Stonebridge Ranch - TriathlonOlympic

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McKinney, Texas
United States
Total Time = 2h 14m 37s
Overall Rank = 15/155
Age Group = M 20-24
Age Group Rank = 1/5
Pre-race routine:

Spent the night at Derek(DerekL) and Laurie(tri_it_cajun_style)'s to save myself an extremely long early morning drive. Got up and made myself a PB&J sandwich with a little more than 2 hours to race.

Got dressed, fed Shiner, threw my transition bag on and rode down to transition as my bike warm-up.
Event warmup:

Setup my spot after getting body marked and went immediately to the swim start. The transition for this race has changed each of the last 3 years and I know it's tricky with a very steep downhill run so I wanted to walk over it. Turns out that it's even longer this year and we have to snake between the tennis courts and come in at the far end of transition.

Ran into Jacob who had just come in from his bike warm-up so we went out and did an easy 10 minute jog on the initial part of the run course. Got back and started to find all the BTers.

Hung out with Kenny(Ten9T6), Tommy(zia_cyclist) and John(jcagg90) before it got close to race time and I needed to do my swim warm-up.

Walked down the dock and talked with Jacob about swim strategy in extremely dirty lake water. Hopped in and headed toward the first buoy. Less than 100 meters later I ran head first into my buddy John. Chatted for a second before going around each other and finishing our swims.

Hung out on shore with everyone during the pre-race meeting before it was time to get in line with my wave. Walked down the dock and jumped back in the water and was really excited to get this race started.
  • 27m 4s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 48s / 100 meters

The gun went off and I sprinted as hard as I could. Somewhere around the first buoy I realized that my goggles were starting to fog up. Shit. This isn't good. Kept the pace up and moved to my right in order to take a shorter line and hook onto a pair of feet.

There was a group of 4 or 5 of us all together which made things easy. Settled into my pace and our group was wittled down to two after the first turn. Passed Shannon(swatson) and did my best to not hit her as we turned.

Now it was me and some guy's feet. I couldn't see anything out of my goggles when I tried to sight out of the water. So if I lost this pair of feet I was in trouble.

He had a tendency to veer off to the right and then make a quick correction when he realized it. So I would try to drift a bit to the left every 10 strokes or so and be waiting for him when he corrected.

Starting the 2nd lap someone put their hand on my back. I have no idea what that was about. I'm assuming it was one of the later waves waiting to start as we passed through the start again.

Still keeping up with my feet. The pace wasn't getting any slower but I felt very relaxed. My breathing had been great and was doing a really good job of drafting for a change. I don't think I've ever been able to stay with one person for this long before.

Finally we came around to the boat ramp and I could stand up and take my goggles off. Hey! The guy I was drafting off of was my buddy John! We came out of the water a second apart and were 4th and 5th in our wave.
What would you do differently?:

Spit in my goggles.
Transition 1
  • 01m 57s

Ran up the hill and came side-by-side with John. Thanked him for the draft and he laughed when he realized I had been the one bumping into his feet all day.

Did everything I could to keep from falling on my face as we came down the steep hill and settled into a more normal stride as we ran through the parking lot, around the tennis courts and finally into transition.

Sunglasses on, helmet on, run with bike.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. 3rd fastest T1.
  • 1h 00m 46s
  • 24 miles
  • 23.70 mile/hr

Saw Coach Z directing traffic at the mount line and he gave me a cheer as I ran past. Got on my bike and up to speed quickly. Right shoe went on without a problem but the rubber band on my left shoe didn't want to break. Had to use the last of my flat ground reaching down to break it so I'd have to wait until after the first hill to get my foot in.

Spun my easy gear as we reounded the first corner and continued up hill. Had a roadie pass me at a good rate of speed. Finally the climbing stopped and I could put my other shoe on. The strap had come unthreaded and I had to tediously fix that first but finally got everything right and could go to work.

First lap was great. Light wind on Ridge Rd but nothing strong enough to really be a bother. Turned onto Eldorado and really picked up the speed. Caught the roadie and was really trying to push the pace.

Up the hill and he goes right past me again. Turn onto Stonebridge and I go right past him again. Figured this would be the last I'd see of him since this was the fastest road of the course and I was holding upper 20's with no problems.

Turn onto Virginia and start lap two. Had to yell at one woman for swinging out wide as she left transition but the course wasn't very crowded yet so it was all good.

Up the first hill again and get passed by the roadie. Okay, now I'm getting sick of this guy. Spun easy until the road flattened out and then dropped him for the last time.

Pretty much all the olympic racers were on course now and I had a lot more opportunity to draft. Everyone was strung out nicely so I could just hop from one person to the next and take full legal advantage of the situation.

