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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
JMC Partners
76F / 24C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 58m 54s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Drove up to Pleasant Prairie from Crystal Lake. Didn't hit much traffic so that was nice... at a PBJ sandwich in the car and had a bottle of water. My stomach & lower GI track was upset from the moment I woke up. I don't know what I did different from what I did @ Racine?? I felt great @ Racine... today, I felt like... well...crap(ing). Sorry, couldn't resist.

Anyway, I made it my mission to find a porta pottie the moment I arrived, and then pretty much every 20 minutes after that til the race finally started...
Event warmup:

Walking around... chit chat, etc etc...
Swim
  • 28m 42s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 45s / 100 yards
Comments:

Not very aggressive at the start, however, I pulled ahead of my wave and got in with the wave ahead of us. Out of the water within my goal time. I knew within the first couple of hundreds that this was going to be a comforable swim for me... I felt relaxed. I tweaked my neck a couple of nights ago and I was worried about how it would feel while swimming... it felt OK!

Bilateral breathing the entire time. (!!!) Yippee! I've been working hard on that, and it now feels entirely natural.
What would you do differently?:

If I could get my sighting down to a point where I'm comfortable relying on MYSELF, I'd be much happier. I tend to watch what the crowd is doing, and generally just do THAT. I check their accuracy by sighting, but I don't lead. I need to stop letting the swim mob lead me around.
Transition 1
  • 02m 41s
Comments:

***SIGH*** Another leisurely T1. I know I could make up time here... I just sometimes choose not to! I come in, collect myself, look around, get out of my wetsuit, slap on my helmet and shoes and go... but my transitions this year have been longer than they were last year, I think.
What would you do differently?:

No socks on the bike for next Olympic Distance Race. They are just soggy and wet and they don't serve any purpose except making my feet pruny.
Bike
  • 1h 18m 36s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.97 mile/hr
Comments:

TRIED TRIED TRIED to stay in the small chain ring...And I did for the majority of the ride. I did flip it into the big ring when I saw the course was looking flat... And I wanted to hammer just an iddy biddy bit.

I'm simply not as fast in the small ring. Those are the facts. My legs feel better and my knee appreciates the small ring, though...
What would you do differently?:

Discussed my gearing with Katie and Pete and have arrived at the conclusion that my small ring is too small... need a bigger small ring. That should improve my efficiency while still keeping the pressure off my knee.

No socks. Socks end up wet and squishy no matter how I dry my feet. Would be better to just skip them all together.
Transition 2
  • 02m 9s
Comments:

Missed my transition spot the first time... had to turn around with bike and go back. ((PAY ATTENTION NEXT TIME!!!))
What would you do differently?:

PAY ATTENTION NEXT TIME!
Run
  • 1h 06m 44s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 45s  min/mile
Comments:

YIPPEEEE! Another run PR for me! 1:06 is now my 10K PR. Took 3 minutes off my April PR. Run is slowly slowly slowly getting faster. Did I mention it was happening slowly?

Saw Hangloose, CindyK, MarkK, and a bunch of my other friends on the run... Nice that the out and back type of course lets you do that... :)
What would you do differently?:

Keep training my run. Maybe one day I **WILL** see 10 minute miles? Maybe? Maybe?
Post race
Warm down:

Wandered around, saw some pals from my Master's Group and some others from the Health Club and finally met up with Cindy and Mark.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing really, except the small chain ring on the bike. I am getting better, though, and my knee feels better too. It's a trade off I guess. My neck was a bit stiff throughout the whole race, and I'm wondering if it had any effect on my swim...? I don't know. Still feels stiff now.

Event comments:

There were lots of volunteers however, some of them weren't paying attention, and I had to ASK at more than one intersection on the bike... RIGHT turn? LEFT turn? They just were not watching for us or directing us where to go.

Other than that, this was a really nice race... and the weather was perfect for it! Not too hot, and not too cold... even though the start of the bike was a little chilly, I'd rather be a bit too cold than a bit overheated. (!!!)


