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Hickory Corners, Michigan
United States
Spirit Racing
90F / 32C
Total Time = 56m 52s
Overall Rank = 17/163
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 3/16
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, showered, and ate some peanut butter toast. I then woke my wife up and loaded the van so we could take off. Pretty much the same routine that I always do before a race.
Event warmup:

Arrived at Gull Lake and my wife and I set-up our transition areas. I took my bike out for a short ride to get my shoes clipped in and ready to go. I then went for a short swim about 10 minutes before the race started.
  • 07m 27s
  • 500 yards
  • 01m 29s / 100 yards

I felt that I did pretty good on the swim for me. This is my weakest event and for the most part I did well for my ability. The water was really warm (or felt warm) and I remember thinking that I wanted the swim to be done. I didn't get hung up around the buoys like my last race. I still think I could push the pace just a touch harder.
What would you do differently?:

Push a little bit harder.
Transition 1
  • 00m 51s

My wetsuit got stuck on my heels and I need to practice getting into my shoes once I am on the bike.
  • 26m 4s
  • 10 miles
  • 23.02 mile/hr

I pushed the bike hard and was happy with my overall performance. I put straight Powerade in my water bottle and I didn't like the sweetness. I have to remember to mix 50/50. I passed 4 or 5 on the bike course and was not passed once.
Transition 2
  • 00m 39s

Shoes got stuck for a second....had to stop and readjust.
  • 21m 49s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 01s  min/mile

The run killed me in this race. There were 7 people in front of me when I started the run and I ended up getting passed by several racers. I was not prepared for the heat which was a big factor for me. My legs felt fine so I don't think I over extended myself on the bike. I tried to cool down at the aid stations by dumping water over myself which helped a little. My split time was faster on the way back.
What would you do differently?:

Try and prepare running in the heat to get used to how it feels.
Post race
Warm down:

Jumped in the lake to cool off and waited for my wife to finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat and of course my swimming ability.

Event comments:

I raced at the Gull Lake Tri last year and it was a night and day difference. A new race director took it over this year and made some very positive changes. I was very impressed with the level of competition for this race as well. There were lots of volunteers and the atmosphere was terrific. My wife and I will be back next year for the race.

Last updated: 2012-01-16 12:00 AM
00:07:27 | 500 yards | 01m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/16
Overall: 33/163
Performance: Good
Course: Course was counter clockwise.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:51
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
00:26:04 | 10 miles | 23.02 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/16
Overall: 4/163
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:39
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:21:49 | 03.11 miles | 07m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/16
Overall: 27/163
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
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

2012-07-08 5:15 PM

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Hudsonville, MI
Subject: Gull Lake Triathlon

2012-08-11 3:14 AM
in reply to: #4300186

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Whites Creek, Tennessee
Subject: RE: Gull Lake Triathlon
Nice race! Looks like they got more folks in our age group, but going to try to get back to Michigan in 2013 to race this one! Jim puts on great races, but looks like you had a good race.

Good job!

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