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Newnan, Georgia
United States
Blue Sky Sports
Total Time = 1h 41m 23s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = Female Novice
Age Group Rank = 2/4
Pre-race routine:

Awoke at 1am and couldn't sleep, so I layed in bed awake until 4am, then had a cup of coffee and a granola bar.
Event warmup:

Swam about 50 meters to make sure I didn't feel panicky.
  • 16m 59s
  • 656 yards
  • 02m 35s / 100 yards

I felt great during the swim. I had no panic issues, and was able to sight very well. I didn't exert much effort at all, and had to remind myself, many times, to keep my pace slow to prevent another panic attack. I got kicked, swam over, and elbowed quite a few times, but had no panic problems at all.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - my pace was very slow, and I wasn't tired at all when I came out of the water.
Transition 1
  • 01m 18s

Good transition for me. I had some problems getting my foot clipped in, but it didn't waste too much time.
What would you do differently?:

Work on mounting bike more efficiently.
  • 55m 32s
  • 14.7 miles
  • 15.88 mile/hr

My legs burned from the moment I started riding until I got off the bike (and then through the run). I don't know if I am that poorly conditioned for hills, though I do ride them, or if something else was going on with me. It just seemed to be such a tough ride for me.
What would you do differently?:

I think I just need more time in the saddle.
Transition 2
  • 01m 3s

I thought it was a good transition for me.
What would you do differently?:

  • 26m 29s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 32s  min/mile

Again, there was just something wrong with my legs today, then add in the hills. I typically do pretty well on the run, but I actually had to walk on a 5K today. I can run a whole half marathon and even a marathon without walking...but today I couldn't stop the burn in my legs without walking for a minute.
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure. I think my pre race and race nutrition was really lacking, but I'm still learning how to hydrate and refuel on the bike. I have a very difficult time with this.
Post race
Warm down:

I just walked briefly, then sat down for about an hour before the awards ceremony. My legs just hurt too much to do any cool down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The course, for one, and it was just one of those days where my legs just weren't working right.

Event comments:

I wouldn't say the course was 'just right' for my ability. It was a bit hard for me, but I don't think it was 'too hard'. It was really nice to be able to race in a novice group, since this was my second OWS, and I had a massive panic attack during the first. I was able to place 2nd, and more importantly, I was able to conquer the swim!!

Last updated: 2012-05-25 12:00 AM
00:16:59 | 656 yards | 02m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/4
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: tri suit
Course: Straight out to a large buoy and around four smaller ones. Kept the buoys to the left the whole time.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:18
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:55:32 | 14.7 miles | 15.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Strong
Course: HILLS!! It was a giant loop around the lake area, and the hills just never seemed to end. Good volunteer support and police presence. The roads were in bad shape, though, and it was bumpy!!
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:03
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:26:29 | 03.1 miles | 08m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: OMG the hills!!! I have never seen a 5K like this. It was brutal right off the bat. There was not one flat area on the entire course. It was an out and back with plenty of water stations, and great crowd support from the volunteers.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-06-02 6:31 PM

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Ocean Springs, MS
Subject: Tri the Parks Triathlon - Blalock Lakes

2012-06-02 9:48 PM
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St. Louis
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Subject: RE: Tri the Parks Triathlon - Blalock Lakes
Great job Sarah! Speedy 5k after a swim and ride for a warm up!
2012-06-02 10:17 PM
in reply to: #4241124

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Subject: RE: Tri the Parks Triathlon - Blalock Lakes

Great job Sarah.

Awesome times for your first year. I'm very impressed.



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