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Eagle, Wisconsin
United States
Race Day Events, LLC
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 18m 37s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got up early, 4:15 and ate breakfast at home. Loaded up the bike and gear into the car and hit the road for the hour drive over to the race. Had a couple waffles, chocolate milk, yogurt, coffee, and water. Had a couple more bars throughout the morning leading up to the race.
Event warmup:

Headed down to swim warmup about 20min before the race started and got in a couple hundred meters and some stretching and loosening up. Water was warm, but I wore my wetsuit since it was allowed (not USAT sanctioned)
  • 27m 25s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 40s / 100 yards

This swim was pretty good. I felt afterward I could have gone a bit harder. I don't know why I didn't. I think a two loop course scares me for some reason. I know it's the same length, but just doing laps in an endurance race is never a good thing in my mind I guess. I was able to draft a few times, but I was tracking really well, so I dropped the feet in front of me as they veered away. It was good practice, but I didn't need it.
What would you do differently?:

I should have pushed harder at the beginning then the final 1/3 of the race. I was pacing well in the middle, feeling in control. But I held off blowing my load in the final third of the race for some reason. It ended up paying off on the bike seemingly. So maybe it was a good strategy. Had I gone out faster, I could have avoided some congestion before the first turn. Nothing bad, but I had to reroute a bit.
Transition 1
  • 01m 31s

I put my shoes on before I get on the bike. I haven't practice strapping in, and I have a fear of getting gravel on my feet and in my shoes. I don't want to deal with that while I'm riding.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Went pretty smooth. Maybe push a little harder running out of the water. I'm nervous about slipping on the sand and wet grass, still coming back from ACL surgery from January.
  • 1h 06m 40s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.36 mile/hr

Ride was awesome. I wasn't sure how quick I could push it, but was comfortable. Went through the first loop hanging on to a group of two guys that caught me. We got to the sprint/Oly split and they went straight so they were doing the sprint. I was happy I pushed to stay with them. I had about 10min solo, passing a few people on the beginning of the second loop. Then a quick group of 3 came up on me, and we battled it out in the second loop. I was killing the descending portions, and they fought back to catch me on the ascensions. Final 2 miles I tried to bury them. One hung with me and we headed into transition together. There was a lot of maneuvering around the sprint racers as well as the slow Oly racers we caught. I was really confident in my cornering. Almost never coming out of aero, except for the 90 degree turns. Some good corners to overtake people who were unsure of their abilities.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe push a little harder a little earlier.
Transition 2
  • 00m 56s

Got through here quick. One of the quicker of the day. Was about 10 seconds behind one guy I came in with. He was one rack over and I was in and out before he had his first shoe tied.
What would you do differently?:

Spot rack better. Brother's bike was already racked, so I looked for his bike and that helped me get in and out quick. Plus we were near the end.
  • 42m 7s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 47s  min/mile

Went out expecting a 7:30 pace and would have been happy. I haven't been pushing myself running, but running consistently. Seems to have paid off. I hit the first mile in 6:52 or so, and knew I could hold. My knee was feeling good and I wasn't feeling overtaxed from the bike. Did everything I did to keep my cadence quick and light. When I was hitting it right, my time dropped into the 6:30's and 40's. But I struggled here and there to maintain. Started to feel a blister due to wet socks that didn't dry fully from the bike, but that was around mile 4, so I knew I could stick it out. Hit the last mile pretty hard, coming in the last 400m and really killing it.
What would you do differently?:

Go harder sooner. I need to learn where I can kick. Last mile or so could have been closer to 6min/mi pace had I really cranked it.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, found my brother and got food. Laid down near lake and let the race sink in.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of confidence in my knee for running. Not pushing it as hard as I could on the swim or bike. Not totally sure of myself for going all-out at the Oly distance quite yet, but getting there.

Event comments:

Good small local race. No water aid on the bike. Fine for me, but for other newbs at the Oly distance, probably not the best idea. Lots of good volunteers and a great atmosphere.

Can't get the site to load, but I was 17th overall, and 3rd in my division. Will update my rankings for each section later.

Last updated: 2012-07-31 12:00 AM
00:27:25 | 1640 yards | 01m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra Vortex Sleeveless
Course: Two loop course. Long side sections and short sections on either end. First length has a sandbar with some weeds and started to smell. Water pretty clear. Able to spot rather well. No wind, no waves.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:31
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:06:40 | 24.85 miles | 22.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Course was 2-loops, flat and fast. A few rollers, but nothing to even consider a hill really. Only stood up to sprint them and shake legs out a few times.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:56
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:42:07 | 06.21 miles | 06m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Almost pancake flat, 2-loop course. Leadout from transition and parking lot into a small trail section to head to the main road. An out and back on the road then back to start/finish, then out for second loop.
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-07-31 2:12 PM

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Subject: Tri-ing for Children's Triathlon - Olympic Course

2012-07-31 7:19 PM
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Subject: RE: Tri-ing for Children's Triathlon - Olympic Course
Not so bad yourself here! Your running is really coming back well. I was thinking a couple minutes behind this would have been good.
2012-08-01 9:27 AM
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Subject: RE: Tri-ing for Children's Triathlon - Olympic Course
So was I. If I were going to break 45min on the run I was going to be stoked. This is faster than my Rev3 time by a ton. I know that course was harder all around, but I really haven't done much to warrant those speeds. Mostly the run. The bike I was hoping to break 22mph avg, but was assuming hi 21's.
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