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Akron, Ohio
United States
HFP Racing
43F / 6C
Total Time = 1h 27m 7s
Overall Rank = 114/270
Age Group = MTB
Age Group Rank = 1/11
Pre-race routine:

Got up just before 6:00 and had some dry cereal that I normally eat, a powerbar, some coffee and water. About 30 mins before the start made a mistake and had part of a bagel. As soon as I finished that, I knew I shouldn't have done it. Took a gel with 15 mins to go.
Event warmup:

Tried to stay warm by keeping my clothes on as long as possible! Didn't do anything except I think I took about a 50 yard jog to the van at one point.

Feet went numb walking down to the lake through the damp grass!
  • 16m 5s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 08s / 100 meters

Really cool seeing the mist come off the lake. Kind of funny though because it obscured the buoys until the sun went behind a cloud. You could then hear a groan from everyone when they saw the first turning point.

Wave started with no incident, swam by the guys who were wading too long. I tried to draft behind someone for a while, but I wasn't really getting the hang of that and gave up on that effort. Then at the first turn I suddenly got a mouthful of water. I don't know how it happened, but I had to stop and do a breaststroke for a little while to get my breath back.

Got going again, but it seemed that every time I felt like I got in a good groove I crashed into someone. Each time I stopped for a second before going again, so I definitely need to work on swimming in groups.

Had a good line the whole time and hit all the buoys tight, so I was happy with that. By about the last 1/3 finally had no trouble with anyone around me, so finished pretty decent.

Swam by the guys who stood up too early. But when I touched, I stood up and did a sprint all the way up the hill into T1. I'm sure I looked funny, because I was picking my knees way up coming out of the water, but everyone else was just trotting, and I wanted to get some clothes on!

Overall very average swim - I guess exactly average 135 out of 270! :)

40-44 rank - 12/27
What would you do differently?:

Probably wear a wetsuit. I figured the water would be warm so I wouldn't need one, but I definitely felt cold throughout the swim.

Not eat that bagel! Between that and the breathing, my gut felt so stuffed, and I was very uncomfortable, but couldn't get any belches out!
Transition 1
  • 03m 39s

Had a nice run coming in and saw that a few bikes were gone or going, but didn't worry about that. My main concern was to be sure I dressed warm for the bike. Pulled my jersey on, and a windproof jacket over that. Dan gave me the tip to not bother drying off, plus staying wet under the jacket would help me warm up.

Of course when I grabbed my jacket off the bike, I promptly sent my helmet and glasses flying! :O So I had to crawl under the rack to pick those up.
What would you do differently?:

Just work on overall speed. Today's time was average, but that's compared to others who were stripping their wetsuits off.
  • 42m 16s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 17.65 mile/hr

Got going pretty decent out of T1. Picked off a few mountain bikes within a couple miles, then never saw any others. Played lots of cat and mouse with the road bikes. This was a hilly course which was good for me. I usually went by anybody near me going up, but on the flats they would go by me again!

I finally got my belches out at exactly 1.67 miles. Funny what you take note of sometimes, isn't it? But was still feeling lousy for most of the bike and didn't really have a good ride.

The longest downhill was wasted by a right hand uphill turn at the bottom. I drove the course the night before so I expected it and had my bike in gear ready to make the turn. Just towards the bottom a guy squeezed by my right to pass me - I thought he was nuts, so I just yelled out to him about the hard right coming up.

Sure enough, went by a bunch of people at that turn. All I heard was click, click, click, click.... And also saw a guy with his bike upside down trying to get his chain back on. That turn was really my only proud or happy moment on the bike.

Made sure I enjoyed the scenery as I went by the lakes.

Finally my stomach came around and I started to feel good. My legs were now warm and I was ready to go! Too bad this was after 11 miles with only 1 1/2 to go! :(

40-44 rank - 14/27
What would you do differently?:

Not eat that bagel!

Get a road bike? My time on the mtb was right in the middle of the pack for all bikes.
Transition 2
  • 01m 26s

Got annoyed coming into T2. I got caught behind two guys who weren't interested in going very quickly. Once through the gate though, I got by them and ran as hard as I could.

It definitely wasn't lost on me that the mtb racks were empty! Once I saw the rack situation, I moved through here quick, and got up to running pace while I was still in T2. I noticed the next one coming in shortly before I headed out, but didn't see his number.
What would you do differently?:

More practice. Especially running with my bike shoes. I thought I was going to slip and fall over at one point.
  • 23m 41s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 37s  min/mile

Came out of T2 at about a 6:45 pace. I've gotten used to the fact that I come off the bike running faster than I should, so I didn't panic. I eased into a comfortable pace by about 1/4 mile. Saw a mtb bike guy about a minute after the first turnaround, so I figured I had a comfortable 2 min lead. Finished up the 1st mile at 7:24.

