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Muncie, Indiana
United States
America Multi-Sport
56F / 13C
Total Time = 1h 14m 10s
Overall Rank = 75/130
Age Group = 54 - 59
Age Group Rank = 3/3
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:05am, light breakfast (cup of coffee, 2 slices of bread with white cheese and jam). I got all gear ready and packed yesterday. Then jump into the car for 4.5 hours of driving. Arrived just on time of race packet pick up, despite forgetting of different time zone in Indiana (1 hour forward). Picked up number and bib, signed a waiver, get my body marked, and set the bike in transition area.
Event warmup:

Light jogging, walk, stretching, and walk.
  • 07m 15s
  • 300 yards
  • 02m 25s / 100 yards

Too many slow and/or weak swimmers overestimated their abilities and got into the water first. This created some mess in the middle lanes, as faster swimmers tried to pass. I had to slow down and find a room to safely pass quite a few of them. I thought I am the slow swimmer:) It felt good to pass some people in the pool anyway. The swim time was not bad at all considering obstacles.
What would you do differently?:

Position myself in 6 minutes marked sector instead of 10.
Transition 1
  • 04m 46s

I really took my time to dry myself up and change to bike shorts. Also I used earplugs, to protect against chilly wind getting over my ears. I lost good minute or two, but it was planned.
What would you do differently?:

  • 33m 23s
  • 10 miles
  • 17.97 mile/hr

The laps were not counted on the timing mat. Athletes had to do it by themselves. Many first timers to pass, some of them riding on left side or in pairs. Not my fastest ride, but I felt good to begin run after.
What would you do differently?:

Ride faster, change gears and taking turns better. Lost some time waiting for some people jammed up in front od me.
Transition 2
  • 03m 4s

Again, I did not rush to change shorts to running and switching shirts.
What would you do differently?:

This time nothing. It was sunny with chilly wind, so I took it safely.
  • 25m 45s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 19s  min/mile

One of my best 5K runs. I felt really good and could push even harder, but I kept in mind that this is first triathlon of the season.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Some stretching and walk only.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I had a plan to take it easy, safely and have fun in my first sprint this season.

Event comments:

I am definitely hooked into triathlon after last year and could not wait to find a first opportunity to race. Even though Muncie is far from Gurnee, it was not a problem to drive over 4 hours just to experience a new adventure in a place I have never been before. This was first time Ball State University organized triathlon. There was not enough info either on web page or at the event. Little chaotic in the beginning at the pool, but overall nice. There is room for improvement.

Last updated: 2014-04-12 12:00 AM
00:07:15 | 300 yards | 02m 25s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/3
Overall: 0/130
Performance: Good
Course: In the 25 yards pool. 6 lanes back and forth (snake trail) starting at one side of the pool and exiting on the other. Warm and comfortable water. Swimmers released to water every 10 sec based on their estimated swim time.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:46
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:33:23 | 10 miles | 17.97 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/3
Overall: 0/130
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Nice, mostly flat course around the campus. Four laps 2.5 miles.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:04
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:25:45 | 03.1 miles | 08m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/3
Overall: 0/130
Course: Nice flat course through the university campus. 2 laps.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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