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Ludington, Michigan
United States
3 Disciplines Racing
70F / 21C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 11m 26s
Overall Rank = 22/133
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 2/19
Pre-race routine:

Went out for some Italian while watching the Tigers baseball game the night before. Had two beers afterwards, wound up in bed by about 11PM. Fell asleep probably before 11:30PM. Woke up entirely too early (4:30AM), got dressed, and left about 4:45AM to drive from Spring Lake to Ludington, MI. Arrived just before transition and registration opened.
Event warmup:

Took an easy 3 mile bike and an easy run. Wandered out to the swim course but didn't really get in the water to warm up, which I should have. Did some stretching and arm motions to simulate swimming. They started my wave 10 minutes before they had it listed, but it wasn't a problem, as I was ready for it.
Swim
  • 08m 57s
  • 547 yards
  • 01m 38s / 100 yards
Comments:

Before the race, I felt like I had a pretty good chance of winning the swim (at least for the 40+ wave). I felt okay in the water, but must not have been that efficient. My time was 1 minute slower than last year, but I do think that was partially the course being a bit longer. I think I should have been at least 30 seconds faster here. Maybe I didn't push it hard enough...I think I had more to give.
What would you do differently?:

Swim a little harder.
Transition 1
  • 01m 23s
Comments:

Nailed the transition. I was one of the top times of everyone.
What would you do differently?:

Not much I could have done better here, honestly.
Bike
  • 35m 16s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 20.96 mile/hr
Comments:

Just about 2mph faster than last year. Felt much better this time around. Probably could've been a little faster on the first mile or so, but I felt like I gave this just about the right effort.
What would you do differently?:

Just need offseason work to improve my speed.
Transition 2
  • 00m 42s
Comments:

Did this pretty well. One of the better times of the entire day. I seem to do this very well.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Run
  • 25m 11s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 10s  min/mile
Comments:

I am just not a good runner. Still trying to build speed back up from my injury. Gave it what I had, but probably should've left a little more on the course in the last mile. I think I could've shaved 10-15 seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Be a better runner naturally? Beyond that, I would push the last mile harder.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed some water and food. Found another BT'er who was in from Minnesota for the race and talked to him for quite a while.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Still not a very good runner. I need to work hard in the offseason. I need to be 3 minutes faster in the run.

Event comments:

A couple of things bothered me. They didn't give out tags for the bikes, so that opens a small door for bad things to happen. They also wouldn't take the timing chips until the transition was opened, which was annoying. Other than that, not bad.




Last updated: 2013-03-04 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:08:57 | 547 yards | 01m 38s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/19
Overall: 15/133
Performance: Average
My Garmin had this a little longer than this, and I would tend to agree with it. I've been consistently faster than that even without a wetsuit just practicing, so I think the course was a little long.
Suit: Sleeveless wetsuit
Course: Out about 200, over about 200, back about 200. Only problem was the sun in my eyes a little bit in the middle portion.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 01:23
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
00:35:16 | 12.43 miles | 20.96 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/19
Overall: 22/133
Performance: Good
Results listed me as 21.1. Garmin listed me faster (21.6), with the course being 12.6 miles.
Wind: None
Course: Smooth, small hills.
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 88
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:42
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:25:11 | 03.11 miles | 08m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/19
Overall: 81/133
Performance: Average
Course: Straight out and back. Small hill right at the turnaround point.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2013-08-19 8:09 AM
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Nicely done, really fast, especially for a guy coming back from injury.

Congratulations.

2013-08-19 10:30 AM
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Solid work Brad, congrats!  You can grab that AG win for sure next year.  Relax and enjoy a recovery week Wink
2013-08-19 11:47 AM
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Congrats on a great race.  Super solid all around effort.  1st AG swim and bike is pretty awesome.  Actually a pretty good run too.
2013-08-19 12:39 PM
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Nice race Brad, especially considering that you are coming back from an injury. 2nd AG!  Woot-woot!

I'm guessing that swim was long, based on your time and knowing you've been in the water quite a bit.  It's frustrating when the swims aren't what they're supposed to be, and it seems that they're often long :/ 

I bet you'll see that run time come down over the next year:)  Are you planning on doing any speed work sessions?  Maybe we can help keep each other accountable for something like that in the streak thread?

2013-08-19 12:47 PM
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Nice job Brad!!!


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I don't really care if the swim is a little long...I just care how I finish compared to others in my AG in that. I am a little disappointed in myself for not winning the swim, but you can't quite control who shows up. I just felt (and still feel) like the opportunity was there.

I really like coming out of the water early in the swim. I am a much better biker when I have someone to chase, though. Since the M39-under wave started 5 minutes after me, I wasn't seeing any of those guys on the course in front of me. Basically the only people I saw on the course in front of me were the women from the previous waves, and I was cruising quite a bit faster than most of them, so I didn't have one particular person to chase down. I might have been a little faster on the bike if this was the case. Same with the run.

I had a handful of guys pass me over the course of the day, but they were the kinds that were riding about 3mph faster or running 6:30s, and no matter how hard I try, I'm not going to be able to hang with those guys for long without blowing up.

And yes, Elesa, I am totally in for speed work...It's going to be a weekly fixture for me going forward. I can't stomach another year of being so far down relatively in the run. I'm never going to be great, but I could be at least good if I can improve my run.
2013-08-19 2:18 PM
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Nice race Brad!  Congrats.
2013-08-19 3:53 PM
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Podium!  Congrats - a very solid race, for sure.

If you want to work on speed, speed will come.  Laughing

Great job.

Matt

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