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Lake St. Louis, Missouri
United States
City of Lake Saint Louis Parks and Recreation Department
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 00m 40s
Overall Rank = 7/275
Age Group = 24-29
Age Group Rank = 2/18
Pre-race routine:

Got there early with slovegreen. Real early! Like 1st. It was pretty cool seeing the whole TA completely empty, then slowly fill to full, bustling capacity.
i ate my oatmeat at about 3:30AM, and the loaded my stuff into the car and headed to pick up slovegreen. We ended up at the race site before 5!! haha. oh well, it was good to take it all in.
i continued to be hungry, so i ate my sammich , and then part of a granola bar.

Event warmup:

a warmup wasn't really possible since the RD made all the racers leave the TA and head to the beach. so without access to shoes or a bike, warming up was out of the question.
after standing around with a few peeps watching the first swim waves go off, i got in the water a little before my start to get used to the temp. that was a good idea. it kept me from getting any "shock" at the beginning of the race.

  • 08m 20s
  • 400 meters
  • 02m 05s / 100 meters

This was pretty crazy. I didn't know how it would go at all.
I chatted with a couple guys at the start of the race, just to keep things light. Distractions are okay with me, in that situation. I asked a guy if he just wanted to punch me a couple times before we started, y'know, to get it out of the way. It was good for a laugh from those who overheard.
I stationed myself all the way to the right side in the front row of the action. The horn sounded and we were all off... and over ... and around... and through.
Feel free to notice all the dudes with the huge arms and back. yeah, I'm not one of them. But they did maul me.
I was passed like it was nothing, and the left side of the wave seemed to surge ahead and make a break for the first turn bouy. there was nothing i could do about it.
**cool video**
I took a couple knocks to my head throughout the race. I feel like I got the full OWS experience. I doubt my navigation was very good, since my time was so much slower than i anticipated. in general, i think i was a little bit frantic, not getting much glide out of each stroke. but that's to be expected given that it was my first attempt at this.
What would you do differently?:

swim faster? the jostling wasn't too bad, so i'd start in the same place again, but i just wish i were a better swimmer. I got killed here.
Transition 1
  • 01m 48s

Not too shabby here!
It was a rather long run from the beach to the bikes, so that accounts for the seemingly lengthy time.
It was even a little tricky getting there. Had to use caution around the slippery corners...
I got the bike shoes on pretty well, and since I had an excellent rack spot, I had an easy time getting out of the TA quickly. It was also really nice that the other bikes (long course competitors, mostly likely) that were racked near me were out on the course. my bike was the only one left on the rack when i got out of the water. It turns out I made a living off free TA speed in this race. I had the fastest transition in my AG by 24 seconds, but most were LOTS slower. Not bad for a guy who doesn't have his shoes on the pedals already. Overall, it was the 5th fastest T1. :)
What would you do differently?:

  • 33m 17s
  • 12 miles
  • 21.63 mile/hr

I got things back on track with the bike, and tried to make up for being a little "over budget" on the swim. I had hoped it would take less than 8 mins.
Right out of the gates I caught a few people, and one of them had a "29" on his calf. He was moving pretty good, charging up the first hill on his nice tri-bike. I thought I was going to be in for a tough fight early on. But I got warmed up quickly and disposed of him shortly after. That felt good! So I set off to find more guys in my AG who had no doubt smoked me on the swim. I passed lots of older dudes from the waves in front of me, but never did see any more guys close to my age. I passed tons of bikes, and managed to only get passed twice by a couple very elite guys who were doing the long course. They absolutely blew by me like I was standing still. Whoa! that will inspire me to work hard this winter, though.
What would you do differently?:

nothin'. I believe I left it all on the course, and met my time goal.
Transition 2
  • 00m 43s

Smoked this transition.
1st in my AG by 19 seconds.
2nd overall!! and that 1 guy who did it faster than me, only did so by 4/10th of a second.
What would you do differently?:

