Clear Lake International Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Clear Lake, Texas
United States
89F / 32C
Total Time = 3h 17m 30s
Overall Rank = 299/338
Age Group = 30-34F
Age Group Rank = 21/23
Pre-race routine:

Didn't want to wake up before 3:00am and drive, so snagged a nice hotel off priceline. Was able to sleep in until 4:00am.

Had a PB&Banana sandwich with 20 oz. water just before 5:00 and headed to the venue at 5:15.

Arrived about 5:30, set up transition and had about 8 oz. orange gatorade and another 20 oz. of water at about 6:45.
Event warmup:

Swam out and back to the sprint turnaround buoy...nice and easy. Added some stretching just prior to the first olympic wave (I was in the last olympic wave).
  • 30m 55s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

Need to position myself better at the start. Part of it is confidence and second-guessing. I'm a better swimmer than I let myself think. I'd be better off near the front outside of the start.

Getting into a rhythm at the start was tough. Lots of breaststrokers to contend with and I have a bruise on my right wrist and a knot on my left shoulder to prove it. I finally weaved through the slow traffic and got to a nice spot of open water just before the first turn. After that I hugged the buoys the entire way. When I could, I put my head down and drove forward. I knew Nik was probably ahead of me somewhere so I kept pushing. Finally, at about the third buoy from shore, I saw her to my left so I went all out to the finish. That was good motivation.
Passed a good amount of the blue caps from the previous wave and also got around a handful of red caps.
What would you do differently?:

Find a better starting position that suits my ability. Probably could have pushed harder earlier, but being the very first attempt at the Olympic distance, I didn't want to crash and burn. But I know I can push harder and have more in the tank for the rest of the race.
Transition 1
  • 02m 21s

Need to get faster in transition. I think I try to do too much acclimating and not enough instinctual reaction. Really, it's not that hard. Helmet, glasses, socks, shoes and go. Geez. 2:21? Really?
What would you do differently?:

Go faster.
  • 1h 28m 7s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.92 mile/hr

Pleased with the pacing, but like the swim, I could have pushed harder. It's a "now I know" type of thing. Enjoyed most of the course with the wide shoulders and smooth surface for the most part. However, there were 2 sections of chip seal (1 was very uncomfortable) plus there was about 8-10 miles of total road on the course that was small/no shoulder and it was unnerving. Also had to actually unclip and stop at a major intersection that had NO police or volunteers. That was frustrating. Also had to slow down at another unmanned intersection and would have had to stop if the light had not changed as I approached.

Took in some nutrition at the 1-hour and 1:30 mark of the race...3 strawberry shot bloks each time, plus had some orange gatorade on the bike and 24 oz. of water throughout the bike portion.

One other big pre-race anxiety was having to cross the Kemah Bridge. I had never over it and have never seen it, so in my mind it was a much taller bridge than I anticipated. But when we made the first turn, I saw the bridge and knew it was going to be a piece of cake. All those hilly training rides in Castell were more than enough to prepare me for this one. Put the red polka-dot jersey on my back because I passed more people on the bridge than anywhere else on the course! (although in the flats they all passed me back, haha)
What would you do differently?:

Go harder. I should have at least averaged 18 mph on this flat course.
Transition 2
  • 01m 38s

T2 time not posted in the race results, but I estimated based on my watch run time minus the race results run time. I think it's pretty accurate. Had to maneuver around Nik's bike to rack mine, so that slowed me up a little.
What would you do differently?:

Leave a little extra room at the end of the rack where I was (if I get an end spot again in the future). Was a little cramped trying to grab the running shoes, race number and visor.
  • 1h 14m 28s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 59s  min/mile

Pacing plan for the run worked well for me. Did 10' jog, 5' harder for most of the course. Next time I can definitely lengthen the time for the faster pace. Wish I had checked out where the run finish was because I could have started my finishing stride much sooner. Apparently there was still a lot left in my tank or at least the adrenaline was way up there, because I felt a lot better than I thought I would at the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Start the finishing strides sooner, up the pacing intensity. Pleased overall though to complete the distance with ease.
Post race
Warm down:

Water and a cold towel (thanks to Nik & mom)
Tried to get some of the great post-race food, but there was very little to be found. There was some watermelon laid out on a park bench but I lost my appetite for it when I saw some half-eaten rinds mixed in with the rest of it. There was also a little mix of scoured through donuts and bagels but all I really wanted a couple slices of pizza or some of the hot wings that were hyped up, but there was NOTHING to be found. Very disappointed in that, so we went and got food elsewhere.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being new to the Olympic distance, pacing the race was an unknown. I have a better feeling now as to how much more I can push. But I felt great at the finish and I conquered the distance. I can also attest to the training plan - BT Sprint-Olympic 12 week was perfect!

Event comments:

Enjoyed the distance and most parts of the course. The volunteers who were there were great, but overall this event was sorely lacking volunteers. I cannot stress enough how disappointed I am that there were 2 major intersections on the bike course that were unmanned and that is unacceptable.

Also did not get to enjoy any of the post-race party. There was NO pizza or wings by the time I finished the Olympic course. Half-eaten watermelon rinds mixed in with the "fresh" watermelon made me change my mind about having a couple slices.

Last updated: 2009-08-01 12:00 AM
00:30:55 | 1640 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 12/23
Overall: 0/338
Performance: Average
Course: Triangular counter-clockwise in Clear Lake; saltwater
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:21
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
01:28:07 | 24.85 miles | 16.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 20/23
Overall: 0/338
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Wind- N 9mph Loop with some very dangerous intersections (2 major intersections did not have volunteers/police presence). There were some areas of this course I did not feel safe. Had a car pull out in front of me on FM 1266. Car had a stop sign but blazed through it to "beat me" and made my HR skyrocket.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 64
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:38
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:14:28 | 06.21 miles | 11m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 21/23
Overall: 0/338
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back on a sparsely shaded course through neigborhoods and parks.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 2