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White Lake International - Triathlon

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Elizabethtown, North Carolina
United States
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89F / 32C
Total Time = 2h 27m 39s
Overall Rank = 11/365
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 2/25
  • 29m 42s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 59s / 100 meters

Warm, warm swim. This water felt like a bathtub.

Started off hard, then after the first 300, or so, meters, backed off the pace a little. Concentrated on trying to draft off anyone and swimming straight. Sighting was really good and I think I swam fairly in line with the buoys.

I honestly thought I had swam better and was a little surprised that I was in the 29:xx range when I got out of the water.
What would you do differently?:

I took two minutes off last year's swim, so not much. I just need to spend more than 2 sessions a week in the pool.
Transition 1
  • 01m 44s

I don't know why T1 was so much longer this year.
What would you do differently?:

Overall, I had pretty decent transition times.
  • 1h 13m 15s
  • 28 miles
  • 22.94 mile/hr

Windy, hot, and humid out today. I was dripping sweat like crazy and worried that I was pushing the bike too hard.

After mile 10, I had to dial it back a little b/c of the wind. At that time, I came up on a trio of cyclists that were drafting legally. I surged, made the pass, then paid for it a few mins later. I felt gassed.

Dialed it back down, the trio passed me again, and i just settled in behind them. At that time, a race official passed us in a motorcycle. I was probably around 10 bike lengths back, so I wasn't nervous about a drafting violationl, but he stayed with us for a short time. No drafting here, buddy! We're doing this by the rules!

Finished up the bike, making sure to push all the sections where I didn't last year. I was able to take 1.5 mins off of last year's time on a tougher (wind) course.
What would you do differently?:

I think I started off too hard. Back it off, just a tiny bit, and maybe push it harder in the middle of the race.
Transition 2
  • 01m 15s

Decent transition, but I ran and could not find the exit! ha!
  • 41m 44s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 06m 44s  min/mile

White Bake. Yuck. Started off knowing I would not make my goal of sub 38. I was just too hot. I settled in behind an Open female that was running 6 min/mi and stayed with her for the first mile, but I got too hot and wilted in the heat.

Trudged along and tried to drink and pour cold water on my head.

Disappointed in a big way, but I was just not a runner today.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, had a few cold drinks, and then sat down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat.

Event comments:

We love this race. White lake is just a good location and the family can bathe in the lake while you race. Third year in a row and will prob continue to race here.

Last updated: 2014-09-07 12:00 AM
00:29:42 | 1500 meters | 01m 59s / 100meters
Age Group: 7/25
Overall: 62/365
Performance: Average
Suit: ZOOT Tri Suit - No wetsuit
Course: Triangular, clockwise swim from dock to dock.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 89F / 32C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:44
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:13:15 | 28 miles | 22.94 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/25
Overall: 15/365
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: One loop course around White Lake. SetupEvents touts this as a fast course, which it can be, but the wind really makes it challenging.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 83
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:15
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:41:44 | 06.2 miles | 06m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/25
Overall: 8/365
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back along the road. No tree cover and very warm.
Keeping cool Average 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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2014-09-07 2:35 PM

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Whispering Pines, North Carolina
Subject: White Lake International

2014-09-08 1:23 PM
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Strong race d00d! I have a few comments to help you contextualize where you think you did badly. My bet is the swim was long. You were almost the same time as Scott and last year you wouldn't have been that close, so the swimming is paying off, even though it might not feel like it from the race time. I have had plenty of times when I have swum better but for a worse time in a tri...just too hard to know the length of the course for sure. The bike sounds nasty humid and the run was amazing given the heat and humidity. I know you were hoping for much faster but everyone suffered and its very hard to be shipper in 80+ heat and 90+ humidity! I think this was an amazing performance. Imagine how fast you will be next year when it is in the 70s at race time? :-)
2014-09-14 2:52 PM
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Subject: RE: White Lake International
Congratulations on your race, d00d!!! Another podium finish in the books!!!
2014-09-14 3:49 PM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Subject: RE: White Lake International
Your cycling has gotten much stronger, swim too...unless this was an A race, you really should be looking at the result as a marker of improvement in the areas that didn't used to be strengths. You're getting scary fast!
Congrats on your day and see you at B2B!
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