Clear Lake International Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Clear Lake, Texas
United States
Total Time = 2h 38m 46s
Overall Rank = 130/330
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 19/32
Pre-race routine:

Still new to the sport. This is only my third Tri. I stretched a bit here and there. I only slept for about 3 hours (the nerves got to me) so I was pretty tired. I always have to wear contact lenses since I'm almost blind without them and I cant wear my glasses (not very tri friendly).
Event warmup:

The only warm up I did was about a 200m swim to test out the water.
  • 23m 25s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 34s / 100 meters

This felt like a really long swim. It was my first long non stop swim without any walls to flip turn off of, so I was unsure of my pace. About half way through the swim I started getting a side cramp (but not too bad). The bad thing was my right eye was starting to hurt because of my contacts It felt like I had a sty, but finally went away after awhile of keeping my eyes shut.

1st in my age group...Awesome!!!
Transition 1
  • 01m 45s

I wasnt expecting to be so winded after the swim. I took one gel pack and was looking at the other two to put into my suit pockets but forgot them. Huge mistake! I was busy trying to get my socks on, sunglasses, and helmet. Oh yeah and my eyes was still hurting! The side cramp was still noticable, probably getting worse.
  • 1h 12m 36s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.54 mile/hr

The road in some sections were horrendous. It felt like loose gravel. Then there was an intersection where no police or race official should have been directing traffic. A few of us had to stop at a signal mid race (some were cussing away). Then towards the end a guy in a truck decides to slowly pull out in front of me, where I didn't have time to I ram into the side of his car, while other drivers (thankfully on my side) started beeping and cussing out the guy in the truck. I'm fine a little bruised, but still rode on.
What would you do differently?:

Need to find a better nutrition intake schedule. That is if I hadn't forgotten my gels to begin with. And wont ever take Accelerade any more...probably only for recovery since it cost so much
Transition 2
  • 01m 22s

I came into transition with one eye shut now. The sty in my eye is probably due to my lack of sleep the night before. I hadn't taken any nutrition since the start of the bike. All I had was Accelerade and Gatorade on my bike. Clearly not enough...and my side cramp were now just as soar as my bruised hands and legs for the tiny crash.
  • 59m 36s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 36s  min/mile

Wow!!! I guess this being my first Olympic distance and third Triathlon, I cant complain...but man! That was my worst run ever!!! I have so much to learn on nutrition intake during the bike...that is when I don't forget my gel packs at transition!! But still...soooo much to learn. *sigh*. Oh, and did I mention how much my eye hurt?!? I think I had tears in them for the entire race!
Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

I'd definitely need to sleep better, relax, alcohol?...the night before. I wouldn't have had the eye problems I did. Also I really need to eat more during the bike.

Event comments:

As I mentioned in my bike comments, the race was good, but the set up and the stationing of road services was below race standards. I'd say the race was 90% organized.

Last updated: 2009-07-16 12:00 AM
00:23:25 | 1500 meters | 01m 34s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/32
Overall: 0/330
Performance: Average
Course: course was a LONG triangular loop
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:45
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
01:12:36 | 24.85 miles | 20.54 mile/hr
Age Group: 20/32
Overall: 0/330
Wind: Little
Course: One big bridge (Kemah bridge) and the rest was all flat.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:22
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:59:36 | 06.21 miles | 09m 36s  min/mile
Age Group: 23/32
Overall: 0/330
Course: Flat straight in and out course.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3