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Akron, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
48F / 9C
Total Time = 1h 43m 29s
Overall Rank = 113/242
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 5/13
Pre-race routine:

Rush, rush, rush.... my alarm did not go off. I woke up 25 minutes past when it was set for - the time I was targeting to walk out the door. Got dressed, took the dog out, fed and watered the dog, grabbed my stuff (thank God I was fully packed!) and ran out the door food in hand. Ate during the hour+ drive to the race.
Event warmup:

A few strokes in the water and a ton of wading around, chatting with my tri-club friends. The races started late, and the water was a good 20+ degrees warmer than the air, so we stayed submerged as long as possible.
  • 16m 33s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 13s / 100 meters

Haven't been thrilled with my swim times this season, but I haven't spent enough time working on that sport to really justify why I should be getting any faster. I had a rough start and got a couple of really big mouthfuls of lake water, some of which went down the wrong hatch. I actually stood up a one point and hacked for a good 10 seconds to try and clear it all out. Once that was sorted out, I got into a nice rhythym. Probably the best navigation and sighting I've ever done in a race.
What would you do differently?:

I should have started more towards the front of the pack. I ended up behind a bunch of flailers and I think that's how I ended up swallowing so much water.
Transition 1
  • 02m 37s

Super slow T1 because I had to fight my way into a long-sleeve cold gear shirt and a pair of gloves while dripping wet.
What would you do differently?:

I probably should have bunched up the sleeves of the shirt before attempting to shove my soaking wet arm down the sleeve. Both sleeves got all kinds of stuck on my arms.
  • 49m 52s
  • 14 miles
  • 16.84 mile/hr

Holy hills Batman! I've done this race the past three years, and I still didn't remember how crazy hilly this is. There's one short, steep section with chip seal that is particularly nasty.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I went as hard as my lungs and legs would allow. The hips and glutes were pretty well toasted by the end of the ride.
Transition 2
  • 01m 14s

I stayed pretty warm on the bike, all except for my feet. I don't have shoe covers and I seriously could not feel my toes at the end of the bike. I had a very hard time getting my running shoes on, despite the fact that I had the bungee/race laces in.
What would you do differently?:

Not a whole lot to be done about frozen, numb toes. Perhaps I need to invest in some shoe covers.
  • 33m 11s
  • 3 miles
  • 11m 04s  min/mile

Sigh... again, very obvious where I need to focus this off-season... run, run, run.
What would you do differently?:

Bring different shoes. I had my minimalist shoes and not being accustomed to trail running, my feet took a beating.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit, chatted with some tri friends and grabbed a couple of cookies and a water. Then headed to the beginning of the finishing chute/turn around for the OLY and cheered for everyone until the last of my tri friends doing the OLY made the turn.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of fresh legs (duh!) on a tough little course.

Event comments:

Kind of disappointed in the organization of this race. Typically this race company puts on a good race, and while things weren't horrible, they started very late and were desperately lacking volunteers. All that being said, I will likely do this race again next year, as this is an anomaly with this company.

Last updated: 2013-09-16 12:00 AM
00:16:33 | 750 meters | 02m 13s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/13
Overall: 69/242
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra Full wetsuit & CTC racing kit
Course: 1 lap counterclockwise loop
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:37
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
00:49:52 | 14 miles | 16.84 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/13
Overall: 85/242
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: One loop on an outrageously hilly course. There is some debate on the actual elevation gain, but my Garmin (which is supposed to be fairly accurate showed 984 ft of elevation gain.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 83
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:14
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:33:11 | 03 miles | 11m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/13
Overall: 176/242
Performance: Average
Course: 1 loop course, with the first mile on asphalt (a constant, slow uphill) - "F" you course designer... that sucked! - with the second and third miles on trails in the park. The trail part was new this year and I was not expecting it. Completely wore the wrong shoes, as the trails were pretty technical, not some flat wood-chipped walking trail.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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author : dilletaunt
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Another year, another excuse in missing the Ironman 70.3 Lake Stevens triathlon.
date : January 26, 2012
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