Stonebridge Ranch Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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McKinney, Texas
United States
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73F / 23C
Total Time = 1h 14m 32s
Overall Rank = 71/671
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 12/70
Pre-race routine:

Headed to the race early. (Beth and the kids would show up later.) Got body marked and then tried to find my place in transition. The area was not well lit, and the racks were pretty close together, which made it a little difficult until the sun came up. Was definitely glad I listened to the pre-race briefing, as the transition flow was different than I had expected.

Turns out the water was wetsuit legal, so I was glad I had brought mine along.
Event warmup:

Short jog is all. Because my wave didn't start until nearly an hour after the first wave, I didn't get any swim warmup.
  • 14m 30s
  • 750 meters
  • 01m 56s / 100 meters

Left goggle leaked shortly after the start, so I ended up swimming the first half with only one eye. The return was directly into the sun, so I was blind then, too. I took advantage of the course shape, and cut the first corner a little bit. I was also pleased with being able o grab some feet occasionally (not literally) and draft some. With the visibility problems, I was surprised how well I could tell just by feel when I was behind someone. I think I managed to swim somewhat straight for a change, too.
What would you do differently?:

My swimming has really taken a back seat recently, but I was pleased with my time. Having a wetsuit when many others didn't helped, I'm sure.
Transition 1
  • 02m 40s

Long T1 -- down the levee, around the back of T1 area, and then chicane through the fencing in a effort to ensure everyone goes the same difference. I was 20th in my age group. Not great, but not unexpected, since I had a wetsuit and put my shoes on before getting on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Continue practice getting out of wetsuit.
  • 32m 11s
  • 12 miles
  • 22.37 mile/hr

I felt pretty good on the bike. A little slow getting started, but I think the uphills leaving T1 and after the first corner were deceptively hard. The downwind leg was just fun. It was a little discouragng not passing anyone in my age group, but overall I was happy with the bike. I was careful not to drink too much this time.
Transition 2
  • 01m 8s

Fast T2 again -- 3rd in age group!
  • 24m
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 43s  min/mile

Encountered Haley (Comet) returning as I left. Nearing the turnaround, I saw Shannon (swatson) struggling a little and tried to offer encouragement; I also saw William headed back towards me. Shortly after the turn, I saw Andy (apw0397) and Sebastian (sebjamesm) catching up, which gave me some incentive to keep pushing. Lots of cheering from BTers near the finish chute, which was great!

I wsas prety happy with this run. I picked a good pace that I held until the turnaround, then started speeding up a little. I think I timed my final increase well, and even managed to catch up and pass someone in my age group just before the end. It turned out to be my friend William!(Though I didn't realize it at the time. It also turns out he was racing Clydesdale, so I don't think I passed anyone actually racing my age group on the run.)

My run time ended up a minute slower than the standalone 5K I ran the day before, but was still better than I had expected, given my limited recent training.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Could possibly have started the final bump another 100 yrds earlier or so.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed some water and a bagel. I wasn't interested in the pizza, orzo salad, or other options. There were plenty of vendors, so I grabbes some Accelerade samples, Vitamin Water, etc.

Said hello to Aaron, Haley, Derek, Laurie, Andy, Shannon, and several others. It was fantastic seeing so many familiar faces, including all the BTers there. It's like having extra family there.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Limited training (new baby) in the preceeding month, although I still had managed more than I expected. All-in-all, I was happy with this as the finish to the season.

Event comments:

Fun race at a nice venue in my part of town. The bike and run courses have some minor hills to make it interesting. Spectator friendly, including a playground for kids. Nice expo, with plenty of vendors at the race, too. Post race is decent, with some variety of food Organized event, although the transition area still need some improvement. Swag includes a nice technical shirt. Hopefully next year they will bring back the Olympic-distance event, too.

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Last updated: 2006-08-31 12:00 AM
00:14:30 | 750 meters | 01m 56s / 100meters
Age Group: 14/70
Overall: 128/671
Performance: Good
Suit: ProMotion Fluid Drive Sleeveless
Course: Single, clockwise loop in a man-made, community lake sheltered by hills.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:40
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:32:11 | 12 miles | 22.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/70
Overall: 65/671
Performance: Good
Course: Two clockwise loops around the Stonebridge area. Uphills as exiting T1.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:08
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:00 | 03.11 miles | 07m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/70
Overall: 94/671
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back on the sidewalks. Minor hills at underpasses, but this nicely avoided any street crossings. Mostly shaded route. Exit from transition required going through the maze of fencing again, and then was uphill until the start of the sidewalks.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
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] 5