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Priest Lake, Idaho
United States
Priest Lake Triathlon
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 48m 11s
Overall Rank = 117/202
Age Group = F Athena
Age Group Rank = 1/3
Pre-race routine:

Got up early, drank Perpetuem, picked up tri-brother, took a while to figure out how to fit both MTBs in the car, then were off to drive to Priest Lake. Had a PB bagel in the car.
Event warmup:

Swam a few yards... obviously not enough.
  • 07m 47s
  • 350 meters
  • 02m 13s / 100 meters

Ugh, this was a terrible swim. Never got it together. Felt out of breath and panicky the whole time.
What would you do differently?:

More warmup
Transition 1
  • 04m

Took my wetsuit off at the beach thinking it wouldn't stick as badly. Maybe it didn't, but it was still nice and stuck, plus it was all sandy since I didn't wait till I got to the grass. Walked up the LOOOOOOONG carpeted path to the bikes, got situated and headed off.
What would you do differently?:

Wetsuit off in grass or even at T1.
  • 1h 02m 42s
  • 11 kms
  • 10.53 km/hr

Wow, hardest ride I think I've ever done! Also the most beautiful. Not sure how they did it, but I think about 50 minutes of my ride was climbing with only 10 or so descending, yet we ended up at the same place... must have bent the laws of physics. I don't mountain bike much and don't have any skillz, so the descents were a little hairy for me, and the climbs just went on and on... It was worth it for the views, though! At the first big climb several people had gotten off to walk their bikes - one guy was jogging with his - faster than I was riding! The last little bit was on single track - absolutely beautiful with soft ground and big trees with the sunlight coming through. I had no idea where we were and was very surprised to pop out right at transition!.
What would you do differently?:

More climbing, more practice on trails, but really, nothing on this day.
Transition 2
  • 01m 19s

Easy transition - shoes/helmet off, shoes/hat on.
What would you do differently?:

  • 32m 21s
  • 5 kms
  • 06m 28s  min/km

Was pretty tired after the bike - did I mention that was the hardest ride I've ever done? But once I got over the transition and got my run legs back (such as they are) I was able to mostly just chug along till the end. Foot hurt like mad starting out but evened out pretty quickly.
What would you do differently?:

More hills, more training, but nothing on this day.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank water, walked around, chatted with friends. Forgot to stretch...again.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training and extra weight. But life is all about choices and balance, so I did as well as possible for this day.

Event comments:

Very fun race, can't wait to do it again! Also the hardest ride I think I've ever done, and the most beautiful. The ride is not too technical - mostly wide forest roads, but lots of up and a few downhills.

The lunch that you buy does NOT include a drink, so bring some cash to buy water, soda or beer at lunch.

Definitely try this one, but be prepared for HILLS!

Last updated: 2013-09-01 12:00 AM
00:07:47 | 350 meters | 02m 13s / 100meters
Age Group: 2/3
Overall: 0/202
Performance: Below average
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Swim out around the 'seawall' that protects the marina, then around to a beach a little way down the lake.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 04:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:02:42 | 11 kms | 10.53 km/hr
Age Group: 2/3
Overall: 0/202
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Mostly dirt/gravel mountain roads.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:19
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:32:21 | 05 kms | 06m 28s  min/km
Age Group: 2/3
Overall: 0/202
Performance: Average
Course: Same dirt road as the beginning of the bike. Hills, and more hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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] 4

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