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Chattanooga, Tennessee
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
Total Time = 5h 32m 27s
Overall Rank = 604/2296
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 5/95
Pre-race routine:

Not the norm, which is pretty much just coffee & almond butter pancake sandwich. Had to get going earlier to swap out P1 pedals before swim start. So up early and to transition to get those swapped and to put all my stuff with my bike. It's been so long since I have done anything other than a full IM I was struggling with what to do race morning at the bike. So used to packing and dropping T1/T2 bags the day before.
Event warmup:

Nothing, too nervous. Found a fellow teammate and got in line with her. Another teammate showed up and the 3 of us hung out and chatted. Took my mind of being nervous. Swim line was LONG!
  • 32m
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 31s / 100 yards

Fairly easy swim. Wore wetsuit which I was dreading but it ended up being ok. Didn't bother me and they had strippers so I didn't have to worry about that. So many people doing backstroke, it was very strange.
What would you do differently?:

Start on left like I was supposed to, to keep more towards shoreline on upriver. I got in on the right and then realized my error. Not that bad though, just more bodies and current to deal with but it didn't bother me.
Transition 1
  • 06m 28s

A bit slow, out of practice. But I did put on T1 top very fast (first time so that was good), and didn't forget anything.
What would you do differently?:

Practice to cut down on time.
  • 2h 45m 5s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.35 mile/hr

Overall good ride. Lost my flat repair kit on one of the early RR tracks and circled back but never found it. Course was very crowded, and I felt like I either had to slow down or surge ahead to not be in draft zone. So many people clearly do not know that they should move to the right hand side, I was constantly saying "on your left" and having to repeat over and over because they wouldn't move over. My goal was to finish under 2:45 so pretty happy with this ride.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, figure out a better flat repair kit storage option, better BTA hydration solution, work on better fit, and continue to build bike power.
Transition 2
  • 04m 49s

Faster than T1! Still slow but transitions are a work in process for me.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 04m 5s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 28s  min/mile

Really great run for me. Been injured so run training was minimal. I had no idea how this was going to go, but it really couldn't have gone any better. I did a run/walk plan that was loosely structured and dictated by hills and aid stations. I modified some but pretty much followed that plan. Went well and I finished on Cloud 9!
What would you do differently?:

Not be injured so I can really put in the appropriate run training.
Post race
Warm down:

Water and walking, followed by a few beers with the tri club.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Limited running - but really this is a great pace for me even when not injured so no complaints!

Event comments:

Chattanooga is a great town. Everyone is so friendly, lots of nice places to eat, things to do for family. Overall a great race in a great location.

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Last updated: 2016-05-25 12:00 AM
00:32:00 | 2112 yards | 01m 31s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/95
Overall: 553/2296
Performance: Average
Course: Up river about 300 yards, then down river to Ross Landing.
Start type: Dive Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 06:28
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:45:05 | 56 miles | 20.35 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/95
Overall: 537/2296
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: One loop
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 04:49
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
02:04:05 | 13.1 miles | 09m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/95
Overall: 604/2296
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loops
Keeping cool Average 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] 4

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