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Storm Lake, Iowa
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 42m 24s
Overall Rank = 33/44
Age Group = 60-64
Age Group Rank = 2/4
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5AM. Coffee, yogurt, banana, peanut butter and jam sandwich. Walked to the transition area at 6:15. Picked up timing chip, got body marked, and received swim cap. Transition opened at 6:30 so had choice of any spot in transition. Set up my stuff and then checked to see how my grandson set up his area.
Event warmup:

Covered most of my body with Body-Glide and put on my wetsuit. Got in the water about 7:45 and swam about 100 yards.
  • 21m 48s
  • 800 meters
  • 02m 44s / 100 meters

It seemed to take a long time to get to the turn around point. My goggles started to fog up about halfway out. Then swimming back to the start was into the sun. I could not see much and had to stop a few times to get my bearings.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure my goggles were clear before the start.
Transition 1
  • 01m 23s

Had trouble getting the wetsuit off my legs and it took a couple tries before it finally came off. The transition area was not crowded at all.
What would you do differently?:

practice transition and make sure that I focus on getting the wetsuit off.
  • 42m 3s
  • 12.63 miles
  • 17.75 mile/hr

The first part of the course was a little rougher road but on the south side of the lake, the road was smooth. The age-grouper that beat me passed me twice on the bike. He road more than needed in the loop in the parking lot. At least 90% of the intersections had volunteers stopping traffic for the rider. At major intersections the Sheriff made sure you were safe.
What would you do differently?:

Push a little harder and practice more on the hills
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s
What would you do differently?:

rack the bike quicker
  • 35m 57s
  • 5 kms
  • 07m 07s  min/km

Coming of a month of no running, I was happy with my results. I walked twice for a minute each time and felt good throughout. I was worried about aid stations for water but because the weather was perfect, the one at turn-around was sufficient.
What would you do differently?:

more run training.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank water and ate a banana. Walked some. Talked with my grandson about the race. He finished 14 minutes ahead of me (with no training). Youth is wasted on the young.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not training for over a month limited my ability on the bike and the run.

Event comments:

The support for this race was fantastic. They announce your name as you pasted the finish line. Results were posted on a big screen TV at the finish. There were volunteers at nearly every intersection on the course to make sure you were safe while biking. SWAG was the best I have seen at any race. It seems the community really supported this event. Another activity in town (Wood, Wine, and Blues) made for a very enjoyable trip.

Last updated: 2013-08-22 12:00 AM
00:21:48 | 800 meters | 02m 44s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 27/44
Performance: Below average
Suit: wetsuit on
Course: out and back. waded in to chest deep water for the start.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:23
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:42:03 | 12.63 miles | 17.75 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/4
Overall: 29/44
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: The course starts out with a slight slope up and then a few small rolling hills on the south side of the lake. Not flat like the Florida races that I am used to doing. The ride was around the lake with a short loop into a parking lot to get enough distance.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:12
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:35:57 | 05 kms | 07m 07s  min/km
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 39/44
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back with a slight uphill at the start. Shade almost all the way.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
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] 5

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