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Henderson, North Carolina
United States
83F / 28C
Total Time = 8h 00m
Overall Rank = 31/88
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 9/22
Pre-race routine:

Drove up the day before. Picked up my packet and drove to the race site. I had ridden the bike course the month before and informed the RD that part of the course was closed. They had to re-route the course. 4th year running the race in a row - 3rd bike course. Drove the course and then headed to father-in-laws.

Woke up, ate my oatmeal and was out the door. Got there plenty early for me. Totally shocked - the said the water temp was 68 on Saturday and then suddenly 80 on Sunday?? How was that even possible?
Event warmup:

Setup my transition area and did typical warm up. Was not feeling that great but figured it was going to be ok.
  • 28m 30s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 54s / 100 meters

One of the hardest swims of my triathlon career. Wind was blowing into us on the way out with a string current pushing us on the main stretch. By the time we made the turn for home. we were in the cove so we did not get as much of the current as we could. I was a 5 minutes slower than last year (wet suit legal with calm waters). I was plain tired after the swim. I am string swimmer and that was tough
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 01m 17s

I was busy trying to catch my breathe and re-assess what just occurred.
  • 59m 53s
  • 40 kms
  • 40.08 km/hr

Course was 4 miles short; my lack of biking outdoors this season - we have had a cool,. wet spring showed up. I was not disappointed with my time. I was passed by more folks than usual. Felt like I was spinning up fine.
What would you do differently?:

GO harder
Transition 2
  • 01m 9s

It had poured rain the night before so I did not want to run through the mud in my bare feet
  • 52m 8s
  • 10 kms
  • 05m 13s  min/km

This run is HOT - asphalt with no shade at all. The part from the trail to the far turn around and back is just a slug fest.
What would you do differently?:

I had no data on my speed. I ran the entire thing except for stopping at the half way point to drink water which was planned
Post race
Warm down:

Drank fluids

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I had a big family trip the weekend before - and knew I was less than 100% rested. I ran the race last year injured and posted s similar time. I had been travelling a good bit and was just not all there.

I enjoy the race for what it is. We did not really have much warm weather until you guessed it - that weekend. Literally was the warmest day of the year.

Event comments:

I do this race now for 4 years in a row. It falls on the same weekend as Raleigh, which means this race is smaller. It is out in the country whichi s great for bike ride but not much crowd. The run course is pretty flat but just plain hot. The swim is always interesting - 2nd time in 4 years with a good chop. Tough for beginners

Last updated: 2016-06-26 12:00 AM
00:28:30 | 1500 meters | 01m 54s / 100meters
Age Group: 9/22
Overall: 28/88
Performance: Below average
Course: Course is a triangle. Last bit is in a cove with the forts 1000 meters exposed
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: High
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Below average Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:17
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:59:53 | 40 kms | 40.08 km/hr
Age Group: 11/22
Overall: 34/88
Wind: Some
Course: One big square
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 01:09
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:52:08 | 10 kms | 05m 13s  min/km
Age Group: 11/22
Overall: 39/88
Course: Two laps with some trail running - good part of the run is no shade and
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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