Lone Star Triathlon Festival - Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Galveston, Texas
United States
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 18m 59s
Overall Rank = 193/896
Age Group = M First Timers
Age Group Rank = 7/99
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:30 ate some toast and Gatorade. Got to the race at about 5:30. Set up transition, then stared at transition for about an hour making sure everything was where I wanted it.
Event warmup:

Planned on running or biking but did neither. Unless walking to the Port-O-Can counts as a warmup.
  • 09m 25s
  • 500 meters
  • 01m 53s / 100 meters

I went to the First Timers open water swim clinic the week before the race and during the practice swim I was passing and trompling over people. So, I knew that come race day, I wanted to place myself near the front of the pack. The swim was well marked and I navigated the bouy's very well. I swallowed a bunch of salt water then it was time to get out and run about 200 yards to T1. Overall, the swim went very well. However, I was a little dizzy when I came out of the water.
What would you do differently?:

Practice in the open water with wetsuit.
Transition 1
  • 02m 40s

"OH CRAP" I ran right past the wetsuit strippers! I got excited when I saw my wife and kids and started waving at them. My wife was pointing behind me and yelling, "your wetsuit, your wetsuit!" So I turned around and got my wetsuit stripped which took like .003 seconds to get off. (Wetsuit strippers are awesome). Got to my bike and put on socks (tried running without socks in training and it was less than comfortable). Put on helmet and shades. I had my shoes already clipped in and rubberbanded to the bike. Grabbed the bike and took off. Once I passed the Mount/Dismount Line I jumped on the bike and my feet slid right into my shoes just as planned. WHEW!
What would you do differently?:

Try to find some running shoes that I can go sockless in. And for God's sake, don't run past the wetsuit strippers!
  • 40m 6s
  • 12.5 miles
  • 18.70 mile/hr

The bike is probobly my strongest of the three diciplines although my time doesn't reflect that. About a 1/2 mile into the bike, I went to pick up the front big chainring and my chain came off. So, I had to stop, get off the bike and put it back on. Then I got back on the bike and when I went to clip in, the chain flew off again! "Son of a..."! The second time it stayed on. The couse was nice and flat. I had ridden it the weekend before so I knew that I didn't have to slow down much to take the two speedbumps that people had written about in the previous years race reports. I drank just about all of the gatorade that was in my Aero Drink and had a gel at the turn. I only got passed by 3 people. And, I probobly passed 50 or so. Overall I was pleased with my performance.
What would you do differently?:

I've had problems with my front shifting ever since I got my bike. But I guess if I would do anything different it would've been to leave the bike in the big chainring from the start (even though you're supposed to leave it in an easy gear). Oh well.
Transition 2
  • 01m 8s

Had a little trouble getting the bike to stay on the rack. My wedgie bag was getting in the way.
What would you do differently?:

Get rid of the wedgie and find another way to carry necessities.
  • 25m 38s
  • 3.12 miles
  • 08m 12s  min/mile

It took me about a mile to get my legs under me after the bike. But from then on, I was good to go. As a matter of fact, if those mile markers were accurate, I ran a 7:30 split on the last mile. That's by far the fastest I've ever ran a mile. There were people playing music and cheering you on out along the run course which helped keep you motivated and pumped up.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. No wait. Don't drink the Gatorade Endurance. That stuff tasted like someone took a bucket of sea water out of Offet's Bayou and mixed Gatorade powder with it! Nasty.
Post race
Warm down:

Some stretching.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Running past wetsuit strippers, putting on socks, and chain falling off bike.

Event comments:

Endorfun Sports put on a great race weekend. Everything was well organized including the informational e-mails leading up to the race. I'm probobly going to be spoiled now since this was my first race. I will hold all other races to this standard.

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Last updated: 2008-02-08 12:00 AM
00:09:25 | 500 meters | 01m 53s / 100meters
Age Group: 4/99
Overall: 105/896
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleeveless
Course: Straight with one left hand turn.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:40
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:40:06 | 12.5 miles | 18.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/99
Overall: 258/896
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back down the seawall.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 80
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:08
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:38 | 03.12 miles | 08m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/99
Overall: 284/896
Performance: Good
Course: 1 loop course, meandering through Moody gardens.
Keeping cool Good 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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5