Disco Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Valley View, Texas
United States
Dallas Sports University
90F / 32C
Total Time = 1h 22m 55s
Overall Rank = 31/303
Age Group = M 30-34
Age Group Rank = 3/29
Pre-race routine:

Typical shower, Clif bar and water. Left the house about 4:30, caravaning with Sean and Jo. Easy enough to get there, arriving right when transition opened. DA still does open racking. I hate open racking. Managed to find a decent spot, and got unpacked. Got the tunes going right away.

Saw tons of BTers, too many to mention.

Event warmup:

Realized I left my glasses in the car, so I got my warmup run in. I had two blister blockers on my MFA to cover MFF (my fracking frostbite). That seemed to help. Got back to transition with about 35 minutes to go. Found the crew, chit chatted, then went to warm up in the water. Did a few practice starts, some drills, etc. Just getting some sight lines in. Couldn't really tell where we were going to be swimming so I guessed. Ended up way off from what we actually did.

Drafted off Tommy on my last out and back. Too bad he wasn't swimming in my wave. He swam a perfectly straight line. I just sat back and cruised.

Then it was gel and mug time. After some lip action from the wife, I walked on over to the start. Ran into a few of my Masters buds and wished them luck.
  • 08m 47s
  • 457 meters
  • 01m 55s / 100 meters

Started out fine. Had a great line to the first buoy and plenty of feet to draft off of. But I kept finding myself running into anyone I was drafting. Couldn't find the right pair of feet.

After the first turn I took a very bad line and was way off course, at least 20 yards. Probably cost me 20 seconds to get back on line. Did the same thing after the second turn. Just didn't find a good pair of feet to do the work so I was all alone.
What would you do differently?:

Find those fast feet.

Not going to complain too much, other than with a wetsuit it's my first OW swim under 2:00 per. I just know I can do a lot better.
Transition 1
  • 02m 25s

Ho hum T1. Long run from the beach to transition. One day I'll practice the flying thing. Otherwise no worries.
What would you do differently?:

If I practiced some stuff, I could probably cut 30 seconds off of this. Lots of wasted time in here.
  • 49m 35s
  • 17.6 miles
  • 21.30 mile/hr

So remember those blister blockers on MFF? Apparently they aren't waterproof. They're somewhere in the lake I guess. The first mile of the shoe rubbing on my MFA was painful. After than I just tuned it out.

Pretty good ride for me I would say. Finally crossed over the 21mph boundary. Passed a few, got passed by a few. Nice thing is everyone who passed me had race wheels. One upgrade I haven't made yet. Yet. (Hoping Shannon didn't read that)

Didn't really hammer all out, but I went just a hair under LT. Wanted to save the legs a bit so I could hammer the run.

After the turnaround I expected a bit of headwind, but there was absolutely none. A race in Texas with no wind? Wow. It even started sprinkling on me a bit. That was awesome. Kept the temps down nicely.

The hills weren't too bad. Seemed worse last year. Spun up all of them but one. Decided it would be fun to stand and hammer and pass 4 guys at the same time. Hence the high HR of 184. And yes, it was fun to see them hurt.
What would you do differently?:

Get race wheels
Transition 2
  • 00m 55s

Actually gained 4 seconds on the 2nd place finisher. And that was with having to fidget with my socks a bit. Woo. Hoo.
What would you do differently?:

That whole riding on top of shoes thingy.
  • 21m 16s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 06m 52s  min/mile

Felt horrible for 2/3 of this run. Stomach didn't absorb my gel that I took at mile 10 of the bike. I dunno. Probably should just ignore the bike gels on Sprints from now on. Throughout mile two I was burping strawberry banana each step. By the last mile I was ok and could hit the speed boost button.

Got passed twice on this run. I hate to get passed, but they were punk kids (18 and 19). One of them ran a 17-something. The other was only a few seconds faster than me. With more run volume I could probably have hung on to him. But heck, I'm just impressed that I had the endurance to do what I did with my limited run volume thanks to MFA.
What would you do differently?:

Not feel like puking the 2nd mile due to gel.
Post race
Warm down:

Why do I keep drinking that nasty Vitamin Water crap? Didn't see any water I guess. Warm down was a one shoed jog to transition to get some flip flops on. My MFA's MFF was killing me. Wanted to get those shoes OFF.

Hung out waiting for everyone to finish. Then we got to listen to some girl butcher everyone's names in the awards. "Jim Smi...Smy..Sm... Jim from Coppell?"

Going 10 deep in AG awards sounded like a good idea, but golly it took forever. I don't think there's really any reason to go farther than 5 deep. Maybe if they only bought half as many awards they could have some shirts that actually fit right and weren't see through. When I finally got my award, the medal fell off. That was funny.

What's not funny is what happened with the results. If you look at the swim times, either some world records were set, or somebody screwed up. Thankfully it was not a problem in my wave as we went first. But later waves had people listed in the wrong AG (even gender) and they did no proofreading of the awards. So people who were listed in the wrong wave had a swim time that started with that incorrect wave. So some people who won their AG had swim times of 2 minutes. Nice job guys. Way to check things and make sure they are right.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Swim - Poor drafting

Bike - Effort level

Run - Volume

Event comments:

Improved over last years' utter fiasco, but still needs improvement.

The fiasco with the timing is just plain wrong. All it would really take is a timing mat at the beginning of the race. But I guess DA can't afford it. IRP and Playtri can for all of theirs, but I guess DA doesn't get the same discount. OK, stopping now before my rant continues.

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Last updated: 2008-05-13 12:00 AM
00:08:47 | 457 meters | 01m 55s / 100meters
Age Group: 5/29
Overall: 68/303
Performance: Average
Suit: PI tri top and shorts
Course: I thought it was supposed to be a triangle, but it was more like half a triangle, then once you passed the second buoy and turned home, you just went wherever till you hit the beach.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:25
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:49:35 | 17.6 miles | 21.30 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/29
Overall: 39/303
Performance: Good
Out - 24:23 Back - 25:03 Ave HR - 169 High HR - 184
Wind: None
Course: Out and back. Left the park and took a county road, then turned around and rode back. Nothing memorable other than a few nice hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:55
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:16 | 03.1 miles | 06m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/29
Overall: 18/303
Performance: Good
Mile 1 - 6:53, HR 182 Mile 2 - 7:24, HR 181 Mile 3 - 6:36, HR 185 Ave HR - 183 High HR - 190 (ZOINKS!)
Course: Out and back on concrete park trail
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 3