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East Tawas, Michigan
United States
3 Disciplines Racing
60F / 16C
Total Time = 6h 36m 6s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Woke-up before alarm, loaded gear and headed out. Eat bagel on drive, arrived early. Checked water conditions noticed they had pulled the buoy's into the harbor. Setup transition, did body marking, used the restrooms. Sat in car for a couple minutes to go visualize transitions.
Event warmup:

Saw everyone gathering for the swim, put wet suit on and headed to the swim start to get directions on course change. Missed the announcement but got the idea. Keep the dock to the right and buoy's to the left, double loop. Didn't get a chance to get in the water.
  • 42m 8s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 59s / 100 yards

Due to the staggered start, was by far most comfortable swim in all triathlons I've participated in.
What would you do differently?:

Run when getting out of the water. Today was just about finishing so was just taking it easy.
Transition 1
  • 05m 22s

Took my time, getting to transition. Long way from water to transition area. Took some time putting on long sleeve shirt.
What would you do differently?:

Pick up the pace.
  • 3h 11m 28s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.55 mile/hr

Shoulders/neck was hurting, then lower back after the 45k mark. Kept moving around on the bike, to re-leave strain. Was even riding no handed for extended periods just to get comfortable. Need to invest in a real tri bike and get a proper fitting. When I started this I didn't know if I'd stick with it so didn't want to invest to much money.
What would you do differently?:

Actually ride my bike outside during training. This season only road the bike during races, which really cost me in feeling comfortable.
Transition 2
  • 03m 3s

No running, No jumping, just took my time and racked bike. Changed socks due to them being soaked through from the rain. Ran back and removed long sleeve shirt for the run. Saw the family and made a couple jokes with them while transitioning.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing considering goal of the day.
  • 2h 36m 7s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 55s  min/mile

Couldn't get started running. Then just settled in to a run/walk from cone to cone, driveway to driveway.
What would you do differently?:

Train for the event.
Post race
Warm down:

Met up with family after crossing finish line. Got picture taken, packed up gear and headed out.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training, goal.

Event comments:

There were a couple girl volunteers at the farthest aid station that just didn't want to be there. Comments like when will they come pick us up so I can go home. And this was on my first loop, when I know I've got another 1.5 hours to go. Other than that everyone was great. Was originally disappointed with the swim course change but after actually finishing the swim, it was great. I really enjoyed the staggered swim start made for a very comfortable swim, almost no contact with other swimmers.

Last updated: 2013-04-14 12:00 AM
00:42:08 | 2112 yards | 01m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes
Course: Moved into harbor, double loop, very calm, staggered start.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 05:22
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:11:28 | 56 miles | 17.55 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: One of my favorites rides, first 1/3 seems gradual uphill, second 1/3 is hilly, third 1/3 is back down the gradual downhill.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:03
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
02:36:07 | 13.1 miles | 11m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course: Out and back double loop.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2013-09-08 2:46 PM

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Subject: 3 Disciplines Triathlon Festival - Half Iron Triathlon

2013-09-08 8:30 PM
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Subject: RE: 3 Disciplines Triathlon Festival - Half Iron Triathlon
Good report. I just wish it was dry for the bike course, the return home is really fast in good weather.
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