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AmericanTRI Tri/Du Portage Lakes - TriathlonSprint

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Akron, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 25m 59s
Overall Rank = 109/153
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 7/11
Pre-race routine:

Stayed at a hotel the night before the race. I kept asking my hubby to go over to the race site so we could make sure where we were going and to pick up our race packets - but noooo! He's watching a football game. We got up at 6:00am morning of the race, I had 3 drinks of coffee and two bites off a clif bar, loaded up the van, & checked out of the hotel. At this point we were a few minutes behind schedule but not to worry the race site is only 4 miles away!! We got lost, it was foggy, & we couldn't see anything. We final made it there with SECONDS to spare. The lady at registration said she was just about to shut it down. We were in a mad dash to get our bikes and TA set up. I missed the pre-race prayer because I was putting my wet suit on and running down to the swim start. 3 min later the race started.
Event warmup:

Ran from van to registration, then ran back to van, grabbed my bike and gear, then ran back up to the TA - all the while barefoot.
  • 20m 56s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 47s / 100 meters

This was an ok swim. I was feeling kind of rushed after getting lost trying to find the race. The sun was blinding for the first and last 100 meter. Right before the second yellow bouy my right goggle filled with water so I had to stop and fix it. Up until that point I had stayed up with the lead pack. There was alot of moss/seaweed/algae stuff in the water.
What would you do differently?:

Try to relax before the start. Work on swim drills and technique. Get mirrorized goggles and maybe a short john wet suit.
Transition 1
  • 02m 20s

I bike with my running shoes - they laces had come out on the loops, so I had to mess with that. Someone in the TA instead of laying their towel and stuff longways like their bike layed it crossways preventing myself and other people to get to out bikes without tripping over everything. I had to go under the bike rack to get my bike out.
What would you do differently?:

Get to race early so I can rack on the end.
  • 33m 56s
  • 10 miles
  • 17.68 mile/hr

Felt better on the bike. Tried to recover some lost time. I got up to 40mph on one downhill!
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 00m 57s

Cool! I stepped off the bike again and ran into the TA. I did have trouble unclipping my helmet though.
What would you do differently?:

  • 27m 46s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 58s  min/mile

Felt pretty good. Towards the end my hip started to ache, But I just ran it out anyway.
What would you do differently?:

I need new running shoes. The ones I have are getting worn!
Post race
Warm down:

Walking around, drinking water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Myself. Since my last race I have trained very little! Too many other things going on.

Event comments:

I love racing with HFP. They are very organized and supportive of all racers. This was a somber event. One of the HFP Team members had died earlier in the week do to a genetic blood disease. HFP set up a memorial for him. All the HFP Team members, as they crossed the finish line, pointed up toward the sky as to say "this race is for you".

Last updated: 2004-09-13 12:00 AM
00:20:56 | 750 meters | 02m 47s / 100meters
Age Group: 11/11
Overall: 0/153
Performance: Average
Suit: Aquaman Pulsar
Course: Out to first red bouy, turned right, then made a counterclockwise regtangular loop, then back to shore.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:20
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:
00:33:56 | 10 miles | 17.68 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/11
Overall: 0/153
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Winding, rolling loop around backroads outside the park.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:57
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:27:46 | 03.1 miles | 08m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/11
Overall: 0/153
Performance: Good
Course: Winding out and back course along roads around the lake.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2004-09-13 11:44 AM

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Southern Ohio
Subject: AmericanTRI Tri/Du Portage Lakes

2004-09-13 12:30 PM
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Madison, Wiscansin
Subject: RE: AmericanTRI Tri/Du Portage Lakes
Congratulations on the race! It seems like, no matter what, someone takes up way too much space in the transition area, but at least you know that since their stuff was still there, you were ahead of them

2004-09-13 1:58 PM
in reply to: #60832

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Fort Wayne, IN
Subject: RE: AmericanTRI Tri/Du Portage Lakes
Congrats on your finish...great race.  The swim start was blinding.  Too bad about the morning rush but it sounds like you had a really good time.  It was a beautiful day for a race.  Thanks for the info about the race beforehand.  I had no trouble finding it and it was a very well put on race.
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