PrairieMan Long Course Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Grand Prairie, Texas
United States
Ironhead Race Productions
85F / 29C
Total Time = 6h 03m 10s
Overall Rank = 87/235
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 15/36
Pre-race routine:

We stayed in the host hotel in Arlington, just my wife and I (she did this race too and cut 44 minutes off her previous 1/2 IM time). No kids (they stayed at mother-in-laws). So we got a good meal the night before and a good night sleep.

Breakfast: Banana, PB on a bagel and some OJ

Got to the park about 1 1/2 before the race, plenty of time to get setup, marked and chipped.
Event warmup:

Got in the water and swam a few minutes.
  • 49m 30s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m 20s / 100 yards

I'm satisfied with the swim, I navigated good and wasn't the last in my age-group. I was clear of getting clobbered too much from the waves that started behind me.
Transition 1
  • 04m 5s

Not too fast, but I wanted to make sure that I didn't forget anything. I had a check list and that worked good for me.
What would you do differently?:

More organization.
  • 3h 03m 14s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.34 mile/hr

This was a good ride, I stuck to the nutrition plan - drained Camelbak of Gatoraid at about mile 50 and I had picked up a Gatoraid at one of the handouts. I eat 3 PowerGels, 2 salt tables and one PowerBar.
What would you do differently?:

I opened my PowerBar and put it in the BentoBox without the wrapper before the swim. It was stuck to the PowerGels - not a good idea. I won't be doing that again.
Transition 2
  • 02m 39s

Kind of slow, but OK
  • 2h 03m 38s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 26s  min/mile

I had to run a 2 hour 1/2 marathon to make the sub-6 time for the event. I kept the pace up till mile 11 and then fell off the wagon.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked round, got some Gatoraid, Pizza and waited for Tammy to come through.

Two of things: I didn't cramp at all, which has been a problem for the in the past two races (1/2 IM in Galveston and Oly in Irving). I took the lava salts, eat bananas and made sure I drank enough to stay hydrated. Of course it was much cooler today than it was in July, but I hope the nutrition was the reason.


Event comments:

This race was run very well. And I'll probably plan on doing it again.

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Last updated: 2005-08-09 12:00 AM
00:49:30 | 2112 yards | 02m 20s / 100yards
Age Group: 28/36
Overall: 192/235
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri-suit bottoms
Course: One loop triagle - clockwise (YES! - since I only breath to the right)
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:05
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
03:03:14 | 56 miles | 18.34 mile/hr
Age Group: 23/36
Overall: 145/235
Performance: Good
Avg HR: 153 - A little high!
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: 2 loop course - we had some Southeast wind 10 mph, gusts to 16. The course was very flat with great roads.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:39
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
02:03:38 | 13.1 miles | 09m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/36
Overall: 77/235
Performance: Good
HR: 170 avg.
Course: Long and boring. We ran through the park for about 2 1/2 miles and then we got on the Dam, and ran straight down for the next 4 miles and turned around and came back the same way. So about 8 miles of nothing!! It was flat though.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5