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Lenior City, Tennessee
United States
Endurance Sports Management
60sF / 0C
Total Time = 5h 17m
Overall Rank = 18/124
Age Group = 35-39f
Age Group Rank = 1/8
Pre-race routine:

We traveled the three hours the day before, and stayed about 10 miles from the venue. Had a bagel with almond butter and jam and sipped on a sports drink. Had a banana closer to the start, after I had set up transition.
Event warmup:

I was able to swim a little in the lake before the start. The water was fairly cool, so every time I stopped I would shiver. Had to stand around and wait for a few men's waves to go off before us ladies.
  • 49m
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 19s / 100 yards

I'm now normally a middle-of-pack swimmer so I was surprised how freakishly slow this swim was. I felt like it was a very average swim, and I was in a group of about 4-5 other girls for most of this swim. Felt comfortable but a little dull throughout. We started to pass some men from the earlier waves before the middle of my first loop, and then occasionally throughout the rest of the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Swim much faster! People that wore their watches got about 1.4 miles for the course, so maybe it was a long swim. The fastest winners were around 35 minutes, which I believe is fairly slow for a HIM race. I also need to be hitting the pool waaaaay more than I do. 87 out of 124 is pretty dismal.
Transition 1
  • 02m 25s

It's a HIM, so I didn't even try to rush here. Took extra time to apply sunscreen, eat a gel and get comfortable. Did not leave shoes clipped in, so mounted the old-fashioned way.
What would you do differently?:

I could rush, but I wasn't trying to be super competitive here. My A race was 2 weeks ago so this was more for fun.
  • 2h 43m
  • 56 miles
  • 20.61 mile/hr

I was pretty happy with my bike. It's always tough to start with a big climb. I hit the nutrition just right. Took one gel before the ride, and then snacked on a total of 3 Honey Stinger waffles throughout the ride. Drank GU brew, probably only 50-60 oz. I had a hard time with a water bottle at one of the aid stations, and only got about half of it in my drink holder but I ended up hydrating more than enough. Also, my groin (hip adductor muscles) went completely numb and strained the last 5 miles. I've never had that happen before! My bike split ended up being fastest of the women by about 7minutes.
What would you do differently?:

I need to figure out what caused my groin to strain on both sides. I physically could not have made it another 5 miles- it was that unbearable.
Transition 2
  • 01m 39s

Slow and boring transition.
  • 1h 40m
  • 13.1 kms
  • 07m 38s  min/km

I have never had a great run in a HIM, but I have to say I was pleased with this. I started out laboring and tight, and the first 3 miles were my slowest. That may have been due to the huge climb that started out. The guy next to me said, "Is this some sick joke?" as we headed up it. Began feeling good about mile 4 or 5. Aid stations were about every mile. I would take a sip of Gatorade at one, and then pour water on my back at the next. Alternated like that the whole way. Tried to take a gel at one point but just didn't feel like swallowing it. Anyway, the finish was downhill and felt great. HIM PR by 5 minutes!
What would you do differently?:

I should really do more bricks. Legs had a hard time adjusting. And run faster- missed being the fastest chick by 20 seconds, lol!
Post race
Warm down:

Felt pretty good. Ate some food, stood in the water, and collected my award for 2nd overall female.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

That darn swim.

Event comments:

This was a fun, well-organized event in a pretty venue with a challenging course. Only complaints are that the swim may have been inaccurate, and there were a couple confusing turns on the bike course. A couple guys did make the wrong turns. Other than that, it was well run with wonderful volunteers and a great race director. Oh- wish someone had been taking finisher photos, too!

Last updated: 2013-10-01 12:00 AM
00:49:00 | 2112 yards | 02m 19s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/8
Overall: 87/124
Performance: Below average
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Two loop course in nice, mountain lake. We had to swim under a rail to start, and then before exiting the water again. Then, there was a quick beach run to start your next loop.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:25
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:43:00 | 56 miles | 20.61 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/8
Overall: 20/124
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: The first and last 7 miles involved quite a bit of climbing. The middle was a lot flatter, although there were some very long, gradual inclines that wore on the quads. Smooth roads on this deceptively tough course. We got 1800 feet of elevation on our Garmins- hilly but not overwhelming at all.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:39
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:40:00 | 13.1 kms | 07m 38s  min/km
Age Group: 1/8
Overall: 12/124
Performance: Good
Course: Rolling with about 900 feet of elevation according to Garmin. Starts out with a long, hard climb.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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