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Verona, Wisconsin
United States
Race Day Events
65F / 18C
Precipitation
Total Time = 1h 01m 25s
Overall Rank = 11/200
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 2/8
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, got things together and drove over with my brother and one of his friends. Picked up the race packet and scouted the transition area, all the ins and outs. Signed up for the elite wave, so was right near the bike in & out. Didn't really know anyone else there, except my brother. Only knew of Jackie Arendt who picked a spot right next to us. Mentioned she had a wedding to get to that day as well.
Event warmup:

Just swimming. Went out and around some buoys a few times. Trying to get my feel. Seemed ok, but probably should have done more. Elected not to go with a wetsuit since the swim was short and water was 79F. Also curious to see how the open water felt without the wetsuit compensating. Most people went with one though.
Swim
  • 08m 1s
  • 500 meters
  • 01m 36s / 100 meters
Comments:

Bunch of people took off like a shot. Let them go as I can't start like that, especially in deep water start. Clydes & Athenas were in this group as well, and didn't want to get hit. Seemed to swim much straighter this time than in the last race. Had to remember to keep the feel up as I kept short-arming a little bit. Mostly wanted to get through the swim without getting caught up in the excitement, even though it was short.
What would you do differently?:

Warm up more. Focus on feel & technique a bit more. Swim faster.
Transition 1
  • 02m 18s
Comments:

Was able to get up and run very easily from the water. Least disorientation I can remember. Actually didn't have any. Just, fine.

Still taking too long. Seem to take forever getting my shoes on even though I'm moving right along. Haven't found tri shoes that work yet, so have to put on road shoes in transition. Run out ok.
What would you do differently?:

Keep looking for tri shoes. Run harder from the water.
Bike
  • 29m 32s
  • 10.5 miles
  • 21.37 mile/hr
Comments:

Went out hoping to make up some ground here, but performance was really flat on this ride. Just had no fire in my legs for it. Not entirely unexpected from how some workouts went in the days leading in, but hoped to have shaken it off. Had put together an 11-25 cassette after driving the course and glad I did, even though I didn't use the 25 as much as I thought. Went through, pushing as much as I could, but struggled to keep power up high. Would get up there for a bit, but then settle down lower. HR was very low for a sprint, so body just didn't want to go hard today.

Course was still fun. Go from pushing up a short hill to breaking 40 down the other side, quickly dropping all the way back down the gears on the next uphill. Played it safe on the far end with the turns on the longer decent. Dropped my chain for the 2nd time near the turnaround. That's never happened on this bike in 3 years, but now twice in 1 race. Not sure what's going on.

Rain started picking up on the return, turning into a downpour with a couple miles left. Glad I was out of the more tricky parts, but most people were just getting in there, and the Oly crowd would have a lot more hills to deal with than we did (that bike route is bigger than Knoxville). Especially fun reaching mid to high 30's at some points with this blowing at us.

Kind of stuck in no-mans land for other people. Passed a few swim specialists early on, then no one up ahead for awhile. My normal bike would have caught up, but not when I'm at least 10% under expectations. I may have caught up some anyway on this, but the two chain drops hurt that. Especially when momentum matters a lot. Still ended up only a minute off the fastest split. And for how slow the course is, the power I hit would usually put me around or just over 24 mph ave. I've broken just 25 mph on a rather flat course before. The Oly is worse still.
What would you do differently?:

Remember my aero helmet (really was not my weekend),

Revise workouts leading into a race, even one of lesser importance. Especially with the big ride the weekend before.
Transition 2
  • 01m 14s
Comments:

Kinda slow, but need to get the shoes.
Run
  • 20m 21s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 32s  min/mile
Comments:

Rain was pouring, but was ready to run coming off the bike. Had fired up Garmin before the race, but battery was low, so turned it off. Turned it back on here, gave the same warning and promptly turned itself off. Ran as best I could by feel. Went for a solid tempo pace because of how I had been feeling. Never know for sure when I underbike if I'm really tired or just didn't want to go after it on that day.

About half a mile in is the out & back which goes over a fairly big hill. Starts off steep and then tapers some, but keeps going up for awhile. Then it drops well down the other side where the turnaround is. Where we go right back up and over this thing. Rain was coming down hard the entire run, so had to be careful on the descents.This is one time a visor would have actually been nice as things were blowing a bit too. Hard to see coming back down to the loop.

