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Clemson, South Carolina
United States
Set-up inc.
54F / 12C
Total Time = 1h 14m 43s
Overall Rank = 14/116
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 2/12
Pre-race routine:

Two slices of peanut butter toast
Cliff bar 1 hour before race start
Event warmup:

300 yd swim in lake
  • 15m 19s
  • 820 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

I had a very bad swim. We ran into the second wave of men before the turn buoy. Traffic & congestion!!!! Got kicked in the face rounding the turn and choked. I had to go into breaststroke while I contemplated vomiting and/or quitting the race. I can honestly say this was my worst swim experience. I didn't think it would ever end.

What would you do differently?:

Practice open water swimming lots more. Not freak out with 200+ people swimming in close proximity to each other.
Transition 1
  • 01m 16s

Had a long run from the beach to transition. Got lucky with a rack close to the entrance of the transition area.
What would you do differently?:

Practice racing without socks. I can't get over how long it takes to roll on socks over wet feet.
  • 33m 27s
  • 11 miles
  • 19.73 mile/hr

The bike course was very crowded. One kamikaze nut case took off across the center line to go high five his buddies standing on the road side. He never looked before he did this. Thank god he didn't take anyone out while crossing over into oncoming traffic. I felt good on the bike, but I felt like I didn't have room to pass. A lot of people were hugging the center line while not passing anyone. It was still a beautiful day and I enjoyed the bike course.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe try pack riding more to get used to navigating lots of riders.
Transition 2
  • 01m 4s

I fell flat on my butt in transition because I couldn't feel my feet. The wind going through my shoes onto my cold, wet feet turned them into ice cubes.
  • 23m 39s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 36s  min/mile

This was my best run ever. And this was a hilly course. I am very pleased with this run. For the first time, I felt like I held my ground on the run. It feels so good to be making progress!!!!
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Felt like dry-heaving at the finish, but restrained myself to gasping and snorting.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of experience swimming in open water, poor bike handling skills in crowded conditions.

Event comments:

I took second in my age group. Last year, I didn't place. I reduced my time from last year by nearly 6 minutes. I'm very, very happy with my run. Definately need to practice open water swimming a lot more before my oly in June.

Last updated: 2006-04-01 12:00 AM
00:15:19 | 820 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/12
Overall: 14/116
Performance: Bad
Suit: Tri Suit
Course: Out and back rectangle
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Bad
Time: 01:16
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:33:27 | 11 miles | 19.73 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/12
Overall: 9/116
Wind: None
Course: Rolling hills loop. Crossed the lake 3 times.
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 75
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:04
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:23:39 | 03.11 miles | 07m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/12
Overall: 29/116
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back with a short, steep hill in the middle.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2006-05-14 2:09 PM

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