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Last updated: 2006-07-28 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:28:42 | 1640 yards | 01m 45s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: QR long john
Course: A triangular (circular? I couldn't tell) course around this little lake. There weren't enough buoys and it was hard to sight.. but I had a decent swim.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 77F / 25C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 02:41
Performance:
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
01:18:36 | 24.85 miles | 18.97 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Cross-winds
Course: A decent bike course. We had pretty strong winds for parts of it... I couldn't tell if they were cross winds or head winds or what, but I just knew they probably weren't tail winds. (!!) That was for certain.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 02:09
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
01:06:44 | 06.21 miles | 10m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Around and around and around we go! It was like a great big squiggle... out here and back there... runners running with you, passing you, running at you, seeing you from the other side... All quite confusing. Good thing we all had a general idea of where we were supposed to be going.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2006-08-20 5:15 PM

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2006-08-20 6:28 PM
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Nice job. I did my first Oly today too and our times were amazingly similar...too bad you aren't closer it would be good to train with someone that you were right at the same speeds for all 3 events! That never happens.

anywoo...nice job today.

2006-08-20 8:41 PM
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great race! I think this one is going to be on my schedule next year. So do we know, did the Weiners win?
2006-08-20 9:03 PM
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Nice race!!!  I knew I should have grabbed your ankle and had you drag me through that swim course....
2006-08-20 9:13 PM
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Aha, you're in the tweaked neck club too.    Glad it didn't bother you on the swim.

Nice race!  I wanted to do this race, but for some crazy reason that only USAT understands Illinois is not in the same region as Wisconsin so none of the Wisconsin races count for club points for us.

Sounds like a nice big BT turnout.

Hope you're enjoying the rest of the weekend. 

2006-08-20 11:57 PM
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Awesome job, congrats!


2006-08-21 7:05 AM
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Way to go, Laura! I've been waiting to see sub 3 on an oly distance, and you totally beat me to it. Excellent execution.
2006-08-21 7:48 AM
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Congrats on the race, the 10k PR, and feeling like a more natural bi.   OOPS....bilateral breather (sorry, couldn't resist)  

Oh yeah, you're run times seem to be slowly coming down.  Just an observation of the casual observer.

2006-08-21 8:52 AM
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No question you'll be seeing sub 10 min/ miles soon.  You looked like you were doing great when i saw you on the run.   Great job and I'm stealing that picture for my photo album, hope you don't mind. 

Great fun doing another race with you.  Glad we all hung around afterwards and thanks for helping with the nutrition talk. 

 

2006-08-21 9:27 AM
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awesome job! congrats on the 10k pr! you're running is totally taking off, woman!

i have the same struggle on the bike. i want to spin more, but i also want to go fast!
2006-08-21 10:31 AM
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Great job Laura!


2006-08-21 12:04 PM
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Congrats on the PR! To me it seems like run pr's are the most satisfying. You swim like a fishy. Nice race!
2006-08-21 12:21 PM
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Well done Laura - great race!!

Your swim and bike are awesome and congratulations on a run PR!

Weiners will be back and I'll look forward to seeing you in Lake Geneva.

Great meeting you in person. Good luck with your training!
2006-08-21 4:58 PM
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Laura - great race! and if you want to come over the the Posse side next year, we would be more than glad to have you

I had to peak at your run times from your past races, and you are definitely going to be in single digits in the near future. Seems to me, that you are PR-ing in the run every time out.

It was great to finally meet you as well. I need to get out with you guys and ride sometime on the weekend.

Great Job!
2006-08-21 5:18 PM
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Great job! I'm so excited to do the race again next year, but it will be the International!

So, where exactly do you find the race results? I can't find 'em anywhere on the PP site...
2006-08-22 12:34 AM
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Laura, you SO ROCK.  Your run is getting better and better and better...

So how about trying it out at the Crystal Lake 1/2 Mary??????



2006-08-22 12:04 PM
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Nice race Laura...don't sweat the small stuff about the little chain ring.  If you wanna ride with the big kids, keep it in the big ring and go like hell!!!  That's my philosophy and I'm sticking to it!

 

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