  • 16m 40s
  • 2.5 miles
  • 06m 40s  min/mile

1st in my AG by 1:20. niiiiice!
Went flying out of the TA, slipping on my shoe as I went, and just then I hear my name over the PA system. "Getsome is heading out on the run." Adrenaline rush. I got a great boost of energy from that. It was very short-lived, but it was very exciting to hear my name like that.
I passed a guy who had come out of the TA just before me. He told me, "good race" and I returned the compliment, and then took off again. I managed to pick off a few people on the run, but there weren't many out there. It seemed to take forever to get to the turnaround, but I made it there about when I expected to.
I knew I had to tear up the final mile if I was going to hit my goal, though. My legs were burning, and my lungs were gasping for air.
"Two more hills left," I told myself... and I began my attack. I was looking over at the other side of the street, watching the runners who were still heading towards the turnaround. Some looked tired and weary. I fed off that, maintained my posture, and quickened my pace to overtake another runner. "Just one more hill to go." I was moving really well at this point, knowing that there were mere minutes separating me from an icy cold gatorade. There was a guy a hundred meters down the road beginning his push for the finish line, so I ran hard to catch him and pass him.
For the last minute of the race, I don't remember feeling my legs or my lungs at all. It was amazing. Wife said I looked possessed. haha! Let's just say I was focused.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

A little dry-heaving.

Some stretching.

Lots of wandering around.

The BT Posse!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

being just an OK swimmer was the difference between winning, and second place.

Event comments:

Loved how big this race was. It was fun having all the hoopla around. Great post-race food!!! nice plaques. cool dri-release shirt. everything was positive about this race, especially the weather!

Last updated: 2006-07-26 12:00 AM
00:08:20 | 400 meters | 02m 05s / 100meters
Age Group: 6/18
Overall: 50/275
Performance: Below average
Suit: tri shorts
Course: counter-clockwise triangle in Lake Saint Louis
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:48
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:33:17 | 12 miles | 21.63 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/18
Overall: 13/275
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back with a loop in the middle. there were a few rolling hills. not all that much flat straightaway.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:43
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:16:40 | 02.5 miles | 06m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/18
Overall: 5/275
Performance: Good
Course: Hilly out and back.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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] 5

2006-09-06 12:52 PM

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St. Louis
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2006-09-06 2:50 PM
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St. Louis, MO
Subject: RE: Lake Saint Louis Triathlon - Short Course're a stud!!!  That's about all I can say for that race report! 
2006-09-06 9:37 PM
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Phoenix, AZ
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Nice race report, always so entertaining! Congratulations sounds like you had a really awesome race.
2006-09-08 11:33 AM
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Ann Arbor, MI
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Awesome job and great race report- the pictures and video are a great touch- kudos to the photographer You rock!
2006-09-08 12:27 PM
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Wherever the trail takes me, WA.
Subject: RE: Lake Saint Louis Triathlon - Short Course
That is a great race. I just can't figure out where an 1hr 40 minute cam from? Seems like you did it faster than that.
2006-09-09 3:41 PM
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St. Louis, MO
Subject: RE: Lake Saint Louis Triathlon - Short Course
Great report, great pix, kudos to your photog! I just don't know how you do those transitions so fast. They really are so important! I couldn't find you in those professional pix, there were so many to look thru. did you find any good ones?

I finally put my RR up. There are pix of all of us in my album.

Hope you are having a good post-race week!

Edited by soozey 2006-09-09 3:42 PM

2006-09-09 5:45 PM
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Hey!  Awesome report and awesome race!!!  Nice going fellow spokanite!!
2006-09-12 9:12 AM
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St. Louis
Subject: RE: Lake Saint Louis Triathlon - Short Course

thanks for reading guys!! i enjoyed the race, so it was fun to write about it.

swbkrun-- the time reads 1hr and 40s. they should really put a place-holder in there for 00mins so it looks like 1h 00m 40s.

soozey-- the organization of the race photos was atrocious. not even worth looking through them any more. i tried for a while but gave up. i think i know where there's 1 pic of slovegreen.  i bet they don't sell many photos since people can't find their own. too bad.


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