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Pinehurst, North Carolina
United States
74F / 23C
Total Time = 2h 35m 22s
Overall Rank = 144/454
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 5/26
Pre-race routine:

woke up, had some blueberry yogurt and water, messed with my gear, and headed out the door. drove to the race site and parked about 1/2 mile away, found the woods for a quick pee, and was at the transition area around 7. hit the portapots, got the chip, and got the body marks. an older women marked me; she had to ask my number each time she marked me. LOL!!
Event warmup:

ran into Tom and talked for bit, then headed out for a short run. it was freakin' cold, so I kept going and rode the bike some and hit the portapots one last time. ran into Jeff and his driver friend and chatted some, then it was time to suit up. ran into Fred and chatted some. took 1 GU, washed it down with Cytomax, headed down to the water and had about 10 minutes to warm up, or should I say, to linger in the water to stay warm!
  • 27m 19s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 40s / 100 yards

I got beat up some on the start/first 100 yards. kept running into feat and some guys were headed in 90 degree angles slamming into me. it was one of the roughest starts I've experienced. I soon got past all that and found my groove. I found myself stopping and sighting way too much. seems like I was zig-zagging more than normal. I really believe if I can figure out how to sight and swim at the same time, I can cut 2 min off my Oly swim time.
What would you do differently?:

learn to sight.
Transition 1
  • 01m 39s

I surpised myself here. I usually space-out in T1, but I was focused for this race. I had a little problem getting clipped, but didn't lose too much time.
What would you do differently?:

some day when I grow up, I want to learn the rubberband-shoe thing.
  • 1h 15m 50s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.66 mile/hr

last year I burned my legs out, so this year I took it ez. I took 1 GU at mile 5 and 1 at mile 20. 24 oz of Cytomax inbetween. I took 2 cliff bloks at mile 23 (at the car park field). Damn, I felt good coming into T2!!

Saw everything from a dude in just a speedo to some women wrapped up with a winter coat!
What would you do differently?:

next year I'm going to go 10 minutes faster and still take it as ez!!

when I grow up, I want a new tri bike!

Transition 2
  • 01m 9s

pulled out of my shoes with about 200 yards to go. there were maybe 5 riders backed up to wait to go through the timing mat, so I lost some time there. why don't they have wider mats? had some trouble pulling my laces tight.
What would you do differently?:

when I grow up, I want to have those elastic quick laces on my shoes!
  • 49m 28s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 58s  min/mile

I was soooo worried about this run. last year, I bonked and had a miserable time out on the hills. this year, I felt great!!! first mile was under 8, and I felt like I was crusing, so I knew if I could keep that pace, I could go under 50. I even passed some people!! I focused on reaching each mile marker. I ran through the first 3 breaks, and got either water or Cytomax on the remainder. my hammy began to hurt around mile 4, but I pushed through. I picked it up a little when I heard the race announcer and climbed that last little hill at the end! I crossed the finish line and my season was finished!!
What would you do differently?:

this was a good run for me, so NADATHANG!!!
Post race
Warm down:

Jeff and his friend were recovering at the finish line area, so I talked to them some and grabbed a Diet Coke and some Oreos. I was FREAKIN' COLD after I cooled down, so I headed back to the T area and got my warmups on.
ran into Tom, Fred and Steve, we laughed some, and decided to eat lunch at Applebees.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was fun, so I refuse to answer!

Event comments:

this is such a great race, I wish all BTer's could come!

Last updated: 2006-08-27 12:00 AM
00:27:19 | 1640 yards | 01m 40s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/26
Overall: 83/454
Performance: Good
Course: triangle - counter clockwise
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:39
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:15:50 | 24.85 miles | 19.66 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/26
Overall: 191/454
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: out-and-back with a loop
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:09
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:49:28 | 06.21 miles | 07m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/26
Overall: 191/454
Performance: Good
Course: hills!
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2006-10-09 1:53 PM

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Winston-Salem, NC
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2006-10-09 2:19 PM
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Denver, CO
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what a fantastic swim!  great race.  I wish I could have enjoyed it as much as you.  Not a bad way to end the season, that's for sure.
2006-10-09 3:12 PM
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Whitsett, North Carolina
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What a hell of a year Mark! You kicked some serious tail this year! Congrats on one heck of a race and one heck of a year!


*edit = apparently the profanity filter doesn't like the word *a*s*s

Edited by jkbostic 2006-10-09 3:15 PM
2006-10-09 3:34 PM
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Cary, NC
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Great race! Glad you had a fabulous time in spite of the nasty weather! Whoo-hoo!
2006-10-09 4:58 PM
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Raleigh, NC
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Well done Mark. I think I'm going to start using your times as the benchmark of where I would like to be someday. See you next year.
2006-10-09 5:02 PM
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Great race. Way to kick it on the run! Glad you finished the season on such a high note.

2006-10-09 5:57 PM
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Kinston, NC
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that's a great race! Glad that it was fun. If it wasn't fun, why are we all doing this? (don't answer that)
2006-10-09 7:10 PM
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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Holy CRAP, Mark...what a FANTASTIC way to wrap up the season...that's a rock-and-roll OLY.  Doesn't sound like it could have gone toooooo much better, and guess what.... YOU'RE INJURY FREE!!! 

Now we're talking about some solid, solid momentum heading into the off season.  You're amazing, and I'm more than happy for the outstanding result and perseverence with all the craziness that you had this year.  Double cherry congratulations!!!

2006-10-10 12:29 PM
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Atlanta, Ga
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When you grow up you're going to be SUPER-fast!

Great way to end your season.  There is nothing better than ending on a high note.  I wish I could have met you.  Perhaps next year.

2006-10-10 10:49 PM
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Seattle WA
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AWESOME race mark!! when you grow up, eh? LOL! when i grow up, i want to be as fast as you!!!

great seeing you again. enjoy some downtime before the winter conditioning begins. 

2006-10-11 12:25 AM
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Your Good,

2006-10-11 10:54 AM
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Raleigh, NC
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What a great race! Way to end the season with a bang!

I aspire to be as fast as you when I grow up!

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