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Tallahassee, Florida
United States
49F / 9C
Total Time = 2h 13m 50s
Overall Rank = 254/266
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 12/15
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:15 a.m. Ate banana.
Packed car, put bike in rack and headed out the door at 5:00 a.m.
At event - parked, walked bike and gear .50 miles to transition area.
At 6:45, drank pre-workout drink.

Event warmup:

7:10 - Put wetsuit on. Jogged in wetsuit to get warm.
Waded in water before swim group time.
  • 15m 26s
  • 656 yards
  • 02m 21s / 100 yards

Swimming is my absolute worst and I have panicked in both tri's before. I went out backstroke and breastroke until I got around first buoy. Got a little freestyle in in middle section. When I came around last buoy, I was finally calm and was able to get my head under the water while drafting behind another swimmer. I draft along side her until the end of the swim and finished strong.
What would you do differently?:

Best swim yet - Need to draft behind a good swimmer earlier so I have to attempt to sight less.
Transition 1
  • 04m 8s
  • 1h 25m 2s
  • 16 miles
  • 11.29 mile/hr

Dead freaking last. What the heck happened? I don't know!!!!!
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 32s
  • 27m 44s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 57s  min/mile

Decent run, but I felt like I was just getting warmed up and was ready to run 6 more miles when I finished.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster!
Post race
Warm down:

Poured jug of water overmy head and changed out of tri clothes

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I am still trying to figure that out.

Event comments:

Great race... I was too pissedoff at the end to enjoy anything and just wanted to pick up my toys and go home.

Last updated: 2013-03-30 12:00 AM
00:15:26 | 656 yards | 02m 21s / 100yards
Age Group: 13/15
Overall: 229/266
Performance: Average
Suit: Fullsuit
Course: Square - Straight out about 225 yards, right turn and swim 200 yards parallel to shore, right turn and swim 200 yards home.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 62F / 17C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:08
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:25:02 | 16 miles | 11.29 mile/hr
Age Group: 15/15
Overall: 266/266
Performance: Bad
Wind: None
Course: Hilly
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:32
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:27:44 | 03.1 miles | 08m 57s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/15
Overall: 171/266
Performance: Average
Course: Winding through the park, on pavement, then through gravel, then through dirt trails.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2013-03-30 6:34 PM

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Cairo, GA
Subject: Red Hills Triathlon

2013-03-30 8:16 PM
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Subject: RE: Red Hills Triathlon
Don't keep beating yourself up over the bike today, Jen. On one tri for me the same thing occured and I felt like I was pedaling with all my heart but going no where. I realized after the race that I had a brake cable jammed and my brakes were rubbing the tires and slowing them down. So you may want to check the bike mechanics. I don't have any other suggestions on what it may be but I'm sorry you're left scratching your head since you trained hard. Look at the positives about the race - you swam well and were able to draft and you were rockin on the run. This was only your second tri and you completed it! Way to go!
2013-03-30 8:45 PM
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Fort Wayne
Subject: RE: Red Hills Triathlon

From the discussion in the group earlier in the week it could be that your race was impacted by the cold weather and a lower body temp from the swim.  The cold water can affect people in all different kinds of ways and it may be that your muscles were never able to recover from the water quickly enough to have a better bike split.

Brenda could also be onto something with the bike.  It could be that you had some kind of mechanical that caused you to be much slower than usual as well. 

Your run split appears to be pretty good.

Take away the positives from this race, not the negatives.

  • You had a better swim split than the last swim
  • You had a faster run split.
It's only going to get better!
2013-04-01 4:25 AM
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Cairo, GA
Subject: RE: Red Hills Triathlon

Brenda & Dirk-

Thank you! Turns out my front right brake pad was rubbing, which also makes me realize how strong my legs really are, especially to punch out a decent 5k run afterward. I also feel like my bike seat was about an inch too low and never thought that would make such a difference. I am actually looking forward to seeing what I am really capable of on the bike now!  

I was cold and I think that should not be dismissed so easily. I think I could have started drafting in the swim earlier, but I am very grateful that I stayed calm in the water, even though Ididn't get anywhere very quickly.

2013-04-01 6:24 AM
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Jen, it was good seeing you again.  You swam pat me like a fish....I could see your focus.  GREAT job.  Sorry the bike didn't go as planned.  I think you have it figured out.  You ae always a strong runner.  Again congrats of finishing on such a COLD day.  I am proud of you!
2013-04-01 9:55 AM
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South Alabama
Subject: RE: Red Hills Triathlon
Good job on a tough day. Would have been alot more enjoyable if race start had been 11:00am! Good luck the rest of the season.

2013-04-02 5:52 AM
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Tallahassee, Florida
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I love you too!!!  It was great to see you.  You finished a bike segment with the brakes on the whole time - now that is a real accomplishment.  And wow, you slayed it on the run!  You did great and you'll do even better in Madison.

2013-04-12 1:45 PM
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Mastic Beach, NY
Subject: RE: Red Hills Triathlon
Jen you did a great job and we all know now that you had an issue with the bike that slowed you down. All part of the learning experience. You did a great job with the swim and had a really strong run had the bike not slowed you down you'd have put up a really good time for this race.
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