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Lake Geneva, Wisconsin
United States
Frank Dobbs
65F / 18C
Total Time = 6h 32m 29s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 10/14
Pre-race routine:

Drove to Lake Geneva. Got up very early, jumped in the red convertible and high tailed it up to LG. Got there in time, however, still had to pick up my packet and rack my bike etc etc... stood in line for over an hour doing that. The HIM was supposed to go off at 615 AM. At 617 I was standing in front of a volunteer being body marked. And, according to that volunteer, nearly 50+ other HIM competitors were still without their numbers.

The race start was delayed about an hour.
Event warmup:

None. I barely got my wetsuit on and transition area set up and it was time to start swimming!
  • 44m 9s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 05s / 100 yards

Slower than usual swim for me. Tried drafting off of several people, but I don't trust others to know where they are going. Have been lead astray by several pairs of "fast feet" in my race experience...
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. I can't control the wind, so I suppose I should try to get more experience in choppy water?
Transition 1
  • 03m 15s

A leisurely T1. I didn't have much time to set up my transition area to start I just did the best I could with the disorganization and chaos that was my area.
What would you do differently?:

Arrive EARLIER! I'd have had to get up at 2:00 AM! I don't know... Maybe be a bit more organized.
  • 3h 01m 51s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.48 mile/hr

I think the bike went fairly well... I was in a combination of the large and small chain ring... I just can't stay out of the big ring. So whenever the course looked flat and the wind was at my back, I was hammering in the big chainring. Got up to 26 mph on some straightaways...that was tempered, of course, by riding 8 mph uphill with the wind in my face on some parts of the course.
What would you do differently?:

Not much... Maybe hammer a bit more. I've been worried about my knee, so I stayed in the small ring a bit more than I wanted to, but was trying to be smart. Not so sure how that worked out.
Transition 2
  • 03m 54s

So this is where it gets complicated... there are 4 races all taking place at the same time at this venue... a supersprint, a sprint, an olympic, and a half... I'm coming in for T2 on the HIM... there are people standing around transition, from the shorter races... chatting, talking on cellphones, shooting the shit...whatever... while I'm trying to zip in and out... I had to go around several people who were just sort of HANGING OUT!
What would you do differently?:

DISORGANIZED! Me, the race in general, the whole dang thing! I forgot to untie my running shoes! So there they were, double knotted and all tied up. I had to work the knot loose... and then put each shoe on... and I just got my acrylic nails my fingernails are weak and short... not the best for picking knots apart.

Poor planning on my part. I was obviously in a rush when I was setting up... did not pay attention to many of the details.
  • 2h 39m 21s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 10s  min/mile

Now this is only 4 minutes slower than my last HIM run... which was flat as a pancake. And I was in pain in the lower back, I was tired, and my hips hurt. So, over all, it's not a TERRIBLE effort from me, considering. Not stellar, but my run is what it is. It's my limiter in a big, awful, hairy way.
What would you do differently?:

Run more. Have less hip pain. Take Advil prior to racing. I don't know what else I could do. Just be faster. Try harder. Maybe I don't try hard enough. I allow myself to walk whenever I want to! Probably lacking in the mental toughness.
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the finish line, had my chip removed, ate a shriveled orange quarter, and went to grab my bike. Didn't see anyone I knew or anyone who knew me.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Taking the taper too seriously and using it as an excuse to party hard 2x last week...I was out until 230 AM both nights! Unheard of! I think that took a toll on my body...And of course, I wasn't out drinking water.

Also I fear I was a bit over trained for this race. Was very tired/borderline exhausted and my enthusiasm was definitely waning. Mentally and physically tired for the season.

Event comments:

I don't know if I'll do this race again... I've done it 3x now, each time a different distance.... it's a tough tough venue. Lots of hills. It's beautiful, though, and the water is usually clear and beautiful.

Tired. Now it's time for some well earned REST!!!!