Rest of the course is pretty flat with one smaller hill. Outside of that one, it felt almost all downhill to me which tends to mean I'm running well. Couldn't see anyone except on the out and back, so still in the middle of that huge gap. Just cruised around feeling pretty good the whole way. Always seem to do well with these race shoes. Could have pushed harder than I did, but wasn't sure how I'd do with the underperformance on the bike. Could have gone a lot farther at this pacing as the hurt never really came.

Finished up and waited for a couple others I knew to get in.
What would you do differently?:

Figure out better storage for the Garmin so the battery doesn't drain.
Post race
Warm down:

Mostly walked around and got some food.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Didn't have it that day.

Event comments:

This is a rather challenging course (both distances) that was fun to do. Race organization does well. Things were organized rather well and they still keep more of a low-key feel. Only complaint was on not announcing sprint awards were earlier, as everything posted had them several hours later along with the Olympic.




Last updated: 2013-06-04 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:08:01 | 500 meters | 01m 36s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/8
Overall: 27/200
Performance:
Suit: Tri suit only
Course: 1 loop around a very small lake, almost a pond. In water start.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 02:18
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
00:29:32 | 10.5 miles | 21.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/8
Overall: 6/200
Performance:
Wind:
Course: Course actually comes in more like 10.5 instead of the listed 11. Decent amount of hills on it. A number of rollers that really kill speed with their steepness. Some get a bit bigger at the far end, but no serious climbs. Just a slow course overall.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 01:14
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:20:21 | 03.11 miles | 06m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/8
Overall: 10/200
Performance:
Course: 1 lap with a decent hill to go over and come back on the out & back.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2013-07-01 7:44 AM

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2013-07-01 7:55 AM
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Well done gutting it out--some days ya just don't have it, but that's still pretty damn fast for a guy on an off day Congrats and great take-away thoughts.
2013-07-01 8:14 AM
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Nicely Done!!!
2013-07-01 8:50 AM
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Nice race!  Way to keep fly in a downpour!  Yikes!
2013-07-01 8:50 AM
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Nice race, Ben!!  Sucks about the 2 chain drops but you still had great bike speed and that run, wow.  Numbers I can only fantasize about!  Congrats on the podium, too!
2013-07-01 8:54 AM
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Holy moly....that is "not having it"?  You are wicked fast!


2013-07-01 9:03 AM
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Sorry you didn't have the race you wanted, but man, you are still speedy!
2013-07-01 11:11 AM
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Wow. Even though you weren't feeling it, you did a nice job with this race.
2013-07-01 12:37 PM
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For all the things that went wrong (dropped chain twice, legs not having it, dying Garmin), you still turned in a pretty damn fast time!  Congrats!
2013-07-01 9:52 PM
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Ummmm…. Definitely worth mentioning, performance-wise!  Congrats on the podium and gutting out a day when you weren't "on."

It's how you do on those days that sets you up for the "important" ones (IMO) - well done.

Sounds like the conditions $ucked (I love those races!).  Way to go

Matt

2013-07-01 10:01 PM
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Wow, still smokin' fast. Great job!


2013-07-01 10:13 PM
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Oh for Pete's sake, I wish my off days looked like this!  So solid.  I know, I know, you have definitely had better races, but can't you just allow us to all marvel at this one :)

When I can run 6:3X off the bike, I will feel like I have arrived. 

Really awesome Ben.  Strong work.

2013-07-02 2:51 AM
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Great job toughing it out Ben.  That sounds like a very challenging bike course, hard to get in a rhythm at all, especially with chain drops!
2013-07-02 6:28 AM
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Nice job Ben.  Sounds like you didn't let the things that went wrong get to you during the race so in my books job well done
2013-07-02 8:07 AM
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Way to stick with it and not let the fumbles get in your head, Ben. At some point this season you have got to try and do a race when it is not pouring down rain though. I HIGHLY recommend it!
2013-07-02 8:11 AM
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Two chain drops + feeling underpowered, and you still had a great bike split. Nice job overall.


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