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Blue and Gold Tri - Triathlon

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Marion, Illinois
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 38m 49s
Overall Rank = 18/21
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 1/2
Pre-race routine:

Pretty normal. Got up, ate breakfast (eggs, toast, coffee). Dressed and out the door by 5:30am. Arrived at event site and set up transition (first one, so I got a really good bike spot, right next to bike out). Wandered around and chatted with folks until about 6:45
Event warmup:

Entered the pool and swam a total of 300m. Tried practicing lane exchanges, but there were too many people around and I didn't want to run into anyone.
  • 07m 24s
  • 300 meters
  • 02m 28s / 100 meters

Swim felt pretty good. I seeded myself well and didn't get passed or pass anyone. This year I opted to use the ladder to get out, which was MUCH easier than last year's display of my physical grace!!
What would you do differently?:

push a little harder, maybe, but nothing really.
Transition 1
  • 01m 31s

Had a good T1 with no real hiccups or issues.
What would you do differently?:

  • 47m 1s
  • 12 miles
  • 15.31 mile/hr

Overall, bike went as well as I could expect, given that I've only been riding outside for two weeks and only really for a month total. I'm glad to see that I can hold 15mph avg, which was my goal.

Avg Power 172w
What would you do differently?:

drink more. I only consumed about 1/2 bottle of powerade. Probably could have also eaten a gu near the end, just to help on the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 14s

I don't know how I did this this fast. I felt like I was in molasses on a cold day. I couldn't get my bike gloves off. I couldn't get my bike shoes off. I opted not to change socks--didn't need to. Put my running hat and belt on as I was beginning the run, which was good.
What would you do differently?:

Apparently, I did pretty well, even though it didn't feel like it at the time. So, I guess nothing!
  • 41m 37s
  • 3 miles
  • 13m 52s  min/mile

The run, as it always does, bit me in the butt. I'm just simply slow. I used a 5:1 run:walk. That was great. I'm not sure I would have done as well if I hadn't. I couldn't keep my HR down, but these are fast splits for me, so that should be expected.

I tried to eat some gu blocks at about the 1 mile mark. I cannot chew and run, so I took two during one walk break and two during the next. Need to save those for the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Probably have my gu/blocks on the bike, not the run. It was gross trying to run an chew at the same time. I'm sure it wasn't pretty for onlookers either!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a little, drank some gatorade and water. Sat around waiting for awards

What limited your ability to perform faster:

lack of training

Event comments:

This is a fun local race with a great vibe. It would be fantastic as someone's first race. For experienced athletes, it is a good chance at a PR in the sprint distance. The course tends to be fast. RD is awesome. He knows everyone's name (even if it is your first year racing with him) and cheers like heck for everyone the whole race.

Last updated: 2017-07-17 12:00 AM
00:07:24 | 300 meters | 02m 28s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/2
Overall: 0/21
Performance: Good
Course: serpentine in pool
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:31
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:47:01 | 12 miles | 15.31 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/2
Overall: 0/21
Performance: Good
5 mile segments (avg speed) 14.7mph 15.8mph 16.7mph--2.12mi
Wind: Some
Course: out and back over pretty good roads. Some hills, especially on the last two miles of the out, but coming back was great-last couple of miles are downhill!! Slight headwind going out, but nothing ridiculous
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 87
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:14
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:41:37 | 03 miles | 13m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/2
Overall: 0/21
Performance: Good
13:50 14:10 13:54 (0.98mi) HR avg 167; max 186 cadence avg 136
Course: out and back through residential neighborhoods. Slightly uphill on the way out, then long slow hill to turn around. Way back was great!! Mostly downhill with just one short uphill.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2017-07-17 8:37 AM

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Southern Illinois
Subject: Blue and Gold Tri

2017-07-17 4:09 PM
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DeLand, Florida
Subject: RE: Blue and Gold Tri

Congrats on the AG win and great job Gretchen!

2017-07-17 4:46 PM
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Houston, Texas
Subject: RE: Blue and Gold Tri

First race with the new power meter!!  Did you use it to pace the bike, or did you ride like you would have in the past to get a good idea of what your power output would be for this type of racing?  I'm excited to see your progression as you get to use it more

Congrats on the race and landing on top of the podium!

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