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<p><strong><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Short version</span></span></strong></p>
<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">It was hot real hot</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Oly PW time 3:35:xx, Course PW</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">97 degrees and 109 heat index</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">PW times on all legs! Never done that before!</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Did I mention it was hot?</span></span></p>
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<p><strong><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Official Results</span></span></strong></p>
<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Swim Pos 8/14  36:28   (2:20/100 - NO DAMN WAY course was long or something!)</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">T1 Pos 5/12    1:25   </span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Bike Po 6 1:28:35  16.8  mpg avg</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">T2 Pos 12/12    2:09  </span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Run Pos 12/12 1:26:28 13:57pace</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">OA   12/14 Clydes (SUCK!) - 3:35:03</span></span></p>
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<p><strong><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Long version</span></span></strong></p>
<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">This was a test of fitness race originally designed to be a check in 2 weeks ahead if steelhead. However, steelhead got the coach veto (due to lost training due to recovery time from a too soon for ronbo v3 half iron) but I decided to go ahead anyway. Nearby is a geode mine we went to 3 hrs ago for ds1s birthday and the boys were excited to go again. Inlaws were coming so we made a family weekend of it all.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">This year my training and racing are one and the same. No subcategorization of races into a, b, c I just train to be as fit as i am and race. My A race maybe I will get a taper but none of the others. So not only did I have an oly to do but i had another 2-2:30 ride to do. So I decided to ride to the race 15miles from the hotel and then ride back + whatever extra I needed to make time up. This worked well because the forecast was for low 90s and I didn't want my kids and inlaws sitting around in that unless they wanted to. This wasn't a key race for me so its just not worth subjecting anyone else to the discomfort. I left it in their hands without guilt.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">So the day before we drove 5hrs and spent about an hour outside in 90degree heat mining for geodes. Not real smart for prerace prep but we drank like fish. Another hour drive to the hotel. Needless to say I was sick of sitting! I went out for a 30min run in the heat while everyone else showered. Holy cow it was hot. Needless to stay the locals of little west Burlington iowa thought i was batshit. Well since most of them were morbidly obese, I can see the disconnect. Kind of sad, actually because I'm not kidding when i say 90% were indeed morbidly obese. When u can see your gut by someone outside your car on the street, don't you see any problem?</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">We went to dinner and got my packet, normal stuff. My number 110. Hmmm how many people are IN this race? Drove from hotel to park to make sure I knew how to get there in the AM by bike. Transition area real small. Hmmm..... Once back to hotel I looked up the last registration list and it looked like 150. Wow. That's small. Had some dreams of hardware for a moment until i noticed 14 clydes. 2 of which I recognized the names and these boys are fast. Like 2:30 in prior years fast (this is a slow course due to extreme hills). Oh well</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Got my gear ready and we headed off to bed, alarm set for 4:30. I wanted to be there by 6 when transition opened but it wasn't going to be light enough for me to bike and I didn't have any safety gear so whatever. I put a nuun tablet in my water which I would drink overnight to help load up on electrolytes. I knew tomorrow would be hot so i wanted to do what i could to preload. </span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Got up 4:30 and wandered out in search of coffee and food. I realized all I brought was some mixed nuts and mostly smashed bunch of bananas (stoopid kids). Coffee was weak and there was no food, nothing would be put out until 6. Crap. So I ate a gel, mixed nuts, and picked through the non nasty parts of the bananas. Had a bottle of seltzer water too. Took a virtual bath in sunscreen. I knew I would be out 6 hrs and didn't want to fry</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Road 50min or so to site. I stopped at a gas station and bought a pseudo power bar thing and forced it down as I road. Drank an entire bottle with a nuun tablet and by the time I got on site I was covered in sweat and dripping. Made getting my number almost impossible, but we managed. Got into transition to find it very cramped and my rack mates not real experienced and not real considerate. So i moved their crap to a more reasonable amount of room (1 spot instead of lets say 3!!!) and got setup got my shoes on and went off to my 10min warmup run. Hot. Hot. Hot. Drank a lot. Transition was closing so i grabbed my goggles and headed to lake. The water was 85 and the air was 85 and it was 7am. This does not bode well.... And not wetsuit legal, which was expected I didn't even bring it because I have only put it on once since november so racing in it seemed unwise.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Prerace talk took forever, but the main revelation was that the forecast was revived to 94 high and Humidity not going to go down. Heat index expecting to go over 100. Nice.  Hmm... Ronbo v2 melted at 80. Ronbo v3 has been training in the heat. 90 i figured I could survive but now we are talking 100+? I was pondering DNS. I decided go proceed but turn this into a training day. Practice heat skillz was the goal of the day, forget time as it was going to be a rough one.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">3 waves I was in second. I managed a 3min swim warmup which doesn't please me. I need 10 but they were starting. The warmup was smooth and solid so i felt good. I was feeling guilty about missing both swim workouts this week. My swim training has been the suck this year a savor of bike run and life. But i figured I could muscle through a 1:40/100 pace although normally I am about 1:30. So that should put me around 26min. I am still, at this point thinking about the numbers although i shouldn't so i try to retrain the brain.