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Pinehurst, North Carolina
United States
Set Up Inc
51F / 11C
Total Time = 2h 48m 34s
Overall Rank = 238/454
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 61/88
Pre-race routine:

Got up a little later than normal. Put down some yogurt and drank some gatorade. Went outside and realized that the weather forecast was spot was cold as shit with some occasional misting going on. Temps were about 51, so I stayed warm as long as I could.
Event warmup:

None. Was running late. When I stepped into the water, I realized that my wave started in 60 seconds, so I hustled on over to the start and nudged my way into the front.
  • 27m 53s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 42s / 100 yards

So I showed up to a race a little late and spent most of my time either getting my crap together, or waiting in line to get one thing or another. I was having such a good time talking with everyone that I never really got into the water to warm up. I'm kind of glad that I didn't - I hadn't swam since the Duke Half relay 3 weeks ago.

Normally the plan is to start at a med-fast pace for the first 200m. This time it was to not freak out, go easy as if I were doing a warmup for a swim workout. Which is pretty much how I treated this whole race - like a long brick workout. Didn't have the fitness to hang with the big boys.

I enjoyed the heck out of the swim. Form stayed with me the entire time and because I was going so easy, I felt great. The wetsuit kept me floating nicely so I saved the legs for the hell that was to come (that's called foreshadowing). The water felt absolutely wonderful and for a lake, I was amazed at how clean and clear the water was. Absolutely beautiful. A couple of times, I checked my time on my watch underwater.

Only did one dumb ass thing during the swim. Late in the swim, I felt like there was snot on my face. So, I didn't want to have the photographers grab a pic of a snotty me, so I try to wipe off my face midstroke. I'm dopey though and I hit my left goggle hard enough that it fills up with water. So I flip over on my back and kick while I clear that and get back over to swim.

What would you do differently?:

Have you guys seen that music video of those 4 guys doing some funky treadmill video/dance. Well, I couldn't get that freaking song out of my head for the entire swim.
Transition 1
  • 03m 6s

Slow T1. Put on a long sleeve T shirt and some cycling gloves. I was not going to be miserable cold for my last tri of the season!!! Forgot to put my helmet on, but remembered halfway out of the t-area. I should have put on socks in T1 too, but once again - I'm kind of dopey.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 21m 35s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.27 mile/hr

This segment of the race was cold, wet, hilly, and miserable. But that didn't stop me from singing that damn treadmill song again. Dodged a dog coming out of T1 after the dismount line. It was a fun, but hard ride. I wasn't prepared, but I had a blast.

I seemed to be either climbing or descending. The course was practically out and back with a little loop at the one end. So of course it was 75% uphill and 25% downhill. That's how all of them feel.

Got passed by hordes of people. There were a couple that knew me and said kind words to me. I remember Nick passing me and Dominick (the guy who drove me down to Pinehurst and who I roomed with). I think there was someone else out there, but I can't remember....because...that's right...I'm dopey.

No race wheels this time either. The disc has a leaky valve and I'm not paying another 75 to 100 bucks to replace it until next year.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 43s

Ok T2. I couldn't feel my toes, so I was really slow getting my socks on.
What would you do differently?: was ok. Nothing spectacular. No dopiness here simply because I couldn't feel my feet.
  • 54m 19s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 45s  min/mile

LOL. No problem keeping cool. Actually, I can't complain. 51 degrees was perfect for the run. I never felt overheated and actually started sweating late in the run.

The first mile felt great. The last 5.2 hurt. Didn't walk once, and I can't figure out why. I had Nick pacing me for the first 3 miles until I lost sight of him.

Mile 4 was straight out of hell. Beezelbub himself cheered for me at mile 4.25. While I'm on this little religious sidetrack....there was some dude who passed me on the run. On his back was written in magic marker, "fueled by God". This dude was freaking incredible. Shame that he couldn't share a little fuel with me. I needed it. I was hurting so bad, I couldn't even keep up with the hot chicks that passed me.

Had a great time regardless of all my bitching. I really did. I hurt (and I knew I would). I went slow (and I knew I would), but I finished.

Had some cytomax every mile and that seemed to keep the cramps at bay for the first couple of miles. Mile 4 (as I mentioned above) was not fun.
What would you do differently?:

Find some of the "fueled by God" fuel.
Post race
Warm down:

Nick greeted me at the finish line (he started like 50 mins behind me) and no sooner had I finshed than Wakeman came in (he started like 90 mins behind me) LOL! Seriously, I keeled over until my legs didn't hurt, found some warm clothes and chatted it up with the kind massage lady.

