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Niles, Michigan
United States
Niles Triathlon
75F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 29m 21s
Overall Rank = 61/70
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 3/4
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5, coffee, oatmeal, banana. On the road by 5:40.
Event warmup:

Arrived at the race site at 6:35--just before it started to get really busy. Picked up my packet and then headed into the transition area. Racking the bike was first come, first served. Found an end of a rack and claimed it. Did a few miles on the bike, set up my transition area, and got in the water just long enough to get used to the temp and warm up the arms a little.
  • 42m 46s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 37s / 100 yards

No wetsuit because of water temperature. Buoys had drifted and were all over the place. I had a pretty good view of the first large buoy, but after that it was a crap shoot. Had to just follow other people a lot of the time and hope they were going the right direction. Swam until my fingers touched the silt and then "tried" to walk it in, but got into some muck and found myself sinking up to my crotch. Felt like I was getting sucked in by a sea monster. It was kind of comical really. Too bad no one had mentioned that we needed to stay to the right as we exited.

This swim was about 4 min slower than last year, but I was told this includes the T1 time.
What would you do differently?:

I was happy with my swim performance. This was the first time anyone could remember that this tri wasn't wetsuit legal. I could have pushed a bit harder.
Transition 1
  • 00m

Very long transition run. I believe the entire T1 time is included in the swim time. Had a bit of a problem getting my helmet on because my ponytail was in the way.
What would you do differently?:

Figure out where the ponytail needs to be and make sure it's in the right place before ever putting the swim cap on.
  • 1h 31m 49s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.24 mile/hr

Had one scoop of heed in each of my water bottles. Drank both and had to pee by the end of the ride, so I was well hydrated :-) Last year my bike performance was the strongest of the three disciplines. This year it less than stellar. I intentionally went easier on the uphills and lost some time because of it. It was a trade off in hopes of having a better run.

About 2 min slower than last year.
What would you do differently?:

More bike training.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Someone else's bike was racked in my spot. Never will figure out why people are so inconsiderate. T2 time is included in the run time.
  • 1h 14m 47s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 12m 02s  min/mile

The humidity today was 85% and the "Realfeel" by this time was 86 degrees. The remnants of Hurricane Issac are here. It was really hard to breathe and had to go really slow to keep the HR down, but it was one of the best race runs I've had. No cramping!!!

Skipped the aid station at .5 mi., Walked through the aid station at mile 2 and drank 1.5 cups of water. Started to feel really warm by now. Worked to keep my HR in Z2, but it kept wanting to creep into Z3, so slowed it down even more. Focused on my breathing and just going very steady. Had a gel at the half way poing. Still going good at the mi 4 aid station. Walked through again and drank 2 cups of water. Mile 5 started to become difficult, but manageable. HR was in Z3 and getting closer to Z4. During the last mile, I was just plain old tired. Walked a few times for just a little bit each time.

I actually passed a couple of people and was about 5 min faster than last year. Woot Woot.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

My daddy, my oldest bro, and hubby came out to cheer me on. Just hung out, got some food, picked up my hardware and then headed for home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The humidity, and the fact that I felt undertrained going into the race. I haven't done as much biking this summer and I haven't run more than 4 miles in ???? who knows how long.

Overall time was 1 min. slower than last year. I'm blaming it on not wearing a wetsuit and giving up some time on the bike. It's all good. I'll get it next time.

Event comments:

No chip timing was a disappointment. I probably wouldn't do this race again without the chip timing. The rough bike course is another negative.

On a positive note the volunteers were awesome. Very supportive!!

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Last updated: 2012-08-25 12:00 AM
00:42:46 | 1640 yards | 02m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 0/70
Performance: Good
Suit: no
Course: Triangular
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:31:49 | 24.85 miles | 16.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/4
Overall: 0/70
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: I love the hills on this course and the countryside is very pretty, but the road surface was crap. It was teeth chattering, ass pounding rough for about 23 of the 25 miles. And there were some areas of crumbling pavement that extended at least two feet into the bike lane were unmarked. Had about 104 psi of pressure in my tires, and wish I would have only had 100 psi.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:14:47 | 06.21 miles | 12m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 0/70
Performance: Average
My Garmin shows my pace at 11:39
Course: Good course. Some gradual climbs, but nothing too difficult.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

2012-09-01 8:46 PM

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Brevard, North Carolina
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2012-09-01 9:56 PM
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NW Georgia
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Sounds like a solid race.  Congrats on the podium!  How did the nutrition go?
2012-09-02 3:00 AM
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No cramping on the run = fun! Well done, glad you had a good day.
2012-09-02 5:16 AM
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Verona WI--Ironman Bike Country!
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You followed your plan and it paid off!  A very well executed day.  Congratulations.
2012-09-02 7:19 AM
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metro west, MA
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Great improvement on the run. Congrats on the podium! 

2012-09-02 9:29 AM
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Way to put it all together and nab a podium spot!! You rocked your run! Congratulations, Jayne!

2012-09-02 12:41 PM
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I like your box!!! Looks like it did you well!!! Congrats.
2012-09-03 1:08 PM
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Fort Wayne
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Considering the weather conditions the past couple of days, I'd say you actually did better than last year.  Unless you remember the weather to be worse last year.  Your time may be a shade slower but it sounds to me like your increased fitness and smart racing paid off.

Congrats on a solid race and a podium!

2012-09-03 7:58 PM
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Great job, Jayne! Sounds like you were able to put together a nutrition plan that worked for you in the humidity.
2012-09-03 10:00 PM
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Great race, you accomplished what you wanted on the run that is huge. Nice finish on the swim and way to place.
2012-09-04 9:24 AM
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Nice Job!  Those roads were terrible in a couple stretches werent they??  And the "sea monster!" hahah! yeah, between that and having to run about 200 yards out to waist deep water, made swim a little nutty.


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