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Warsaw, Indiana
United States
Warsaw Breakfast Optimist Club
66F / 19C
Total Time = 1h 09m 39s
Overall Rank = 17/480
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 3/37
Pre-race routine:

I had a pretty normal routine. Got out of bed a few minutes before the alarm went off but had tossed around a while before getting up. I ate some yogurt and had a little bit of coffee to avoid the withdrawal headache.
Lis and I planned on riding our bikes to the race site and we left about 6:45 AM having picked up my packet the night before. Once I arrived at the site it was pretty easy to get marked up and set up. I spent a few minutes talking and walking through transition with Allison and then spoke to Brenda for a few minutes and got into my WU...........
Event warmup:

......The WU was about as good of one as I have had for a while. I rode about 5 miles on the bike with some pick ups and some practice in the back sections of the bike course to get some cornering practice in the turns that were sharp.
Once off the bike I ran about 1 mile with some strides to let me get my legs loose and feeling a little bit of race pacing stuff. The pace would have been a little hotter than actual race pace but it felt pretty decent.
  • 07m 47s
  • 440 yards
  • 01m 46s / 100 yards

I knew the water temp was going to be very close to the legal wetsuit temps based on what I'd heard the night before so I planned on having my suit ready if I decided to use it. The last minute decision to ditch the idea and save the time in T1 by doing the swim without the wetsuit. Now that I have finished and know how abysmal my swim time is I wish that I had used the suit. It may have kept me closer to Patrick and maybe within sight on the run, enough so that I may have seen him and pushed harder.....But this is "Monday morning!"
My decision to skip the wetsuit was brought about because I thought I could get on the heels of someone with a suit and draft them for all of the race. I did just that but I also think I allowed myself to relax more than I should have. Had I pushed a little more on the backl half of the race I would have passed the draftee and stayed closer to the front and, most likely, been right there with Patrick heading into T1. i think this was my second error.
Aas a side note: This was the worst swim I have had from a nasty perspective. The water was really stirred up and I had sand pelting me from almost the beginning to the end. It wasn't nearly as bad last year.
What would you do differently?:

Wear the suit and swim harder throughout. I have a better swim than I allowed myself to perform today. The wetsuit comes off of me so fast that I would imagine I would have lost only 10 seconds in transition and stayed ahead a little longer to keep a better shot of 2nd place in my sights.
Transition 1
  • 00m 47s

I sort of hung around at the bike rack for a few seconds for something. I remember thinking like I was forgetting something but I wasn't. It was a sort of panicked moment but it was very short. I decided to take off and rely on my training and practice and move on.
Once out of the T area and onto the bike I got up to speed and then put my right foot into the problem. The left foot however wasn't so easy. I just couldn't seem to get it in. I would imagine it cost me 15 seconds over the whole bike leg. I am still not sure what happened.
What would you do differently?:

Rely on what I have spent time on in practice, trust that I have laid everything out properly and get in and out fast!
Shoes? I don't know! Tri shoes would make this easier and faster but the budget for a good new pair isn't there yet.
  • 36m 2s
  • 13.8 miles
  • 22.98 mile/hr

This was a very intense bike leg. The splits show my HR on the redline for almost every single mile. I was pegging my MLSS percentage at almost 100% the entire bike leg as well. MLSS for me is 167 (if it was done correctly) and many of my miles were just under that threshold. I guess I wasn't trying to leave anything in the tank for the run.
Once I was on the route and my feet were in my shoes properly, I began to try to keep Patrick in sight. But this proved difficult because he is definitely a stronger cyclist than I. Besides, with us in the 5th wave on the swim we had a lot of people out on the course by the time we got there so once he began to pull away it wsa hard to figure out where he was.
I just kept mashing the pedals and trying to peg the needle and hope I had enough to survive the run.
Just before the turn around I saw Patrick headed back toward the finish after making the corner. I knew then it would be won between he and I in the run.
As I neared the corner another rider began to slow more than I planned, I called out that I was passing and kept the hammer down. As I approached the corner I hit the brakes hard, began to coast and leaned into the turn, the brakes released and hoping to rip through and begin my sufferfest back to T2. But I was going too fast into the corner! I had to nail the brakes, both front and back, again to keep the bike on the road and maintain control. I made it but only narrowly, with only a couple of inches to the sandy berm.
Once through the turn the suffering began again. I had passed so many people on the way out that only the stronger riders or the early waves that had a large head start remained in front of me. I continued to attack with unrelenting pressure on my system. I was trying to at least stay as close to Patrick as possible.
At the last half mile I began to pass another rider but as I began my pass he decided he wasn't willing to be passed. This frustrated me A LOT!! Once I was onto him, I stood up in the pedals and turned on the gas a lot higher and dropped him. My average speed for this section of the course was 20.6 but my peak was 26.1 which I suppose came as I threw down with that guy. Once I passed him I dropped my effort significantly to get ready to the transition and coasted most of the way. Once I dismounted the bike I looked for the guy I dropped and apparently he didn't have the legs I did because he was back a ways. This made me quite happy from where I was at the time he tried to stop the pass. I gloated a little for a few seconds then kept moving.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing!! This is a sprint race. Put everything on the red line and see what happens!
Transition 2
  • 00m 48s

This was a pretty decent T2. I was in a zone for this transition and I can't think of anything that crossed my mind other than getting out and trying to pin my ears back.
What would you do differently?:

