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Waynesville, Ohio
United States
Speedy Feet
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 48m 28s
Overall Rank = 10/33
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

When I woke up in the morning it was 49* outside. I knew that was going to make the swim/bike transition a bit uncomfortable. I took some extra long-sleeved shirts just in case. I wasn't worried about the water temp, because it had been warm enough the previous week that the water would still be fine, but I didn't want to freeze being wet on the bike.

This race was a fundraiser for the University of Dayton tri team, I think. A number of other collegiate tri teams came in. Wright State, Illinois, Ohio State, and maybe some others were there. Illinois had a really large group show up. The male collegiates went first, then the female collegiates a couple minutes later, then the males in 2 min, and then the females in 2 min.

Several people from the masters group were supposed to show up, but only four were there. I think when the others saw the temperature they called it a day before it even started. Better rub it in when we see them next. ;)
Event warmup:

I warmed up too much for the last race here, so I jogged just enough to break a sweat, and called it good. I didn't want to do a warmup swim because I didn't want to freeze afterward. No wetsuit yet.
  • 16m 16s
  • 800 meters
  • 02m 02s / 100 meters

The first half of the swim I held it together only so well. I had to take two or three short breaststroke/kick on back breaks. After the first buoy my mindset changed to 'the sooner I get this done, the sooner I can move on.' I started swimming much better after that, and I'm pretty sure I started passing people. (I think for a lot of people wet suits are there for peace of mind, mostly).

I think I'm settling into too easy of a pace. I think I should be able to swim harder without doing myself in. I'd love to get down to a 1:45/100 or lower pace.
Transition 1
  • 01m 19s

Pretty uneventful.

Although, by this time, it wasn't feeling so cold out, and I decided I didn't need to put any extra long sleeves on.

Currently I'm racing with a running top rather than a tri top, because I don't want to swim with the tri top, and there's no way I'm going to try to put one on in T1. I've been down that road before.
  • 1h 05m 8s
  • 20.8 miles
  • 19.16 mile/hr

This ride went much better than the last time I did this course. Being more familiar with the course helped, as well as having a better idea of how to take the hills. I had pretty much spot on the same bike time, but I used much less energy. I wanted to make sure I left plenty for the run.

I kept it aerobic as much as possible and didn't put too much hurt on my legs. Though, I think the key was that I used the gears much more wisely this time.

I passed a few collegiates on the bike. (And a few more on the run). I may not have been racing against them, but somehow each one felt like a notch on the belt. :D
Transition 2
  • 01m

Pretty uneventful.
  • 24m 43s
  • 3.5 miles
  • 07m 04s  min/mile

The run went really well. I did the first mile in about 8:00, and I knew it was going to be a good run. I passed the people I had been cycling with pretty early on, and knew I was keeping a good pace up. A number of people went by, but they were collegiates on their second lap.

Heading into the second lap, I still wasn't hurting real bad, and i tend to get faster as the race goes along. There was one runner who was in front of me for almost the entire run that never got away. I knew if he was relatively close on the second lap I would close him. With a mile to go I started reeling him in. In the last half mile I clipped past another runner at a pretty good pace. (Here's my favorite part) In the last 100m I started full out sprinting, and I caught that runner with about 10 m to go and absolutely had him at the line! Sprinting at the end is always a great feeling.

Except when it isn't, because I was wiped out and sprawled in the grass for a couple minutes to recover. I think the event photographer was a bit worried for me.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed some grapes, put some pants on, and did some light walking around. I wanted to hang around for one of the masters group girls. She had a great swim (basically caught me coming into T1). She got a bike recently, and so wasn't too quick, but we ran almost the exact same time for the run.

Hopefully next year we can get some more out! Oh, and a collegiate racer in our masters group got 2nd place overall. Totally tore it up.

Last updated: 2013-09-15 12:00 AM
00:16:16 | 800 meters | 02m 02s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/33
Performance: Below average
Course: Start in the middle, swim to a buoy on the right end of the beach, swim to a buoy on the left end of the beach, and then finish back at the middle.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:19
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:05:08 | 20.8 miles | 19.16 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/33
Performance: Good
Course: Rolling hills pretty much the entire route.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:00
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:43 | 03.5 miles | 07m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/33
Course: Overall a flat course with two laps.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2013-09-16 5:29 PM

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Subject: University of Dayton Triathlon

2013-09-16 5:40 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Super race!  Well managed and well paced!  49 degrees at the start would make for a shivering mess in T1 but you handled that well!!
2013-09-16 6:08 PM
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Nice! Way to "make up" for last time   And great kick at the end! 

49* w/o wetsuit? That's cold, right?  I don't even remember what 49* feels like. hehehe



2013-09-16 6:33 PM
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Simsbury, Connecticut
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nice race - um, yeah.....ccccccold!!
2013-09-17 5:20 AM
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East Texas
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Very nice! I love sprinting the finish!
2013-09-17 7:43 AM
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Austin, Texas
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Well raced - great job with pacing and kicking at the end.  Nothing like a sprint finish down the chute!

Congrats on a great day!



2013-09-17 10:30 AM
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Raleigh, NC area
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Nice race!  Awesome description of the kick at the end.  I can really picture it!
2013-09-17 11:22 AM
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Northern IL
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Nice Going Tom!
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