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Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
United States
JMC Partners
77F / 25C
Total Time = 3h 07m 54s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-40
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Everything pretty much started Saturday where my son ran the children's race and he placed 4th out of I would say 30-35 kids in his group!! Great time at his race but it was a very early morning with the drive from home to the sight being about an hour so I wasn't excited about this part - especially with my first OLY the next day. Had lunch, shopped for school and then checked in, got goddie bag, went to the race meeting and meet hangloose, whizzz and chirunner. Later meet MarkK and CindyK and hung out with them for quite a while - great meeting all of you!

Went to eat with all the Weiners and Posse. Kept drinking water like a fish and drove the hour home.

I got home about 8:30 and was finishing getting everything ready for the race except for putting my race number of my shirt and helmet. Wait a minute, where did I leave my brown envelope with that stuff and - OH NO!!! - my timing chip!!!!! I am frantically searching around for that envelope and decided that I must have left it at the race sight somewhere. I am not a happy camper! I put it out of my mind and decided that I will work it out tomorrow when I get to the race but I go to bed just steaming about the whole thing and decide I will have to get up even earlier to get to the sight and work this out or at least try to find my envelope.

I don't normally sleep too well the night before but I got to bed around 9:30 and feel asleep pretty fast. Drinking water like a fish really sets up the during the night bathroom visits but what are you going to do. Alarm set for 3:10 but I wake up at 2:55 and decide well I should get going. Eat a protein bar, two slices of toast w/pb, start drinking coffee, water and gatoraide.

As I get into the car I dropped something on the floor, bend over to pick it up and dooohhh! There is my brown envelope with timing chip!!!! I am such an idiot!!
Event warmup:

Got to PP parking lot (still totally dark out), got on shuttle and over to the course. Set everything up, took my time, figured out T1/T2 exits and got in the water for a swim. Water felt very nice but was a little disappointed to hear water temp dropped 2 degrees so swimmers could wear wetsuits. I don't have one. Nervous b4 start but feeling OK. Took Gel about 20 mins before start. I'm in 3rd wave. See hangloose and schmize jokying for position ahead of me and the horn sounds.
  • 30m 24s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 51s / 100 yards

Back at my sprint race in July I went out way too fast on the swim. I can swim that pace but it throws the rest of my day so I decided to take it as easy as I can to control my breathing and feel good out of the water. Especially since this is twice the sprint distance I did. Handled the first leg well by going pretty far to the left (probably farther than race people wanted) but found some good open water. Sighting was good at this point and hit the first turn strong. Turned into the sun then which was brutal. I could not see a thing so I just tried to follow where everyone was going. I was catching some of my wave that went out fast and some of the prior waves which slowed me down a bit. Fought the temptation to go faster, almost went head on into a platform (hangloose) and just kept going. For future attempts at this race, I figured out on the long stretch leg that even though I couldn't see where the turn was that it seemed if I just kept swimming towards the smoke stacks of the power plant that I would be OK. Wish I would have figured that out earlier. Make the last turn, kept bumping into people who seemed to be crossing the path I wanted to take and got out of the water feeling good and not breathing real hard. First strategy accomplished! Not a strong swim for me but one that set up my day better.
What would you do differently?:

Shadded goggles would have helped. Sighting off the power plant earlier and maybe using Schmize's strategy of jumping ahead earlier and going hard the first 200m to get clear and settle into a pace.
Transition 1
  • 03m 58s

I have some issues with my running shoes. They are irritating the back of my heels so my left foot I decided to wear 3 sox. Also I still deal with a badly sprained ankle from back in february so getting my ankle brace on takes time. No wetsuit so I don't have to spend time taking it off but then it takes extra time getting HRM strap on.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Maybe run through transition area a little bit more.
  • 1h 28m 48s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.79 mile/hr

Again, I wanted to start slow and comfortable. Get HR down and settle in. Almost crashed after 100 yards because I was putzing with something and pretty much went right into the curb but didn't fall. I love to bike but I knew I would be ticked off at this point in the race since I was in the third wave and my swim is OK, I just get passed constantly. I tell myself to not get discouraged and just do my own race on my trusty MTB/hybrid bike with no toe clips (I want to use that as an excuse but it's still the engine that drives the car). Saw Markk and hangloose go by me, they looked very strong and fast! I ate two protein bars and I think two or three gels during the bike along with drinking about 2 1/2 bottles of water and gatoraide. I had four bottles along so I could have drunk more but I felt like I might have to stop for the bathroom so I backed off some.

