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Lake Lanier Island, Georgia
United States
Georgia MultiSports Productions, LLC.
70F / 21C
Overcast
Total Time = 1h 20m 47s
Overall Rank = 205/684
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 24/51
Pre-race routine:

*"Body clock" had me up early and out the door a little after 5. Hit BP and grabbed some java and then finished the trek over to Lake Lanier Islands. Then things got a bit strange...first, it *appeared* that they were making all of the athletes and specatators park in the first public lot - about 1 mile from Transition. I pulled in, found a parking place, and proceeded to unload my stuff. After a few minutes, I saw David O'Rear and we started chatting. About the same time, we both noticed a big RV (the long ones) hauling a$$ through the parking lot. I made a comment to David that the driver appeared to be going a bit too fast. Within two seconds, as the guy was swinging the RV pretty hard left, he went too hard left and we heard a parked car being hit. Uh oh, better get Maaco. David and I just looked at one another in disbelief. Can you say "Daaayyyyum!" The driver immediately stopped, and David and I walked over to check out the demo job. Sure enough the car's bumper was now resting on the asphalt. The driver came around, wrote down the license plate of the car he hit, left his business card, and it looked like everything was under control. While doing so he mentioned that the lot directly across from Transition was open and that's why he was in such a hurry. Good enough for me; I packed up my things and made a quick move to the closer lot. David did mention the accident to a law enforcement type and I mentioned same to one of the race officials.
Event warmup:

Unlike past races, nothing this time. Stretched, listened to MP3 player, chatted with a few folks; once down at the water, dove in, took a few strokes - everything felt good. Chatted with ADollar (Andrew), atl_runner (Ron), FALLS-RUNNER (David)
Swim
  • 12m 13s
  • 400 yards
  • 03m 03s / 100 yards
Comments:

As most people know, swimming is definitely a major "limiter" for me and much of the "off-season" will be spent improving this area. This said, I felt very capable coming into this race. My stroke is starting to feel like a real stroke and swim times in the pool are slowly coming down, which would seem to confirm that work with Lisa M. and practice is paying off. This said, it's hard to prepare for swimming in OW with 80+ of your closest friends. I tried to stay wide today and avoid the crush, but it seemed like many guys in the wave had the same idea. Before I knew it, I was anaerobic and never was able to settle into a smooth cadence. Drowning was never a fear, but breathing got totally screwed. I sang "I Will Survive" to myself and finished the swim as best as possible.
What would you do differently?:

Try to create OWS practice scenarios that mimic swimming in a sardine can with lots of bodies...
Seriously, I'm simply going to stay positive and keep plugging away...it's going to get there!
Transition 1
  • 03m 4s
Comments:

Solid t - especially in light of the swim. I walked from the water to the timing mat - ~100 yards...once officially in T1, I paced myself getting up the steep concrete incline...toward the end, I picked up the pace, and had a nice jog to my stall.
What would you do differently?:

Not much...based upon last year's T1 times I set a goal of 3:15 or better and beat it...next year, the T1 goal will be more aggressive.
Bike
  • 37m 6s
  • 13 miles
  • 21.02 mile/hr
Comments:

Very pleased with this segment of the race. Recon via two test rides of the course paid off and I was able to turn the vision into reality. One somewhat funny thing happened after climbing the one "hill" (on New Bethany) on the course...as I settled into the flat sections after cresting, my stomach started lurching a bit...on Buford Dam Road the "lurch" turned into a mini-spew...thankfully no other cyclists were in my vicinity and I was able to turn my head and send *most* of the liquid safely to the side...did I say "most?" Yes...not all of it cleared me/the bike...niiiice...not.
What would you do differently?:

Not much - continue to improve power abilities and continue to work with Matt R. to make sure I'm as aero as possible on my bike. Not spew while racing.
Oh yeah, and not dismount too early. I dismounted at the "mount" line, which meant a 25 yard jog to the actual "dismount" line. Dumb mistake - my bike time would've been sub-37...oh well.
Transition 2
  • 01m 30s
Comments:

Not a bad T2, but I didn't meet my goal of 1:15 or better. Still, improvement is being made in this area. In hindsight, my running shoes should've been closer to the back wheel. That's all right, one more bit of knowledge filed away for future use.
What would you do differently?:

Envision/evaluate *each* transition a bit more critically and position shoes & other items accordingly.
Run
  • 26m 56s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 41s  min/mile
Comments:

My first mile split was ~9 and the second mile split was close to the same; either the third mile was not a full mile, or I really picked up the pace - we did have a nice slightly downhill to flat stretch prior to the final push - but a ~7:16 (according to my watch) for the third mile split seems too fast. The nicest thing about the run - I didn't walk, even though my legs were screaming while dealing with the "up" sides of the rolling course.
What would you do differently?:

