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McCormick, South Carolina
United States
Set-Up, Inc
45F / 7C
Total Time = 2h 58m 15s
Overall Rank = 14/57
Age Group = F 35-39
Age Group Rank = 2/6
Pre-race routine:

ATe 2 slices of peanut butter toast, then drove to the race at 6am. Ate a clif bar @ 7:30am. Arrived at race site around 8am.
Event warmup:

Walked around the transition area with gloves on and found out they were doing body marking inside the lodge. Hung out inside for as long as possible. I usually warm up in the water but opted not to do so because I figured any benefit of a warm up would be lost standing around in the freakin' cold waiting for my wave to start.
  • 29m 59s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

I could really tell that I hadn't warmed up in the first 200. Began feeling a lot better, but I opted to take the long way around the buoys. My only goal for this race was to run the 10k. In my first and only other international distance tri, I ran from aid station to aid station. I didn't want to do that this time so I took myself out of the melee for a nice, calm swim on the outside of the buoys.
What would you do differently?:

Get a wetsuit that fits. I should have realized that a suit meant for a man that weighs 50lbs more than I do would chafe the crud out of me (not to mention add quite a bit of drag).
Transition 1
  • 01m 30s

Oh my. The ramp from the lake was a narrow, metal plank covered with astro turf witha 90 degree incline. I made it up that, starting un-zipping, then had to navigate two sets of steps and cross a road before I entered the transition area.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure.
  • 1h 32m 11s
  • 28 miles
  • 18.22 mile/hr

I'm usually a top ten girl on the bike, but I wanted to go conservative to save my legs for the run. To tell the truth, I'm not sure if my bike would have improved a whole lot had I attacked the hills in my normal fashion. This was a tough course. I cat and moused one of the college girls during the ride. She ended up getting me as we turned into the park. I chose not to try to catch her, (probably couldn't have any way) and spun for the rest of the ride to get my legs ready for the 10K.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing for this particular race.
Transition 2
  • 01m 15s

I was reaaly surprised I came out of T2 in less than 2 minutes. I couldn't get my bike racked, accidently kicked one of my shoes to the other side of the rack and almost forgot to get my helmet off. It was a bad deal.
What would you do differently?:

Been a heck of a lot more graceful and efficient in transition.
  • 53m 22s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 35s  min/mile

This was it. The main focus of my race. The run is my weakness. I have battled ITB and shin splints all summer. This was my first race since May that I was not suffering with some sort of injury. I started running 3 weeks before this race only on treadmills or flat terrain. But my goal was to run ALL 6.2 miles. I started out and all felt good. I ran at a very comfortable speed. I wasn't going to beat myself up about time or who was passing me or any of the other crap I usually think about when I run. I smiled and ran. I cheered on the other ladies that I knew who racing to win this thing. I called out encouragement to those I passed after I made the turn around. I refused all aid from the aid stations. I kept running. I even had enough left for a finishing kick. It was awesome. This was the first time that I actually enjoyed the run more than the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing!!!!!!! Hopefully I've passed a milestone here. If I can stay healthy, I plan on increasing my mileage and adding some speed work later on this winter.
Post race
Warm down:

Lots of walking and stretching. My hammies and calves were tight.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swimming in a borrowed wetsuit, slowing down on the bike to save my legs for the run. Being a slow runner.

Event comments:

I entered this race for fun. I didn't care about where I placed or what my overall time would be. I wanted to do one last tri and run the entire 10K. I accomplished my goal. And my effort was good enough for second place in my age group. That was icing on my big, fat, race cupcake!

Last updated: 2006-10-09 12:00 AM
00:29:59 | 1640 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/6
Overall: 17/57
Performance: Below average
Suit: Borrowed my friend's shortie
Course: Triangular lake swim. Headed out into the sun.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 71F / 22C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:30
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:32:11 | 28 miles | 18.22 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/6
Overall: 13/57
Performance: Below average
Wind: None
Course: Very hilly, steady upward with steep, curvy downhills in the heart of a hunter's paradise. First time I've cycled with gun shots echoing all around me.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 77
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:15
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:53:22 | 06.21 miles | 08m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/6
Overall: 29/57
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back very rolling terrain with a couple of steep hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-10-16 7:40 PM

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Simpsonville, SC
Subject: Hickory Knob Triathlon

2006-10-16 7:47 PM
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Simpsonville, SC
Subject: RE: Hickory Knob Triathlon
I forgot to mention that I passed the college chick who beat me on the bike. I caught her at mile 5 on the run and told her "We're almost done. Run with me!" She said yes, but she kept fading back. I guess she didn't fuel enough on the bike. I couldn't believe that I actually passed someone on the run. Definatitely a rarity for me.

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