Something strange happened at about mile 10. There was this person that I could see a ways off ahead of me on a bike. As I got closer I realised that they have a number on their leg too. This person was a racer in this OLY race. As I kept biking I pulled on the left and went by them. This is amazing. I finally passed somebody! OK enough of that!
What would you do differently?:

This speed is actually pretty good for me if you look at prior races. I usually settle at about 16 mph so I am pretty happy. I fought the temptation again to go stronger. My legs didn't feel quite as strong as normal so I really didn't know what to expect for the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 49s

Rack bike, helmet off, drink water and off I went.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
  • 1h 02m 53s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 08s  min/mile

I may not be much of a biker but I am really not a runner.
The thought of averaging anything close to 10 minute miles at the end of an OLY was beyond my dreams even 7 mos ago. I felt pretty good right at the beginning. Just wanted to get legs moving, short stride and high cadence. I was surprised how quickly I settled in and actually felt very good. Again I fought the temptation to go faster then so I kept track of my splits at each mile and wanted to really keep close to 10 minutes.

This was going really well through mile 3. At mile 3 1/2 is when I really started to tire. I was not going to walk though and started a tremendous mental battle with myself. Suck it up buttercup! Pain is temporary, quitting lasts forever (Lance Armstrong). I thought about Amber, a child who finished last at the kids race yesterday because she had I believe MD and how she would probably give anything to even be where any of us are right now. There were times I got through some of the difficulties and felt better but the last 1 1/2 miles was hard but I just tried to keep fighting. Got to the 6 mile mark and the crowd and encouragement picked me up and tried to finish looking strong.
What would you do differently?:

I don't even want to bring this up since it is so embarrasing but this website is all about people sharing their highs and lows. I had a bit of a chaffing situation going on. Nipple chaffing that is. As I started my run I looked down and saw that the bleeding was starting. Just brilliant move wearing a white shirt today Mark! This was fine on the first leg since there was no oncoming traffic but then as we make the turn you face all the other oncoming runners. Oh this is just great! I tried to forget about it but when I looked at runners coming the other way the look of horror on their faces looking at my shirt! I couldn't decide what to do so I just thought screw it! I am a nipple chaffer! Anybody got a problem with that! At about mile 6 there was I believe a Brightroom photographer sitting there so I tried the run with my arms and hands up real high but this probably was not going to make a difference. Bitter-sweet feeling coming down the chute finishing as people are looking at the nipple-chaffer. Just shoot me! As I finished I got my medal/water bottle and started walking off the race. My friend Pete comes up to me and we talk about the race. I had my shirt off at this point trying to hide the humiliation but right before Pete walks off he says, "By the way, what's with the red elevens". I said, "What?". I was mildly relieved that there was a name for this condition (suggests it was happened to at least one other person in the worlds population) but still didn't feel much better about it.

What would I do differently? Vaseline and black shirts at all races for me in the future.
Post race
Warm down:

Walking - eating a little

What limited your ability to perform faster:

For more details, read the first part of my Sprint RR ( ). Two years ago I started in this sport and got hooked. After training last winter and into the spring last year I walked around for a week with what they thought was pneumonia but instead was numerous blood clots in both lungs coming from a clot in my leg I didn't know I had. Once clots get in your lungs about 1 out of every 2 to 3 people just fall over dead with not chance of recessitating them and I walked around that way for a week. I was very fortunate to get through that but initially my doctor in the hospital said you will have to be on blood thinners the rest of your life which demands a very less-than-active lifestyle. I went from thinking I would never ride a bike again to now being back doing triathlons and this is my first OLY. In the last 9 months or so I have lost about 50 pounds and accomplishing stuff I don't think I really though possible. Do I have a great time in this race compared to others? Not really but as I sat down after this race on my own and just reflected, I felt very accomplished and satisfied to be one of the luckiest people alive as a triathlete.

By the way P3, it looke like I brought up the rear in our little challenge but watch out next year - losing another 40 lbs with a new bike and wetsuit I want to be a force!!

Event comments:

My only suggestion for the future is I was surprised that food at the end of the race wasn't a little better unless I missed it.

Last updated: 2006-06-26 12:00 AM
00:30:24 | 1640 yards | 01m 51s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:58
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
01:28:48 | 24.85 miles | 16.79 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
HR avg I think was about 155.
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:49
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:02:53 | 06.21 miles | 10m 08s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Flat!
Keeping cool Good 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] 5

2006-08-21 11:37 AM

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Mukwonago, WI
Subject: Pleasant Prairie Triathlon - International Race

I think my biggest disappointment in the race is I never thought to use that line I had prepared. When I saw my PP Weiner teammates I intended to say "Wow, look at that big Weiner go!!!" but I never really had the chance.

