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Cornelius, North Carolina
United States
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81F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 38m 39s
Overall Rank = 147/382
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 21/55
Pre-race routine:

Up around 5:15 - slow moving this morning - typical breakfast of oatmeal and Dt My Dew - got a late start and headed over. Parking was a mess and made the wisest choice of the day - parked down a side road I know well and road my back into the race. Quickly got my chip and markings, setup on transitions
Event warmup:

Did about a mile warmup run and a little swim - hit the bathroom while the first waves went off - we got a late start
  • 17m 7s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 17s / 100 meters

The outbound swim (with the current) felt good. First two buoys went really well but got trapped coming in - could not find a good spot or rhythm. Drove me nuts. But happy with the swim. A minute slower than last year but it was a much tougher swim - tons more people and traffic.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - I have been suffering a case of tendinitis in my right elbow (tennis elbow) which has made swimming painful. This was the first swim in 2 months that did not hurt
Transition 1
  • 02m 24s

Thought I was faster - had some trouble with my shoes.
  • 51m 9s
  • 17 miles
  • 19.67 mile/hr

Interesting ride - slower than last year but felt strong - played hop scotch with one guy while passing a bunch more; had a guy literally draft off me for 2 miles up Shearers - never seen someone do that. More frustrating is he beat me overall as I did all the work.

The last mile was super technical and very hard to pass. I could have passed a few more but played it safe.

Passed two cars as well.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 29s

Big TA but decent transition
  • 26m 32s
  • 5 kms
  • 05m 17s  min/km

Well the run - i Passed one person maybe?- been running a bunch but none of it fast. Since my 5k PR in early July the running side of the house has been grim. 23 seconds slower than last year.
Post race
Warm down:

Met up with a few friends and met some new ones

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The summer since early July has been a mess training wise for some very good reasons. Struggled mighty in late July early August with both injury (see the elbow) and just motivation. My goal for the race was to be close to last year but I was over 4 minutes slower. I think some of that was do to the headwinds we saw on the bike and more to me. But I am thankful for completing the race and having the ability to race.

Event comments:

Race felt bigger than last year - looks like it was maybe 8 to 10% bigger. Weather was great.

Last updated: 2013-08-05 12:00 AM
00:17:07 | 750 meters | 02m 17s / 100meters
Age Group: 18/55
Overall: 146/382
Performance: Good
Course: rectangle of sorts -
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 81F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:24
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:51:09 | 17 miles | 19.67 mile/hr
Age Group: 16/55
Overall: 103/382
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: Big rectangle - one I know well - has a good strong wind going into
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:29
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:26:32 | 05 kms | 05m 17s  min/km
Age Group: 37/55
Overall: 257/382
Performance: Below average
Course: lots of turns and basically up and down. Not my favorite course but it works. I had the course as being short. Running is not my favorite and that remains the same
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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