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Walla Walla, Washington
United States
Walla Walla Multisports
60F / 16C
Total Time = 3h 12m 27s
Overall Rank = 200/223
Age Group = 54-59
Age Group Rank = 6/8
Pre-race routine:

Got up, walked the dogs, cup o coffee, drive for 3 hrs to the start
Event warmup:

Swam out and back little to get some water in suit
  • 28m 32s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

Swim was shorter than usual, I've never swam this distance in less than 35 mins and I'm slower than ever this year. I had more contact this year than ever before too, always someone grabbing my feet or hitting me or swimming over me. I was just hoping to get through the swim and it went better than expected. Not much pain.
What would you do differently?:

start a little sooner, I waited a few mins after the horn went off and ended up with the breast strokers, just couldn't get through them.
Transition 1
  • 04m 26s

I was pretty wobbly after the swim and there was fresh chip seal in Transition, pretty hard on the feet. I was really happy to see my sister just ahead of me, she started 5 mins behind me and I figured I wouldn't see her at all in T1
  • 1h 26m 29s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 17.24 mile/hr

I was all about the finish today so worked hard to keep my HR and pace under control. I almost always get caught up trying to "race the bike" and then always pay on the run so this time, stayed mostly in Z2. Sore back and knees a bit by the time done. Played pass and pass back with my sister, was fun to ring my bike bell when passing.
What would you do differently?:

RIDE LOTS. This was my longest ride of the year by about 6 miles and wowee did I ever know it!
Transition 2
  • 02m 10s

Just did the best I could, pretty wobbly after bike
  • 1h 10m 50s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 25s  min/mile

Ohhh.......started out fine, ran right to the PP and was much happier. First 2 mi went ok then had to start walking. I could really feel my lack of conditioning and training. Legs just went away and I had to look down to make sure they were still there. I did have fun all the way, ran/walked the rest of it till 1.5 mi to go and ran the end, finally got my legs back.
What would you do differently?:

train for tris more?
Post race
Warm down:

walked, drank water,

What limited your ability to perform faster:

lack of conditioning. I entered with the "how bad can it be" philosophy and with the thought that if I got through the swim, I'd be happy and could probably finish.

Event comments:

I just wanted to finish today and I did so I'm really happy with how it went. Swim was way better than I'd hoped, bike was not as good and run was well, a slog. I had the most of of any tri Ive ever done today!!

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Last updated: 2012-05-28 12:00 AM
00:28:32 | 1640 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 212/223
Performance: Good
Suit: Ironman Stealth Full
Course: 2 loop counter clockwise
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 61F / 16C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:26
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:26:29 | 24.85 miles | 17.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 170/223
Performance: Average
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Out and back
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:10
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:10:50 | 06.21 miles | 11m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 221/223
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back, some trail and hills and flat pavement
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2012-05-28 2:25 PM

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Subject: Onion Man Triathlon

2012-05-29 12:06 AM
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Subject: RE: Onion Man Triathlon
I was there and watched the start but had to head out to a family event.  I was walking on the side of the road to the lower parking lot cheering all the competitors on the bike as they were going by.  I'm guessing that was you that rang the bell at me.  It would've been within the first 1 1/2 miles of the bike leg i believe.  Awesome job and love the enthusiasm. 

Edited by eurasn1 2012-05-29 12:09 AM
2012-05-30 8:01 PM
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Subject: RE: Onion Man Triathlon
Hahaha, thanks for your comments!  It was either me or my sister, she was a bit ahead of me and we're both all about the bells.  They tend to lighten things up a bit and I don't take myself too seriously.
2012-05-30 8:53 PM
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It was definitely you.  Great job and nice to see someone having fun out there.  I'm slow but enjoy every minute of it and thank every volunteer I see.  Hope to see you out there again!  Maybe we'll be racing together next time.
2012-05-31 7:52 AM
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Spokane, Washington
Subject: RE: Onion Man Triathlon
Nice job out there!  What a blast of a day!  You always looked good everytime I saw you.  SUre glad we got to do this one together.
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