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Caseville, Michigan
United States
90F / 32C
Total Time = 5h 58m 25s
Overall Rank = 3/31
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Camping in Caseville. Short ride and swam a little on Friday, again on saturday. Prayed for smooth water on sunday.
Event warmup:

Got up around 5:30, ate some cereal, had a coconut water. walked down set up transition, squeezed into my wetsuit. waded out to the start.
  • 49m 26s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 20s / 100 yards

The swim had me really worried. I have only been swimming consistently since the beginning of the year. Goggles started leaking almost immediately. Stopped 3 times to dump them and tighten them. kind of pissed me off because I had just used them the day before with no issues. started bilaterally breathing but wound up only breathing on the left after a while. I never breathe on just one side in training, but for some reason racing, I've only been comfy on the left. I was sighting good, but b/c i was only breathing on one side, i was pulling myself away from the bouys. I really happy with it though as this was my first HIM and I couldnt believe how comfortable in the water i was.
What would you do differently?:

focus on bilateral breathing.
Transition 1
  • 02m 19s

T1 took some time to put socks on, and gather my thoughts from the long wade in and then from the run up the beach.
  • 2h 57m 6s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.88 mile/hr

My knee has been bothering me for the last several long rides over 2.5 hours. I decided I would take the bike easy and hold between 16 and 17mph. the course was a 2 loop out and back. I made it to the first turn around and couldnt take it anymore. I turned it on and tried to average 20mph for the remaining ride. Knee started barking somewhere around 35 miles, but worked thru it and comfortably finished the ride. Every 10 min i was drinking Nuun, every 30 min I took a gu.
Transition 2
  • 01m 6s
  • 2h 08m 30s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 47s  min/mile

The first 2.5 miles of the run were great, then the road became an unmaintained 2 track sand road. It was tough. water, heed, and sponges at each aid station. took my gu bottle with 5 gels, and took them periodically in the last half of the race. A hamstring cramp popped up right after the turn around so i took a gu and walked a little. I got 2 more throughout the run, but worked thru them.
What would you do differently?:

probably should have continued the gus on the first part of the run.
Post race
Warm down:

walked back out on my course to find my dad. Once he finished, went in sat in the kiddie pool in ice water and had another coconut water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

For my first half, I was really happy.

Event comments:

the aid stations on the run were less and further apart than in the athlete guide, which given the conditions was a huge potential issue. I was ok, however I know the later half athletes really struggled.

Last updated: 2013-07-17 12:00 AM
00:49:26 | 2112 yards | 02m 20s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 10/31
Performance: Good
this also included a .25mile wade back in from the finish of the swim to transition.
Suit: wetsuit
Course: rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:19
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:57:06 | 56 miles | 18.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 8/31
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 01:06
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:08:30 | 13.1 miles | 09m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 3/31
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2013-07-17 10:53 AM

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