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Whitewater, Wisconsin
United States
Total Time = 1h 28m 43s
Overall Rank = 65/237
Age Group = Clyde
Age Group Rank = 5/20
Pre-race routine:

Different kind of a race. It started at 9:00 but my pool wave wasn't scheduled till 11:48. Each wave is 18 people which is 3 people per each of the 6 pool lanes. Late start was bizarre as opposed to getting up at 4:00 or earlier and starting a race usually by 7:00. Got good rest though which is always a good thing.
Event warmup:

The diving pool was available for warming up which is good. I felt weird I think due in part to a cold I've been fighting for a couple days. I was kind of tired and weak but I was pretty nervous. Why? I don't know! I guess I wasn't real comfortable in my training since the HIM in July but having not raced since then made it feel like it was a while. Ate ceral, peanut butter toast about 2.5 hours b4 the race started although my wave was about 30 minutes late so the gel i took b4 the swim which I wanted to be about 20 mins b4 ended being about 50.
  • 08m 24s
  • 500 yards
  • 01m 41s / 100 yards

For your lane assingment you were labled A, B or C. A went first which is what I was. My plan was to take an easy pace for the first 100 yards and then hammer. What happened, and I figured it would, is that the "B" guy went out hard after he started 10 seconds after me and caught me after about 100 yards. I stopped at the end of a lap and let him pass which takes a little bit of time but then I jumped right on his feet to draft some. Well, after about 3 laps he started to tire and now as I'm behind him I'm actually slowing up at points but eventually I went by and stayed there. Happy with the swim, jumped out got my stuff and then they record your time as you head out the door.
What would you do differently?:

I guess I could have saved another few seconds by powering out some more and staying ahead of the guy but I am always wanting to pull back on the swim some as I have blown the wad b4 (see Elkhart Lake).
Transition 1
  • 00m

T1 time gets added your bike time. I had a pretty decent T1 though I think since all went smoothly.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
  • 47m 13s
  • 13.7 miles
  • 17.41 mile/hr

Well on the way out it was awesome. I was probably averaging 24-25mph on my computer but the wind was at my back. Once we turned and started heading in I think those head winds were about 20-25mph! I drank a lot, took two gels on the bike and just tried to spin a high cadence. That head wind really can hit you mentally but I just tried to get as low and stay as small as I could which is not easy for me. My bike time was about 51st out of 237 overall so I guess I'm OK with that. When you take out the T1 time here I guess I would be in the mid to upper 18 range but I thought I was averaging about 19+ but that wind was brutal.
What would you do differently?:

Not much - I got passed by a I think three guys early on but I caught one of them back again and stayed ahead. Nobody else really around me then at that point.
Transition 2
  • 00m

T2 included with run time.
  • 33m 7s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 10m 41s  min/mile

Took a good mile for my legs to feel decent. It was really a struggle after fighting that wind and then to be running comfortably. Normally I get passed a lot but I only remember getting passed twice and I was even catching a few people I think from the prior wave which is kind of fun for me! I was just hanging on during the run though where I felt like I wanted to walk but just told myself to keep moving. I'm real curious to see my mile splits as I am fairly certain the last mile was my fastest. On the last mile though I look at the HRM and saw I got up to 200 bpm going up a hill (get the cart)! I'm happy with this effort but always wish I could be faster. I think on a flat course I might have had a chance to get my avg under 10 min/mile but didn't happen today. I'm actually thrilled when my run time beats over half the field.
What would you do differently?:

Train more/weigh less. I'm so happy I did this race though to end the year. Having my year end with the Racine HIM just felt anti-climactic since I put in a lot of work and then to be done so early in the season. I'm making a plan for the offseason but I feel strongly that with regular wind conditions, more lost weight and better training I can push 1:20 or so on this course.
Post race
Warm down:

Chatted with donkeys. At cookies and chugged water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Training the last few months but I'm reasonably happy.

Event comments:

Not thrilled about the roads (they might have wanted to re-route this time around). I thought the transition area wasn't real secure due to people coming and going over the long day. Otherwise it's a nice race to end the year and I certainly would do it again.

Last updated: 2007-09-29 12:00 AM
00:08:24 | 500 yards | 01m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/20
Overall: 36/237
Performance: Good
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:00
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:47:13 | 13.7 miles | 17.41 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/20
Overall: 51/237
Performance: Good
Avg HR 169 Max 177
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Fairly flat out, somewhat of a loop and then back. Part of the course had just been repaved which sounds good but it was very rough with lots of gravel. That was not good.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Below average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:33:07 | 03.1 miles | 10m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/20
Overall: 110/237
Performance: Average
1st Mile 11:12 Avg 173 (this time again includes T1) 2nd Mile 11:36 Avg 176 (Don't know what happened here.) 3rd Mile and extra .1 = 10:16 with avg 183
Course: Quite hilly and pretty much all trails. Kind of fun though
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
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? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-10-01 9:07 AM

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Mukwonago, WI
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2007-10-01 9:29 AM
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Delafield, Wisconsin
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Great job! Sounds like you ran a smart race. Nice that you were able to get this one in before the end of the season.
2007-10-01 10:31 AM
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Libertyville, IL
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Awesome job doot!  Wind sure does blow!   Now its time to focus on the sweat off vs jsweat!
2007-10-01 10:55 AM
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In The Peleton
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Solid race Mark!

2007-10-01 11:13 AM
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Reykjavik, Iceland
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Congratulations on another great race
Good thing that you got to use your HIM fitness for more then “just” the HIM



2007-10-01 11:53 AM
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Mukwonago, WI
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jszat - 2007-10-01 10:31 AM Awesome job doot!  Wind sure does blow!   Now its time to focus on the sweat off vs jsweat!


Game on!!

2007-10-01 3:01 PM
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Muskego, WI
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GREAT RACE!  That wind had to be brutalizing yesterday.  Way to fight through it and finish with a solid race.  <1:30 already and I have no doubt you'll be sniffing <1:20 as you mentioned soon enough.
2007-10-02 12:57 PM
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piece o heaven
Subject: RE: J-Hawk Late Bird Triathlon
Nice Race Big Guy!

Glad to see you throw it into the wind. That always makes it difficult, but everyone has to deal with it. We just offer a bit more drag than most

Great Job and keep on movin!

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