Memorial Hermann Houston Towne Lake Triathlon - Olympic Course - Triathlon

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Cypress, Texas
United States
Onurmark Race Productions
90F / 32C
Total Time = 2h 44m 35s
Overall Rank = 126/422
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 24/70
Pre-race routine:

Up early, toast with peanut butter and a banana for breakfast. Travel to race, check bike in and walk swim in, bike out / in and run out chutes. Get my bearings before heading to swim start.
Event warmup:

Gatorade pre workout drink 15 mins before race start. Spend time stretching out and warming up muscles before race. Remembered to stretch out my neck and shoulders to reduce pain later.
  • 40m 27s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 42s / 100 meters

Swim was good apart from being punched (accidentally of course) which caused me to lose focus for a couple of minutes. Also, decided to hug the turn buoys which sadly everyone else was doing which meant getting caught up with feet and arms flailing in all directions. Goggles fogged up on the home stretch which coupled with the rising sun made if difficult to identify swim exit. Had to tread water and clear the goggles before continuing.
What would you do differently?:

1. Keep clear of the turn buoys by a good distance even it meant adding a little on to the swim. It would allow consistency rather than a stop / / tread / start routine.

2. Wear dark / mirrored goggles, the sun was blinding.

3. Practice, practice, practice.
Transition 1
  • 04m 27s

It was roughly a 1/4 mile between swim exit and T1. Had a pair of shoes around 1/3rd of the way up the route ready to put on, not sure if it helped. Into T1, helmet on, race belt on, shoes on (no socks) all went well. Ran with bike to mount line.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe start thinking about practicing flying mounts so that i can save time in T1 putting shoes on.
  • 1h 03m 27s
  • 23.5 miles
  • 22.22 mile/hr

Wind on course was from the South therefore Barker Cypress and the route from Tuckerton to the Berry Center were a little slower than hoped.

Pushed hard but ended up playing chase / pass with two other riders until they dropped me on the 2nd lap at Tuckerton. Noticed a considerable amount of drafting going on along Fry Rd. Was passed by a couple of riders (No7 and No15). I'll take solace in the fact these are possibly elite racers!

I put a lot of effort into the race especially into the wind on lap 1 which may have been counter productive towards the end of the bike.

What would you do differently?:

Train harder, i need to do more high cadence drills. Might also be good to see power when riding so that i can average my power to the correct level rather than simply riding by feel
Transition 2
  • 02m 5s

T2 was frantic, almost left Garmin on bike (again) but spotted it last second. Picked up a gel bottle and water bottle in T2 to start the run. No socks for run.
What would you do differently?:

Flying dismount to save time in T2.
  • 54m 12s
  • 10 kms
  • 05m 25s  min/km

This just fell away from me. I have been training 10ks at 48 minutes and not feeling like i'm killing myself but no matter what i did today i could not get my legs to move. Everything felt heavy and exhausted. Coming out of T2 I felt a cramp in my side which made me run a little scrunched up as it was painful, that soon cleared as i drank some electrolytes. I tried a Gu gel, more fluids, picking me knees up but everytime i looked at the Garmin the pace was getting worse. I'm not sure what was going on but it was not good. At one point i had to tell myself to get a grip and that i could finish, it was that bad.
What would you do differently?:

Bike to Run bricks. More of them. I need to learn how to maintain the pace on the run after coming off a bike ride where i've been pushing it for an hour.
Post race
Warm down:

OnUrMark have large chlorinated bath tubs with ice water, submerged my entire body to bring core temperature down. Although painfully cold it certainly did the trick, heart rate recovered very very quickly.

Drank Gatorade recovery and walked around the post race party.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not being prepared for the bike to run.

Event comments:

Great race as expected of any event organized by Aaron Palaian's OnUrMark Productions. The sheer number of volunteers makes these events fantastic, whether in the water, in transition, guiding traffic, handing out hydration, they all cheer you on as you go. When you're feeling low because you're not performing to your fullest it is these volunteers that help push you on to keep on going.

I'll be back next year.

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Last updated: 2013-09-02 12:00 AM
00:40:27 | 1500 meters | 02m 42s / 100meters
Age Group: 46/70
Overall: 0/422
Performance: Average
Suit: No wetsuit
Course: Lake swim with marker buoys on course. Keep buoys to the left throughout.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:27
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:03:27 | 23.5 miles | 22.22 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/70
Overall: 0/422
Wind: Some
Course: Two loop course of all right turns.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:05
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:54:12 | 10 kms | 05m 25s  min/km
Age Group: 27/70
Overall: 0/422
Performance: Below average
Heart rate was high throughout which did not match any of my training history.
Course: Start of run shared the same course as the sprint run however there was a two loop segment tagged on to give the additional 5k
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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] 4