Starting the 3rd lap things were not nearly as fun. Now all the sprinters were getting into the mix. Instead of enjoying the opportunity to draft I was pissed off. Now we had beginners riding on the left side of the road. Now I was yelling "LEFT!" every 10 or 15 seconds to get people out of my way.

I made no effort to move to the right. Just stayed as far to the left as I could and yelled as loud as I could. There was only one time that a girl wouldn't move and I had to cross into the next lane to get around. A moment later I got passed by my buddy Mikey. He was a killer cyclist so I wanted to try and use him as a pacer.

Turned the corner and saw Shannon up ahead. Gave her a "Leg Warmers!" cheer as I passed. She didn't look terribly happy so I wished her good luck in my head and tried to keep Mikey 5 or 6 bike lengths ahead.

Started the last lap and an older woman was confused on where to drive so she drove right onto the course. A cop of there yelling at her on his bullhorn but she was totally confused.

Up the first hill for the last time. Now the wind had picked up and it was definitely harder to get to that corner. Spun easy up the hills and before getting to hammer down Stonebridge for the last time.

Got out of my shoes and coasted into transition.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. This was a solid ride and my only mistake was with my shoe as the start.
Transition 2
  • 00m 44s

Hopped off my bike at the line and went into a full sprint. Picked my bike up to go over the curb into transition. Unclipped my helmet as I ran before throwing my bike on the rack. Luckily I was on the first rack for non-elites. Having your coach as the RD is fun.

Helmet off, shoes on, grabbed my visor and race belt and put them on as I ran. Saw Craig(docshock1964) at the back of transition as I headed out.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Tied for 3rd fastest T2.
  • 44m 4s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 06s  min/mile

Started out passing people through the tennis courts. Eased the pace a bit on the first hill. My HR was already at the high end of my race pace so I didn't need to kill myself on the hills.

My goal was to make this the first run where I didn't run a single step. I just kept repeating the word pull. Over and over again, "Pull. Pull. Pull." All I had to do was lift my ankle, lean forward and fall down. There is no pushing off your back leg. Running is a highly coordinated act of falling down.

Dropped through a tunnel and ran up a hill onto Ridge Rd. Started to pick up the pace as the road flattened and kept my HR just below my threshold. Started to see the sprint leaders coming back in.

Passed the 5K turn around and suddenly the course was very empty. There were two guys ahead of me but there was no one else in sight and certainly no one coming back the other way.

A few minutes later we ran up Stonebridge and I could see the race leader. He was extremely pasty and no wearing much clothing. HOLY SHIT THAT'S JACOB! Passed each other near the aid station and yelled out that he had 15 seconds on 2nd place. Holy shit, he could win!

Made the last turn before we headed back and I had 3 guys ahead of me and directly in my sights. At the turn around I grabbed two cups of water and passed all three guys who decided to walk.

Next up was my buddy Mikey so he was my new pacer. Came down to the last 2 miles and John finally caught me. I was shocked that I kept up with him in the water and I knew he'd get me on the run, it was just a matter of when.

Up the last long hill and I was starting to run out of gas. Just hold on. Just lift your ankle. Over this hill and it's the last mile. Time check: damn! I'm on pace for 2:15!

Started the last mile with my HR easily above my threshold. This hurt. I couldn't get enough oxygen. Nothing else mattered. Just hold on and it will all be over soon.

Rounded the last few turns and saw the finish chute. Nothing could have possibly looked better at that moment. Crossed the timing mats and hunched over to catch my breathe. Made it just a hair under 2:15.
What would you do differently?:

My run form still needs more work, but this was a very difficult course and I was a minute faster than my previous best on a flat 10K. So I'm headed in the right direction.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a bottle of water and looked for Jacob. Found him by transition and congratulated him on the win. Dropped my stuff off and then searched out the other BTers.

Hung out was watched Shannon come in off the bike. Stretched in the sun and then headed off to find some food. From there is was hanging out with everyone and having a good time.

Saw Shannon finish her first oly before going to transition to pack up my stuff and ride back to Derek and Laurie's.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was about as good of a race as I've ever put together. I was strong in all three sports, transitions were flawless; this is as good of a race as I can run right now.

Event comments:

Awesome day. The course was great and the new transition setup seems to work really well. Coach Z did a great job putting this together.

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Last updated: 2007-09-05 12:00 AM
00:27:04 | 1500 meters | 01m 48s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/5
Overall: 30/155
Performance: Good
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:57
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:00:46 | 24 miles | 23.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/5
Overall: 6/155
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:44
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:44:04 | 06.21 miles | 07m 06s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/5
Overall: 24/155
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %2
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4