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Kansas City, Missouri
United States
USA Triathlon
80F / 27C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 37m 26s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 55/59
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:30. Had bowl of granola, nanner, and 2 cups of coffee.
Event warmup:

Ran for ~15 min. Bike's not allowed out of transition, so no bike warmup. They lied in the pre-race meeting about allowing warmups between wave starts, so no swim warmup.
Swim
  • 27m 46s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 51s / 100 meters
Comments:

Sucked. Dunno what happened. Perhaps it was long. Perhaps it was the shallow water at the start and end, about 50m or so at both ends was wading over slippery clay bottom of the lake.
What would you do differently?:

Swim faster. Not backstroke the whole way? ( Just kidding, I didn't backstroke )

Looking at overall times, they all seem slow, like none under 20:00, which points to a long swim.
Transition 1
  • 00m 51s
Comments:

One of the high points of the race. I blazed T1.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Bike
  • 1h 13m 9s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.38 mile/hr
Comments:

I finally blew up! :)

My average power is 16 watts over my calculated threshold. That's a lot. Especially since I'm not tapered and carrying some fatigue.

I rode too hard for the day.

But, this was a bonus race, so I wasn't expecting to do superb. I hoped I'd do better than I did though. But I've verified my power zones now. :)
What would you do differently?:

Uhm, ride easier if I wanted to still be able to run.

Bring another bottle on the bike.

Good bike ride, bad triathlon bike leg. :)
Transition 2
  • 00m 55s
Comments:

Fast again.

Put on socks, shoes, grabbed race belt and visor, took off.
What would you do differently?:

Change my legs for a fresh pair. :)
Run
  • 54m 42s
  • 6.3 miles
  • 08m 41s  min/mile
Comments:

I was dehydrated coming off the bike. Only took one bottle, which usually is enough. Not today. And the promised aid station coming out of T2 wasn't. So I was without fluids for about 25 minutes. That didn't really help things. Neither did riding too hard on the bike.

After about mile 1.5 when my legs still felt dead, I knew they weren't gonna come back, so my goal turned to damage control. I actually walked about 20 feet at each aid station to drink a full cup of gatorade and water each. Was feeling a bit better the last mile and point 3, but the crowd also helps with that.

The hills hurt, especially with noodle legs.

Mile 1: 7:33, AHR 163
Mile 2: 8:53, AHR 164 ( missed the mile marker a bit )
Mile 3: 8:36, AHR 164
Mile 4: 9:53, AHR 162
Mile 5: 9:38, AHR 159
Mile 6+: 10:15, AHR 162

HR was ok. Obviously carrying fatigue since pace didn't jive with HR.
What would you do differently?:

Taper. Bike easier. Not dehydrate on the bike.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank 3 or 4 bottles of gatorade and water after crossing the finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This being a C race, I didn't taper at all.

Riding too hard on the bike.

Dehydrating on the bike.

Event comments:

It was Nationals, so it got lots of attention. A few annoying details like the missing aid station after T2, and the missing swim warmups between waves. Otherwise, a great race. Ultramax puts on a great event.




Last updated: 2006-05-26 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:27:46 | 1500 meters | 01m 51s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/59
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
AHR: 158
Suit: NONE!
Course: Quasi rectangle.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 26C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 00:51
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
01:13:09 | 24.85 miles | 20.38 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/59
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Avg Watts: 246 Avg HR: 158
Wind:
Course: Single loop. Constant rollers.
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 94
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 00:55
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:54:42 | 06.3 miles | 08m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/59
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: Loop. Hills. Hot. Sunny. Humid.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2006-07-09 9:23 PM

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2006-07-09 9:28 PM
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Great race, Chris!

I find it humorous that a "blown up" race for you still beats my PR!   Sometimes you gotta lay it out there and see what happens.  I bet by next year you can push those watts and not explode...

2006-07-09 10:27 PM
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Nice, casual weekend jaunt, Chris.  C-races are exactly that...races to practice, and get a decent workout.  Sounds like you got a little of both. 
2006-07-09 10:57 PM
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Great job Chris.  If it is any consolation, don't feel too bad about the dehydration, lack of taper, etc., because your run pace is my bike pace (ok, not exactly, but you get the picture). 

Sounds like you had a good time, dialed in your threshhold power numbers, and enjoyed the weekend.  Awesome all the way around!

2006-07-10 5:54 AM
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Sounds like a tough day. Way to tough it out though.
2006-07-10 5:59 AM
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"your run pace is my bike pace..." HA!  I love that. 

but yeah back to you: Looks like a great learning race. Awesome to be able to find good things in every race. Your T's are speeeeeeeeedilicious.

I think you're cool. 



2006-07-10 8:35 AM
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great race Chris, Congrats!
2006-07-10 10:25 AM
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I'd still love to have a 2:37 Oly.  I think you did great.   A 27 min mile swim would be pretty good for me.  So I think you had a great day by my standards!!   See, now wasn't that easy? LOL

Congrats on even making it to Nationals...that's a feat in itself!! Woo hoo!

2006-07-10 1:32 PM
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The Rickster said it nicely.

Great job with planning, racing and finishing. Sorry you didn't meet your goals.

2006-07-10 1:46 PM
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Way to go Chris...Looks like you figured out a few things from the race...Hey at least you didnt get penalized for drafting!!
2006-07-10 1:54 PM
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Nothing like Nationals for turning in in a 2:37 and almost getting last AG.

Great race!



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2006-07-10 2:40 PM
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WOW..I think you did great!!!  Tough too with the aid stations being messed up.  Notaper either!! SOunds like you learned some stuuf too   All a stepping stone to Kona baby
2006-07-10 2:57 PM
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Great job!!  I'll get the train through a "C" race feeling this weekend.  Hopefully I'll hold on as well as you did.
2006-07-10 3:16 PM
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Hey Chris,

It sounds like you had a good learning experience.  There must have been some really strong competitors at this race.  I would be happy with that swim time, especially with no wetsuit.  Congratulations

Ernie

2006-07-11 1:34 PM
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Clearly, you were missing jockstraps. BT needs a "Jockstrap Travel Fund", methinks.

Still ... pretty awesome effort for a C race

2006-07-11 1:53 PM
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You know, it was amazing how close all the times were. The guy dirrectly behind me finished only 2" behind me. I had never done a race than was that close.

Nice race with no taper.


2006-07-11 2:41 PM
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Way to get out and haul your non-tapered all over the course.  LOL!  You're in the freaking AG Nat Championship.  Holy flipping hell.  Grats on being there in the first place and grats on the finish.  Was there some seriously fast MOFO's out there?
2006-07-11 7:23 PM
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Beautiful performance - Great report!
2006-07-11 8:42 PM
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Congrats Chris!  I'll always be proud of you!!!  At least you got to go to nationals!  Lots of fun there.

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2006-07-11 9:38 PM
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Looks like you had a good race despite the no taper thing!  Sorry I missed you, I would have liked to meet you!   Have a great season.
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