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Sylvania, Ohio
United States
Elite Endeavors
80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 35m 26s
Overall Rank = 206/412
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 12/23
Pre-race routine:

Picked up the packet the day before and rack spaces were assigned, so there was no need to get to the venue super early. Got the truck parked, pumped up the tires, and walked to transition (about a 1/4 mile). Setup my area, got the number on my bike (never had to do that before), and then got body marked.

Hit the bathroom multiple times before doing my warmup. After the warmup double checked my gear including the buckle on my helmet--see last race report. Took two electrolyte tablets and a couple of Clif Shot Bloks as they were closing transition.
Event warmup:

Kept the warmup shorter than normal. Did about a mile of light jogging followed by some stretching and running drills. Jogged a little more and then did one acceleration to race pace.
  • 30m 30s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

Really don't like the thrashing that goes on at the begining of the swim, so I started at the outside of the back of the pack. When the canon (literally a cannon) went off, walked into the water. Started swimming when the water got about thigh high.

Immediately found some room to swim. Not getting kicked early really helped me find my groove. Kept drifting to the left on the way to the first buoy. Saw a swimmer to my right who was going about my speed so I tried to keep the distance between me and him consistent. This worked out well; I stayed straight and didn't have to site as often because I could see him when I breathed.

As we came to the first buoy, I closed the gap between me and the other swimmer. Drafted off him on the back section of the loop. When we got to the next buoy he was starting to slow down so I left him.

With nobody to draft off of or site off of, I started drifting to the left again. At one point, I was so far left I hit some shallow water and could not swim. Had to do a few dolpin dives to get back into deeper water. Sited more often the rest of the way and stayed on track better. Got a few drafts with the next waves started catching us. When the water was about knee high, got up and started running. I was shocked when I hit the beach in under 30 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Absolutely nothing. Even though I kept drifting left, this was the best swim I have ever had. Felt strong and smooth the whole way.
Transition 1
  • 01m 40s

This was a big transition area, so I was a little worried about finding my rack--turned out not to be a problem. Socks, shoes, and helmet went on about as fast as I could do it. A little trouble stuffing the gels into the wet jersey.

Started running with the bike and did not even think about it being on my left side. Hit the mount line and froze for about a second (I don't think I have ever mounted my bike when it is on my left). Ran around to the other side hopped on, got clipped into the shoes and I was on my way.
What would you do differently?:

Run with the bike on the correct side. Tape the gels to the bike and stuff them into the jersey while riding. Overall a good transition though--much better than the last Olympic Tri I did.
  • 1h 13m 23s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.32 mile/hr

Overall, a pretty uneventful bike. There was some wind, but it was generally a cross wind and nothing that I haven't had to deal with before. I saw very little drafting and no blocking out on the course. Having a USAT official out there really made a difference.

Got passed by a ton of people on the bike; I was having a solid ride and it was like I was standing still (definately some room for improvement here). I think the only people that I passed were the back of the duathlon pack.

Wind picked up with about five miles to go. Dropped down a few gears in attempt to save the legs a little bit for the run. Smooth dismount from the bike; entered transition on pace for a PR.
What would you do differently?:

Besides train more on the bike, nothing. Overall this was a good ride for me.
Transition 2
  • 01m 28s

Smooth transition. Got the bike racked and the shoes swapped without any problems. One of the safety pins on my race belt had opened up so I had to redo it--no big deal, only took a couple of seconds.
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure. I thought I had a solid transition but my time was not that great.
  • 48m 27s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 48s  min/mile

At the start of the race my goal was to go sub 2:40:00. I was feeling great and was definately on pace for this; so, I set a new goal of trying to set a new 10K PR. Only thing I was worried about was the heat and humitidy.

Passed a couple of people right out of transition. Did the first mile in about 7:30. Slurped down a gel and grabbed water at the first aid station. Did mile two in 7:30 and grabbed gatorade at the aid station.

Had a little trouble in mile three; towards the end of it, I started tripping over my own feet and felt my face getting flush. Took my time at this aid station--tossed one water in my face, dumped one over my head, took a caffinated gel, and drank a glass water. That took care of whatever was happening because I felt better almost immediately. This mile was my slowest mile by far (8:30).

Rest of the race was pretty uneventful. Dumped water over my head and drank gatorade at the remaining aid stations. With a mile to go, I was starting to get tired, but I knew I could set a PR if I could do one last 8min mile. Just bared down and tried to hold on. Crossed the line in 48:27, a PR by 33 seconds.

I think I held my own during the run--passed about the same number of people that passed me.

What would you do differently?:

Push harder. I had a 10K PR in this race, but I crossed the finish line with a little bit left in the tank.
Post race
Warm down:

Found my dad and aunt; chatted with them for a little bit and then had some pretzels and gatorade. Once my body was settled down a little bit, grabbed a beer and watched the other competitors finish. Cleaned up my transition area and then headed to lunch.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing. I had an Olympic distance PR and a 10K PR at this race. If I want to get to the next level at this distance, I need to spend a lot more time on the bike.

Event comments:

This was a great race (FAR different than the last Elite Endeavours race that I did). I've never seen so many volunteers. Great post race lunch.

Last updated: 2007-06-25 12:00 AM
00:30:30 | 1640 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 14/23
Overall: 245/412
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri-Suit
Course: One lap around a small lake/pond.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:40
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:13:23 | 24.85 miles | 20.32 mile/hr
Age Group: 18/23
Overall: 268/412
Performance: Average
Wind: Little with gusts
Course: A big loop through rural Ohio. Roads were generally in good condition. Mostly open farm land so there was nothing to block the wind.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:28
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:48:27 | 06.21 miles | 07m 48s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/23
Overall: 164/412
Performance: Good
Course: A loop through city of Sylvania and the neighboring subdivisions. The subdivisions offered some shade. Generally a flat course.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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] 4

2007-08-22 8:26 AM

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Ida, Michigan
Subject: Sylvania Triathlon - Olympic Distance

2007-08-22 1:03 PM
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Lakewood, CO
Subject: RE: Sylvania Triathlon - Olympic Distance

Great race!  blowing away your goal and a PR on the run!!!  (I have to get busy, you just lowered you PR below mine again)

there must be some solid cyclists for you to average over 20 and get passed by a ton  of people and not pass that many.  

don't forget about the bike and the swim as you build to your Mary!   

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