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Chattanooga, Tennessee
United States
Team Magic
Total Time = 2h 59m 42s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 78/118
Pre-race routine:

Got up loaded gear, checked-out, and drank an Ensure on the way to race site.
Event warmup:

Walked from transition to swim start. When 300# racers started (I was 775), I ran around the field for 10min to get the heart pumping.
  • 32m 27s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 10s / 100 meters

This time trial start was different. After getting in the water you had to swim up to a guy at the end of the dock give your race number and wait for the "go." After a few strokes I remembered I didn't start my watch, so stopped to do that. My plan was to swim a little easier and let the current do most of the work. However, when I realized that the "current" didn't exist, I picked up the pace. I was navigating well, going for the straight line. I noticed that several people ahead of me had swung right and more towards the center of the river. I thought that someone had bad navigation skills and others followed but later found out that that was where the current was "supposed" to be. I haven't kicked much during the swims until recently, trying to save the legs for the bike and run. About half way through the swim I remembered that I should be kicking. Towards the end of the swim, the chop started to pick up but it didn't bother me much. When I was being pulled out, I got a bad cramp in my left foot that caused one of my toes to bend completely right and over another toe. Sat for a few seconds working it out which cost some time but worth it.
What would you do differently?:

I shouldn't rely on currents and I need to kick more. Will have to remember that a Nautica NYC Tri this weekend. This was my 2nd Oly, first this year and I shaved 8min off my previous swim time.
Transition 1
  • 01m 10s

Rank 17/118 in A/G. Grabbed some water running in to transition. I was near the end so got to my bike easily. Happy with my transitions but still want to be faster.
  • 1h 21m 32s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.29 mile/hr

I drove the course the day before and the hills were more than I expected. I had to rethink my time goal because I haven't done much hill work. I decided to ride the hills as best I could without pushing it on the way out, then pick it up on the way back. This worked well for me because I came in a little faster than expected.
What would you do differently?:

Comparing this to my Oly last year, is difficult. All I can say is that the Disney Oly was short, only 20 miles, and flat (1:03:29). This course was the full distance and hilly and I was about 1mph slower. So, overall happy with my performance but still need to do more hill work.
Transition 2
  • 01m 5s

A little congestion at the dismount line got me stuck behind some people walking their bikes in the chute. Once I got to the open area I ran to my row, but got stuck again behind another walker. I asked if his rack was on the right or left. He said right so I said passing on the left and he finally moved over. Helmet off, socks and shoes on, grabbed visor, number then out.
What would you do differently?:

Probably need to be more vocal when there is someone slower in front of me blocking a narrow lane. But rank is 20/118 in A/G so still happy.
  • 1h 03m 26s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 13s  min/mile

I planned on taking slow until after the stairs. After that I tried to pick up the pace but for some reason my HR spiked to 180, so backed off a little. This happened several times and I wasn't able to keep my HR in a good range. I thought it might be because I was dehydrated so I walked through the first aid station and drank water and powerade. Started running again but couldn't keep a good pace. This happened through most of the run. Just after the last aid station, I started to get a stomach cramp on the right side and dealt with that through the finish.
What would you do differently?:

I was disappointed with my run because I have been working on it the most since GCT. However, I did beat my last Oly time by 7min.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed some water and went to transition area to stretch.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Still learning to put all 3 together. I've done my share of bike/run bricks but probably should make then longer.

Event comments:

I guess I can say I have a new Oly PR. I beat my Disney Oly, 2:59:43, by 1 second. But the Disney Oly had a short bike course and was flat and Chattanooga was full length and challenging. So, even though the times don't show it, I have made progress over last year.

Hopefully, next week I will be able to show a time improvement at the NYC Tri. The only thing to worry about there is swimming in the Hudson.

Last updated: 2007-07-18 12:00 AM
00:32:27 | 1500 meters | 02m 10s / 100meters
Age Group: 98/118
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: N/A
Course: Tennesse river "current" swim. (NOT!)
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 01:10
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:21:32 | 24.85 miles | 18.29 mile/hr
Age Group: 67/118
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Hilly out and back
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:05
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
01:03:26 | 06.21 miles | 10m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 90/118
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back, mostly along riverwalk.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-07-18 6:03 PM

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Subject: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon

2007-07-19 9:13 AM
in reply to: #891979

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New York
Subject: RE: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon
Nice race man!

And for NYC (if you get this before then), the current is RIDICULOUS! I did it last year, when I was a solid 1:45-1:50/100 swimmer. I was out of the water in 19 minutes. The current is HUGE.
2007-07-22 9:00 AM
in reply to: #891979

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Alpharetta, GA
Subject: RE: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon
Nice race, Craig, and sounds like a big improvement over Disney (relatively speaking).  Great job!!  Hope NYC went well!
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