Old College Tri - TriathlonSprint

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Southlake, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes
58F / 14C
Total Time = 1h 18m 20s
Overall Rank = 197/400
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 23/37
Pre-race routine:

I woke up at 2am because apparently my body doesn't like a full night's rest before a race. I spent the next couple hours watching TV and pretending like I could take a nap but it never really worked out. I left my apartment at ~5:10 and was at the race site about 5:50. From there it was the usual racking bike, setting up transition, and staring at the sky wondering WTF I'm doing up that early.
Event warmup:

The usual stretching, etc.
  • 06m 7s
  • 328 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

I wasn't sure how well this would go since it's a 50m pool and my time is significantly faster than previous races. My race number was 75, by far the lowest number I've had. To put it in perspective, I think my race number at my first pool swim was like 335 or something. I got in the water and took off when they said 'go', and I started swimming far too quickly. Between the nerves & the fast start, I nearly horked in the pool less than 100m in. I tried to concentrate on just gliding and that helped bring me back to reality a bit. I also got a boost when I realized I had caught up to the guy in front of me. He was kicking away and I passed him using just my arms(which is my usual stroke). That's always a nice feeling. All told I passed 2-3 people and was passed by 2 people, so I was in pretty much the right spot.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe not start out so quickly, I was starting to fade a little at the end.
Transition 1
  • 02m 53s

This would have been quicker if I had practiced. Being that it was my first race of the year, I was a little scatter-brained when picking everything up and my time suffered. Still, my T1 is always long so the fact that I kept it under 4 minutes is a good sign.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe bike without socks on; if I had confidence my chest strap would stay on in the swim I would have put that on beforehand.
  • 41m 10s
  • 12.3 miles
  • 17.93 mile/hr

I had recently adjusted my bike seat but hadn't tested it out since...you can imagine how the rest of this story is going to go. The angle was all wrong, like severely wrong. Any man can understand the pain I was dealing with, not to mention the mild terror that losing feeling in Man's Real Best Friend can invoke. It was a bad situation, one that would have been untenable in a longer race. Since I only had 12 miles to go I just pushed through it as best I could, but I have no doubt my time would have been faster if the seat was in the right spot(or even a reasonably close spot). The ride felt so short(in miles, not in pain) that I had to ask Karen near the end of the 2nd loop if there was another loop. For some reason 20k wasn't adding up to 12-ish miles in my head.
What would you do differently?:

Get a working trainer so I can test out the new bike seat configuration.
Transition 2
  • 00m 49s

It helps when your spot is close to both the 'bike in' and 'run out'. Combine that with the lock laces and I'm in and out pretty quickly.
What would you do differently?:

  • 27m 23s
  • 3.04 miles
  • 09m 01s  min/mile

All I wanted for the run was a sub-10 pace, and I wasn't convinced it would happen prior to starting. I was going to let my HR dictate the pace, plus I wasn't sure how long the bike pain would stick around. I was fortunate on both counts, my HR stayed solidly in Z3 even when I was hitting a 9 minute mile so I went with it. I got passed by an Aggie who said "Gig 'Em" as he passed(I was wearing my UT jersey). I briefly thought about going after him but I was only on my first lap around the pond so I stifled that pretty quickly. Not 2 minutes later I was passed by a Longhorn who said "Hook 'Em", to which I replied "Go get that f*cking Aggie". He chuckled and sped up a little. I have no idea if he caught the guy, but I think he tried. Anyway the run went well, I kept a solid pace and my HR was doing well.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
Post race
Event comments:

There should have been more pancakes. They were doing a good job of making them, but a greedy Aggie(a different one, but a much bigger douchebag) decided as I was getting ONE he needed a THIRD(which was also the last one that was ready). This wasn't a case of him not seeing me, we were standing shoulder to shoulder and he told the cook to give him the third AFTER I got my first. He then mumbled a half-hearted "sorry" and walked off. I hate Aggies. None of that is DA/DSU's fault, I just wanted everyone to know how big a d*ckbag Aggies generally are.

I liked the course overall and will probably do this one again next year. It's a fast course and I bet I can drop a couple more minutes off my time in '09.

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Last updated: 2008-01-23 12:00 AM
00:06:07 | 328 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 15/37
Overall: 0/400
Performance: Good
Suit: N/A
Course: 50m indoor pool
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:53
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:41:10 | 12.3 miles | 17.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 22/37
Overall: 0/400
Performance: Average
Average HR: 162 Max HR: 175
Wind: Some
Course: The course was great. A few hills, but not bad at all. Pavement was fine, roads were blocked off as needed.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:49
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:27:23 | 03.04 miles | 09m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 24/37
Overall: 0/400
Performance: Good
Average HR: 171 Max HR: 186 Z1: 0:00 Z2: 0:05 Z3: 17:46 Z4: 5:50 Z5: 2:43
Course: Mostly paved, a little bit of elevation change but no large hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
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