19 10:22 PM
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Central Minnesota
Subject: RE: Madison Community Center Sprint Tri
Nice work on your first Tri!

I also di dthis Tri. I wish I could say it was my first Tri. It was my third ever. My time was 1:05:25.

You're not the only one with doubts about timing.

Good luck the rest of the season.

2006-04-22 3:12 PM
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Great job! Congratulations!
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