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Grand Rapids, Michigan
United States
90F / 32C
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = 122/220
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 26/45
Pre-race routine:

Stayed at my in-laws as they were 5 min from the start. Up at 4:03 am and had coffee, PB on toast, and Gatorade.
Event warmup:

Rode from the car to start (1 mile), jogged around the starting area, quick few min in the water
  • 42m 47s
  • 1931 meters
  • 02m 13s / 100 meters

Pretty good swim for me. Averaged 2min/100 yds. Did a couple of corkscrew turns that were perfect (Thanks Gary). All in all a very good swim. I am not fast, but good enough.
What would you do differently?:

Someday I may care to get faster. For now, I am content to survive at my current pace.
Transition 1
  • 04m 6s

Still a work in progress
What would you do differently?:

Just practice. But honestly, unlikely to get back more than 1-2 minutes here.
  • 2h 52m 23s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.49 mile/hr

Was a hillier course than I had anticipated. Some strong headwinds for the last 15 miles heading west. Had to pee the last 1 hour, but resisted peeing on myself in lieu of the Porta-Jon in T2.
What would you do differently?:

More time in the saddle.
Transition 2
  • 03m 45s
  • 2h 08m 52s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 50s  min/mile

Just plain HOT. I bragged the day before that I liked the heat, but 91 and humid totally sucked. I got a sharp pain in my left upper abdomen that felt like a perforated ulcer, but went away after I walked for a few minutes, so I doubt it was that. The wheels came off at the 1/2 way point when I started walking/jogging about 50/50. Given the heat, I did give as much as I had and had to lay down to collect myself after the finish. I felt awful, but accomplished.
What would you do differently?:

Well. More years of training and acclimating to heat will help.
Post race
Warm down:

Laid on the ground and resisted the urge to vomit.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Great event. Could use some better grub, but overall great. Would highly recommend it.

Last updated: 2012-01-16 12:00 AM
00:42:47 | 1931 meters | 02m 13s / 100meters
Age Group: 38/45
Overall: 0/220
Performance: Good
Suit: Full
Course: Triangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:06
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
02:52:23 | 56 miles | 19.49 mile/hr
Age Group: 24/45
Overall: 0/220
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong
Course: Out and back
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: ?
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Too much
Time: 03:45
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:08:52 | 13.1 miles | 09m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 20/45
Overall: 0/220
Performance: Below average
Course: Hot and a little hilly, but if not for the heat, then not so hilly.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2012-06-10 9:01 PM

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Subject: Grand Rapids Triathlon - Half Iron Course

2012-06-11 1:33 PM
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Subject: RE: Grand Rapids Triathlon - Half Iron Course
Nice job!!! That's a great time you should be proud!  Glad to hear the corkscrews worked for you.  Nice bike time on a hilly course.
2012-06-11 3:29 PM
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2012-06-12 12:45 PM
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Subject: RE: Grand Rapids Triathlon - Half Iron Course
Great job rob, what a scorcher! And a great accomplishment, I hope to participate next year, but probably the sprint.
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