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Chatanooga, Tennessee
United States
Team Magic
Total Time = 3h 54m 7s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = Super Heavy
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Ate a honey bun and some Gatorade.
Event warmup:

Sat around on a practice field for what seemed like 2 hours.
  • 34m 24s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 06s / 100 yards

I thought of all the events this would be the one I would breeze through. Didn't happen. My navigational skills are worse than ever, and they were never good. I was out in the middle of the river when a kayak jockey suggested I move a little closer to the buoys, which seemed a hundred yards away. I headed back in and spotted Abear2 cruising along and decided to follow her in. Banged my shin on the dock, but I was probably a bigger fish than the volunteers had bargained for.
What would you do differently?:

Train, do more OWS for navigation practice. I really should have stayed with the other swimmers, but I think the promise of flowing downstream out in the current lured me out. There was no current to be found.
Transition 1
  • 02m 49s

I wasn't rushing.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 43m 33s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 14.40 mile/hr

Abear2 exited the transition area ahead of me. I kept her in sight on the surface streets then caught her on the highway. I knew she hadn't been feeling well and she looked a little wobbly, so I stayed with her. It was fun, like a training ride. I didn't exert myself much and got off the bike thinking I was in good condition for the run. hahahahahahahaha!
What would you do differently?:

Not much. The view was great from my seat. ;)
Transition 2
  • 02m 43s

Didn't rush, working on consistency in transition.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 30m 37s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 14m 35s  min/mile

I'm thinking that my last training run was sometime in September. I thought that would get me through, but I was wrong. Abear2 returned the favor and stuck with me, but I struggled horribly. Uphill, near the end, I had to slow from walk to shuffle to keep from losing my Powerade. We did manage a little kick to the finish, but my son had backtracked and caught us walking, so we didn't fool anyone.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Stood in the unbearably hot sun for a few minutes, then hung out in the food tent for a while.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Excess baggage, lack of training, lack of talent, and many other reasons.

Event comments:

I have extended the "bulking up" stage of my training a little longer than I intended, so this race was going to kick off my serious training. My plan was to keep it at IM pace, which I assumed would mean taking it easy, but I couldn't keep the pace. The good news, maybe great news, is that the long layoff seems to have healed my nagging hamstring problem, one and a half years after it started. I guess this means I have to start running. Overall, I enjoyed the race, the company was excellent and made it worth the pain. Thanks, Baby Doll.

Last updated: 2007-07-20 12:00 AM
00:34:24 | 1640 yards | 02m 06s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course: Point to point in the Tennessee River, allegedly downstream.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Time: 02:49
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:43:33 | 24.85 miles | 14.40 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course: Highway with long hills, out and back.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:43
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:30:37 | 06.21 miles | 14m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course: Out and back, mostly on a jogging or bike trail.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

2007-07-20 9:41 PM

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Subject: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon

2007-07-20 9:48 PM
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Peachtree City, GA
Subject: RE: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon
It was only fun because we were together. 
2007-07-20 9:51 PM
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Lakewood, CO
Subject: RE: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon
Way to get out there and have a great training day after not running in so long. 
2007-07-21 7:16 AM
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Subject: RE: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon
Good job sticking with it and making it to the finish. I was also a mid-river swimmer for lots of this one it seems.
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