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Meadville, Pennsylvania
United States
Meadville Family YMCA
79F / 26C
Total Time = 2h 39m 53s
Overall Rank = 25/126
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 4/12
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:50. Ate pancakes. Drove up. Picked up race packet. Wetsuit on. Ate a banana 15 minutes before race time.
Event warmup:

Swam a little bit before the elite wave went off. Mostly tried to stay out of the hot sun in my wetsuit.
  • 25m 23s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 33s / 100 yards

Happy with 1st AG swim.
Started with a fast swimming group. Stayed on feet on and off. A little tough to see some of the smaller buoys. But good overall.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 02m 27s

There was a long uphill run from the water to transition. Allowed me time to get the top of my wetsuit down.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 18m 45s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.04 mile/hr

Rolling uphills were tough. Lost momentum and got passed a lot. Had a great time descending and hammered the flats. Passed people on downhills. Went back and forth with a guy in my AG for pretty much the whole bike race.
What would you do differently?:

I think I did about as well as I could with what I had today.
Transition 2
  • 00m 44s

Had a good transition: 9th overall. Racked quickly and got helmet off and shoes on with no problem. Grabbed race belt and hat and ran to timing mat. Picked up a place on the guy who came in right before me on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

  • 52m 38s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 31s  min/mile

This is where the wheels came off. Between the heat and humidity, my HR was high. Breathing was tough. Legs felt ok. Just tried to keep HR in
What would you do differently?:

I am not sure. Again, I think I did the best I could given the circumstances. Maybe push HR into the 170s and see what happens. Could be useful to see exactly where I would blow up.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and drank water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat, humidity, weakness climbing hills.

Event comments:

The post-race spread is the best I've seen at any race: ziti, rosemary chicken, meatballs, ravioli. Hit the spot.
Our club won the club challenge.

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Last updated: 2013-05-16 12:00 AM
00:25:23 | 1640 yards | 01m 33s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/12
Overall: 13/126
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra full wetsuit
Course: Course is one lap of a counter-clockwise triangle.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:27
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:18:45 | 24.85 miles | 19.04 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/12
Overall: 34/126
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Course: Course left the park and was two loops on surrounding roads. One section was rough, but the rest were in good condition. Beginning of loop was mostly climbing, and end was mostly descending. Most intersections had volunteers and emergency personnel with big flags telling you which way to turn. Also had arrows painted on the road. Signs telling motorists that there was a bike race in progress was a nice touch.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 79
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:44
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:52:38 | 06.21 miles | 08m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/12
Overall: 32/126
Performance: Below average
Course: Meandering course through the park on asphalt roads. Beginning and end were in nice shaded area. Middle was on gravel in an open field and out and back on the dam. The unshaded areas were brutally hot.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
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] 4

2013-06-23 4:52 PM

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Subject: The Dam Tri - Olympic Course

2013-06-23 8:30 PM
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Subject: RE: The Dam Tri - Olympic Course
The bike course also featured plenty of small potholes. The small loop for the 2nd lap was especially bad as one of the top female age group riders crashed and taken by ambulance to the ER. I do not know her status but did she her dazed and sitting along the sit of the road as the course ER arrived to help.
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