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Howell, Michigan
United States
Howell Parks and Rec
80F / 27C
Total Time = 9h 00m
Overall Rank = 78/86
Age Group = 36-40
Age Group Rank = 4/5
Pre-race routine:

Got up[ at 4:30 AM, drove up to the race...
Event warmup:

None, conserved all energy for the events
  • 44m 48s
  • 1760 yards
  • 02m 33s / 100 yards

What a fun event! The weather could not have been more perfect. The water temp was nice for a regular swim suit, although a surprising number of folks went with a wetsuit.
What would you do differently?:

Train more, work on sighting, train more, swim more than 10000 yards in the month leading up to the race, add some yardage, and train. It was a nice swim, and my pace was actually pretty much my typical pace...I need to find a "race pace" in the water.
Post race
Warm down:

Ate a banana, packet of GU, lots of water...had another race in 15 minutes!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of experience in open water, lack of training.

Event comments:

The transition area needs to be bigger. The lifeguards and volunteers were awesome! The fellow competitors were very friendly folks! This is a unique race at a great location in a beautiful little town. looking forward to next year

Last updated: 2013-06-02 12:00 AM
00:44:48 | 1760 yards | 02m 33s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/5
Overall: 78/86
Performance: Below average
Suit: TYR durafast brief
Course: 1/2 mile triangle, two loops of it.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-07-12 6:49 PM


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