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4/18/11 10:34 P

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I'll keep that tri in mind. I heard the Detroit River is not as yucky as you would think for swimming, although I imagine I would need to bring the wet suit!

An update on the injured cyclist from my tri last weekend: He was not in the race so the race director had no information on him. I have to give my respect to the racers who stopped to help him. Those 3 women were class acts.

Okay, gotta run. Game 3 is starting. Go Wings!

-Carolyn

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4/18/11 7:52 P

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Carolyn - if you are in Detroit in June - there is the Motor City tri on 6.12.11 (hint LOL). It is on Belle Isle.

Go wings. Lets get this first round in the books.

Edited by: ACTIVE_AT_60 at: 4/18/2011 (19:53)


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4/18/11 3:27 P

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Thanks Moto. I've been doing tris for about 5 years now, so I'm not just starting out, despite what my finishing time looks like! My intent for this race was to focus on the bike, but I simply don't have time to train for everything that I'm doing. For the past several months I have concentrated more on running. I did my first marathon in late January and I have been racing (running) every single weekend since mid-February with last weekend as my only rest.

Normally, they set up the course so that we are swimming with the current, not against it. I'm okay with swimming against the current (I do this in practice once or twice a week), because if I'm swimming against the current, so is everyone else. I was just dismayed that my swim time was 30% slower than my best time, but when I found out that the distance was 50% longer, I felt much better! I did the math and discovered if we swam in the same conditions as we did the last time the water was calm, I would have beat my best swim time by almost 2 minutes.

You're right about concentrating on one event and working to improve that. When I went back and did some further analysis on my performance I discovered the following:
- I came in 8th place in my age group
- I did not come higher than 10th place in any single event in my age group
To me this means that I am not super strong in any one event, but am strong enough overall to place higher overall than in any single event.

-Carolyn

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4/18/11 12:20 P

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Great job. Nice improvement! Always have to focus on just getting faster and setting realistic goals, then customize your training to meet those goals. For someone starting out, it might even be easier ot focus more on one segment of the tri than another. So if you're walking part of the run, then focus more on running. If your'e striggling to get up steeper hills on the bike course, focus on hill repeats on the bike.

Interesting having an OW swim in a location with a strong current. I know if they had a triathlon where the swim was in the Mississippi River, the length of the course would depend on how fast of a swimmer your are. With a 5-6mph current, it takes a strong swimmer just to swim upstream.

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4/18/11 6:26 A

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Great job Carolyn!

Thanks for the report. Makes me want to race!
Any update on the injured man?

Bob

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4/17/11 10:22 P

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Jan - I hardly rode the bike at all and totally smoked my PR by almost 3:30, so if you're doing tris or dus and don't get the biking in, don't worry! I attribute my speed to 1) no wind, and 2) marathon training combined with weight loss made me faster and stronger overall.

BTW - I found out this evening that they placed the buoys out too far and added an additional 200 meters to the swim. You'd think after 20 years that they would have the course down by now!

-Carolyn

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4/17/11 9:58 P

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Good job Carolyn. I just hope the weather would be good enough (dry enough) for me to get on the bike soon.



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congrarts and nice job!!!! nice race, hope I can get some of that this race season.


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4/17/11 5:01 P

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I did the FAU Wellness Triathlon this morning, and got a PR. Distances were: .25 mile swim, 10 mile bike, 5K run.

Splits were as follows:
Swim: 16:18 (best course time 12:05 in calm seas swimming with the current)
T1: 2:15
Bike: 32:02 (18.7 pace a PR by 1.1 average mph)
T2: 1:28
Run: 29:07 (9:24 pace, a triathlon PR)
Total: 1:21:08 a PR!

This was my worst swim time EVER! It makes me wonder what I could have done if we were swimming with the current!

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