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Lee's Summit, Missouri
United States
Jackson County Triathlon
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 10m 37s
Overall Rank = 15/148
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 3/11
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5:00 AM, took my usual wake up shower. Put the bike on the rack, stuff in the car and it was a nice early on time start for the day.....So I'm cruising north on the highway and all of a sudden a plastic paint bucket falls out of a truck ahead of me, it's the only car ahead of me that early on a Sunday morning. Bucket gets stuck under my car. I slow down, put the E-lights on, move into the service lane put the car in reverse. Still stuck. Nice! So I get out and tried pulling it out of from under, of coures it's stuck in there pretty good. So after about 5 minutes I finally manage to pull it out.

Then I get back in the car and realize I left my wetsuit at home. I lieve only 30 minutes from the lake to I decide I've got enough time to make it, just won't get the best transition spot available, like that matters anyway. I knew the key competitors will be wearing theirs and I didn't want to give them my ONLY advantage. I knew I would be beaten on the bike and run in my AG but I at least would have this one small victory during the race.

Finally rolled up to parking at about 6:30. Parking was very close to transition which was nice.
Event warmup:

Saw Pete and Kathy in transition was I walked up and found me a good spot, 4th row from the bike exit. Got marked, pioked up my chip, then chit-chatted with a few BT'ers until heading down to the beach. No warm up really, I'd use the swim for that.
  • 26m 20s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 37s / 100 yards

I was lined up far left next to a swimmer with about the same ability as I (Scott). A better swimmer (Dave) was near the middle so I expected him to take the front of thise wave. I think our swim wave was all men 40+

Start was a little crowded at first, a lot of guys swimming hard that first few hundred. A little bumping around plus I nearly swam over a guy that was coming at a hard angle from my left, plus going much slower. Finally got into a groove to where I could take longer strokes and decrease the cadence a little. Going out Scott and I bumped each other a few times as we were taking the same line. I don't really think about drafting on my swims, I just swim. I like to control my own speed and I remember trying to draft once but that person slowed down too much and I had to pass him.

Near the end of the first lap I caught the wave in front of us so had to sight a bit more. Then on the 2nd lap I had to sight even more, due to even heavier traffic. When I came out of the water I could sense someone behind me and I figured it was Scott. I quickly ran up the beach as I wanted to be #1 in the swim even though I knew he would beat me out of transition, not to mention school me on the bike.

Yep, 1st in AG on the swim, 6th overall (might be 4th OA as two of those swim times look suspiciously one lap short).

Some have speculated the swim to be long. It might have been by 100-200 yards but not much more than that. You'll never hear me complaiining about a swim benig too long.
What would you do differently?:

Swallow less water
Transition 1
  • 01m 25s

For me this was a good transition. Peeled the wetsuit bottoms off fairly quickly, got helmet and sunglasses on pretty smoothly. This would normally take me a couple minutes so I'm getting a little faster at transitions. Now once past the timing chip line I did have trouble clipping in. I just recently went from Mavic to Shimano 105 pedals/cleats and I'm not so quick at clipping in yet.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 03m 31s
  • 23.5 miles
  • 22.20 mile/hr

An "just O.K." bike for me. I felt as if I were riding at a PR pace but turns out I was two minutes slower than this same exact ride two years ago. I think conditions were very similar. I don't remember wind being a factor in either ride. Of course the swim two years ago was 19 minutes shorter than this years. I did have some back pain on the 2nd laps so had to sit up for a few minutes a couple of times. That added a little time due to the poorer aerodynamics and reduced pedaling effort I suppose. I'm also thinking the "light" workout the day before may have been so light. I rode a little more than 11 miles on the mountain bike on the m/u trails but wasn't exactly lolligaggin' either. Think I averaged 15 mph with those huge knobby tires and such. Then I ran which seemed like an effortless 2.6 mile run but ended up at 8:23 pace but during the run it felt like 9:00 pace.

Oh yeah, then there's my diet......Never Mind .......

The ride itself was pretty free of any drama. On the first lap this dude on a road bike, probably 50 lbs lighter than I, would pass me on the uphills, then I'd get down in aero on the flats and pass by him. We please leapfrom for a while but once I got to the downhill section where I hit 45 mph, I never saw him again. The only other interesting thing happening on the bike was when I made the turn from Raytown Rd. into the park, there was this lady and her two kids riding 3 wide on the road in front of me. Was she not aware a race was happening? I veered left and shouted "there's a race going on, might want to ride single file to the right". I didn't see a race official or volunteer there. Could have been dangerous had a group of riders coming in.
What would you do differently?:

Much easier or no workout at all the day before.
Transition 2
  • 01m 23s

Again, a good transition for me.
What would you do differently?:

  • 38m 1s
  • 5 miles
  • 07m 36s  min/mile

Legs felt tight. Thought they'd loosen up after a mile or so, Nope. When you come out of transition, short course goes right, long course left and saw a few go right but none left. Then for the first 1 mile or so I saw nobody ahead and nobody behind me. I knew this was the right way, I was wondering of others ran the wrong way. After I passed the first aid station, which was about the 1 mile mark, I couild hear the volunteers talking to one or two runners so I knew I was being reeled in. After another mile or so I finally saw the leaders coming back the other way. I was in heat #2 and heat #1 started 5 minutes prior so I was expecting the fast guys by this time.