2nd mile was over 8:20. I was surprised that I dropped off that much, but nobody was passing me either. Then I saw the best thing after the 2nd turn around - it was all a downhill slope in front of me! Now I knew why I slowed down during that last mile as I came up it. So it was time to turn it on.

Saw the mtb guy again and I think I was a little further in front, so I was happy about that. Did the 3rd mile in 7:24 again. As I saw the finish, I picked it up to probably the fastest I could go at that point and finished up that last bit at a 6:10 pace.

Sure enough at the finish they told me I was first for mountain bikes and I got my medal! Definitely happy about that! :) Especially since I was feeling pretty bad for most of the race.

40-44 rank - 10/27
What would you do differently?:

Quit worrying about the people around me and just run my own race!
Post race
Warm down:

As I was grabbing some food, saw the mtb guy get his medal - but it was for 3rd! :O So there was someone closer to me that whole time and I didn't realize it!

Other than try to get some food down, just stood around trying to stay warm. Eventually went back to get my stuff with my daughters in tow!

That's where I ran into the 2nd place finisher. We talked a bit about my Yankz laces and the day. Well don't you know, you can read his race report here also! (ezfast88) I had no idea until I read it a little while ago - so BT had a 1-2 finish in the MTB division! :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

More training. Lingering stomach effects were probably still working on me as well.

Event comments:

Police were excellent keeping cars back. Lots of volunteers as well. Overall a good race, but agree that it probably shouldn't be called a festival since there was nothing else there.

Last updated: 2007-04-13 12:00 AM
00:16:05 | 750 meters | 02m 08s / 100meters
Age Group: 4/11
Overall: 135/270
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri Shorts
Course: Counter Clockwise Rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:39
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:42:16 | 12.43 miles | 17.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/11
Overall: 132/270
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Hilly on paved roads. Nice views along the lake.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:26
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:23:41 | 03.11 miles | 07m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/11
Overall: 75/270
Performance: Good
Course: Paved road with 2 turnaround points. Uphill slope from mile 1 to mile 2. Downhill slope after mile 2.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-09-17 4:31 PM

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Subject: Portage Lakes Sprint Triathlon - Akron International Sports Festival

2007-09-17 4:45 PM
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Renton, Washington
Subject: RE: Portage Lakes Sprint Triathlon - Akron International Sports Festival
Great race Willie! I hear you on the worrying about other people too much. I do that constantly in every race. The last one I did I actually forgot I was doing a triathlon because of how pretty the scenery was
2007-09-17 8:27 PM
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Subject: RE: Portage Lakes Sprint Triathlon - Akron International Sports Festival

Wow the swim sounded like dodgems

Congrats on the hardware!! Thats really awesome!!! And for sticking it out even when you didnt feel fantastic!!!

2007-09-18 5:52 AM
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Columbus, Ohio
Subject: RE: Portage Lakes Sprint Triathlon - Akron International Sports Festival
Great job...

I really loved the weeds before the first left hand turn on the swim and the nice warm starting air temp.

Congrats on the first place finish.
2007-09-18 6:25 AM
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Atlanta, Ga
Subject: RE: Portage Lakes Sprint Triathlon - Akron International Sports Festival

Fantastic race!  I can't wait to see what you're going to do on a road bike.  Way to fly through transistion too.  It's free speed don't you know.

Great Job.

2007-09-18 7:17 AM
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Subject: RE: Portage Lakes Sprint Triathlon - Akron International Sports Festival

Here's what 70 degree water and 40 degree air temps looks like!

2007-09-18 7:42 AM
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I agree with Dan, you're going to be flying when you get a road bike!  Looks like you were 2 out of 11 in your age group on the mtn bike!  Good job!
2007-09-18 10:12 AM
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Subject: RE: Portage Lakes Sprint Triathlon - Akron International Sports Festival

Nice race there Bob, hey getting 1st in your division awesome job.

You should have worn your wetsuit even in a swim that short makes you a lot faster...Great race all in all... 


2007-09-18 10:43 AM
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Allen, TX
Subject: RE: Portage Lakes Sprint Triathlon - Akron International Sports Festival

Great race!!! That run from the lake to T1 must have been COLD!!!!

 Congrats on your 1st place finish!!!!!

2007-09-18 8:07 PM
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Subject: RE: Portage Lakes Sprint Triathlon - Akron International Sports Festival
Awesome race! These guys are right, you are going to fly when you move up to a road or tri bike.
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