The 2007 Kinetic Half was again a well-organized enjoyable race. Other than the icy cold water, the weather couldn’t have been better.
Chuck Potter of CMS fame found a house on the lake about 5 miles from the race site. The house was great sleeping about 15 and the cost for two nights was half what it was in the nasty hotel I stayed in last year for one night that was 45 minutes from the race site.
We had 4 half IM'ers, 4 sprinters, several spectators, and a handful of kids staying at the house.
Swim - 34:17
Age Place (40-44 male) – 29/31
Overall Place – 202/231
The swim was shortened due to the icy cold water (53 degrees). I used my neoprene swim cap and swim booties that I picked up on the way down Friday afternoon - they were key. I also plan on getting some un-webbed swim gloves to add to my inventory. The RD let folks opt out of the swim and do a 5k run instead (they were not eligible for awards).
Bike - 2:43:25
Rate – 20.1
Age Place (40-44 male) – 11/31
Overall Place – 55/231
My bike time was 2 seconds – I repeat TWO SECONDS slower than last year, and I dropped from 54th overall to 55th. I don’t know if that’s a good thing or a bad thing that my bike time was virtually identical but I think it’s pretty crazy.
Actual – 2:01:09
Pace – 9:15
Age Place (40-44 male) – 15/31
Overall Place – 87/231
My run time fell off about 4 minutes from last year. My lower hamstrings were cramping on the bike and I thought it would affect my run, but by mile 3 they were gone. Saw Steve Meininger and George Jacobs on the run course. Steve was WAAAAY ahead and had what I consider a phenomenal race, finishing 9th overall!
Overall a great catered workout although the post-race food was worse than Vig’s. Last year there was food from a catering company in North Carolina called Papa Bear’s with all the red beans and rice you could eat, hot dogs, and hamburgers. Papa was nowhere to be seen this year.
One thing Setup STILL needs to add is a post-race massage tent. Whether the cost is free, subsidized, or full I find them quite beneficial.