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Hickory, North Carolina
United States
Jones Racing Company
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 27m 25s
Overall Rank = 53/149
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 3/13
Pre-race routine:

Did the race with Peter and Jon and Susan came to cheer us on. We all stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Conover the night before. We left the hotel and about 5:55 and got there in plenty of time to set up. Parking was pretty close to transition. It was not a big race, so it was very comfortable setting up.
Event warmup:

Got in the water and swam about 100 yds to get things moving. Still wondering if I should do more of a warmup. No running or biking.
  • 07m 38s
  • 400 yards
  • 01m 55s / 100 yards

Started to the outside a bit. There were a lot of swimmers and not much room. I did not want to get stuck behind too many people and then have to try to swim around them, so I moved to the outside and started with only a couple of people in front of me. It worked well. I did not get involved with much of a crowd and was even able to draft for a short period.

Sighted very well - felt like I stayed on course well.

I felt a bit tired at the end. I probably went out a bit fast, but that was the plan with the short swim.

What would you do differently?:

Just continue to swim and get faster. I am definitely seeing the results of masters swimming. It is becoming my best discipline.
Transition 1
  • 00m 56s

Good, quick transition - 1st in my age group. I really don't know what I could have done faster. I think at this point more fitness to move more quickly is the only additional thing I can do.

Good flying start and got into pedals well.
What would you do differently?:

  • 50m 43s
  • 16 miles
  • 18.93 mile/hr

Chain came off at 28min and 35 min. My fault - In both cases I was hitting a big uphill after a turn and was not in the correct gear. After the second time, the front derailleur would not go to the small ring, which made the remaining hills a bit of a challenge.

Losing the chain on the bike on uphills also caused my calves to cramp when trying to start back up. I burned a few "matches" on the chain problems.

Overall I felt OK, but I am not in the same bike shape as I have been in the past.

I pushed too hard and knew the run was going to be rough while on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Better shifting to avoid losing the chain.
Transition 2
  • 01m 14s

I was beat. Again, more fitness will get me to a faster transition. Don't know what I could have done better from an execution standpoint. I just need to go faster. I was dragging at this point.
What would you do differently?:

  • 26m 56s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 41s  min/mile

Painful. I'm probably going too hard on the bike and killing the run. I can run faster in my run sessions, and I have practiced running off the bike. I am probably not going as long as needed to build more aerobic endurance.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I pushed as hard as I could

I need more endurance..
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Drank powerade, a banana, apple slices, ate a power bar and another banana in the car with water and gatorade.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Aerobic endurance. I need more long workouts.

Event comments:

This race was smaller than most, but it was fun. The lake was nice, and the course was challenging, but not too difficult.

Everyone was extremely friendly, and it made the morning fun.

Last updated: 2015-06-04 12:00 AM
00:07:38 | 400 yards | 01m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/13
Overall: 36/149
Performance: Good
Suit: None
Course: We swam from a boat ramp. left side out around two bouys and back. Exited the other side of the boat ramp.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 86F / 30C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:56
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:50:43 | 16 miles | 18.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/13
Overall: 58/149
Performance: Below average
Garmin showed 15.84miles 1st 5 miles - 19.7mph 2nd 5 miles - 17.9 mph 3rd 5 miles - 18.9mph 4th .8 miiles - 21.1mph
Wind: Some
Course: Two loops - some really rough roads leaving and going back to transition. Also, a lot more traffic on the course than I have seen in the past.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 83
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Average
Race pace: Too hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:14
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:26:56 | 03.1 miles | 08m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/13
Overall: 70/149
Performance: Below average
Garmin had distance at 3.15miles / pace at 8:33 Cadence - 161 spm Mile 1 - 8:38 Mile 2 - 8:43 Mile 3 - 8:32 Remaining - 6:56
Course: Out and back with two branches along rural roads. Pretty hilly (although I was in so much pain they probably seemed worse than they really were.)
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2016-05-19 7:52 AM

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Pineville, North Carolina
Subject: Lake Hickory Triathlon

2016-05-19 12:48 PM
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Austin, Texas
Subject: RE: Lake Hickory Triathlon

Pushed as hard as you could.  Had fun.  Podium!

Now THAT'S a great day.  Congrats!



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