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Lake Charles, Louisiana
United States
Lake Charles Triathletes
54F / 12C
Total Time = 1h 03m 45s
Overall Rank = 32/113
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 1/6
Pre-race routine:

The usual: coffee, bagel, shower, shave and dress. Drive 90 minutes north to race site with Angel. Get packet, set up transition.
Event warmup:

No warmup, busy visiting.
  • 12m 32s
  • 547 yards
  • 02m 17s / 100 yards

At T-gator #3 here last year, same swim, I went out too fast, lost my breath, panicked, and nearly drowned. Was a lot more cautious this year.

Turned out to be a non-event of a swim, best pace I could muster, didn't get too badly trampled by the ladies in the wave behind me.
What would you do differently?:

Learn how to do this right.
Transition 1
  • 01m 10s

Short (50 yd) run from river to transition. Got helmet on and left, decent mount, got up to speed and put shoes on.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, pretty clean. Weren't but 10 or so faster.
  • 33m 57s
  • 13 miles
  • 22.97 mile/hr

From the start there was a young guy in front of me hugging the center line. Coming out the park I hollered "on your left" to get hinm to move over, had to do this several times as he would pass me, hug the middle, then I'd pass him. After the race he apologized and said he had wrecked last year riding the shoulder, and was a little skeered. I told him about blocking penalties and that he was lucky he didn't get written up. ;)

Other than that, decent ride. Seemed to be a slight headwind or rise going out, as I was about a full mph coming back in.
What would you do differently?:

Not race the day before? I could feel yesterday in my legs, proably could have gone faster on fresher wheels.
Transition 2
  • 00m 45s

Ended up passing middle-line guy on the right coming into transition. Dismount was perfect, short run to rack, put on shoes and grabbed race number, then had to run the length of tansition to the run exit.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, again this was pretty clean.
  • 15m 22s
  • 2 miles
  • 07m 41s  min/mile

Too short and painful to even think about it.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. As I said about yesteday's race, my running is still not where it should be due to injuries.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank some gatorade, watched the other finishers come in. About five minutes after I finished, Angel walked up and said, "you finished too soon, I missed it." She was at a table grading papers and didn't even see me come in. Some support! At least I got her to drive home while I slept.

Second of two weekend races, my first double weekend. Race report from Saturday here:

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Racing yesterday, insufficient run training, lack of swimming skills.

Event comments:

Second triathlon in a four-race series put on by the Lake Charles Triathlon Club. Good bare-bones race, well-organized, nice venue, no T-shirts, awards or amenities.

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Last updated: 2007-05-04 12:00 AM
00:12:32 | 547 yards | 02m 17s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 88/113
Performance: Below average
Suit: None, though it was legal
Course: Point-to-point from boat launch to exit near transition.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Time: 01:10
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:33:57 | 13 miles | 22.97 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/6
Overall: 14/113
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Out-and-back going north out of the state park, turnaround at 6.5 miles
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:45
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:15:22 | 02 miles | 07m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/6
Overall: 51/113
Performance: Average
Course: Out a mile, turnaround and head back
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2007-05-23 6:10 AM

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Subject: T-Gator Series Triathlon #2

2007-05-23 9:27 AM
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St. Louis, MO
Subject: RE: T-Gator Series Triathlon #2
Nice race report and great pictures! You don't look too bad for an old man!

At least Angel was grading papers and not sleeping...I distinctly remember hearing something about Angel's marathon and you napping in your car.

Again...great race! Congrats (I think!?) on the first double weekend!

Edited by katieyows 2007-05-23 9:28 AM
2007-05-23 10:00 AM
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Great race...
2007-05-23 1:02 PM
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New Orleans
Subject: RE: T-Gator Series Triathlon #2
1st place.... nice. You make it look easy. Another great race John. Congrats!
2007-05-23 4:53 PM
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Carencro, Louisiana
Subject: RE: T-Gator Series Triathlon #2

Great job and great swim this year!  I watched the WHOLE swim, bike start, and finish.  I just missed the run finish because you were sooooo FASTTTTTTTT!!!!!!

Congratulations once again!

2007-05-23 5:15 PM
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Subject: RE: T-Gator Series Triathlon #2
That's a fast looking banana.

2007-05-23 6:25 PM
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Orange, Massachusetts
Subject: RE: T-Gator Series Triathlon #2

You woulda been faster with a red tri suit!


2007-05-23 10:14 PM
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McKinney, TX
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That's not a banana...that's the flag of Spain!
2007-05-23 10:40 PM
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Carencro, Louisiana
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Dylan calls it my 'Stuffed Shrimp' uniform.....children......Surprised
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