Clear Lake International Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Clear Lake, Texas
United States
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90F / 32C
Total Time = 3h 21m 11s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 55-59
Age Group Rank = 12/13
Pre-race routine:

I actually got a good nights sleep.I think benadryl may become a pre-race staple. 4:15 breakfast of oatmeal, strawberries, wheat germ. A 16oz coffee for the 50 minute drive to Clear Lake.
Event warmup:

Lucky to have the bike rack fairly close to swim/run exit/entrance. Set up, talked with my neighbors. Appears rack was set up by age group. We joked they were trying to help old geezers. Vandals had taken the swim entrance ramp/carpet out of water; was found and place back with only a 5 minute delay.Got in a warm-up swim, usually don't, but it helped to relax me.
  • 40m 44s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 29s / 100 yards

Goal was to finish swim feelin good and no cramps.I stayed slow and steady. 40+ were in 2nd wave (after elites). One minute between waves. Breathing on left side doesn't help navigation with buoys on right plus I drift to left. I sighted every 10, then every 8 and still drifted left, sometimes had to breast stroke a little to get squared away. The biggest tactic for me to not think about distance was counting strokes to keep focused on form. Being slow I was over taken by a rainbow of wave caps...didn't matter. I finished with a big smile despite cuts on fingers, knee, toe from shallow start, hit rocks/shell several times.
What would you do differently?:

Keep working to improve efficiency, sighting, bilateral breathing and R side breathing.
Transition 1
  • 01m 52s

T1 no issues. I think I was only bike on rack after swim. Plenty of room, no congestion.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 31m 52s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.23 mile/hr

Ride was going well, I set Garmin for cadence and HR, did not care about speed. Goal HR 145-150. Had to back off for first couple miles to get HR down. Around mile 16 I saw something shiny on road missed it with front wheel but not back. BOOM! no question what happened, must have been a piece of metal. Gash was large so I used a piece of duct tape for a boot. I had some trouble getting wheel back on, didn't realize Cervelo had rear dropouts. Back on road and kept goal HR till finish.
What would you do differently?:

Definitely should have practiced rear wheel changes.
Transition 2
  • 00m

No results for T2, saw same thing in some other age group brackets.Well the bike rack was full coming in, so full there was no space to rack so I had to move 2 bikes. Getting Garmin off bike mount and onto wrist strap was good. Grabbed cup of water on way out. 2-3 minutes is my guess.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 06m 42s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 44s  min/mile

Unknown what would happen so I started slow and steady first mile stopping only at each mile aid station for water/gatorade. Legs/hip felt pretty good but stomach was not handling gatorade or water by mile 2. Stomach was feelin full and rumblin. My HR was averaging 152, higher than I wanted but so was heat/humidity and a bright sun. Maybe higher HR kept me from processing fluids. I drank less and less rest of run. No issues with hip and was very pleased with this run despite GI problems.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure about bloating issue. Bike nutrition, 48 oz, 300K felt fine.S-cap every hour for electrolytes.
Post race
Warm down:

Post race watermelon was the BEST with a big slice of pepperoni pizza. I felt pretty good after walking around about 5 minutes. Stomach settled down and I was able to drink a coke and bottled water without issues.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Keep on keepin on to improve swimming. I would have had a decent bike if not for flat. Very pleased with run considering heat/humidity.

Event comments:

I would definitely do it again.Thankful for all the blessings bestowed upon me to be physically able to race again. My last event was in April. Heard one swimmer saw a 4 foot alligator during his warmup just a 100 meters out. That might improve your swim time.

Last updated: 2009-07-31 12:00 AM
00:40:44 | 1640 yards | 02m 29s / 100yards
Age Group: 12/13
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Tri top/shorts
Course: Course went on an angle out/left with orange buoys on right, then a rectangle back to finish. Two yellow buoys according to race director noted turns.Without glasses couldn't see yellow buoys from bank, probably didn't help nerves.
Start type: Wade Plus: Shot
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:52
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:31:52 | 24.85 miles | 16.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/13
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
HR Avg 148
Wind: Some
Course: One loop course with two bridges otherwise pancake flat. One light with no police, everyone stopped until change, otherwise good course.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 83
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:06:42 | 06.21 miles | 10m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/13
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Ran along NASA 1 then through neighborhoods. Nice scenic park with view of bay around mile 3. Nice course.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %2
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