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Kellner, Wisconsin
United States
South Wood County YMCA
Total Time = 1h 30m 52s
Overall Rank = 64/147
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 11/16
Pre-race routine:

Well, I FINALLY was able to get the first tri of the year in. This is a very nice small event with around 150 entries. I haven't done a tri in the rain before and I really didn't want to do this one in the rain. Forecast didn't look good. That morning I decided to drive down and do it regardless. The drive was about 2.5 hours but we got here in plenty of time. I registered, set up my transition area and was feeling really good about things. It started to rain more but I was now committed.

Event warmup:

With about 30 min before race start I got my wetsuit on and did some warmups in the water.
  • 10m 12s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 19s / 100 yards

My wave was 4th so I was able to gauge things and see how people were doing. I remember thinking "that doesn't look like a1/4 mile swim....". My wave's turn came up. The horn sounded and I was off. I was in a really good groove, swimming with the pack about in the middle. At a certain point I thought "this is easy!" At that point I looked up and realized a only went about 1/4 to 1/3rd the way! At that point, I looked down the lake to where the turnaround was and it felt like Mt. Everst to me. I struggled, couldn't get my form right, couldn't breate right and even had to stop and take breaks. It was a complete mental breakdown! i finally put enough of an effort in to make it back to shore. I wasn't the last in my wave but close. It felt like 15 minutes went by. I came out of the lake, ran up the hill to T1.
What would you do differently?:

Not worry about the distance and not psych myself out!
Transition 1
  • 01m 43s

Decent T1 considering I was dizzy and exhausted from the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
  • 42m 38s
  • 14.5 miles
  • 20.37 mile/hr

By now it apparently was raining pretty good but I honestly don't remember it raining at all. Was I in a zone or just exhausted and mad at myself over the swim. Who knows. I mounted my bike and took off. I knew I had time to make up so I pushed it. The course was flat so I knew I didn't need to worry about hills. I was passing people like they were standing still. My goal....don't get passed and pass everyone! It seemed like I did. I was even pasing guys on very expensive bikes with disc wheels. It's a great feeling blowing by someone that has spent 3 or 4 times what you have on their equipement! By about halfway through the bike the rain ended. So in the end I think I passed roughly 30 people and was never passed once!
What would you do differently?:

Maybe not as hard, hamstrings locked up coming off bike.
Transition 2
  • 02m 7s

As I came into T2, I went to dismont and my entire right hamstring and calf locked up! I haven't had this happen in a while. Poor bike fit or did I push it too much? Hobbled over to the rack and got shoes on.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe not push as hard on the bike.
  • 34m 12s
  • 3.7 miles
  • 09m 20s  min/mile

As I headed out of T2 I had to take it easy since I was on the verge of cramping. After about a 1/4 mile things got easier and I was able to run halfway decently. I had a couple guys go by me that I knew were in my division. The run was pretty good, good heart rate, not cramping but my time wasn't as fast as I wanted. I paced a guy almost the entire run and about 2/10ths of a mile left he started to slow down. As I came up on him he saw me and put the turbos on. I wan't going to beat him today. I came in and felt pretty good until I had to stop to give them my chip, then the leg cramps came back.
What would you do differently?:

go a little harder
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit, ate and congratulated another guy in my division who came in ahead of me. I wound up 11th out of 16 in my division, 64rd out of 147 overall. The one good thing out of it was I ranked 30th overall in the bike.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

It was a well run race and will do it again!

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Last updated: 2013-07-06 12:00 AM
00:10:12 | 440 yards | 02m 19s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 0/147
Performance: Bad
Suit: Synergy full wetsuit
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Bad
Time: 01:43
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:42:38 | 14.5 miles | 20.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 30/147
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Flat out and back
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:07
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:34:12 | 03.7 miles | 09m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/16
Overall: 0/147
Performance: Average
Course: Around the lake, some blacktop some trail. A little muddy here and there.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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