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Chattanooga, Tennessee
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
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Total Time = 10h 08m 16s
Overall Rank = 129/2349
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 18/295
Pre-race routine:

Drove to Chattanooga with K (we drove halfway the first night and then the rest of the way the next morning). We got there and checked in, met up with Jeff and some other friends, got some A.R.T. at the expo and then went back to our house to check in. House was a few miles into the city from the waterfront and a bit on the shady side. Seemed perfectly safe, but not the most upscale neighborhood.
We went to the pre-race dinner with Jeff, Kari, Kevin, Kevin's mom, and Drew, and some others. Great location. Presentation was meh, but food was great and plenty of room.
Day before the race we met up with some people while driving the bike course and did a nice brick. Great to see everyone and everyone was in good spirits.

The night before the race, Barb/Bill/Sis/Mitch all cooked a great dinner. Ernie and Lisa came over and Zephyr and his girlfriend made it to the house. Group all made great shirts and with our bags all packed we were ready to go.
Event warmup:

Sis dropped us off at transition with Mitch. Mitch then took the bus with us tot he swim start and waited with us in the long line along the path. What a trooper. It was fun to hang out but his main mission was to text sissy with an exact swim start time so she didn't go insane with the uncertainty of the time trial start. We got a spot somewhere around 6am. and sat there chatting and finding friends that walked by to get in line behind us.
Once the gun went off, K and I hustled up the path in line, gave each other a good luck kiss,waved to Mitch and jumped off the dock to get started.
Swim
  • 48m 12s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 08s / 100 yards
Comments:

One of my best swims ever. We knew the current was fast from a practice swim. In addition, I looked at the maps and the curve of the river meant that you could legally use the width of the river to your advantage by cutting towards the island than then back out. It also put you closer to the river center with a stronger current, so I knew it was a good game plan.

I started to second guess myself a few times as I was pretty isolated out there and had no one to draft off. Eventually I hedged my bet a bit and moved over some until I got a small pack and a good set of feet. I picked up the pace and sat on his feet as long as I could. Eventually, he split 2 slow swimmers and by the time I made it around them he was gone. Luckily, it was close enough to the finish that I could keep the pressure on. When I hit the turn buoy and then got onto the steps I couldn't believe my watch said 48:XX!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Transition 1
  • 06m 39s
Bike
  • 5h 31m 36s
  • 115 miles
  • 20.81 mile/hr
Transition 2
  • 03m 13s
Run
  • 3h 38m 36s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 08m 20s  min/mile
Post race



Last updated: 2013-11-14 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:48:12 | 4224 yards | 01m 08s / 100yards
Age Group: 16/295
Overall: 148/2349
Performance: Good
Water temps were too warm for wetsuit awards eligibility
Suit: Speedsuit
Course: Point to point down river
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 06:39
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
05:31:36 | 115 miles | 20.81 mile/hr
Age Group: 37/295
Overall: 223/2349
Performance:
8:39:52 am. 5:30:01 20.9mph 115.10mi. 88rpm 169w 11:40 4.36mi. 22.4mph 185w 25:07 9.53mi. 22.7mph 186w 24:38 8.85mi. 21.6mph 186w 27:19 9.15mi. 20.1mph 175w 00:33 0.19mi. 20.4mph 52w 24:49 9.30mi. 22.3mph 176w 26:27 9.75mi. 22.1mph 170w 28:20 10.26mi. 21.7mph 170w 30:31 10.20mi. 20.4mph 176w 31:17 10.10mi. 19.4mph 160w 28:31 9.66mi. 20.3mph 170w 30:55 10.02mi. 19.5mph 152w 40:13 13.75mi. 20.5mph 152w
Wind:
Course:
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 03:13
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
03:38:36 | 26.2 miles | 08m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/295
Overall: 129/2349
Performance:
7:27 7:20 7:56 7:22 7:55 8:09 7:45 7:45 8:53 8:15 8:15 10:34 7:57 7:57 8:58 8:48 8:08 9:53 8:25 8:36 10:07 10:56 8:31 7:38 7:21 7:46
Course:
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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