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Sims, North Carolina
United States
FS Series
WarmF / 0C
Total Time = 1h 31m 27s
Overall Rank = 36/132
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 5/21
Pre-race routine:

Decided last night at 11pm that I would drive out and do this race. Probably could have used some more sleep. Had a bowl of Grape Nuts w/ Vanilla Soy and 1 c. of coffee. Walked the dog and then had another c. of coffee on way to race.
Event warmup:

3 min spin on bike, 3x1min hard, ez ride back to transition. Quick swim.
  • 14m 41s
  • 750 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

Started ell the men at once between two piers. There was a forward group and a back group. When I went to the middle, I realized why. You couldn't stand! So I clung to the dock just behind the lead pack. Swam a perfect line for every buoy, ran into a little trouble with a guy who wasn't swimming straight and kept hitting me with each stroke. I used my kick to motor forward and create some distance and that worked fine. Overall, I felt a bit sluggish. I usually take a gel w/caffeine before a sprint, but did not today.
What would you do differently?:

Take my usual gel w/caffeine before the start.
Transition 1
  • 00m 50s

Very short transition, but couldn't seem to clip my race belt on. Should have definitely done this on the run, Next time.
What would you do differently?:

Save wearing my race for T2.
  • 51m 4s
  • 17 miles
  • 19.67 mile/hr

I knew I had a good swim and a few younger people passed me early on. Once someone in my age group passed me I adjusted my pace a bit. Was good motivation to push the envelope like I should in a sprint, but there was no way I would be able to catch the dude who passed me, so I let him go. Fueled only on water then a gel (w/o caffeine) at Mile 15.
Transition 2
  • 00m 29s

This was perfect. I could have only run faster. Was 2nd in AG for this!
  • 24m 19s
  • 5 kms
  • 04m 53s  min/km

My PR for this course is 23-something and I felt I was close or faster. Felt the beginning of a cramp a few times and grabbed some HEED which alleviated it mostly. A guy in my AG passed me just before the turnaround and I kept him in my sights to try and run him down at certain spot on the course. Unfortunately, he picked the same spot for his kick and I never caught him - I simply waited too long.
What would you do differently?:

I just need to run more!
Post race
Warm down:

Water, orange slices, a banana, then a coke and a piece of pitas bread.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Should have taken a gel or sports drink prior to race.

Event comments:

Got socks AND a t-shirt! I love the stories FS Series shares about participants during and prior to the race. Great course and great race put on good people!

Last updated: 2013-07-27 12:00 AM
00:14:41 | 750 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/21
Overall: 24/132
Performance: Good
Course: Counter Clockwise Triangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:50
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:51:04 | 17 miles | 19.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/21
Overall: 44/132
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Rolling hill.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:29
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:19 | 05 kms | 04m 53s  min/km
Age Group: 8/21
Overall: 55/132
Performance: Good
Course: Gradual incline from transition for less then a 1/2 mile, then generally flat. Very favorable course, as the incline from transition is a decline TO the finish.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2013-07-27 3:13 PM

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