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">We are off and I'm strong for 100-200 and then putter out. Everyone else too it seems but I pick a clean line and stick to it. I don't pass and i am not passed for a long time. I spent the first half really working on my mental attitude about numbers and focusing on the swim. Nothing special but i did start getting passed by the last wave leaders, which is about right. Turn around was 16min was was the suck! Maybe we were going into the current. The trip back was uneventful I passed a bunch of pink caps from wave 1 and got passed by some more wave 3 guys.  Finished up in 36?!?!? WTF I didn't go off course and i am not that slow. Course must be long, but yes I'm still thinking numbers. It pissed me off i was 6+ min slower than Ronbo v1!</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Up to transition i actually passed some people. In and out pretty fast.    Everything went fine.  Not the fastest T1 for me but reasonable enough.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">I got moving on the bike and the first section is almost a mile of uphill. The initial ascent  from transition is fairly steep too, so everyone was grinding it. I used my 12x27 this race, as I knew this was a hilly azz course and I remember there being several substantial climbs. So I took it easy and got into a rhythm. A few people passed me like I was standing still and I passed a few, but overall the first 1/2 of the course was uphill and/or into the wind and just a grindfest.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">And it was hot. So hot that by 30min in I was feeling the wind as HOT. Not cool and refreshing, but HOT. So I remembered what CC told me, which was to wear as much water as you drink - and drink like a fish. I used NUUN Tabs in (1) bottle and water in the second, within the 1.5hr bike I drank both and wore my other two bottles plus I grabbed a bottle from the aid station and wore/drank that one too. Name of the game was keep core temps down.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">The Beast of a hill wasn't nearly so beasty as I remembered. It was a hill, and it wasn't small, but man what a difference a few years makes. I passed several people on that hill and I didn't stand at all. That felt nice. But overall, just like last time I was on this course, it was an just absurdly slow course. Seemed like the hills never ended and just didn't seem like there were as many downs as there were ups. I even checked my brakes to make sure I wasn’t riding them (this the course I rode my brake pads and sheared them in half by riding them all day! Didn't notice until the ride home ug!) So I kept chugging along.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Finally in the final few miles it was a ton of downhills, ruined by Vols screaming at us not to die. Go figure. However, one final trick which wasn't welcome was another uphill section within the state park to go do a little turnaround. Sure FELT Like this course was long,  but after looking at my powertap, it was not.  Avg watts were a PALTRY 181 - I should be around 210-220 for an Oly. I was reasonably rested, so clearly the heat just sucked the life out of me. Had this happen on an IMOO trip, so I'm not surprised.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">T2 was a bit of a cluster. I just had multiple brain farts which cost me time. So stupid, I've blocked them from my memory forever. So I doubled my T2 time from what it should have been. Thinking back, I think that it was likely the heat already impacted me, because everything was perfectly laid out and I have practiced it 100x and yet I still managed to fumble around like a newbie. Oh well, I got it done and got out of there.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">I carry my own water, especially on days like this. 40oz. Also brought electrolytes and gels and everything I might need, short of a portable AC unit :) The very first aid station was well stocked with sponges and water and Gatorade and all that, which was great. I drank and wore plenty and got on my way. Not even 200yds from T2 and my shoes were soaked. Oh well, better get used to it! (should have worn socks.... I should have anticipated that!).</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">That same b!tch of a long steep hill that starts the bike starts the run too. So I just took an easy pace.  I didn't walk much at all, most people were already walking like the undead. I was steadily getting passed by the real runners though, they were doing awesome and clearly the heat didn't impact them a bit. I settled into a nice pace, not really caring what that might be as I was now solidly in survival mode and my brain was 95% committed to it.  The first mile was amazingly uneventful and came around 12min, which was a shock. That WAS the pace I was shooting for as comfortably hard (in any condition) and with the big  hill and the heat, I figured it would be more like 14-15. The first aid station had ICE which I was sorely in need of. The sponges really didn't do squat. I was already 10oz down into my own water as well... wow... at this rate I was consuming about 16-20oz per MILE and that was going to be 80oz an HOUR? Whoa, I don't think I can absorb that much. So I go out my bottle of Elete Water (electrolytes) and chocked down 3-4-5 drops.  Hills... hills... more hills.....</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Still in the state park, I just trudged along. There were some shady spots, so really it was HOT but it wasn't MISERABLE so I just focused on steady pacing and grabbing discarded ice from the ground wherever I could. I had them in my front, back, and LIT Visor. I just kept trucking. Not much going on for mile 2. Another aid station, fully stocked - I am impressed. MORE than every mile.. on a 10k course that's really damn impressive. Then again, EVERY year this race has been hot, so they were prepared. Kudos. I think mile 2 came in around 12 as well. Too much time has passed for me to be sure! No walking on this mile. Hills... hills... more hills.....</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Mile 3 was when it really started to get hot. As if I wasn't hot before!! But it was almost ALL exposed and no shade, and the ONLY flat spot of the course was at this point - a small bridge. Chatted up some folks who were suffering BADLY and tried to offer up encouragement. That took me by surprise honestly, I expected to be in their shoes. But I was not happy, but I was not on a death march. Although I was walking more. With the exposed course it really got hot. Like stupid  hot. I was finding fewer and fewer bags of discarded ice too.  I think I did this mile in about 13 something.  