I'll save it for next year!

Edited by triingforsept07 2006-08-21 11:55 AM

2006-08-21 1:14 PM
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Mukwonago, WI
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Hey - aren't any of your Weiners going to read my report!
2006-08-21 1:27 PM
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Racine, WI
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UGH!  Been fighting with uploading pics all morning...

Great race report! I would have been soooo panicked about that timing chip. 

It was great to meet you Mark-hope to see you at future races, and maybe a bike ride or two?  If I hear of any good ones I'll let ya know.

2006-08-21 1:52 PM
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Crystal Lake, IL
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Yeah, so much to the day after a race.  Next time I'm taking monday off just so I can play on BT.  (I know, what's the difference?).

Mark - incredible job out there.  You did great and it was fun to see a friendly face on the bike.  You and Todd were the only ones I saw.  You should feel bad about NOTHING!   You ran a great race.  It's not what you have, it's what you do with what you have.  And you did everything you could with what you've got.  The fact you were even there was amazing.  Thanks for sharing that stuff in your report.  Oh yeah, congrats on MISSING the swim platform.  I can honestly say that hitting it would not have helped your swim. 

And as far as next year goes it is awesome to think how you will do with a wetsuit and a faster bike, if that's what's in store for you.

2006-08-21 4:44 PM
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NW Suburbs, Illinois
Subject: RE: Pleasant Prairie Triathlon - International Race
Great race, and race report. These times are fantastic. Near 17 mph on a mountain/hybrid is cruising pretty darn fast. I can attest, as aerobars and a new bike added at least 1.5 mph from an old road bike. I am guessing 2-3mph added from a mountain bike.

I wish you would have mentioned your son's race at dinner. I have all kinds of questions for you now.

As far as, the chafing goes, I am a big fan of body glide. I paste the parts you mention and it seems to work well.

And finally, look on Ebay for a wetsuit b/c your splits are faster than mine in the pool. I have done a bunch of Open water swims over the last month, which really helped me sight, as well. I got my wetsuit for $50, although, with your height, they might be harder to find.

Anyway, great race and I am glad I got to meet you. Keep up the good work.

Edited by schmize 2006-08-21 4:47 PM
2006-08-22 7:29 PM
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Heh, I couldn't just let that go, now could I?

You did great! A new bike will make a huge difference next year.... as will a wetsuit...although you look to be a strong swimmer already, even without one!

It was good to meet you. And you're right, you can't keep a good weiner down. We will be back next year and we will be STIFF competition! Hee hee.

Take care of those nips.

Your weiner pal,



2006-08-22 10:04 PM
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Racine WI
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Great race, you had awesome split times considering all that you overcame with the injuries and equipment. I thought your mention of the young lady from the Kids Race was a good dose of reality. Since I have heard, read and viewed articles and stories on the Hoyts, I find that at least once a race I think about them. Anything I am experiencing or feeling at that time just pales in compairison. I thank my lucky stars that my family and I have our health and am able to participate in the sports of our choices.
As far as the chaffing goes, body glide is good. There is also adhesive bandages (called Nip Slips I think). There are also shirts that wick away body moisture and from what I hear that will also help with the situation.
It was great meeting you this weekend. Hopefully, we'll manage to get another challenge together next year and maybe get a ride or run together later this fall or early next spring.
2006-08-23 2:22 PM
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Mukwonago, WI
Subject: RE: Pleasant Prairie Triathlon - International Race
MarkK - 2006-08-22 10:04 PM

Hopefully, we'll manage to get another challenge together next year and maybe get a ride or run together later this fall or early next spring.

Let me know when you have something going especially if you get to Mukwonago/East Troy area on your bikes. You had a great race Mark so keep rockin'
2006-08-24 12:36 PM
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Oak Park, IL
Subject: RE: Pleasant Prairie Triathlon - International Race

Mark - I just now got to reading your race report.  You had such a fantastic race and were just a few minutes behind me despite the fact that you were on a mountain/hybrid.  Yikes - that means I really have some work to do.   This is what I love about this's the people like you who really inspire me to work harder and not be ashamed of my abilities (I have a confidence problem because I am slooooow).  Great job.  I hope we get the chance to race together again very soon!

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