Clear Lake International Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Clear Lake, Texas
United States
89F / 32C
Total Time = 2h 54m 9s
Overall Rank = 224/336
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 17/23
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4 a.m. Made peanut butter and banana sandwich for breakfast. Loaded up the bikes and head to the race site around 5:15 a.m. Once there checked the air in the tires and then head to the transiton area. Found the rack and laid out my gear (I remembered my race belt this time).
Event warmup:

Did a easy swim to the third buoy and back and then I stretched.
  • 30m 58s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

Once I got passed the swimmers that were breast stroking and found some open water I was able to get into a good rythm. I felt very comfortable in the water and never felt stressed or nervous.
What would you do differently?:

I need to find a better place to start the swim. Being in the back is not working for me because I am finding that I am a faster swimmer then I think and I am getting caught behind weaker swimmers. I think I am going to try the middle outside next time.
Transition 1
  • 02m 14s

Thought this was a one of my better transitions. I did not worry about drying the feet, just put the socks and shoes and and went. I did have a little issue with the helmet (could not get it to stay tight), but eventurally it stayed.
What would you do differently?:

Just continue to work on being faster.
  • 1h 19m 18s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.80 mile/hr

Felt good on the bike. For the most part the road was smooth...there were some spots with chipseal and that was horrible. Some of the intersections were unmaned and that was not a good thing.
What would you do differently?:

I need to learn to keep the pace up when going into the wind...I think I let the little wind that there was give me an excuse to easy up a bit.
Transition 2
  • 01m 53s

Felt good here.
What would you do differently?:

I should have racked my bike from the other side and it would have be faster and easier.
  • 59m 45s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 37s  min/mile

I felt good during the HR monitor was not working so I was going by feel. After I reached the turn around I had caught up with a guy on the course and I was riding his should...I apologized for hanging onto his shoulder but he said he did not mind. He also said he just had to keep going because his goal was to finish in under 3 hours. This is the point that I looked at my watch and realized that I had a real chance of finishing under 3 myself and I picked up the pace.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank so water and gatorade...did not eat there because they ran out of food before I finished my race.

Event comments:

They avertised lots of food but that was not the case. They did not have any left by the time I finished.

There were not a lot of volunteers and some of the intersections were very dangerous because they were not manned.

Last updated: 2009-08-02 12:00 AM
00:30:58 | 1640 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 13/23
Overall: 0/336
Performance: Good
Course: Triangle going clockwise.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:14
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:19:18 | 24.85 miles | 18.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/23
Overall: 0/336
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: One big loop! Went over the Kemah bridge, through Dickinson and League City, and rode by the Space Center.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 73
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:53
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:59:45 | 06.21 miles | 09m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/23
Overall: 0/336
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back through a few neighborhoods and along the bay.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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