Finally the turnaround!! Yeah!!! Extremely well stocked too, they had some cooling sprays as well, very nice. Chatted up some more folks. I got real chatty... since I wasn't going fast, I might as well enjoy myself :)</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Heading back I realized how bad it really was out there. I knew I had another mile of this fully exposed crap, but I got to see everyone behind me. I was shocked at how many there were really and how bad most of them looked. All the strong runners were well ahead of us so what was left was the undead march. So many people walking and so many people just not handling the heat. I did notice, mentally, that I had not heard a single ambulance siren. A tribute to the aid stations I suspect.  I think mile 4 was 15-16minutes. Freakin miserably hot. I was mostly running still, but really slow and really determined to just get to the shadier spots. Somewhere along here a guy I passed comes trudging up to me and starts chatting me up. Apparently, I've been his rabbit for the last 3 miles!</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Mile 5 I ran with my former stalker and we chatted. His first race. Wow, are they always this hot? Are they always this hard? Wow. Hehe, I assure him that in the 43 other tri's I've done THIS was the hottest EVER and they don't suck nearly so much when they are not so hot!!  He ran ahead, I ran ahead, etc for the entire mile. It was fun and I knocked out a 13min mile or so, which was a nice surprise and I'm sure due to his "help".  I did tell him to get some ice, which I saw later he did. He wasn't wearing anything and was just dying in this heat. I was AMAZED the aid stations STILL had ice and water and everything. I was thrilled. Normally the slow folks get SHAFTED on that stuff and it's all melted and they're running low. Nope, not this race. We had EVERYTHING and even electrolyte tabs!</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Mile 6 was sheer force of will to the finish, this was 50/50 shade/not and gosh-darn it was friggin hot. My running buddy finally dropped me (shouldn't have told him about the ice!! LOL) and I just trudged along. No worries, I could hear the finish and I knew it was almost over. I tried not to look at the watch but knew I was going to be slower than 2007. Mental will power was waning, but not gone.  There was nobody out near me for long periods... nobody passing or being passed.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Final .2 was down that stupid steep hill and I just managed it as I could and then finished strong. Not many spectators. I looked around for my family, as it was unclear if they were coming. I told them DON’T bring the kids, but the in-laws sounded pretty determined to come and watch - heck they drove 7 hours get here, but I did tell my wife this was NOT an important race and I did not know my time because we knew it would be hot. However, at the end I did reminisce about the super-cute pix we got in 2007 with DS2 who crossed the line with me and then I gave him my medal - he felt like a little rock star (he was 4). But nope, so I just finished and got to the ice/water and got out of the sun.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Wow, I was hot. Tired, yeah, but more "exhausted" than tired, if that makes any sense. I walked around for 10min and my heart rate was still 130.  So eventually I grabbed some food and laid in the grass under a tree. I was so slow that awards were coming soon, so I stretched and generally just laid and relaxed. By 20min HR was down to 90 - better, but still not the normal resting HR of 50! I didn't win any raffle items, so I grabbed some cookies and stuff for the kids, some more water and went to gather my stuff.  Oh yeah, and they said the temps were currently 97 w/110 heat index!  Holy sh!t, that sure explains a lot!</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">Once I got to my bag I called my wife and confirmed they indeed were not there (they were not) and she asked if I wanted SAG (remember, I rode 16 miles to the race). Nah, I still had 90min riding on my schedule  (CC  is not tapering or having any mercy with racing this year...races, except my end of season HIM, are just parts of the training for the day! I told her I'd ride home and call on the way if it was too much.  I refilled all (4) bottles with Gatorade and water, sucked down some more, grabbed some freebies and hit the road.  Oh yeah... that hill again!! ARG! No way to avoid it. So up and over I went. Legs were TIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIRED and not pleased but I told them to STFU and do it and they did and then I was off on the long flat stretch back to the hotel.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">It was absurdly hot. Did I mention it was hot? Holt shit it was hot. I drank 2 bottles before I made it to the hotel (1hrish). I decided, you know what, screw this I'm just gonna get a beer and cool off this is SO hot. Got into the hotel to find out... I didn't have a key. Nobody was back. Called DW and they're 30min away, they found some shoe store or something. Ok, fine, looks like I'm gonna ride. I'd just fall asleep in the hall if I didn't. So I left my bag at the front desk (riding with a bag full of tri-crap is way harder that without!) and sprayed on a little more sunscreen and I was off.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">I came from the west so didn't want that, knew EAST some stupid hills leading to the Mississippi river and that wasn't far, and SOUTH was construction. So North I went. Straight into hills. Ug. (2) REALLY long not terribly steep climbs. So for about 20min solid I climbed and climbed and climbed. Finally turned around and headed back into a strong headwind - wow, didn't notice that on the climb, but it was just like a gust from an oven. I sucked down another 1.5bottles before I was back to the hotel. Everyone was back, I showered and dozed for a while (there was no beer, I really wanted a beer, but the bar didn't open for 3 hours!). We went to dinner and I got a HUGE seltzer water and a HUGE Beer and a HUGE Pizza (except gels and stuff, I basically hadn't eaten all day - with 6 hours of workouts) and all was right with the world. </span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">The end.</span></span></p>
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<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">p.s. original plans were to go to the waterpark but the kids decided it was TOO HOT to go to the waterpark. I didn't argue.</span></span></p>
<p><span style="font-size:medium;"><span style="font-family:calibri;">p.p.s. I have been promoted from Captain Character to Major Character, due to this race.  this was certainly a Character builder.</span></span></p>
 

