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Covington, Louisiana
United States
North Shore Tri Club
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 23m 45s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 2/4
Pre-race routine:

Ate a Clif Bar, set up transition, wandered around to loosen up.
Event warmup:

Walked to swim start, swam about 10 minutes to get acclimated to the water.
  • 20m 53s
  • 600 yards
  • 03m 29s / 100 yards

While walking to the swim start, I noticed my hands were turning purple and my arms were doing like Randy's did in Christmas Story due to my wetsuit. Apparently over the course of the past year I've gained a bit of mass in my shoulders and arms and my wetsuit didn't fit me any longer. It was way too tight and I couldn't breathe well, move my shoulders, or feel my hands too well.

About 150 yards into the swim, I swam to the bank, stripped the wetsuit, then finished the swim in just my tri-kit. But at that point my shoulders were blown out so I wasn't setting any records.

Frustration set in which didn't help much, but I pushed on to finish.

What would you do differently?:

Swim in my wetsuit before the race, find out it doesn't fit, and get a new suit.
Transition 1
  • 01m 16s

T1 was quick since my wetsuit didn't finish the swim with me. All I had to do was run to my bike, put on my helmet, and run out since my shoes were clipped to the bike.
What would you do differently?:

  • 38m 1s
  • 11.8 miles
  • 18.62 mile/hr

I'm not the strongest cyclist, but I'm OK. Course was rough in a couple spots and there were fairly strong NE winds that were disruptive over the entire course. Overall it wasn't a bad ride considering everything.
What would you do differently?:

Need to put in more time on the trainer. I haven't been doing a ton of cycling so I'm not where I'd like to be. All in all, it wasn't a bad ride per my abilities. My abilities just aren't where I'd like them to be.
Transition 2
  • 01m 38s

This went smoothly. I take a few extra seconds in T2 because I run with a knee supporter and it takes a couple seconds to put on. Overall the transition was smooth.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe run without socks to pick up a few seconds.. not sure.
  • 21m 56s
  • 5 kms
  • 04m 23s  min/km

This was my strongest 5K effort in a long time. I went out of T2 faster than I would have liked, reeled myself back in before the .5 mile mark, then pushed my pace back to where I wanted it to be. I was able to carry a strong pace through the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Drank some water, then a bowl of jambalaya and a beer.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Wetsuit issues and a lack of swim ability.

Event comments:

Great small race, and my first podium finish. Without the swim issues I would have been thrilled. Still happy with 2/3rds of my race though.

Last updated: 2014-04-07 12:00 AM
00:20:53 | 600 yards | 03m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/4
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: Full wetsuit/Tri suit
Course: Straight line in a man-made lake
Start type: Wade Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:16
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:38:01 | 11.8 miles | 18.62 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/4
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Cross-winds
Course: Out and back through a mix of rural backroads and a major highway.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:38
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:56 | 05 kms | 04m 23s  min/km
Age Group: 1/4
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Loop of a subdivision
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2014-04-07 2:59 PM

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