Disco Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Valley View, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes
90+F / 32C
Total Time = 2h 31m 5s
Overall Rank = 23/182
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 4/22
Pre-race routine:

4am wake up. Eat my normal breakfast of oatmeal, small bagel with cream cheese, and a glass of OJ while the wife and squid are getting ready. Load up the truck with my gear and the wifes gear (funny thing is that she packs more than I do and I am the one racing!). Transition was going to close early because they were starting the race 30 minutes earlier than normal, so I felt kind of rushed to get to the race site and get transition set up.

Weather forecast was 85 at 7am and 90+ with heat indexes approaching 100 by 10am. light winds meant little chop on the water but also no cooling effect on the run
Event warmup:

By the time I got everything squared away and went back to the truck to get the wife and squid, it was time to walk down to lake and get a quick warmup swim in before the x-50 distance guys hit the water. I swam for about 5 minutes then talked to a few people about sighting on the bouys and discussing why the x-50 and Oly swim bouoys were the same?
  • 30m 43s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

The horn went off and I ran into the water up to about my waste then dove in and started swimming. The first couple hundred yards I was just trying to settle in and get into a good position going towards the first bouy.

Once I passed that first bouy I could not get a good sight on the far bouy where we would make our turn. The sun was rising in our face and I didnt have tinted goggles on so it was almost impossible to see out towards the horizon. I made the decision that I was just going to swim along the kayak line that was staged along the course until I was able to catch a glimpse of the bouy. I know I was off line here and it definitely cost me some time but it was the best option since I had no one really around me swimming at the same pace that I could work with.

Finally made it out to the far bouy for the first turn, and once I made the turn I tried to line up with the 2nd bouy where we would make the turn back towards shore. This bouy was yellow and should have been easy to spot except that the wave that went off before us were all wearing yellow caps. Trying to sight with just a quick glimpse up on the horizon was very difficult because you had to differentiate between the bouy and all the yellow caps.

Made the final turn back towards shore, picked up the big inflatable sign they had at the swim exit and sighted on that all the way back in. I was online the whole time here and felt like I at least made up a little ground from all the issues I had going out and across.
What would you do differently?:

Realize that I was going to be swimming into a rising sun and wear a differtn pair of goggles. Also, make sure I find a secondary sight point that lines up with the bouys before I go out so I know I have a backup point in case I have this issue again
Transition 1
  • 03m

I got out of the water with some urgency and I could tell running up to T1 that my HR was elevated a little. Got to my bike and put on my socks and bike shoes, helmet and sunglasses and headed out. At the mount line I got on the bike and got up to speed fairly quickly.
What would you do differently?:

I have to do something about this sock dependancy! it just takes too much time to sit down, wipe my feet off, and then try and put socks on feet that are still somewhat wet. This cost me a good 30-45 seconds in T1.
  • 1h 06m 6s
  • 23 miles
  • 20.88 mile/hr

Really had a good bike ride. The course rolled just enough to keep you pushing most of the time. If you werent hammering downhill, you were setting yourself up to cover the next hill as there wasnt a whole lot of just flat surface. All the turns on the course were well supported and the officers working the turnarounds all did a great job!

Coming back in I just kept an eye on the mileage to see where I was as I knew the last mile and a half or so was inside the park itself. I made sure I stayed hydrated on the bike and ended up going through about 28ozs of water during the bike ride.
What would you do differently?:

Probably could have pushed just a little bit harder on the bike and picked the aversage speed up to 21 and still had the same effort on the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 8s

Thsi was a lot better than T1. Got in quickly, got the helmet and bike shoes off. Slid into the running shoes and I was off.
What would you do differently?:

Just need to get faster
  • 50m 6s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 04s  min/mile

Came out of T1 and grabbed 2 waters. Drank one and dumped the 2nd one on my head. About .5 miles into the run I started to get a little side stitch and my legs had not come around yet. I was starting to think "this is not going to be a good run".

I hit the first aid station and grabbed another 2 waters and did the same thing (drank one, and dumped one on my head). There was a gradual uphill after this station and I was really starting to think things are not looking up for me. Once I got past that and got to the 2nd aid station I was starting to feel a bit better.

The 2nd aid station had ice so I took a cup and dumped it into my shorts. I found out at IM Texas that this really helps me cool down, so that along with a little bit more water and I was starting to feel pretty good. I picked up the pace the 2nd half of the first lap and I saw the wife and squid at the turnaround for lap 2 and gave them a wave and a smile.

Lap 2 was WAY better than lap 1. The legs were really starting to come around and I knew I was starting to get into a good groove. At the 1st aid station on lap 2 I did the 2 cups of water; one I drank and dumped the other on my head. At the aid station that had ice, I took another cup and dumped that down my shorts again and I was really feeling good by that point. I picked my pace up a notch on the way back in to the finish and was really rolling along nicely at the end and had enough in the tank to knock out the last 100 yards or so in a dead sprint.
What would you do differently?:

run faster?? thats about it ... My goal was a sub 8mm avg so I missed that by a little. I think if I didnt have that first mile or so where I wasnt feeling it, that I could have ended up with that sub 8mm pace.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank about as much water as I could get my hands on! Stretched a little bit, then went to the truck and grabbed a beer I had iced down in the cooler. Man, was that a great tasting beer!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Going out on the swim I know I was all over the place. That certainly slowed my swim time down by at least 2-3 minutes. I can certainly improve on T1 and maybe knock another 45 seconds off my time there. Then its just a matter of biking and running faster!! So, pretty much improve everything across the board

Event comments:

I wasnt impressed with the pancakes they were serving up post race, but there was a booth there that had some mixed fruit with nuts in it that was just awesome! Other than that, Dallas Athletes puts on a great race and that is why I continue to do their events. They are always well run and well supported.

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Last updated: 2011-06-02 12:00 AM
00:30:43 | 1640 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/22
Overall: 0/182
Performance: Average
Suit: DeSoto Tri Shorts and Top
Course: triangle
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:06:06 | 23 miles | 20.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/22
Overall: 0/182
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back with a side road out and back of about 5 miles or so. Road was mostly chip seal, but some of the shoulder was smooth asphalt. Some parts of the chip seal were worn down and a little smoother than some of the fresh stuff they had just done recently and not had time to stripe yet
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:08
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:50:06 | 06.21 miles | 08m 04s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/22
Overall: 0/182
Performance: Good
Course: 2 loop course on the trails within the park. Some parts are shaded, some were open to full sun
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %0
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4