  • 24m 17s
  • 3.52 miles
  • 06m 54s  min/mile

From the beginning of this run all the way through the end I felt pretty horrible. This wasn't a bad thing but rather what it should feel like.....VERY PAINFUL!
I left T2 with a vengeance trying to catch up to Patrick. I knew he kicked the trash out of me on the bike and now I felt I might be able to get something back........I hoped. I drove myself to suffer as much as I thought I could stand and kept going. About a half mile into the run I began to think I wouldn't be able to sustain this kind of pain. I somehow talked myself into keeping up the pace but it was very hard.
By the end of the first mile my legs began to feel little better but my breathing and chest felt like they would explode. My mind seemed to want to go faster but I knew there wasn't anyway to get there.
I passed many of the other earlier competitors throughout this leg but as I neared the latter distances the passing became fewer and farther between. About 1 mile in, the guy I passed with fury in the last half mile on the bike passed me on the run. Still behind me he called out; "Hey 42, that was you on the bike!" I said; "you had better be younger than me." He said; "That's what I thought when you passed me on the bike." He passed me and dropped me in a bad way. There was no way I was going to be able to hold his pace. He was cooking me on the run and there was nothing I could do to stop it.
As I neared the hill that marked the most painful spot on the course I allowed myself to recover a bit so I could try to keep a solid tempo uphill. This seemed to work alright as It seemed I didn't have to slow my pace too much. Shortly after the uphill things leveled off before the steep drop to the bottom and about a half mile to the finish.
I was about .15 from the finish and decided it was time to see if I could get my pace a little higher. I was somehow able to get something more out of my legs and pick up the tempo for the home stretch. But it wasn't without a lot of pain. I didn't suffer from stitches that I have come to know for the end of my races but I was struggling to breath and I was audibly groaning trying to get some air into my lungs........I made it! Now began the coughing frenzy of the past few weeks.......Not nice!
What would you do differently?:

I might have tried to run a little harder. I don't think it would have been enough to pull in third place but it may have made me feel a little better.
Post race
Warm down:

Ohhh, feel nauseous, cough up two or three lungs and grab some Gatorade and water, a few oranges and a banana. Then head to the big uphill to see the great friends begin to suffer and take their pictures to let them see their own suffering through pictures that we all had to endure.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Fitness. The swim would have been better had I worn the wetsuit. An overall decision to wear it might have closed the gap enough for me to pull off a second AG placement but it would have been VERY, VERY close at best. There's nothing more I believe I could have done. I was at the top of my fitness for the bike and run and I don't think I could have performed any better on these legs.

Event comments:

I loved the time I got to spend with my racing family. I love seeing the people I have met over the past couple of years and enjoy meeting and competing with these athletes every time. If it weren't for many of these people it wouldn't be fun.

Last updated: 2012-01-28 12:00 AM
00:07:47 | 440 yards | 01m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/37
Overall: 43/480
Performance: Below average
Suit: None
Course: The course was an out and back around a pontoon boat.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 00:47
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:36:02 | 13.8 miles | 22.98 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/37
Overall: 17/480
Performance: Good
168/171 166/168 167/168 165/168 164/169 166/167 166/169 165/167 164/167 164/167 164/168 163/165 168/173
Wind: Little
Course: Mostly an out and back with a slight detour through some winding curves for the last 2 miles
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:48
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:17 | 03.52 miles | 06m 54s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/37
Overall: 32/480
Performance: Good
6:39 - 164/166 6:43 - 164/167 6:49 - 163/138 6:17 - 135/170
Course: Similar to the out and back of the bike but this was through a wooded trail on asphalt and then back onto the street. There was one larger hill with .75 mile remaining that seemed to knock the wind out of me.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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] 4

2012-06-25 8:14 PM

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Fort Wayne
Subject: Optimist Triathlon

2012-06-25 8:51 PM
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Congratulations, Dirk! Although you say your race reports are long, you write well and they're enjoyable to read. I was surprised when you didn't wear your wetsuit because I'd read your response in the Indiana forum that you'd wear it if it was wetsuit legal. Did Patrick wear his? Just curious because he's the one who told me "if it's legal to wear one then I'm wearing one". You guys are so competitive and battle it out well on the course. Your times are all killer times and you're a beast of a triathlete! Way to go, Dirk!
2012-06-25 9:02 PM
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Racine, Wisconsin
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Dirk, congratulations on a great race!
2012-06-25 9:42 PM
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Mastic Beach, NY
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Dirk congrats on the awesome finish, 3rd place in your AG and a great time overall too. I also enjoyed reading your race report as well with all the details. It's good to get your insights into how the race unfolded for you and how you felt.

2012-06-25 9:54 PM
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Dirk pure awesomeness - great race. I felt like I was right there while I was reading your report. It is impressive how you can push yourself so hard for the whole race!
2012-06-26 5:54 AM
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What a race...GREAT job! So many wonderful racers w/ the Asphalts...way to coach!

2012-06-26 12:02 PM
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Super job Dirk.  Despite a crazy redline bike effort, seems like you still had something in there for the run.  You are really strong at the mental game in these things.  Congrats on another podium.  Ho hum for you by now I guess!

But not wearing a wetsuit in a wetsuit legal race????  We gotta talk.

2012-06-26 1:24 PM
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Russiaville, IN
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Great Job Dirk,  I believe that was much faster than last year, you are really getting the times down in all three sports keep up the good work.  I have tested myself a few times with and without a wetsuit and almost everytime I gain a minute per 500 yards with it and I can get it off in :10-20 seconds.

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