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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
Total Time = 1h 28m 30s
Overall Rank = 137/402
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 31/50
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:15, didn't eat a thing. Drove to course, hydrated on the way.
Event warmup:

Racked bike and set up transition area. Paced nervously for about 2 hours. Took some "Sportslegs" about 45 minutes before swim started.
  • 17m 49s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 23s / 100 meters

After 200 Meters, I felt terrible. The start wasn't too bad, got bumped a few times, etc, but after 200, I felt like someone put a sail on me and threw it in the water. I did side stroke for a while, but kept going. No problems with goggles, but just couldn't find a good rhythm.
What would you do differently?:

Work harder in the open water. There is no substitute for putting in the time in the elements. A pool is nice, but until you get in the water and replicate your pool results there.
Transition 1
  • 02m 10s

Transition 1 went well, except for the fact that I walked the entire time. Without a wetsuit, I only had to put on my helmet, snap the strap and go.
What would you do differently?:

Run with the bike. Could have saved a minute or so here.
  • 34m 55s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 21.36 mile/hr

A little bit of a problem getting the left foot in the shoe after mounting the bike. Sorry about cutting you off sir! After that, the ride went well. Got in Aero position before the first turn and stayed there until the second descent. Was fairly happy with the ride.
What would you do differently?:

Go harder. I had a little left in the tank that I should have used here.
Transition 2
  • 02m 46s

Got helmet off and clipped on race belt. Socks on quickly, took some Gu and some liquid. Shoes went on easily and laces tied. Once again, walked most of the way out of T2.
What would you do differently?:

RUN dummy! Could have saved another minute here.
  • 30m 51s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 55s  min/mile

Easily the longest three miles of my life. My right calf muscle was twitching after the first 100 yards so I knew I was in trouble. Also, hips were VERY tight and legs felt like jello. Walked multiple times during the run, but finished. Took water at the aid station in both directions, seemed to help.
What would you do differently?:

I need to work more on running off the bike, ie, bricks. I've done them directly from spin class to the track, but you're not stuck in the aero position in Spin Class. Hydrate on the bike more as well.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched the hips as much as I could. Drank two Gatorades and some water mix. Walked around a lot.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I think for the first tri, I did well. It was certainly a learning experience.

Event comments:

I sought out volunteers to thank them for their time. I think that's important. Being my first tri, I have nothing to compare it to, but every wave started on time, there were lots of volunteers, and the course was great. I have a goal for next year's time as well!

Last updated: 2012-06-01 12:00 AM
00:17:49 | 750 meters | 02m 23s / 100meters
Age Group: 32/50
Overall: 0/402
Performance: Below average
Suit: Zoot Tri-Suit
Course: Out and back.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:10
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:34:55 | 12.43 miles | 21.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 16/50
Overall: 0/402
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: flat with a few small hills
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:46
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:30:51 | 03.11 miles | 09m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 43/50
Overall: 0/402
Performance: Bad
Course: Flat out and back.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-06-25 10:57 AM

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Subject: Pleasant Prairie Triathlon - Sprint Course

2012-06-28 2:42 PM
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Gurnee, IL
Subject: RE: Pleasant Prairie Triathlon - Sprint Course
Pretty good for your first race!

A couple thoughts for you:

1) You mention you could go harder on the bike. Just remember - you have to run after the bike! Key to find a good balance between bike and run. Many a triathlete who has killed it on the bike - then had to walk the run. Killing it on a sprint course may get you a couple minutes on the bike; walking a 5k may lose you many multiples of that! But you are right - bricks really help you to get used to the legs after coming off the bike.

2) Socks - you will have many tell you to go sockless - I am not one of those. I've gone both with and without socks - and after 30 triathlons - I wear socks. I'll take the extra little time - I know you can work to make your feet blister less - but for me I run much better with socks. Couple of tricks - powder and rolling. If you powder the socks well - then roll them inside out - you can pull them straight on.

Keep us posted on tri 2 (and 3 and...)
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