Disco Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Valley View, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletics
Total Time = 1h 37m 12s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 3/18
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 3:45...I always have trouble sleeping the night before an event. I got dressed, made sure everyone else was up...they already were...I stayed at Gary's (Gaarryy) place along with Brittany(TexasMPGal), William (triritter), three dogs, and a cat...We loaded up the bikes, and all rode together to the race site. I guess we didn't leave early enough...as there was already a line. I ate 1/2 a bagel with peanut butter while driving there. Sent a TM to my best friend PJ who was doing the Jefferson Tri...and we wished each other luck.
Event warmup:

I actually remembered on my own for this race to get my chip. I was number 51. Got my body marked...and made sure my road rash/infection was wrapped tightly. I was actually not nervous one bit for this race. My road rash had become infected...which made it painful to run. I experimented the week before, and decided a 10 - 10 1/2 minute mile was what I could probably do for 3.1 miles...anything a lot faster for a significant amount of time at all caused bleeding. So...instead of my normal placement and time goals....my goals were as follows:

1. Have FUN
2. Smooth and easy on the OWS...FINISH in a non-hyperventilating state
3. Have FUN
4. If possible, go hard on the bike...see if I could finally break a 20mph average on a Sprint
5. Have FUN
6. Do the run in 30-32 minutes...keeping it at 10 minutes or slower...WALK if needed...SLOW AND EASY...
7. Have FUN

I already knew I wouldn't place well in my AG, and strangely that gave me a real calming effect. NO PRESSURE...so no pre-race jitters. HMMMMM.

The joke with my friends of course was I really was unsure if I were going to do this event or not. Even at the BT pre-race dinner the night before...I really still wasn't sure. The morning of the race I was PRETTY sure...and the drive up there, I kinda made up my mind to do it. I figured...I was taping up the infection...plus I was on the antibiotics and had been for three days. Yes, I knew I was taking a chance. I was doing the race AMA(the doctor was not very nice to me anyway - lol)...AFA (against friends' advice)...and ABA (against boyfriend's advice)...HOWEVER...the boyfriend woke up before 4 am to help wrap the leg...wouldn't that be contributing to DOING the race???

Back to race morning! I set up transition. Drank 1/2 a green Monster. Found my friend Kami...went to the bathroom...and we went down to the beach to warm up in the water...I swam probably about 150 yards...then waited for the race to start.
  • 10m 27s
  • 500 yards
  • 02m 05s / 100 yards

The swim was nice and smooth...had an incident with another lady who kept manhandling me and then tangled into my googles, but no biggie.

SWIM 11/18
What would you do differently?:

Nothing...I was able to swim the whole time...no stopping...all freestyle except going around the first congested buoy where I did the famous Bonny Beebe crippled dog doggy paddle...and then had to do a funky wade the time I had to adjust my goggles. I could feel my bandage sliding down around my ankle with every stroke after that 2nd buoy...ugh....
Transition 1
  • 02m 23s

Exiting the water I stopped to get my feet sprayed...and then stopped to take the bandage off...the majority of it was around my ankle..some tape still on my calf...so that took a few seconds. Actually, I tied for 3rd best TI one in my AG...so it wasn't TOO bad even though I had extra stuff to do.

T1 3/18
What would you do differently?:

Not get hurt two weeks before....
  • 55m 1s
  • 17.6 miles
  • 19.19 mile/hr

I really wanted to average 20 mph this race...but it just didn't happen. The leg only hurt at two points...when it started sprinkling at two different times, and the raindrops hurt the wound. I really enjoyed this bike course...I love hills!
What would you do differently?:

I think I could have gone harder...I tried to limit my sight seeing which can get bad...I get easily distracted...but this time I FOCUSED.

Transition 2
  • 00m 58s

Helmet off, shoes off, running shoes on, grabbed Garmin...took off - made a circle back to get the race belt, then off....

T2 2/18 (The best T2 was 56 seconds in my AG...dang race belt!)
What would you do differently?:

Remember the race belt!
  • 28m 26s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 10s  min/mile

Let me start by saying I wasn't supposed to run because of the place of the wounds...they were just in the right spot that running too fast kept reopening the forming scabs...and the healing had to start over again...so I didn't have any hurt muscles or joints...it was pain from the wounds on the skin, and the skin movement...and it sounds so wimpy as I type this, but I will say it did hurt. As a woman that had three kids with no drugs whatsoever, I like to think I have a high pain threshold, but maybe not...

BACK TO THE RUN...Remember...I had to keep it at ten minute mile. So that's what I tried to do. Twice I accidentally hit the pause button on my Garmin near the beginning, so I already messed up the distance...oh well...kept going. Kept checking and slowing down.... I did have to stop and walk three times due to the hurting leg...once I walked ten steps and twice I walked twenty...fifty total steps of walking. Saw William at one point on the run, and knew he was doing well...he literally ZIPPED by me, and I screamed his name. At the very end, what I thought to be maybe 1/3 mile left, I let myself just sprint.

RUN 5/18
What would you do differently?:

Same as I said earlier, not get hurt. It really bothered me that I couldn't just RUN, RUN, RUN like I wanted, but that is life.
Post race
Warm down:

I went to go see the medic who gave me some saliine to clean off my wound, and then a bunch of supplies to bandage it up again. He said he was glad I stopped by - he was really bored. I then grabbed some snacks...and walked around and talked...and started watching the Olympic finishers complete their race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Of course the very minor injury.

Event comments:

It's always good to see BTers...and boy did the BT group take home a lot of hardware. The way the bike and run courses were set up...there were stretches of "out and back"...so you really could see the same person a few times...which happened with me - I saw Brandt (OldAg92) at least three times over the sprint, and I know I saw Steve (doughboy) much more than that! I saw Marcy (dodgersmom) on the run, and she of course high fived me...dejavu of Metroplex.

Pictures posted are courtesy of Aaron (JeepFleeb) - he took some GREAT shots of the whole event!

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Last updated: 2008-07-01 12:00 AM
00:10:27 | 500 yards | 02m 05s / 100yards
Age Group: 11/18
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Zoot Tri Suit
Course: Beach Start - two buoys, exit the water. I am positive the course was short...I cannot swim that fast...no, sir.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:23
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:55:01 | 17.6 miles | 19.19 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/18
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Some hills, flats, and even some chipseal...a 17.6 mile route that could be called a taste of Texas.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:58
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:28:26 | 03.1 miles | 09m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/18
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course: Nice running trail..through the wooded area next to the lake.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]