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Galena, Illinois
United States
Galena/Jo Daviess County Convention & Visitors Bureau
65F / 18C
Total Time = 3h 01m
Overall Rank = 536/556
Age Group = 35-44
Age Group Rank = 23/23
Pre-race routine:

Anyone who does this race knows that sprint is a misnomer. First of all the bike course is hilly. As in Tour de France hilly. Lots of steep grades and cool ass downhills to get the blood pumping. I did this race in 2011 and I hadn't done a triathlon since then after being a tri maniac for four years. So I was nervous as hell. But excited to be back on the triathlon bandwagon. I broke my aerobars on my racing bike so I used my commuter bike in this one. No mater, my commuter has a triple crank and I needed every last bit of that granny gear to best this course. Which I did. more on that later. Pre-race was basically 2 hours trying to figure out how to manage my transition. Ughhh...the logistics of this race is a nightmare. First of all it's point-to-point. So you start at one point and finish at another. So I had to drop my bike off on Friday night, get my plastic gear bag and pack my T1 stuff in it. Which I brought to a remote parking lot where I parked my car. Then took a shuttle to T2 where I dropped off my run stuff then took a shuttle back to T1 where I finally set up my transition. Freakin nuts
Event warmup:

I forgot two pairs of running shoes so I couldn't do a run as a warm up so I biked a couple of miles. The bike starts out on a steep hill so I had to change my gear so I didn't topple over like a turtle at the start. :)
  • 12m 28s
  • 660 meters
  • 01m 53s / 100 meters

So my "official" swim time is 14:23 or something but that's because it took me 12:28 min to swim and then the rest of the time to take off my wetsuit. If I'd waited to take off my wetsuit I would have had a PR for the swim. Ugghhh. So mad!
What would you do differently?:

Wait to take off my wetsuit in transition.
Transition 1
  • 02m 42s
  • 1h 26m
  • 17.3 miles
  • 12.07 mile/hr
What would you do differently?:

Not brake on downhills
Transition 2
  • 02m 42s
  • 1h 12m 59s
  • 4.3 miles
  • 03m 32s  min/mile
Post race
Event comments:


Last updated: 2013-03-08 12:00 AM
00:12:28 | 660 meters | 01m 53s / 100meters
Age Group: 17/23
Overall: 118/556
Performance: Average
Suit: Yep
Course: Straight square
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Good Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:42
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:26:00 | 17.3 miles | 12.07 mile/hr
Age Group: 23/23
Overall: 510/556
Wind: Some
Course: This course is a straight up BITCH. Hilly as all get out, fast downhills, curves and turns. If you don't know how to handle your bike this course can literally kill ya. But I was so proud of myself. I stayed in my top gear but was quick enough to switch to 2nd or granny when needed by focusing and paying attention. I rounded my curves and if I hadn't braked so much on the downhills I know I could have been faster. But my time goal was 1:30 min and I finished under that so I'm so stoked. I had a love hate relationship with the bike since I missed the cutoff at Ironman Couer D'lene but I got my biking mojo back on this course. I kicked it's ass even though I only averaged 12 mph. For me that's awesome. And no cramps and felt awesome enough to actually run after the bike.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:42
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:12:59 | 04.3 miles | 03m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/23
Overall: 0/556
Course: This sucked. Hot, no shade and 1.5 mile hill to start. I started cramping after mile 1 so I didn't want to push it. But still ran a little and manage to finish under 1:20. Which is fine for me.
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Post race
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