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Melbourne, Victoria
Super Sprint
32C / 90F
Total Time = 1h 02m 41s
Overall Rank = 841/1042
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 29/41
Pre-race routine:

Being out til 1.00am didn't hurt quite as much as thought it would! Slept well, even in the heat. Given my proximity to the race I had a mini sleep in. Breakfast was a wholemeal english muffin with honey a glass of juice and later half a banana. Rode to the course.
Event warmup:

No warm up required. I got in the water to cool down. There was temptation not to swim with a wetsuit given the conditions; flat & warm. But I'm not one to try new things on race day.
  • 09m 50s
  • 500 meters
  • 01m 58s / 100 meters

I felt great considering I haven't really been swimming all that much in the last couple of weeks. I managed to sit on feet and hips and later found a chick to swim next to on the way in, helping me keep my line and pace.

At one stage a sizeable jellyfish swam under me. I was pretty close to freaking out and said to myself if you see heaps more then you have a right. Until then just keep swimming.

At this stage my swim time and T1 time have been combined for a total of 11:41. As I was running into transition (well clear of the water) my watch read 10:00 so I'm certain my swim was closer to the time I've entered.
What would you do differently?:

I'm happy.
Transition 1
  • 01m 51s

No issues.
  • 26m 32s
  • 14 kms
  • 31.66 km/hr

I felt pretty average on the bike. I couldn't get any water down. I just felt as though I was going to be sick. I'd say the heat was a contributing factor! Heading away from the course there was a slight head wind. Heading back it one could push it up to 38km/hr comfortably. I think this is the first time I've averaged 31km/hr. I'm sure the shorter distance helped!!
What would you do differently?:

Perhaps I wasn't properly hydrated?
Transition 2
  • 01m 38s

My fastest transition time this year!
What would you do differently?:

Would be good to crack the 1:30!
  • 22m 49s
  • 4 kms
  • 05m 42s  min/km

Can you say hot? Hot hot hot. Oh, did I mention hot?
And slow. Hot and slow. Not such a winning combination in triathlon. Thankfully I left the feeling ill sensation on the bike. I felt alright!
What would you do differently?:

Really at a loss here. Run faster, obviously. But it doesn't seem to be in my genetic make up.
Post race
Warm down:

No chance of this happening. A cold shower?

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat & talent. And probably some mental preparedness wouldn't have gone astray. To say I wasn't pumped for this race is an understatement. I actually considered not doing it, given I've been out the last three nights til at least 1:00am. But I knew I would have been pissed off at myself and lets face it, I actually really enjoyed racing today. It seems I can mix a social life with racing too. Bring that on. I'm excited for next week now!!

Last updated: 2007-02-12 12:00 AM
00:09:50 | 500 meters | 01m 58s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/41
Overall: 0/1042
Performance: Good
Suit: Wetsuit
Course: Out across & back in. With the ability to swim either side of the pink buoys but keep the yellow ones to the right.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 20C / 68F Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:51
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
00:26:32 | 14 kms | 31.66 km/hr
Age Group: 0/41
Overall: 0/1042
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: 2 laps of a shortened Beach Rd course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:38
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:22:49 | 04 kms | 05m 42s  min/km
Age Group: 0/41
Overall: 0/1042
Performance: Average
Course: Out 2km and back along the beach
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-02-18 2:42 AM

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2007-02-18 6:09 AM
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I don't know how you do it?? out till 1am?? I'd be a mess the next day.

Super swim and super bike, I'm sure that run time is improving as well.

Bring on the social life!!

2007-02-18 1:02 PM
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Casie, what an awesome day you had out there!

This was really a balanced race for you. Congratulations!

I like the "partying" taper, I must say.

2007-02-18 8:44 PM
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Subject: RE: Gatorade Race 4 Elwood

Casie,  what a great race report! if you were out till 1am! thats fantastic,  can you teach me how to do that.  I'd be shattered if I tried that.

great swim and brilliant cracking a 30k+ average on the bike.  and even though you think your run was slow I"m sure thats a faster run time for you then the other races isn't it?  under 6min ks?  great work!

2007-02-18 10:51 PM
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A 1am bed time and a hot race??? I would have felt awful but you still seemed to fly through! Congratulations!
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