Not much - keep working on runs after biking. Time to really start ramping up the interval work - this is how I'll get the times down.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a water & banana and chatted with a few folks. Then loaded up my gear and bike and brought it to the car; walked out on the run course after unloading and cheered on the late arrivals. Saw Deb (from our tri club, NAMC) and Kristen (enders_shadow) and cheered them on the final stretch. Walked back over to the post-race area and saw David and Ant as well Deb again (great job, Deb!); also, saw other NAMC'ers Courtney and Kraig as well as David O again.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Better swim and better run. However, completing the swim in a positive state of mind and staying mentally strong during the run were two huge mental victories today. I know my limiters and they're going to be dealt with during the "off-season."

Event comments:

This was my first GA Multisport race - very impressed. Jim Rainey and his crew put on a quality event. We're blessed to have two VERY capable and quality tri production orgs - GA Multisport and Blue Sky Sports (Tri the Parks series) - in Georgia.




Last updated: 2007-08-25 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:12:13 | 400 yards | 03m 03s / 100yards
Age Group: 42/51
Overall: 534/684
Performance: Bad
Suit: No - 2XU two-piece tri suit
Course: I like Ron's (atl_runner) description: Trapazoid shaped. Though in my case, the swim could've been in a baby pool - I still would've found a way to make it difficult.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current:
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 03:04
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
00:37:06 | 13 miles | 21.02 mile/hr
Age Group: 11/51
Overall: 68/684
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Looped course with a bit of everything...flats, downhills, some small climbs, one decent steady climb up moderate grade...really nice course for this type of event.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:30
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
Running
00:26:56 | 03.1 miles | 08m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 29/51
Overall: 298/684
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back over rolling hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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2007-10-07 6:57 PM

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2007-10-07 7:04 PM
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Great job Lou!
2007-10-07 7:06 PM
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Great race Lou. It's actually a perfect way to end your season. You saw lots of progress this year and have a great idea of what you need to work on for next season. It's been my experience that most people make huge strides from year one to year two. Glad to see that your attitude regarding the swim is positive. It's one of the three events that makes you a triathlete. You will conquer it, and it sounds like you are already well on your way. Again, great race.
2007-10-07 7:10 PM
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Great job.
2007-10-07 7:42 PM
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Good to see you today Lou! Great bike split. Hey...I actually went the right way on the bike course! Ha..ha..
2007-10-07 8:54 PM
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Nice looking RR. . Sorry about the 'defilement' of the bike but other than that really looks like you crushed your last race of the year.

Way to go!

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2007-10-08 6:37 AM
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Great race. Good luck with the off season swim push. I am on a similar mission for the run part.
2007-10-08 8:31 AM
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Great race! You really kicked it on the bike!
2007-10-08 9:27 AM
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Lou!  Great race- you rocked the bike!!
2007-10-08 9:31 AM
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Outstanding race Larry! Work on that swim this winter and you are going to be dangerous next year!
2007-10-09 8:06 AM
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Great work, Lou! I know you were apprehensive about the swim but you were able to get through it well and then crush the bike and the run! Nice work.


2007-10-09 8:27 AM
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Great race, Lou.  It's no surprise that you rocked out the bike portion.  All that work you and Neal do on the gaps.

Way to push through on the swim and nice run.

Congratulations!

2007-10-09 10:17 AM
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AWESOME race - congratulations!! I wanted you to smoke that bike course and it looks like you did just that! Great job holding onto a rough swim, sounded brutal and making it up that killer hill out of the water (that's just a mean way to end the swim!). Your run looks solid too - really great performance all around! You should be very proud of your race!!
2007-10-09 10:21 AM
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Congratulations on a super finish to your first tri season, Lou!
2007-10-09 10:37 AM
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I don't know how I missed this report before now - but AWESOME RACE!  Even with all the gory details...that bike leg is amazing - all the training must pay off!

Congratulations on a great race to end up your season!

Kristen

2007-10-09 11:50 AM
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I had the same thing happen to me on the bike leg in an earlier race this season. Purple Powerade didnt agree with my stomach.......I think the result stained a portion of my right bike shoe. Anyway, nice race and way to power through the OW fears.


2007-10-09 2:03 PM
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Great race report! I need advice on how to spew better, I always end up hitting myself. Maybe next year we'll hook up at a race and I'll make you look good on the swim.

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2007-10-11 9:07 AM
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Way to cap off a great inaugural season ... the way you have taken to tri's portends good things for next season. (Btw, those who do not have swimming/"not-drowning" as a limiter are ripe for scorn )

Spewing ... did you stay aero as you did it? If not, then we'll have to work on that.  I suggest using Mango PowerBar gel as the primer (makes my stomach whirl just typing it).

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