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Boone, Iowa
United States
60F / 16C
Total Time = 2h 40m 51s
Overall Rank = 34/
Age Group = M 45-49
Age Group Rank = 4/
Pre-race routine:

Ate banana, 2 yogurts, bagel with cc at motel and drove half hour to race. Set up and got on shuttle to swim start. Lots of waiting. Got to swim a bit before my wave. Set up bike the night before with two gels and clif bar taped to frame.
Event warmup:

Not enough but there was enough waiting that it wouldn't have mattered much.
  • 35m 37s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 10s / 100 yards

I go left. Every time. Left. Ended up swimming 1.16 by my watch. Stupid timing chip strap felt like it was falling off the whole time. Stopped three times to try and fix it. Pissed me off.
What would you do differently?:

learn to go straight
Transition 1
  • 01m 53s

Still having trouble getting shoes all the way on. I can get up and moving without trouble but getting all the way in is an issue.
What would you do differently?:

Get my feet in. Maybe not worry about gloves. I like riding with gloves but I don't really need them.
  • 1h 16m
  • 24.8 miles
  • 19.58 mile/hr

Didn't go out too hard. Was concerned about blowing too much energy early in the ride. Could have pushed it more. Climbed and descended well. The wind really killed the overall time on the way back.
What would you do differently?:

go out harder
Transition 2
  • 01m 17s

Nothing unusual. Things seemed to go well. No socks.
What would you do differently?:

I don't jump off moving bike. Not there yet.
  • 45m 38s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 21s  min/mile

Started slower than I needed to at around 8s. Again, worried about not having it at the end because I'd not done the distance before. But got stronger as it went with a nice negative split, finishing under 7.
What would you do differently?:

Could have hit it a bit harder early but not a lot. Probably could shoot for 7:30 in first mile.
Post race
Warm down:

Walking mostly. Lots of walking to get back to car and loaded up. Stretched about 10 minutes. Would have liked more. Ate a banana and a piece of a bagel.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just reservation about fast start.

Event comments:

Not much at the campground in terms of facilities. Nowhere to change clothes after the race which meant I wore race clothes until we got to like Carroll Iowa or some such place. Pretty rustic out there. But the race course is good. There was a lot of confusion on the swim route, particularly the last bouy. I know some people missed it. Not sure what happened there. It wasn't a straight route which required a lot of navigation. High enthusiasm and friendly folks. I probably won't go back just because it's such a crappy drive from Sioux Falls.

Last updated: 2012-01-13 12:00 AM
00:35:37 | 1640 yards | 02m 10s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: Blue Seventy fusion
Course: Kind of a zig zag with small and large bouys with olympic and sprint route from same spot. Six waves.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Below average
Time: 01:53
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:16:00 | 24.8 miles | 19.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Difficult wind. Northwest, so it was cross for a lot and head for six miles coming back. Little bit of tail wind but mostly it sucked. Through a river valley that was quite steep both ways. 40 plus on the way down.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:17
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:45:38 | 06.21 miles | 07m 21s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Kind of hilly really. In the campground and parts were a little steep. It was trails beginning and end with some confusing and sharp corners. Didn't like that. Two laps for OLY. That was fine. Actually didn't mind know what was coming on the second, allowed me to push the end maybe more than if I'd not run it once already.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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

2012-05-20 9:12 PM

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