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Wilkesboro, NC
United States
Set-Up, Inc.
62F / 17C
Total Time = 3h 14m 16s
Overall Rank = 136/187
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 25/31
Pre-race routine:

not much different: get up early, drive an to race site drinking water along the way
Event warmup:

got transition set up and not much else. Raining to beat the band. Was able to find Dan Arnett (Marvarnett) just before swim. Was not able to find him afterwards. Probably because he finished well before I did.
  • 35m 28s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 10s / 100 yards

one of my better swims that I have had in an open water swim. One reason is the water was absolutely flat, almost like swimming in a pool. Got in a groove and kept my mechanics close to correct.
What would you do differently?:

push just a little harder
Transition 1
  • 02m 40s

not the greatest. part of it was the distance between timing mats. part of it was getting shoes out of plastic bag they were in to try and keep them somewhat dry.
  • 1h 40m 11s
  • 27.96 miles
  • 16.75 mile/hr

not a bad ride, but I need to be faster in Duke to make time goals. I wonder if I am not pushing enough in the ride trying to save for the run
What would you do differently?:

push harder
Transition 2
  • 01m 15s

about par for the course. long run from timing mats but other wise good
  • 54m 41s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 49s  min/mile

happy with run given the three climbs. Where the climbs were, I never got into a rythm on my run. Just as I would get into it, down a steep hill or up a steep hill. If it had been rollers, I might have been faster. I feel like I could have kept this pace for a while which bears well for Duke
What would you do differently?:

not sure there is much except run steep hills in practice and continue to run more so as to not walk the hill.
Post race
Warm down:

light stretching and massage.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

overall strength level and fitness level. this was a hills course and I am just not there yet. The other thing I am beginning to wonder about is whether I am pushing enough in the bike.

Event comments:

will definately do this one again. It is a challenge, pardon the pun, but a fun one. I want to come back next year and cut down on my time on the bike and run.

Last updated: 2006-08-14 12:00 AM
00:35:28 | 1640 yards | 02m 10s / 100yards
Age Group: 122/31
Overall: 20/187
Performance: Good
Suit: none
Course: triangle: first leg 400 meters; second leg 500 meters; last leg 600 meters
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:40
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:40:11 | 27.96 miles | 16.75 mile/hr
Age Group: 150/31
Overall: 27/187
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: hilly (for this flatlander) One steep little climb out of transition and one decent climb about 5 miles in. Other than that hilly rollers. This course is a lot like Duke Liver with the up and down. Thats good for my practice.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:15
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:54:41 | 06.21 miles | 08m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 138/31
Overall: 23/187
Performance: Good
Course: starting climb is the same one that the bike does. Then relatively flat except for big ass climb on other side of dam which you do twice. Walked half of it first time around and all of it the second time. Still was under 9 min/mile.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-08-14 6:08 AM

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Kinston, NC
Subject: Bandit's Challenge

2006-08-14 7:05 AM
in reply to: #510540

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Atlanta, Ga
Subject: RE: Bandit's Challenge

You rock!!  Great race.  You'll be ready for Duke.  I have faith in you.  The rain wasn't only beating the band, it was beating every part of our bodies.

How much water did you get out of your bike?  I got about 1/2 gal.  If you haven't checked your bike for water inside the frame.  Take off your seat post and turn it upside down.  Seriously.  But do it outside.  I also managed to get water inside my front and rear wheels.

I'm sorry that we didn't get a chance to hook up afterwards.  I love meeting fellow BTers!

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