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<p>Wow!  What an epic day.  And to add on another 2:30 hours of riding to the already long race?!?  That is MAJOR character.</p>
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<p>But maybe you should consider changing "major character" to "Ronbo the Rabbit"!  :)</p>
 

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<p>um, holy crap.   racing on the surface of the sun does not sound fun to me.</p>
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<p>but major awesome job getting it done, even if you weren't as speedy as you wanted.   think of how slow Ronbo v1 would have been in that heat.   I'd probably still be out there walking the run.</p>
 

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Ronbo v1 would have burst into flames.<img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/sad2.gif" style="width:16px;height:16px;" title=""><br>
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<div class="quote-block">Originally Posted by <strong>em73</strong> <a href="/forum/thread/69214/rr-lake-geode-oly#post_1928760"><img alt="View Post" class="inlineimg" src="/img/forum/go_quote.gif" style="border-bottom:0px solid;border-left:0px solid;border-top:0px solid;border-right:0px solid;"></a><br><br><p>um, holy crap.   racing on the surface of the sun does not sound fun to me.</p>
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<p>but major awesome job getting it done, even if you weren't as speedy as you wanted.   think of how slow Ronbo v1 would have been in that heat.   I'd probably still be out there walking the run.</p>
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<p>You certainly earned Captain Character for your day's efforts. Holy hotness - there is no way I could have done that or if I tried DH would have locked me in a room with a/c for my own good.</p>
 

