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Hillsborough, North Carolina
United States
Setup Inc
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 23m 15s
Overall Rank = 44/237
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 4/40
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:45, shower then ate some yogurt. Piled into the car with the wife, kids, and gear and toting a "Go Daddy Go" sign and a stuffed kitty (Emma's stuffed kitty told her that it would like to be in the transition area with me)
Event warmup:

Ran about a half mile of the run course to get the legs moving. Then spent about 10 mins in the pool trying to get my stroke right. (was very nervous about the swim)
  • 08m 4s
  • 547 yards
  • 01m 29s / 100 yards

With work shuttling me to a cheap hotel, I've lost my ability to swim while I'm travelling. So, I've been really nervous about my swim. Plus, I put down a pretty aggressive time 1:20/100m when I signed up so I was seeded really early. I was 14th to go off out of 400 some. At times, I was gasping for breath, my turns were pretty rough, and I swear I was swimming tarzan style for about 5 strokes.

Imagine my surprise when I'm ranked 1 in my AG and 6th overall. Holy schmoley.

As I type this, I can barely raise my left arm its so sore. I think I just muscled through it. Passed about 3-4 people. Got passed by 3 people (I think).
Transition 1
  • 00m 56s

It felt faster than this. 6th fastest in AG, 49th overall
What would you do differently?:

Tie up the shoes!!!
  • 49m 46s
  • 16 miles
  • 19.29 mile/hr

I'm usually a middle of the pack sort of biker. For some reason, this bike ride felt so good. I didn't exactly hammer it the whole way - I wanted to save my legs for the run. But, for the first time in a very very long time, I felt good going up the hills. Kept the cadence up, shifted pretty well.

The 10 sec start intervals kept everything pretty well spread out. The mad rush of incredible bikers that fly by me about 8 mins into the bike never happened. I really had a GREAT bike. Was it the Duke ride that helped with the hills?
What would you do differently?:

More time in the saddle.
Transition 2
  • 00m 35s

Great T2. I'm pretty strong with this dismount now and feel comfortable riding barefoot on one pedal. 3rd fastest in AG, 19th fastest overall. Got a little confused where the run start was, which cost me a little bit of time.
  • 23m 55s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 41s  min/mile

Another time that I'm pretty satisfied with. Didn't do a whole lot of passing, but didn't get passed that much either. It was getting very HOT! I was glad for some of the miserable lunchtime runs I've been doing because I felt good in the heat.

Coolest part of the run was a little dude close to the first water station. He was about 3-4 years old, but the way he talked he sounded like he was 18. "Ice cold water straight ahead", he'd say. "You're looking really solid". I low fived him twice and told him what an excellent job he was doing.

Was that a mid 7/mile 5k I ran. Sweet Jesus you answered my prayers. I got passed pretty early into the 5k by a buffed out 20 something that I kept within eye sight the entire time. After the race, I thanked him for being such a good rabbit. LOL.

2 of my 4 family cheering section finished the race with me. Emma held my hand when we crossed. Great finish!
What would you do differently?:

My run is finally starting to come together!!!! Hope to get the pacing down and the mileage up over the next couple of weeks.
Post race
Warm down:

Give out sweaty hugs and kisses. Didn't stay long - packed up the stuff and headed out. Came home, mowed the grass and then vegged.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just need to keep stepping it up each race.

Event comments:

As usual Setup Inc puts on a fantastic race. I suppose we are spoiled here in the Carolinas.

Last updated: 2006-08-25 12:00 AM
00:08:04 | 547 yards | 01m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/40
Overall: 6/237
Performance: Good
Suit: trishorts
Course: Up and back in 25m pool. 10 lanes. Duck under the ropes after each 50. Started every 10 secs.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:56
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:49:46 | 16 miles | 19.29 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/40
Overall: 85/237
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Loop type course. Lots of rolling hills. A few ugly climbs, a few nice downhills. Lots of traffic!
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:35
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:55 | 03.11 miles | 07m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/40
Overall: 62/237
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loop run course.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-08-26 6:22 PM

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Whitsett, North Carolina
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2006-08-26 6:47 PM
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DC Metro, slowly working my way to NC
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Awesome job!
2006-08-26 7:31 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Amjazing race Jeff   SOunds like a family affair Did the kitty bring you luck?  I'm sure Emma thinks so
2006-08-27 7:26 AM
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Winston-Salem, NC
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Great race Jeff. I knew you were going to crush the swim; you are such a natural swimmer. And congrats on the bike ride. I know its been a tough year for you to get time in the saddle, so this is wonderful news. And way to bring it home on the run in the heat! Hope to see you at Pinehurst.
2006-08-27 9:41 AM
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Plant City, FL
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Awesome race Jeff, despite the sleezy hotel stays!!   Maybe you woulda biked and run faster if you carried Emma's kitty with you??!!  Just a thought!!
2006-08-27 1:03 PM
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, Alabama
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Terrific job Jeff!  You just keep getting better and better!


2006-08-27 7:21 PM
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Pittsburgh, PA
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Hey, that's our cheer, too  :-)

Nice AG finish, bro. Bet you're happy with that placement. Ummm, was the kitty wearing a tiara?? 

2006-08-28 9:08 AM
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Clayton/Raleigh, North Carolina
Subject: RE: Endurance Challenge Triathlon
Awesome race! You are so smokin' fast! I definitely think the kitty deserves a place on the bike - maybe in the back pocket of your jersey, or even better velcroed onto your handlebars or aero bars so you can stare at her the entire time!
2006-08-28 9:56 AM
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You just keep getting better and better. FANTASTIC job. I love the family-nature of your events, too.
2006-08-28 11:49 AM
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Wilmington, NC
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Subject: RE: Endurance Challenge Triathlon
Awesome swim and race, 4th in a very tough AG. You are going to smoke the course in Wilmington!
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