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Tuscaloosa, Alabama
United States
Tuscaloosa Triathletes
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 44m 46s
Overall Rank = 18/57
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 1/5
Pre-race routine:

I've been battling a chest cold all week and almost DNS'd this one, but I hate to waste good money and actually started feeling better Thursday.

Woke up at 5:30, got a shower, ate, coffee, played with my daughter who decided also to wake up at 5:30. It was nice to sleep in my own bed before a race. Drank water and Gatorade endurance from the time I ate untill 15 minutes before the race start.
Event warmup:

Very litte. Just a few yards of swimming.
  • 25m 23s
  • 1200 yards
  • 02m 07s / 100 yards

Decent swim but the bouys were fucking tiny. Really only about the size of a beach ball. I was just a lemming and followed eveyone else. I was able to draft fairly well for about 200 yds and then lost the feet I was following. After that it was time to just relax and swim my own race. I knew I need to conserve for the bike. I actually swam in a fairly straight line most of the course.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really, I'm a slow swimmer. I just need to train more and learn how to swim faster.
Transition 1
  • 01m 28s

Cap and goggles off while running. Helmet and glasses on, socks and shoes on. Grab bike and run/walk through transition.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I really like riding with socks. I know I could save a few seconds, but they're really not worth it to me.
  • 51m 25s
  • 16.04 miles
  • 18.72 mile/hr

Really hilly course with the first hill 1/10 onto the bike. Polar HR monitor says 1045 ft of climbing. Shot my HR up to 179 on the first hill and i realized that I was going to have to just take it easy on the uphills and hammer over the crests and down. I passed a lot of people by doing this and never got passed on the bike (all the fast people were well ahead of me). I drove the course in my car the day before and missed the only point where there was a dead turnaround in the road. It was right at the bottom of a long gradual hill, so I'm hammer the shit of the downhill thinking that I'll have plenty of time to recover on a flat before coming back up. Damn I was WRONG. That was the only hill I really struggled on and it was my own fault.

Mechanical issues:
My rear tire was rubbing my seat tube most of the ride. I thought I had that issue worked out, but I guess not.
Along with my rear tire rub, the rear hub is having some problems. It feels like the bearing are going bad and once during an uphill the freehub completely lost engagement. I thought I was going to DNF for about 10 seconds and just as I was about to stop it picked up again. Really made me tentative for the rest of the ride though.
What would you do differently?:

Hill repeats over and over to prep for this course, but even though it was a local race I didn't put much priority on it.
Transition 2
  • 00m 40s

Shoes off, helmet off, shoes on, grab belt and hat and take off.
What would you do differently?:

  • 25m 51s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 19s  min/mile

My legs were pretty shot from the bike so I took it easy on the out section which by the way was all uphill. At the turnaround I picked things up and negative split the shit out of the run. My watch says I was 4:30 faster on the second half. There was about a 2 minute additional section on the out, but I really picked it up on the way home. I've still got to work out my hydration issues. My stoamche was too full again to drink any water on the course.
There was one water station at about the 1 mile point.
Conversation as I'm approaching the high school girls working it.
HSG's: Water or Gatorade?
Me: Throw the water on me.
HSG's: What?
Me: Throw the water on me.
HSG's: Are you serious?
Me: Hell yes.
So one of them threw water on me as I was running by, it was cold but damn it felt good. I couldn't have forced any down and really didn't want to slow down to grab a cup.

Saw my wife, my daughter and my dad as I was coming in to finish and it really made my race.
What would you do differently?:

My run training has been slacking lately. I really need to run more.
Post race
Warm down:

Got a bottled water and sipped on it as I walked around with my daughter. I won my AG but that didn't even come close to seeing the smile on her face as she walked around with me and her saying "Daddy ride bicycle" over and over.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Chest cold all week and newness to swimming and running.

Event comments:

No beer truck after the race so everyone that didn't place headed home, but overall a pretty good time. I'll do it again next year.

Last updated: 2006-03-26 12:00 AM
00:25:23 | 1200 yards | 02m 07s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/5
Overall: 32/57
Performance: Average
HR avg - 163
Suit: No wetsuit race
Course: Trapazoid shaped swim. Most likely about 200 yds longer than 1000. TINY bouys.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:28
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:51:25 | 16.04 miles | 18.72 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/5
Overall: 11/57
HR Avg - 167
Wind: Little
Course: Meandering loop, the only flat section was 2/10mi around the transition area.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:40
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:51 | 03.11 miles | 08m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/5
Overall: 25/57
Performance: Average
HR avg - 175
Course: Meandering out and back loop through the park.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
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?
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2006-06-03 10:10 PM

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Tuscaloosa, AL
Subject: United Cerebral Palsy LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS Triathlo

2006-06-04 3:35 PM
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Denham Springs
Subject: RE: United Cerebral Palsy LIFE WITHOUT LIMITS Triathlo
Still a very nice time despite the trouble you had man.... good job and grats on winning your AG

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