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<p>My season just ain't happening.  Coach and I parted ways after my last race.  In the last three weeks I've made several changes and went into this race feeling much better prepared.  Still not the top of my game, but making progress.</p>
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<p>Son1 returned from his tour on Thursday.  We're both still whipped from the late night Thursday.  But, he decided to race, too, just for the heck of it.  Mind you, he hadn't swum or run since the race the day before he left...</p>
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<p>After spending the night with my cousin, son1 and I headed back over to the race venue.  We got there early and were able to park one row over from transition.  We quickly set up transition and parted ways.  I needed the POJ, he needed to head back to the van.  We did meet back up just before the start.</p>
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<p>Son1's wave started first.  He was out of the water before my wave started.  I cheered him on but he was in The Zone and said he never saw me.  My swim went pretty good.  I've given up on the speed thing, rather focusing on swimming strong.  As usual, lots of thumping and bumping early on, then slowly I was passing a few people.  Heading into T1 I was feeling pretty good, and actually able to run the entire quarter of a mile.  Son1 was racked right next to me.  I was surprised to see that his bike was back and he was already on the run.  Nice, except his stuff was mixed with mine.  Kids....</p>
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<p>The bike course is new this year.  Mostly rolling hills, very good roads.  Because I was so far back, I was able to make up just a bit of ground.  The ride felt very good the entire time.  Well, except for last few miles.  Everything felt HARD.  Had I really trashed my legs that badly?!  Finally back into the park and a nice downhill.  At the dismount line I found it very hard to run with Sapphire.  What the???  The rear brake was dragging.  I had checked heading out of transition, so must have slipped in those last few miles.  I spotted son1 as I headed into transition.  He cheered me on with as much enthusiasm as I expected. </p>
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<p>My legs felt pretty good right out of T2.  The run starts on a rough gravel "road".  It quickly transitions to a tree covered bike path.  All this is slightly uphill.  The worst is the levy, which is single track and slightly too narrow.  Luckily, everyone behaved this year and passing was very easy.  Yes, I was still passing!  Most of the time I felt pretty good.  I did walk through a few aid stations.  I must have faded pretty bad in the final mile as I was passed by two or three women--of course one of them was in my AG.</p>
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<p>I felt pretty good at the finish.  Totally whipped with nothing left.  I had a time goal, which I missed by all of 12 seconds.  Okay, I can accept that.  I still have plenty to work on before the next race in three weeks. </p>
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<p>Son1 did very well.  He PRed and placed in his AG.  Not bad for not training!  He's already talking about the speed work he wants to do.  Oh, and Saturday evening he was online drooling over frames...</p>
 

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<p>Congrats on a nice race.  I am glad to see you raced well and came so close to your goal time.</p>
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<p>Congrats to S1 for placing in his AG.  Sounds like he is progressing very well!</p>
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<p>Now rest those legs and get ready for the next race in 3 weeks!</p>
 

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<p>How in the world did your brakes slip while you were riding???  That's crazy.  Congrats on a pretty solid race, though - missing your time goal by only 12 seconds when you weren't fully rested sounds pretty good to me!</p>
 

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<p>nice job, i imagine it was hot also.  Maybe your wheel moved in the dropouts rather than the brake?  Some of the new cam type skewers are such crap, they allow the wheel to slide over under load and rub on the shainstay or brake block.  I use older skewers that have steel faces like the campy of shimano, they seem to work much better.</p>
 

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<p>Nah, it was the brake.  It likes to slip to one side and the one brake drags.  Not a clue why.  Had this problem with Ruby, same problem with Sapphire.  It's been adjusted multiple times.  Son1 wants to give it a look-see since he did Goodwrench on the tour.  Wheels are new Mavics.  Not sure if they help performance or not, but they sure do look nice on her!</p>
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<p>Temp wasn't really an issue.  I think it only got into the mid 80's.  I did take a quick dip in the lake after I finished!</p>
 

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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>4boysmom</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/68769/caeser-creek-race-report#post_1920959"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>Nah, it was the brake.  It likes to slip to one side and the one brake drags.  Not a clue why.  Had this problem with Ruby, same problem with Sapphire.  It's been adjusted multiple times.  Son1 wants to give it a look-see since he did Goodwrench on the tour.  Wheels are new Mavics.  Not sure if they help performance or not, but they sure do look nice on her!</p>
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<p>Temp wasn't really an issue.  I think it only got into the mid 80's.  I did take a quick dip in the lake after I finished!</p>
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<p>there is a silver 5 mm cap screw on the back side of the brake arch that is tightened down to hold it in place.  They come in different lengths and if yours is too long it will feel tight but still allow the brake to move.  You can shorten with a hacksaw if it's the problem.  There should be a couple fat knurled washers back there, maybe one got misplaced at some point.</p>
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<p>In any event, the caliper should never move like that.  I guess the other possibility is the cable housing is too short and it pulls on the brake when the bars are twisted too far.</p>
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