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Chattanooga, Tennessee
United States
Team Magic
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 58m 42s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 34/45
Pre-race routine:

I woke up at 5 am grouchy and unrested due to a pitiful night of sleep. I think I only had around 2 hrs of sleep total. My body was probably still trying to adjust back to the Eastern time zone, and as I tossed and turned all night, all I could think of was the pile of garbage I saw floating down the TN River earlier on Saturday. I knew it was going to be all adrenaline.

I had my Cliff Bar, banana w/ peanut butter and took 2 Endurolytes, hoping that they wouldn't upset my stomach since I have never taken them before. I also drank a bottle of Gu sports drink before the race. I was determined to hydrate myself much better for this Oly b/c I didn't want to suffer from dehydration and heat exhaustion again as I did after St. A's. Oh, I had plenty to drink on Sat & Fri as well.
Event warmup:

No real warm-up since we weren't allowed to swim before the race. We were shuttled to our swim start area and once we got there, we waited patiently for over an hour before the race began. Meanwhile, I had a chance to catch up with some of my teammates from TNT. Ate 3 Clif blocks right before start.
  • 27m 25s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 50s / 100 meters

Okay, the this wasn't the cleanest water but my best swim time ever! Although I really didn't feel the current, it must have definitely helped. I had a hard time with sighting at first and I think one of the buoys was off course, but the swim course was pretty straight forward. Just pass two bridges and there's the finish. As I neared the swim exit, I could see big guys waiting to yank us out of the water. It was cool to be "yanked out" of the water. I felt like a flying fish.
What would you do differently?:

Continue to practice on sighting.
Transition 1
  • 02m 41s

I decided to wear both my socks and gloves for this race. I just didn't feel comfortable leaving them off. Everything else went smoothly. Popped two more Endurolytes and ate a gel.
What would you do differently?:

Try to get faster.
  • 1h 23m 42s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 17.81 mile/hr

I've never ridden on a highway before so it felt unique, but I didn't so much enjoy all the hills. It went on and on... I thought I would never see the end of it. I felt pretty good despite having had only 2 hours of sleep. I think I stayed in the big ring the whole time except for once when I had to climb over the giant hill for the first loop. Once, I saw a guy pull over and throw up. I think it was definitely due to his nutrition. It was only at around 5 mile mark. Again, i wanted to avoid dehydration so I chugged 2 bottles of Gu and ate a gel.
What would you do differently?:

I want a new bike! A tri bike with "whoosh whoosh wheels" would be nice. My aluminum bike with the aeros weigh a ton esp. with two full bottles and climbing hills. I was passed by a bunch of fast male riders on the course. It was cool to see them fly past me with their hot bikes. I didn't really see any problems with drafting in this race. I saw fairly a decent number of USAT officials riding on their motorcycles, surveying the course for penalties.
Transition 2
  • 02m 2s

Racked my bike, changed shoes, took off my helmet and I was off. I knew that I had a little over an hour to make the under 3 hour mark on the run.
  • 1h 02m 56s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 08s  min/mile

Although I didn't run this 10K under an hour, I felt pretty good about it. It was a challenging run for everyone, I think. By the time I started on the run, it was pretty hot and humid. The beginning of the run was the hardest since we had to go up the steps and climb up a humongous hill before we could get to the flat running path by the river. I felt like a tiny ant trying to climb over a giant ant hill. So helpless... I walked that first hill but I was determined to run the rest of it and did. Once I made it to the half way point and turned around to run back the other half, I kept looking at my watch to ensure that I would finish under three hours. It got pretty tough after five miles, but I kept up with the pace and didn't walk, even on the big hill. Didn't pull off the usual sprint at the end, but several of my teammates commented later that I looked strong on the run. I stopped to get Powerade at every station and poured cold water on my upper body to cool myself down. I really needed every once of that Powerade and water.
What would you do differently?:

Need to run more and work on my pace.
Post race
Warm down:

The cold blue towel felt so good around my neck and shoulders. I skipped out on the beer and solid food but had plenty of water and Gatorade. Just couldn't eat anything b/c it was so hot. Oh yea, they didn't give us a medal but we got a cool t-shirt.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hot and humid weather.

Event comments:

I was pretty impressed with the race organizers. I thought that it was a great triathlon. They could have shortened the wait time before the swim, but everything else was well run. I am also very pleased with my overall time b/c I wasn't expecting to stay under 3. I will be back next year.

Last updated: 2006-06-06 12:00 AM
00:27:25 | 1500 meters | 01m 50s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/45
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: no
Course: Down with the current in Tennessee River.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 83F / 28C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 02:41
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:23:42 | 24.85 miles | 17.81 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/45
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: Bike course is a partially one loop with a section of two loop course.
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:02
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:02:56 | 06.21 miles | 10m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/45
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2006-07-17 7:12 PM

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Norcross, GA
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2006-07-17 8:35 PM
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Pulaski TN
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Super job out there. Yes those whoosh whoosh wheels are nice but not as nice as those blue towels man they were just what the doctor ordered. We will see you next year there!!
2006-07-17 9:13 PM
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Extreme Veteran
Nashville TN
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nice job...ok I need to heed what you did!! nutrition!
2006-07-17 10:23 PM
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Vestavia Hills
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Kyung!!!  What a great race ... wish I could have been there for the unofficial reunion as I heard at Moe's tonight that the GA Chapter was well represented. (Also heard that more than one person had a difficult time sleeping the night before the race too; must have been the hotel.)

Way to pay attention to the endurolytes + hydration ... key elements on a day as hot as yesterday.  Don't forget that the heat played a factor in the run times, so technically speaking you finished under an hour!

You are getting faster + stronger with each race -- woohoo!

2006-07-18 7:44 AM
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The Original
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Wow- awesome race!  I did this race last year and really struggled.  You did awesome!  Congrats on a good race that included lack of sleep and heat!  Way to remember to hydrate on the bike and take in some calories!
2006-07-18 3:21 PM
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Athens, Ga.
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Kyung, you rocked this race! Great job. The river swim sounded especially cool, so cool, in fact, that maybe I'll do this race with you next year! Awesome race!

2006-07-22 8:37 AM
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Marietta, GA
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Sorry I'm late with this response (I'm just catching up with everyone's races) - but you did AWESOME!! Congratulations on beating your under 3:00 goal in just your second Oly - you rock. Your pace on the bike is awesome - especially because I heard it was a moderately difficult course!! Great job overall - you are definately getting better with each race!
2006-07-24 10:04 AM
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wow awesome race... You need to look the rest of us BTers up next time!!!
2006-07-24 12:47 PM
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Dothan, Alabama
Subject: RE: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon
Wow! Excellent race. Especially for that area and all those hills. Thanks for the detailed report. I have family in that area, so it may be a race to look into next year, if I can get over my fear of hills. How bad were they, really?

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