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DeWitt, Iowa
4th place Age Group finish
73F / 23C
Total Time = 1h 15m 8s
Overall Rank = 49/294
Age Group = 50-54, 4th Place
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4 am, arrive at race at 5:30. This was a point-to-point tri, with T1 and T2 in separate locations.
Event warmup:

Short jog, short bike ride
  • 09m 23s
  • 500 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

Swim went great, probably the best of my three events on Sat.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 01m 38s

Transition went fine
  • 41m 22s
  • 15 miles
  • 21.76 mile/hr
Transition 2
  • 00m 54s

Transition went fine
What would you do differently?:

  • 21m 50s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 07m 02s  min/mile

Just as with the bike, legs felt tired. Should be running well under 7-min pace. I've had trouble with rib and shoulder stitches in my first two tris during the run. (I adjusted my fluid intake for my race on Sunday, drinking less before the race, and had no stitch).
What would you do differently?:

I'll be taking in less fluid before the race
Post race
Warm down:

Just strolled around the party, eating grapes, bananas. Got a neck and back adjustment (felt GREAT!) from an on-site chiropractor.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

A feeling of fatigue and probably too much in the way of fluids

Event comments:

Really feel like I should be in the top 3 in my age group in every race, so from that aspect I was a little disappointed. The winner in my AG is a 20 year veteran with a national ranking (38th) so I have my work cut out for me to beat him. Also kind of a bad taste for the day after my wife, driving my car (I had hers) was involved in a car accident leaving the race. No injuires, but probably $4,000 damage between the two cars! OUCH!

Last updated: 2004-07-12 12:00 AM
00:09:23 | 500 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/294
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra sleeveless
Course: Triangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:38
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
00:41:22 | 15 miles | 21.76 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 43/294
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Challenging. Hills were not steep, but they were long and there were lots of them. My legs felt tired from my first pedal. I am still puzzled by this. The stats on the bike look good, but I felt like I was carrying a load the whole time and should have done better.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Too much
Time: 00:54
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:50 | 03.1 miles | 07m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 67/294
Performance: Average
Course: FLAT!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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] 5

2004-07-12 9:53 AM

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Subject: Crossroads Triathlon

2004-07-12 4:02 PM
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Epworth. Iowa
Subject: RE: Crossroads Triathlon

Absolutely great race Kevin. Undoubtedly you will be seriously in contention in your age group. Hope Sunday went well too. Sorry about the accident - I wondered - we thought we saw you in that accident area - but looked like you were all akoy?

Congratulations again - we will be looking for you in the award ceremonies as time goes on. I am especially envious of your swim - still having a hard time with that, but back in the pool today.

2004-07-13 10:30 AM
in reply to: #36825

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Mount Vernon, Iowa
Subject: RE: Crossroads Triathlon
That was a great race. Good job. I know what you mean though about feeling not-quite-right through the bike and run, especially the run. I wondered if it was the humidity, but I also think you're right about changing hydration patterns.
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