I went to a beer festival that evening. Does that count as carb replenishment????

What limited your ability to perform faster:

[email protected]

please do not email him!!!!

Event comments:

Thanks for all the support guys! All you guys heading on to the NCTS Invitational, I wish you the absolute best!!!!! Thanks for all the support and well wishes. I hope that I can give you all a run for your money next year. Cheers! out....

Last updated: 2006-09-13 12:00 AM
00:27:53 | 1640 yards | 01m 42s / 100yards
Age Group: 22/88
Overall: 100/454
Performance: Below average
Suit: Sleeveless Wetsuit
Course: Triangular type course
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:06
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:21:35 | 24.85 miles | 18.27 mile/hr
Age Group: 69/88
Overall: 300/454
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Bad Hills: Bad
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:43
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:54:19 | 06.21 miles | 08m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/88
Overall: 0/454
Performance: Below average
I have this somewhere. I'll have to dig it out of the garmin.
Course: Loop course. Hills, and some more hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2006-10-08 9:30 PM

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Whitsett, North Carolina
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2006-10-09 7:25 AM
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Columbus, Ohio
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Awesome race!  I love that video with the treadmill guys.    But I guess you're right that could be distracting during a race.

2006-10-09 7:35 AM
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Pittsburgh, PA
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Glad you got to do the last race of your tri season:-)  

2006-10-09 12:09 PM
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Great race report.

Glad you had such a good time. It was a miserably fun race.
2006-10-09 2:05 PM
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Raleigh, NC
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Good race Jeff. See you next year.
2006-10-09 2:10 PM
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Winston-Salem, NC
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Congrats on the race!!! and thanks for the beer! Hey, I want to see your pics! Sounds as if you didn't get all that snot off!! LOL!! oh yeah, I'm emailing your boss after I finish this!!

Edited by WakeMan 2006-10-09 2:11 PM

2006-10-09 2:44 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Good job Jeff   Sounds COLD!!!! I would have been ice cube!!!
2006-10-09 2:53 PM
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Denver, CO
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sweet swim time.  i saw that guy with the message on his back too.  seemed quite strange to me at the time, but he was seriously moving on the run.  i still can't get over the bad weather.  sounds like it didn't put the same damper on everyone else's experiences though.  that's good.  enjoy the off season!

2006-10-09 6:10 PM
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Kinston, NC
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that's not a bad race, for all the and moaning Seriously, not bad given the lack of training and the weather. I would kill for you swimming ability.
2006-10-09 6:50 PM
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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Hey, mr. positive, your bright-and-shiny race report got me I tossed together the top 10 list of things that DIDN'T go wrong / good news...

10.  You didn't have to wear a costume, especially during the swim.
9.    The gu came from a packet.
8.    LOL!
7.    They didn't get a picture of you with your left goggle full of water.
6.    If you had wrecked, you woudn't have trashed a disc.
5.    The treadmill song finally went away.  I assume.
4,    The beer festival was AFTER the race.
3.    Beelzebub missed with the pitchfork.
2.    "Dopey" doesn't get you a drafting penalty, and.....dumdumdadadadum....

1.    No shrinkage pics.   

Have an awesome off season, Jeff.

2006-10-09 6:54 PM
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molto veloce mama
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brrrrr. nice job.

2006-10-09 7:21 PM
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Clayton/Raleigh, North Carolina
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Nice job at the race! Saturday was a miserable day, I didn't envy ya'll being out there!
2006-10-09 11:03 PM
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Evergreen, Colorado
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Heehee...your "nice and easy" pace seems to be my ALL OUT OLY pace!!!

GREAT race,'ll be back at it next season!  

2006-10-10 7:51 AM
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In my bunk with new shoes and purple sweats.
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That is an awesome effort on a hard course. I could have used some of that fuel.
2006-10-10 12:12 PM
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Atlanta, Ga
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Dopey just means that you can't get blamed for what goes wrong.   That's my excuse anyway. 

I'm with you on the 75%/25% thing.  I drove the course and it still seemed way more hilly.  And the run was not nice.  Nasty surprises shouldn't come like that.  The double hill on mile 4 was just plain you know.

 Great job on the race.  And if you find the "fueled by God" stuff in a gel form...let me know.

2006-10-10 10:46 PM
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Seattle WA
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LOL, great report! was awesome seeing you again jeff! hope you had a blast at beerfest and it wasn't too muddy...

2006-10-11 9:58 AM
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Raleigh, NC
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Hey...great race! I was feeling your pain with the frozen toes...brrrr.

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