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Springfield, South Carolina
United States
Category IV Productions
65F / 18C
Overcast
Total Time = 3h 41m 18s
Overall Rank = 58/75
Age Group = 50-59
Age Group Rank = 9/12
Pre-race routine:

The course is built on a beautiful & rugged wilderness setting including two-hundred year trails, a 75-acre pond, blackwater swamp, and at its heart, the South Edisto River. The transition area is perfect for spectators and crowd support. It is set up so that participants pass through “race headquarters” four times before reaching the finish line. Almost half of the kayak segment of the race is visible from where the transition area is set up off the banks of the lake, where there are two cabins set up to accommodate spectators and athletes.
Swim
  • 1h 29m 36s
  • 0 meters
  • / 100 meters
Comments:

I knew better than use our 10' long, 30" wide flat bottom kayak. I got smoked by the long sleek kayaks. RPE very hard just to keep 4 mph, while others cruised at 5 to 6 mph.
What would you do differently?:

Spend the extra $50 to rent a 14 or 16 foot boat.
Transition 1
  • 00m 10s
Comments:

T1 was a run through the transition area, no changing at all.
Bike
  • 1h 00m 9s
  • 10 miles
  • 9.98 mile/hr
Comments:

Went into the bike with arms and shoulders already pretty gassed from 90" hard paddling. Lower back pain most of the MTB ride.
What would you do differently?:

Use a longer kayak, go into the bike less spent.
Transition 2
  • 01m 34s
Comments:

Stuffed a PB&J into my mouth, put on helment and pushed on.
Run
  • 1h 09m 51s
  • 7 miles
  • 09m 59s  min/mile
Comments:

Ran conservative, lots of mud, a few hills.
What would you do differently?:

Could have run a 5 to 10 minute faster race.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Using the wrong kayak...made for fun, not for distance or time.

Event comments:

For the second year in a row, the Winter Challenge sold out over three weeks early, with registrations up by nearly 30%. Sponsors have come through like never before. The trails are in better shape than ever. We've got participants coming in from over 12 states, as far away as Michigan and New York. Three fine pigs are eating to their heart's content up on Calvin's farm, and we don't have to call in any favors to pull our sous chef from the pokey. Indeed, things are shaping up for a fine Winter Challenge


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Swimming
01:29:36 | 00 meters | / 100meters
Age Group: 11/12
Overall: 71/75
Performance: Bad
What about the swim? It's February. Swim? What swim? There is no swim. It's February. We kayak. 2nd segment.
Suit:
Course: The 6 mile paddle course takes place on a 75-acre still water lake. The lake is approximately half open water and half flooded cypress. The course will require circling the perimeter of the lake in a series of three laps. The path requires no portage but paddlers may encounter the possibility of minor obstacles through portions of the course. This is a beautiful “Edisto” setting, haven to a wide variety of waterfowl including duck, heron, geese and osprey.
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 00:10
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
01:00:09 | 10 miles | 9.98 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/12
Overall: 37/75
Performance: Average
The mountain bike was the third / last segment.
Wind: Some
Course: Participants finish the race on a challenging 10 mile mountain bike course. The trail varies in width from 3 to 8 feet wide featuring both double and single track. The trail is built to accommodate riders of all levels, but offers technical challenges for those with advanced skills.
Road:  Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:34
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
01:09:51 | 07 miles | 09m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/12
Overall: 44/75
Performance: Below average
The trail run was the 1st segment.
Course: The Race begins with the 7 mile run course. It takes place on six to ten foot wide hard-packed farm roads and single track woodland trails that will keep participants surrounded by woods and lake view. The course is mostly level terrain with a few rolling hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
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

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