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Frankfort, Michigan
United States
Ironman
68F / 20C
Overcast
Total Time = 7h 29m 44s
Overall Rank = 1687/2500
Age Group = 55-59
Age Group Rank = 120/130
Pre-race routine:

Not many options in the area, so hotel coffee and a cereal bar. Packed to food on my bike. Checked tires and they seemed ok. Still pumped them up to 100 psi. Chatted with my bike neighbors and dressed for the swim. In line for the swim chatted with other contestants. The swim buoys went were lined up along some sailboats. The discussion was who is going to swim into the sailboats and conk their heads.
Event warmup:

Light stretching.
Swim
  • 51m 51s
  • 2136 yards
  • 02m 26s / 100 yards
Comments:

Good swim. I sighted well. The large sailboats anchored along the course really helped. If If couldn't see those in the water....(you figure out something clever to say yourself, why should I do all the work),
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. I need to learn to swim faster.
Transition 1
  • 09m 7s
Comments:

Good transition. Tip for readers. If you use the porta-potty, lock the door. Not my issue, but the person I walked in on was not pleased.
What would you do differently?:

The Maurten energy gum was a bad choice. It was like chewing wax candy.
Bike
  • 3h 09m 12s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.76 mile/hr
Comments:

It was a fun bike course. It had a good mix of hills and flat sections. I did yell at a guy who was blocking on the fastest down hill. He was blocking 3 of us on the descent. It was very frustrating, so I yelled for him to move over. He did, but it was clear he did not know what he was doing on the course.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more water and less gator aid
Transition 2
  • 06m 37s
Comments:

Good transition. Everything went well. One of my bike neighbors was a slob. He threw his stuff everywhere, including his wetsuit on my running gear. Fortunately, I have a friend named Janyne who taught me to use 2 gallon zip lock bags to keep your gear in. Everything was dry Thank You Janyne.
What would you do differently?:

Probably nothing. It was a good transitiion
Run
  • 3h 09m 14s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 14m 27s  min/mile
Comments:

I had issues and things did not go the way they should. I had fun, talked to a lot of people, saw an ex brother in law. He and I always got along (I like him more than my sister in law). I used ice to keep cool. Struggled to keep things down.
What would you do differently?:

I think I need to stop drinking gator aid and look for other sources of fluids and nutrition.
Post race
Warm down:

Collapsed on a bench until my wife picked me up. No place to show, so I went to a public bath house and rinsed off in a beach shower. Down kid yourself they do not heat the water for those things. Then I turned on the heated seat in her car and slept the entire 3 hour ride home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nutrition and hydration

Event comments:

This was a great race. The course and venue were the best. The most welcoming town I ever raced in! The people who lived there and owned businesses wanted the race there. Businesses that were normally closed on Sundays were open during the entire event. Frankfort MI is a great place to visit. I will go back




Last updated: 2021-09-13 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:51:51 | 2136 yards | 02m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/130
Overall: 0/2500
Performance: Good
Suit: x-terra sleeveless
Course: Triangle inside of Betsie Bay
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 09:07
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
03:09:12 | 56 miles | 17.76 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/130
Overall: 0/2500
Performance: Good
130 average/180 max
Wind: None
Course: Single loop. Some decent hills. It was a fun course to ride. Not share turns after the downhills, so I was able to take maximum benefit from the downhills. It was also a beautiful course. It had views of of lake Michigan and Sleeping Bear Dunes National Forest.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 77
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 06:37
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
03:09:14 | 13.1 miles | 14m 27s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/130
Overall: 0/2500
Performance: Below average
109 ave max 166
Course: Even and easy run Course. Betsie Bay is beautiful and a nice place to run.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %4%
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

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2021-09-13 6:45 PM

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2021-09-14 6:27 AM
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Nice report. Sounds like a fun event and an awesome bike course! 

I laughed about your sloppy neighbor and laughed harder about the zip lock bags.

What size tire are you running? 100 PSI seems like a lot, even with tubes and I think that you are tubeless? 

2021-09-14 9:22 AM
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Sounds like a good race. Thanks for the tip via Janyne. Well done.
2021-09-14 11:29 AM
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Great job! Having issues on the run is no fun but it sounds like you made the best of it! 

2021-09-14 3:08 PM
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Good race, Jim!  Speedy bike!  Way to keep it together and get across the line.  Sorry about the slob of a rack mate but it sounds like you handled that well, too.  Congrats!

2021-09-14 7:40 PM
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Originally posted by jmkizer

Nice report. Sounds like a fun event and an awesome bike course! 

I laughed about your sloppy neighbor and laughed harder about the zip lock bags.

What size tire are you running? 100 PSI seems like a lot, even with tubes and I think that you are tubeless? 



25's they are rated 90-110 psi. The zip lock bags saved me from really wet shoes.


2021-09-14 7:57 PM
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Great race report Jim. Nice job on the race.
2021-09-15 7:24 AM
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Originally posted by JBacarella
Originally posted by jmkizer

Nice report. Sounds like a fun event and an awesome bike course! 

I laughed about your sloppy neighbor and laughed harder about the zip lock bags.

What size tire are you running? 100 PSI seems like a lot, even with tubes and I think that you are tubeless? 

25's they are rated 90-110 psi. The zip lock bags saved me from really wet shoes.

You might want to check the Silca Tire Pressure Calculator.  (https://info.silca.cc/silca-professional-pressure-calculator, free if you share an email address (real or otherwise))

ENVE has a chart too but you'd have to figure out what product in their line up matches most closely with your wheelset.  Note that the chart stops at 95PSI for rider weighing 220+ on 25mm tubeless tires. https://www.enve.com/learn/tire-pressure/

2021-09-15 2:56 PM
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Nicely done!  I believe that listening to your friend Janyne is a good idea, more people should do so. 

2021-09-15 5:36 PM
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Originally posted by jmkizer

Originally posted by JBacarella
Originally posted by jmkizer

Nice report. Sounds like a fun event and an awesome bike course! 

I laughed about your sloppy neighbor and laughed harder about the zip lock bags.

What size tire are you running? 100 PSI seems like a lot, even with tubes and I think that you are tubeless? 

25's they are rated 90-110 psi. The zip lock bags saved me from really wet shoes.

You might want to check the Silca Tire Pressure Calculator.  (https://info.silca.cc/silca-professional-pressure-calculator, free if you share an email address (real or otherwise))

ENVE has a chart too but you'd have to figure out what product in their line up matches most closely with your wheelset.  Note that the chart stops at 95PSI for rider weighing 220+ on 25mm tubeless tires. https://www.enve.com/learn/tire-pressure/



Looking it up next. Thanks
2021-09-15 5:37 PM
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Nicely done!  I believe that listening to your friend Janyne is a good idea, more people should do so. 



Janyne knows stuff.


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