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Chatanooga, Tennessee
United States
Team Magic
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 48m 41s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = clyde
Age Group Rank = 8/29
Pre-race routine:

got up bright and early, drove down and set up transition, ate a kashi bar and drank some gatorade. Found neal, zimmer, kraig, courtnel, ken, w,ant and david. we got on the bus which took us to the Mocs football field where we awaited the swim start.
Event warmup:

Stretched while waiting to swim. found some other non namsc'ers that I have met throughout my tri career. the longer I do this the more great people I meet
  • 27m 53s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 42s / 100 yards

this was a decent swim for me. I was not trying going all out, but had a good pace and ended up happy with the swim time. the swim exit was interesting, they had the volunteers pulling us out of the water- but they did a good job getting my big ass out of the water without scuffing my shins. Then I had to run up a flight of stairs to get to transition. The fans (and cowbellers) gave me a nice shot of adrenaline at this point
What would you do differently?:

Good swim, can't complain. I just need to get more swim time in to get faster
Transition 1
  • 01m 30s

I ran past my bike at first (this was the biggest transition area I have raced in) I opted to wear socks and clip on the race belt in t1 also so I can blaze through t2 later. I took in a sip of gatorade also. I had a decent transition and beat my t1 goal of sub 2:00. still a HUGE improvement
What would you do differently?:

I need to learn to clip the shoes on the bike and put my feet in them while riding. This will take some practice though and not a good thing to try on race day
  • 1h 23m 41s
  • 26 miles
  • 18.64 mile/hr

I had a good ride, the hills were very long ascents and then very long slow ascents. The new race wheels were great and I even got up to 35 mph in them. The descents still had me hitting the brakes way too much and it seriously cost me some time here. The return trip had some nasty gusts that would throw me around a bit and really made going fast downhill scary. So I figure conservatively I wasted about 2-3 minutes by massaging the brakes. I am thrilled that I had my 12-27 cassette on, but I could never get to my biggest gear when I wanted to mash it out and hammer.
What would you do differently?:

Get more time in on my equipment before the race (new race wheels, cassette) Get over the fear of descending. My strength is on the bike because that is where my focus has been, and I am ruining it by using the brakes and letting the people I outclimbed pass me on descents
Transition 2
  • 01m 8s

best transition ever. I used the "flying dismount" i learned at the club meeting and not only was it efficient, but looked really cool.
What would you do differently?:

almost perfect- no comlaints
  • 54m 25s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 46s  min/mile

I came out strong here until about mile 4, than my pace started slipping. I think I had a mentally weak moment of two between miles 4.5-5.5. Saw some club members here and wished them well. I think for a while i had a 10 minute pace, and then almost died on the last uphill. I finally hammered it out with about 1/4 mile to go andthe great fans and namc people were out cheering at the finish. I felt like puking for a minute so I guess I was running hard enough at the finish
What would you do differently?:

get back to more running. I have been cycling more at the expense of running. Also I have been building a better endurance base for SC HIM and speedwork was almost non-existent
Post race
Warm down:

beer and pizza! Hung out with the club at the club tent and cheered on the rest of the club finishers. It was a great time

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Myself- still had a good race and beat my last oly by 2+ minutes

Event comments:

Great race with awesome volunteers. It lived up to the hype. This was the most fun I have had. Cant wait to do it again

Last updated: 2007-03-26 12:00 AM
00:27:53 | 1640 yards | 01m 42s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: straight down the river along a line of buoys- time trial start
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Time: 01:30
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:23:41 | 26 miles | 18.64 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: out and back on the left hand lane of a highway
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:08
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:54:25 | 06.21 miles | 08m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/29
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: up and down a hill, a flight of stairs and along riverpark and back
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5

2007-07-21 6:44 AM

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Subject: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon

2007-07-21 3:14 PM
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Subject: RE: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon
Great race.  Not getting enough running miles hasn't seemed to hurt your pace on the run.
2007-07-21 3:57 PM
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Winder, GA
Subject: RE: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon
I agree with Jonathan and even if purple is not your color.....that seems not to have suffered either. Awesome work!
2007-07-21 4:19 PM
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Sous Mon Diadème
Subject: RE: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon

Great job, Greg!  You looked strong out there and your race report just confirms that it was a good race for you.  I'm sure the cowbells contributed in large part .

2007-07-21 11:42 PM
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Alpharetta, GA
Subject: RE: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon
Great job on the race, Greg!!  More cowbell is always good!!
2007-07-23 9:41 AM
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Marietta, GA
Subject: RE: Chattanooga Waterfront Triathlon
Great job!! You had a solid race on a tough course- congratulations!

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