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Cultus Lake, British Columbia
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8C / 46F
Total Time = 2h 13m 45s
Overall Rank = 21/153
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 5/14
Pre-race routine:

Got to the event about 1.5hrs before it started, got my package and got my bike and transition area ready. Also checked out the swim course and the transition maps so I knew what I was doing. Nothing too exciting here.
Event warmup:

Did a short bike and a quick run. Didn't get into the water since it was 11 degrees celcius (52 degrees F)! But was feeling pretty good.
  • 26m 42s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 47s / 100 meters

They said "5 minutes" so I backed out of the water for a bit so not to freeze and then not even 2 mins later they shot the gun, so I was a bit unprepared. I swam off course a bit in a few parts (3 times in 3 parts I think) so I swam farther than I wanted but I avoided a lot of people.
What would you do differently?:

I need to start swimming more to improve my times. I know I'm slow, but I just don't like it!
Transition 1
  • 02m 38s

Ran to transition and saw hardly any bikes there! Changed as quick as I could, tried to put long sleeves on but was sticking to much, so put my shoes/helmet on, and ran to the mounting line. Someone in T1 I lost my 2 Gels, I forgot my tape so I couldn't have them on my bike so I decided to put them in my pockets. Oh well, lesson for next time.
What would you do differently?:

Remember tape so I don't lose my gels. And not freak out when I don't see very many bikes left!
  • 1h 07m 41s
  • 40 kms
  • 35.46 km/hr

My computer didn't work for the first half of the course so I could only go by perceived effort and guess at my cadence. Once it started working I was consistently between 35 and 40km/hr - much better! Nobody passed me on the course - always a confidence booster! Feet were frozen from the swim the whole ride, couldn't feel them at all.

Didn't have gels, but my Infinit seemed to do the job pretty well.
What would you do differently?:

Not much I don't think. I thought my comp. was working before the race, maybe I should check better next time.
Transition 2
  • 01m 12s

T2 was good, quick mounting of the bike, shoes off/on and grab my race belt.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, maybe learn to get out of my shoes on the bike?
  • 35m 34s
  • 10 kms
  • 03m 34s  min/km

I ran really slow for myself. I passed a bunch of people and nobody passed me, but I know I can run faster than that. I started getting feeling back in my feet, but that ment running on the "pins and needles" feeling - not very fun. That and the fact that my ankles were stiff from the cold water too were big factors in my run performance.
What would you do differently?:

Need to practice running off the bike more, was kind of slacking in that the last few weeks.
Post race
Warm down:

Lots of stretching because I knew with the colder weather, I would get stiff and maybe cramp up. Then, had some pizza and watermelon!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The cold water and the fact that I'm still new to the sport so I'm still learning how to improve different areas.

Event comments:

I haven't done a lot of races, but this was a great course, very well organized and I had a lot of fun at it.

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Last updated: 2007-04-17 12:00 AM
00:26:42 | 1500 meters | 01m 47s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 114/153
Performance: Below average
Suit: Full Wetsuit
Course: Two laps of an L-shaped course. Was a pretty nice course in shallower water so as to be a bit warmer for an early season race. Not a lot of people so it wasn't too crazy at the start.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 11C / 52F Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Below average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:38
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:07:41 | 40 kms | 35.46 km/hr
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 12/153
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: First/last section was an out and back on the same road with a big square loop added on to that. Was a mostly flat and fast course with a headwind on the way out and tailwind on the way back. Decent hill a couple kms from transition.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 97
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:12
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:35:34 | 10 kms | 03m 34s  min/km
Age Group: 0/14
Overall: 11/153
Performance: Average
Course: Very nice course along the lake, then a loop through the town, all done twice. The part along the lake was beautiful and nice not to have to run all on pavement, but there were parts that were really narrow, especially with people going both ways. Course was shorter than 10k, not sure how much.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-05-14 10:38 AM

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Pitt Meadows, BC
Subject: Cultus Lake Tri (Olympic)

2007-05-14 10:43 AM
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Chilliwack, BC
Subject: RE: Cultus Lake Tri (Olympic)
Wow are you ever fast.
Glad you had a good time.
Sorry about the cold water up here!
2007-05-14 11:45 AM
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Sydney Australia
2007-05-14 11:58 AM
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Cloverdale, BC
Subject: RE: Cultus Lake Tri (Olympic)
Awesome time.  You must have passed me on the run. 
2007-05-14 1:03 PM
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Pitt Meadows, BC
Subject: RE: Cultus Lake Tri (Olympic)
Thanks everyone!

Mike - I guess I must have, but I don't remember it....maybe that was the point where you went to the bathroom?
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