Last updated: 2006-09-04 12:00 AM
00:44:09 | 2112 yards | 02m 05s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: Wetsuit
Course: Out along a buoyline and back. I rated the chop as high, because it was the choppiest water I've ever had the pleasure of swimming in. I'm sure ocean swims are worse. Had a hard time breathing without swallowing a mouthful of lovely Lake Geneva. Hard to time my breaths too, as the chop seemed to be irregular. This was a slow swim for me... I wonder if the course was LONG this year? Any opinions on that??? I know it's wasn't short.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: High
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:15
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:01:51 | 56 miles | 18.48 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Wind: Cross-winds with gusts
Course: A bit on the hilly side... rolling hills throughout the rural Lake Geneva area.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:54
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:39:21 | 13.1 miles | 12m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: HILLS! Very hilly. And I was just not feeling the love.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2006-09-11 2:02 PM

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Subject: Lake Geneva Triathlon, Half Iron Distance

2006-09-11 2:34 PM
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Chicago, IL
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Nice race in a tough setting. I think you are being a little tough on yourself and should give yourself some more credit for your excellent efforts. Nice job!
2006-09-11 5:27 PM
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Nice work pushing through some tough conditions.

Next time lower a shoulder as you run through transition and knock those people over who just standing around.  You're still racing the clock. 

2006-09-11 6:24 PM
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Hey Laura, who knew that having long fingernails was a prerequisite to having a quick transition!  LOL  Nice race, I think I have some training to do to keep up with you!


2006-09-12 8:51 AM
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Dayton, Minnesota
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You have definitely earned some rest! Great race and great season!
2006-09-12 9:01 AM
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Congrats on a Great Race!

For being in line for body marking when the race was to start and being rushed you pulled it together and executed well. I think it would have flustered me a lot.

Cool your 1/2 Mary time was so close to your last one with a more difficult course!

Love the bike split!!

Sounds like you are ready for your off season....enjoy that and I know you'll come into your 2007 season stronger and ready to race!

2006-09-12 10:29 AM
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Mukwonago, WI
Subject: RE: Lake Geneva Triathlon, Half Iron Distance

Laura - nice race! Way to be a Wiener!!

I have to say that as the race was going on I went for a long bike at home and with that head wind I was very happy to not be racing that day. I hope it was still fun for you and I agree, just run over those people standing around while you are transitioning. It's especially rude that they get in your way when you are doing a longer distance than they are. Race officials should be alert to this as well and make sure that people leave you space!!

Rest up and enjoy your accomplishments this season. You earned it!!
2006-09-12 7:01 PM
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Carencro, Louisiana
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Great Job!!!  Super bike ride.  Laughing


2006-09-12 9:16 PM
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Nice race!

Way to hang in there despite some setbacks. For me, every race has a different, unexpected bad development. You handled it well.

It is a great setting...but the disorganized transition area and horrible bike-in/bike-out really take some fun out of this event.
2006-09-12 9:32 PM
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Subject: RE: Lake Geneva Triathlon, Half Iron Distance
Nice job at LG despite all of the obstacles. Awesome swim and bike as usual and a good run (that's one tough run course). Overall it looks like you had a good race. Congratulations on the fine finishing time!

2006-09-13 8:45 AM
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Nice work pushing through those conditions.  The chop wind and hills didnt help out anybodys time!  It was a tough race and good job mashin on the bike!



2006-09-13 8:51 AM
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Chesapeake, VA
Subject: RE: Lake Geneva Triathlon, Half Iron Distance
Nice race!  I hate it when races are delayed.  However, I don't think I would have gotten up at 2 am either, so that worked out for you.
2006-09-13 9:09 AM
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Crystal Lake, IL
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My hero.  I agree that you are being too tough on yourself with the run.  Now if you want to be tough on yourself with how long it takes you to get out a race report that would be ok with me .  And I thought you were just copying me with your taper plan. 

Seriously, you did a great job on a tough course to wrap up a stellar season.  Congratulations.


2006-09-13 9:55 AM
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Mt. Morris, IL
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Great job!  Anytime you survive a Frank Dobbs event it is a huge accomplishment. 
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