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Blue and Gold Tri - Triathlon

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Marion, Illinois
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 34m 19s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 2/3
Pre-race routine:

Same as usual. Breakfast of two coffees, three eggs, toast. Got up early because I woke up just before alarm was supposed to go off. Didn't want to be groggy. Arrived at venue about an hour early. Snagged last aisle bike position in transition.
Event warmup:

Rode bike about 10 minutes in flip flops. Then hopped in pool and swam maybe 400m to get warmed up.
  • 07m 6s
  • 300 meters
  • 02m 22s / 100 meters

Dive in kinda knocked the wind out of me. Turns were pretty bad too. Kept reverting to looking down the lane for some reason. Exit was try to jump out of poolin 11.5' water. I think i must have looked like a walrus trying to sumit a beachhead, although, they are probably more graceful than i was.
What would you do differently?:

Use the ladder to get out of the pool!!
Transition 1
  • 01m

Felt good. Fast for me.
  • 43m 7s
  • 12.07 miles
  • 16.80 mile/hr

Overall i felt pretty good about the bike. Only passed by one person, but didn't pass anyone myself. Was aiming for 16mph
What would you do differently?:

Practice the hills!! I also had no clue about the course, so I was somewhat tenative at some turms.
Transition 2
  • 01m 25s

Could have done better here. Didnt take helmet off while running bike. Didnt take gloves off until i was on the run. I put them in my race belt, but probably wouldnt be able to do that if i needed to put gu in there too. Changed socks to avoid blisters on toes
What would you do differently?:

  • 41m 23s
  • 3 miles
  • 13m 47s  min/mile

Couldn't keep my hr down! Ran almost whole distance, but did walk through water stations and whenever my hr got over 174. Goal was 14'/ mile
What would you do differently?:

Not much. It was a pretty good run for me.
Post race
Warm down:

Nothing. Ate hald a turkey sandwich, drank some water and gatorade. Then packed up transition and waited for awards

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swim could have been a little better. Run is big limiter, but I know that.

Event comments:

Nice, small race with associated kids races for families. It was a little late in starting (prerace meeting started five minutes after race was supposed to start). Several volunteers didn't show, so they were a little light on volunteers. Overall, it is a nice race in a good environment. Awards are given to top three in all categories. RD seems to know everyone's name, which is pretty cool when you don't know a lot of people in the race and you hear someone calling your name.

Last updated: 2016-07-16 12:00 AM
00:07:06 | 300 meters | 02m 22s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/3
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri
Course: Pool out and back in each lane
Start type: Dive Plus:
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:43:07 | 12.07 miles | 16.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/3
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Hr 160 avg. cadence 74 avg
Wind: None
Course: Out and back with several turns. Mostly empty roads. Hills on the back half, some long, but nothing huge or terribly steep
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 74
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:25
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:41:23 | 03 miles | 13m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/3
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Hr 167 avg
Course: Out and back with lots of turns.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2016-07-16 11:07 AM

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Southern Illinois
Subject: Blue and Gold Tri

2016-07-16 2:34 PM
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Langley, BC, 'Wet Coast' Canada
Subject: RE: Blue and Gold Tri
Great job.
It is probably good that you did not take off your helmet while running with bike, as that is usually a DQ.
2016-07-17 9:42 AM
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, Vermont
Subject: RE: Blue and Gold Tri
Great job, Gretchen! Your bike speed is really good!!! This is great prep for your HIM!
2016-07-19 2:45 PM
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Middle River, Maryland
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Subject: RE: Blue and Gold Tri

Nice race and a great tune-up for the HIM!

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