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<p>Hello of a day RonBo!  Way to get out and build Character. It will serve you will in CdA</p>
 

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<p>Dude was it hot? <img alt="" src="http://files.kickrunners.com/smilies/lol.gif" style="width:15px;height:15px;" title=""></p>
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<p>Seriously I felt like I was getting hot just reading how hot it was.  Good on you for not taking a DNS,  I know how you love the heat.  Your coach is brutual.  I would have called it a weekend after that and I'm a nut.  Way to tough it out and build more character.  That will serve you well come next June.</p>
 

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<p>Congrats Major Character :D  It's funny, I'm sitting here freezing in my over-AC'ed office, reading this RR and wishing I was in that heat!  Sucks to be racing in it though.  Great job sticking it out -  sounds like you'll need to spend the next week rehydrating!</p>
 

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<p>Wow! Sounds like Texas kind of weather not midwest weather! and I bet you're not acclimated to 100+ at all! YIKES! Good for the race director for being prepared with well stocked aid stations. 2.5 hrs of riding hills plus a very hot olympic tri- wow Ronbo v3 is a Machine!!</p>
 

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<p>Boy, Ron, you are a tough nut.  6hrs drive with the family of little ones to go to an oly (training) race knowing the race would be HOT.  And I echo what Scott says - your coach is brutal (and probably knows you well).  All training days and races will amount to how things go in the future.   So, way to go out there and get it done! </p>
 

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<p>Holy cow!</p>
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<p>WTG toughing it out in the heat and getting your ride in before/after your race!!!</p>
<p>Perhaps you are Master Character?</p>
 

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<p>Christ, RonBo... that sounds brutal. It reminds me of the year I did Mooseman, a half Iron, in 97 degree high heat and humidity. It was among the toughest races I ever did in my life. There was a point during the race when my body just stopped. It had enough. It was completely involuntary. By the time I walked a single step, I wrestled back control and went on to finish, but in that heat it was among the toughest tests I had ever faced. And so as for you, I know EXACTLY what you went through. Throw out this PW notion. Courses are different, weather different, fitness different. Bests and worsts and comparing number applies more to standalone short run races. Also try not to draw much from this "check-in" and instead go by where you know you are. Heat kills everybody, some more than others. Still, you always amaze me with your fight. You bring a fight that is seemingly unlike others. Your willingness to tough it out is commendable.</p>
 

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<p>And this is why my triathlon career is currently on hold.  I live on the surface of the sun and can't go outside until darkness falls, lest I burst into flames.</p>
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<p>On another note - you rock.  Bravo for getting out there and getting it done (even if it wasn't everything you had hoped).</p>
 
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