Finally saw Pete and not too far behind him was Mark. Not too far behind them was Scott who I knew would be 1st or 2nd in our AG. After the turnaround there was this beautiful blonde young women wearing a white dress. She was just walking along side the trail carrying a book. I wasn't expecting that during my run this day. As I passed her I could help but say "Now you're a bit of sunshine on a tough race day". That's the best I could come up with given the short notice. I know, I've gotta work on that!

Legs started to have cramping sensations at about mile 3 so I had to fold back a bit the last few miles. No hard charge to the finish this day.

O.K. so the run wasn't my best but it was faster than the same exact run two years prior. My run training has been dismal, only 10 mpw for the last few months so I can't expect much better results.
What would you do differently?:

Come up with a better line for cute blonde woman.....
Post race
Warm down:

Came across the finish line, got my glass beer mug and T-shirt, saw Pete drinking a MIchelob Ultra, went to grab my own. Chit-chatted with Pete, Scott, Mark among others. Put the bike on the rack then came walked back to transition to watch the awards and hope they pick my number in the drawing ....Nada of course.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Many things ......

Event comments:

This turned out to be a smaller race than I had expected. Two years ago there were 250 people in the long course race, this year only 148. Of course two years ago they did not have a 5150 and a new Kansas Triathlon, both costing more for race entry than this race. Who knows....

I did like the beer mug in lieu of a finishers medal.

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Last updated: 2013-05-24 12:00 AM
00:26:20 | 1640 yards | 01m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/11
Overall: 6/148
Performance: Good
Suit: DeSoto T1 bottoms, Zoot Tri Suit
Course: Triangular, swim out to far bouy with markers on your left, make U-Turn and swim back to beach towards bouy on your right. Make left turn at bouy, then another left at start bouy for 2nd lap. Two laps for long course.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:25
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:03:31 | 23.5 miles | 22.20 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/11
Overall: 14/148
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Mostly on main roads just outside of park, some residential. Two laps, mostly flat with two gradual climbs each lap. Strava had one climb at 0.9 miles with 2.7% ave. grade, the other 0.7 miles at 3.3% average grade. There's also a downhill section of about 0.7 miles long which I hit 45 mph at one point. Ave grade was -4.0%
Road: Rough  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:23
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:38:01 | 05 miles | 07m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/11
Overall: 35/148
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back on dirt/gravel trails. Nice to have a run on something softer than pavement or ashphalt. There were water stations at each mile.
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
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2013-08-20 3:12 PM

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Overland Park, KS
Subject: Jackson County Triathlon - Long Course

2013-08-20 5:18 PM
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Hellllllllz yes! You smoked it!

I like your swim pic, it's like you are walking on water. 

"Now you're a bit of sunshine on a tough race day" hahahahahahahaha! Better luck next time buddy 

2013-08-20 10:25 PM
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Prairie Village, Kansas
Subject: RE: Jackson County Triathlon - Long Course
Crazy Reese! I saw a bucket on my drive in, too! On the middle of 69 north! Was it grey?

Also had the pleasure of passing the family of 3 taking up both lanes. Not exactly safe... Great race and see you this weekend!
2013-08-21 9:21 AM
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Super race, Reece, and an AG podium to boot!  I'm thinking the paint bucket was meant to happen, after all, it made you remember your wetsuit. First out of the water, wow!!!  Blonde woman in white dress by the path?  Ghost of Marilyn Monroe, of course, so it won't matter what you said to her, LOL. (sorry, I'm in a silly mood and that's the first thing that came to mind
2013-08-22 2:06 PM
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Englewood, Florida
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Nice job Reece!

And yeah, work on the off the cuff comment to the cute blonde. It makes the pain go away.

2013-08-22 3:29 PM
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Overland Park, KS
Subject: RE: Jackson County Triathlon - Long Course
Rockin race Reece! Solid swim, strong bike, and obviously just the right intensity on the run if you are hallucinating about beautiful women walking along the trail...I also saw a family on bikes but this was over near the 1-lane bridge, Mom and a couple young kids but they were going opposite direction of us and staying reasonably well on their side of the road.

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