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Seahorse Triathlon - Olympic - TriathlonOlympic

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Kalamazoo, Michigan
United States
69F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 28m 34s
Overall Rank = 60/143
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 8/15
Pre-race routine:

Up at OMG early. Mike picked up me and friend Jay, and off we went!

I was frantic upon arriving at the park seeing as this was my first race in years. Thankfully, Mike and Jay made sure I had everything in order!

Event warmup:

Got my packet, got marked, set up my transition area and still had time to take 10 min swim in the wetsuit which RICK let me borrow. I owe Rick BIG TIME. :)

  • 23m 36s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 26s / 100 yards

I positioned myself in the front. :) There were about 6 of us huddled together, three of them I recognized by face and knew would be jockeying for the WIN. There was quite a bit of smack talking going on too (they all knew each other)!

When the buzzer went off, I was QUICKLY over-run and dropped! I had a HARD time finding open water. Merde! By the time we reached the first bouy, I had some space, but I was WAY behind the leaders. So, I picked up the pace during the long horizontal stretch and reeled in several swimmers. As we exited the water to circle the cone before re-entering for the second loop, I saw I had made up a lot of ground. :)

Midway through the second loop I downshifted to save energy and because I was just plain tired! For the last 1/3 of the swim I got drafted off of! Every 10 seconds or so the guy would touch my feet. I wasn't sure what to do... I was too tired to give a burst of speed, nor did I want to slow down. HELP!
What would you do differently?:

Start along the fringe of the top wave. Kick drafters in the face.
Transition 1
  • 03m 40s

I was POOPED as I entered the transition area. I took my time taking off the wetsuit and pulling on my biker shorts over my speedo. YES, I wore a speedo underneath the wetsuit.
What would you do differently?:

Buy tri shorts!
  • 1h 01m 46s
  • 20.8 miles
  • 20.21 mile/hr

This had to be the highlight of the day - for the first lap I biked ALONE. There were only 10 or so people ahead of me on the course and a hundred people plus way behind me (most still in the water). COOL! :)

I took it easy for the first 6 or so miles until my HR settled down. I wasn't passed until mile 7! I can't wait until I can go really fast on the bike. :)

As I began my second loop the du and sprint folks were pouring out of the park on their bikes. Additionally, the FAST oly bikers were beginning to pass me. Still, only a handful did. :) Hence the second loop was jam packed with traffic. LOTS of drafting. Around mile 15 the a group of 8 just flew by me - two a breast. They were probably the sprinter or du leaders.

Just as I was entering the park, the rain came. POURING RAIN.

What would you do differently?:

Bike more!!

Transition 2
  • 02m 9s

I err, fell off my bike coming into T2. Oops. Slick.

I tore off my biker shorts and pulled on some running shorts - I wanted to get into RUNNER mode. :)
What would you do differently?:

Not fall.
  • 57m 15s
  • 6.4 miles
  • 08m 57s  min/mile

I felt good coming out of T2! Albeit, I was SOAKED! The first mile was on blacktop and I went 8 mins pace, but once we entered the dirt trails I knew I couldn't hold that speed so eased up. I wanted to finish!! I believed if I dropped the hammer on the run, I would die out probably at the 4 mile mark. I ended up basically jogging the trails and going a harder pace on the blacktop. As a result, this was the point when the field CAUGHT me. I got passed a TON. Disappointing, yes, but I also knew I wasn't in run shape. And *THAT* will change. :)

The footing was a big issue going up and down the dirt trails in the wet, muddy dirt. Several times I almost landed on my duff!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I had the legs to DO the run; however, I didn't have the legs to ATTACK the oly run.

Post race
Warm down:

I huddled with my friends under an overhang in the picnic area - soaked to the bone! Shortly after I finished the race was called off due to lightening.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This is funny. As I gathering my soaked gear from the transition area in the rain with a buddy I proceeded to wring out the water from my towel into the an iron garbage can. Don't ask why. My friend did though. I err, was a bit discombobulated I guess. :)

Event comments:

I enjoyed the's fun to race again. :)

This was probably my best tri race in terms of results! WEIRD to say, given my run was what let me down! But I swam and biked for PR's. I'm proud that I was able to get my arse in shape to DO an oly after being on the shelf for so long. :)

Last updated: 2007-06-06 12:00 AM
00:23:36 | 1640 yards | 01m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/15
Overall: 9/143
Course: An inverted triangle. Two loops.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 69F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:40
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:01:46 | 20.8 miles | 20.21 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/15
Overall: 81/143
Course: I was right the course was shorter than advertised - 20.8. I'm still pleased with my time. :) That's fast for me!! :) The bike was a two loop affair - mostly flat, with a few sharp but short hills on the second half.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:09
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:57:15 | 06.4 miles | 08m 57s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/15
Overall: 96/143
Course: 80% trail course! LOTS of hills!
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2007-06-07 9:07 AM

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Adrian, MI
Subject: Seahorse Triathlon - Olympic

2007-06-07 11:16 AM
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Evergreen, Colorado
Subject: RE: Seahorse Triathlon - Olympic

Yay for speedo's!

Congrats on your first tri in AGES.  It's only the beginning...woohoo!

2007-06-07 11:16 AM
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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Subject: RE: Seahorse Triathlon - Olympic

Congratulations on being a RACER again, Greg.  Outstanding result for your first time back.  That should give you lots to build on in the coming months.

2007-06-07 11:26 AM
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Extreme Veteran
Denver, CO
Subject: RE: Seahorse Triathlon - Olympic

Great race Greg - Welcome Back to the world of tris!

Next time, just do the whole race in speedos. Give the girls a show

2007-06-07 1:33 PM
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Shelby Twp
Subject: RE: Seahorse Triathlon - Olympic
nice RR! I noticed that the bike split for me was a little faster than i thought, and that my run split was a little slower. I think the bike was actually a little shorter, and the run was 6.4, not 6.2. I guess they didnt figure that in to the results
2007-06-07 2:31 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
Subject: RE: Seahorse Triathlon - Olympic
awesome race Greg!! Congratulstions!!!

2007-06-07 7:38 PM
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Plant City, FL
Subject: RE: Seahorse Triathlon - Olympic
Way to kick butt and take names Greg!! I'm VERY proud of your bike split!!  You have worked hard to earn that speed!!  Congrats!!
2007-06-07 9:19 PM
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Kingston Ontario
Subject: RE: Seahorse Triathlon - Olympic

Whoop whoooop!! Nice work...speedy time

YOU NEED TRI SHORTS.  NO CHANGING IN need to drop your transition times just like I need to drop my swim times  

2007-06-08 9:10 AM
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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
Subject: RE: Seahorse Triathlon - Olympic
Great race!  I'm sure the running will be easy for you to catch back up to, I know you can run!
2007-06-08 10:57 AM
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Dayton, Minnesota
Subject: RE: Seahorse Triathlon - Olympic
Awesome job, way to go! That is quite the return to action, indeed!
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