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Big George Aquabike - Aquabike

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Lake George, New York
United States
50F / 10C
Total Time = 3h 31m 55s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Tried to figure how I was going to survive 50 degrees and rain all day long. Ate breakfast in the car and checked in with not much time to spare.

Times are all estimates, as the Big George HIM was cut short due to unsafe conditions, so this turned into an unofficial aquabike for me.
Event warmup:

None. Did everything I could in the car before dropping off my stuff in transition and getting my wetsuit on just in time for the start.
  • 33m 5s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 34s / 100 yards

Pretty solid swim from me, right there with what I've been doing here for the past few years. Turned out to be the only fun part of the day unfortunately.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 05m

Made a huge mistake by planning to swim in my tri shorts, and put on an underarm long sleeve under my jacket. Even with a dry towel to get the water off my torso, there was just NO way I was getting that shirt on. After saying my long standing motto to Leigh "nothing new on race day", I had to scrap the idea and just wear my cycling jacket over nothing, and hope for the best.
What would you do differently?:

Not try to do something new on race day, especially something that had 0% chance of working.
  • 2h 53m 50s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.33 mile/hr

This was absolutely horrific. It never stopped raining, and actually got harder about 1/3 of the way into the bike. These conditions were just absurd. IMLP 2014 wasn't this bad in terms of cold. I wanted to give up 100 times, and even decided that I would finish the bike and drop out of the race at one point. I spent the last hour of the bike urging myself to get out of that mind set, and prepare to try to run. It couldn't be colder than this, right? And if I could maybe get some dry clothes from Leigh, I could even warm up a little bit on the run? And if I could do that, I could maybe compete for an overall podium spot and one of those damn turtles.

Well, after somehow managing to finish the bike, I pull in to transition to find that the race had been called for safety reasons. I was upset for about 2 seconds before my new focus was to get warm.
What would you do differently?:

I can't even begin to critique anything in these conditions.
Post race
Warm down:

You mean "warm-up"? The EMT and Leigh escorted my purple, vibrating body to the annexed beer tent where they had an open flame set up for us hypothermic athletes. Leigh had dry clothes and my Boston Marathon mylar for me. They gave me hot cocoa, and I began the process of thawing.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The conditions.

Event comments:

I love this race. I'll be back next year. But you can't control the weather, and this just just absolutely sucked.

Last updated: 2017-09-04 12:00 AM
00:33:05 | 2112 yards | 01m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 05:00
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:53:50 | 56 miles | 19.33 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Wind: Some
Course: Lollipop
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2017-09-04 6:02 PM

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