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Youngsville, Louisiana
United States
52F / 11C
Total Time = 1h 08m 56s
Overall Rank = 10/261
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/35
Pre-race routine:

Woke up around 04:00. Scrambled 4 eggs (shared 2 of them with my dogs) and ate 1 piece of toasted wheat bread.
Drove 1hour and 10 minutes to the race sight.
Event warmup:

Put on my wet suit, swam about 200 yards.
  • 07m 43s
  • 547 yards
  • 01m 25s / 100 yards

Triangle course keeping the buoys on you left. I lined up in the front of the pack and swam straight for the first turn bouy. About 100 yards into the swim I felt my wet suit pop open in the back. There was nothing I could do at this point except keep swimming. Thankfully the Velcro held the suit on around my neck.
The timing mat was about 50-75 yards from the swim exit so the swim times look a bit slower than what they actually are.
What would you do differently?:

Buy another wet suit before the race. I love the suit except of the break open zipper. I worried about it coming open every time I use it in a race and it finally happened. Needless to say I am buying another one that does not have the break open zipper that Quintana Roo uses.
Transition 1
  • 00m 44s

Pretty simple, suit off, glasses on, helmet on, bike off rack and run to mount line.
What would you do differently?:

  • 38m 9s
  • 14.5 miles
  • 22.80 mile/hr

Strong winds. I was the second person out of the water in my wave and it stayed the way throughout the entire bike ride. I could see the leader ahead of me but could never gain any ground on him. The guy behind me stayed about 300 yards back the entire time.
At the turn around I saw all the runners were not far behind me but I was hoping to keep a big enough gap to hold them off on the run.
Very strong head winds on the return. The last 3 miles were pretty tough. Head winds and serious crosswinds made me wish for the first time ever I would not have used my wheel cover. I was getting blown around a pretty good bit.
What would you do differently?:

Not use the wheel cover and use the Zipp 808.
Transition 2
  • 00m 36s

Very simple again. Rack bike helmet off visor on, shoes on, run out of transition while putting on race number belt.
What would you do differently?:

Not use the visor. The wind was very strong almost blowing it off several times. I had to hold wile running into the wind.
  • 21m 42s
  • 3.2 miles
  • 06m 47s  min/mile

Started out pretty good but took a while for my run legs to show up to the race. About 3/4 mile into the run the guy behind me finally passed me. At the turn around point I saw all the good runners were about to catch me so I decided to try to hang on the best I could. Several more guys passed me until the 2 mile mark. My legs showed up and my pace dropped to 6:35 range and then the calf pain started. I tried to hold my pace but he pain was getting worse every step. With about a half mile to go one more guy passed me and at that point I slowed down almost to a walk. I could see the finish line on the other side of the pond so I tried to keep,my pace around 7 min miles. A few spectators started yelling that a runner was coming up behind me so I decided to push through the pain and not let that guy catch me.
What would you do differently?:

More speed work. Almost all my runs have been at a heart rate of 140 or below.
Not hurt my left calf. (Soleus muscle)
Post race
Warm down:

Drank a bottle of water and iced my calf while watching other participants, friends, and family finish the ace.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Injured calf.

Event comments:

Very organized from packet pick up, parking, body marking, and bike check in.
Food was great but there was hardly any left by the time I made it to the food tent but that was my fault because I waited to the last minute.
Plenty of volunteers and porta potties, no lines to speak of.
Saw the Bears. No one organizes transition better than Momma Bear, period!
Great course and race! I highly recommend it!

Last updated: 2012-10-09 12:00 AM
00:07:43 | 547 yards | 01m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/35
Overall: 12/261
Performance: Average
Suit: Quintana Roo
Course: Triangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:44
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:38:09 | 14.5 miles | 22.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/35
Overall: 11/261
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Out and back. Smooth roads with very small elevation changes.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:36
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:42 | 03.2 miles | 06m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/35
Overall: 37/261
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back through a subdivision.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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] 5

2012-10-09 8:38 PM

Subject: SugarMan Triathlon

2012-10-09 9:26 PM
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Plaquemine, Louisiana
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I heard the bike was a beast!! Congrats on placing!
2012-10-10 11:01 AM
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The Road Back
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Nice job Clay! Good seeing you again, thanks for racing with us, tell all your friends.
2012-10-11 8:10 AM
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Found this pic of a pretty tight lookin' group while catching up on local news this morning... thought I'd share

I haven't seen some of these "kids" since high school (actually longer b/c one or two were in my older sister's class) but everyone looks GREAT!!

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