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Waynesville, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
91F / 33C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 34m 21s
Overall Rank = 47/139
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 10/15
Pre-race routine:

Drove the three hours to the race the day before. Had a small dinner, then was in bed at 10:30pm after watching 'Ted'.... seeing a grown man get his ass beat by a teddy bear just never gets old. Thank God for hotels with HBO :-)

Woke up a little after 5am, made some coffee, packed my stuff and rolled out of the hotel. Showed up to the event around 6:30am, got transition set up, then went over to body marking and to pick up my timing chip.

After that, it was just a lot of standing around chatting with folks. Transition closed at 7:30am and the first Olympic wave wasn't until nearly 8:30am (late start due to a truck over-turned on the bike course).
Event warmup:

Go in the water and did a quick 200m around 7:45am. Then with all of the extra standing about because of the truck, I was nearly overheating in the wetsuit... so, between the last Sprint wave and the first Oly, I unzipped the wetsuit and floated myself in the water a bit to cool off.
Swim
  • 23m 13s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 25s / 100 yards
Comments:

This swim was - by far - my fastest Oly swim, ever. According to my Garmin, including the run to T1, it was .96 miles, so I think it may have been a little short in the water, but it is what it is.

The whole thing felt smooth and fast, and I just focused on sighting, a good catch, and good rotation (especially to my left, which is my weakness). Despite intentions to pay attention to my sighting, I still ended up all over the place and generally did a terrible job of sticking to the buoy line. The back side of the course was directly into the sun, and little surprise that is where I had the most trouble. I didn't think until just now to use the sun-in-the-water trick to help when my face was in the water.
What would you do differently?:

Better sighting. Could have maybe pushed a little harder, but honestly don't think I needed to.
Transition 1
  • 01m 32s
Comments:

Still getting used to getting the wetsuit off over the Garmin, but that's improving. Didn't rush, just moved methodically, and then I was off and going. I had picked a transition spot near Bike Out, so it was a short run and a hop and I was onto the bike course....
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, though I could maybe move a little faster.
Bike
  • 1h 08m 9s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.88 mile/hr
Comments:

I think I may have ridden beyond my fitness levels on this.
My fastest split ever for the distance by a couple of minutes.... but, I think I may have burned too many matches on some parts of it.

We had a few long sections of tailwind and I tried to push the biggest gears that I could sustain during those stretches just to make up for how much time I was hemorrhaging on that one big ass hill. I suck at climbing.

For as low as my average cadence is, I was actually trying to pay attention to cadence and was focusing on trying to maintain in the neighborhood of 90rpm, but I just didn't do a very good job of it.

The utter lack of bike training since March is really starting to show in a big way.
What would you do differently?:

Train a boatload more on the bike beforehand.
Transition 2
  • 01m 29s
Comments:

Solid T2 for me. Short run out of T1 means a longer run into T2 and I still haven't started leaving the shoes on the bike, so I'm running in my shoes back to the rack.
Taking shoes off adds a little time.

Forgot my small handheld water bottle... it would have been useful on the run. I did remember my EnduroCool towel, but I'm not sure if it helped at all.
What would you do differently?:

Take the water bottle.
Run
  • 59m 56s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 40s  min/mile
Comments:

This was just horrendous.
I couldn't stay cool, the hip flexors were crying, and I was just .... sloooow. I ended up walking fairly large chunks of this as I was just feeling kinda shot. I was dumping water over me and into me at every aid station, but it just didn't seem to help... I was just crazy hot. I was drinking water and Infinit at most aid stations, and it turned out to be too much.... I started having some seriously gassy belches that I had to slow down for lest I puke. All I could think about was jumping back into the lake right after I crossed the finish.
What would you do differently?:

I don't even know..... everything??
Post race
Warm down:

They had a garden hose of super cold water at the finish line!!!!!!!!
I got hosed down, then found a cold water outdoor shower and stood in it for a few minutes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat and fitness.

Event comments:

It would have been good with the heat to have had one more water station at the turn-around of the run, but overall it was good. Events weren't on time, but I can't bag on them for that because you can't control a truck overturning.

Overall, it was just a really beautiful course. The water was surprisingly clear (at least in the deeper parts and in the shallows on the first lap before things got churned up a little), and the bike course had almost all newly paved roads with a ton of cool scenery. Even the run, for as brutal as it felt, was kinda beautiful.... in other conditions, it'd actually have been really nice and fun.


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Swimming
00:23:13 | 1640 yards | 01m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/15
Overall: 33/139
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Vector Pro full sleeve
Course: Two lap rectangle, counter-clockwise. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/342728449
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 01:32
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
01:08:09 | 24.85 miles | 21.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/15
Overall: 37/139
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Two loop course with one big mother of a hill. http://connect.garmin.com/activity/342728453
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 80
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Bad
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 01:29
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:59:56 | 06.21 miles | 09m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/15
Overall: 81/139
Performance: Bad
Course: Two loop out-and-back on a vehicle maintenance path across the top of a levy. Mostly large gravel, weeds, and packed dirt single-track running. One uphill, but mostly pancake flat.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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]

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2013-07-15 2:44 PM
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Awesome job!

It always seems to be a very fine balance, biking hard enough but not so hard your run suffers. Especially in the heat!

2013-07-15 2:49 PM
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Indeed, and with it only being my third ever Oly, I'm definitely still learning where that line is at.

 

For as bad as the run was, I was just looking at my other races, and it turns out that it was still a PR for me --  by all of four seconds, lol!

Can't ever complain about a PR, so it's all good  Cool

2013-07-15 3:16 PM
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I did the sprint and remember thinking while on the run, "Wow those OLY people are gonna be hot". Good job on the PR!
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