Capital of Texas Triathlon - Sprint Distance - TriathlonSprint

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Austin, Texas
United States
Total Time = 1h 36m 53s
Overall Rank = 176/527
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 19/53
Pre-race routine:

Fire alarm went off in hotel at 11pm. Scared the crap out of me and couldn't go right back to sleep. Finally woke up at 6am showered, ate a peanut butter and banana sandwich with some coffee. Arrived at transition between 7:15-7:30.
Event warmup:

After setting up transition, walked around and watched some of the swim starts. Did some warm-up exercises and stretched. Then waited for my 9:40 start time.
  • 19m 58s
  • 750 meters
  • 02m 40s / 100 meters

Water was very cold when I first jumped in. It felt really nice during the swim though. I realized that I am not ready for an Olympic distance swim and I need more OWS practice. Also, after thinking back, I am not kicking enough. Maybe because the wetsuit keeps me more parallel I don't find it necessary to use my legs, don't know.
What would you do differently?:

Get more open water practice and use my legs more.
Transition 1
  • 04m 24s

That was a long and dirty run from the swim to bike. I got to my bike and took my suit off fairly quickly. Had to squirt feet with water and wipe them off before putting sox and shoes on.
What would you do differently?:

Can't think off anything right now.
  • 38m 48s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 19.22 mile/hr

Course was crowded and made me laugh thinking how impossible it was not draft a little. I heard a lot of "On your left" and said the same quite a bit. I noticed a few riders passing "groups" on the right. I needed to do that also. I feel my riding is getting better. Still, those hills were tough going up and easy going down :-)
What would you do differently?:

Drink a little bit more and take nutrition earlier. Need to find a place to practice hills.
Transition 2
  • 01m 44s

Still riding with running shoes. Racked bike, helmet off, hat on and away I went.
  • 31m 56s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 16s  min/mile

I could not get my HR down. I forced myself to slow down but, it stayed in the high 160's to low 170's and this was a slow pace for me. Last race pace was 8min/mile. I think the heat was the main factor. Started run with a side stitch. It went away after slowing down even more and getting to the first water station.
What would you do differently?:

Run faster if possible.
Post race
Warm down:

Found some water and shade. Did some stretching. Dank more water. Gathered stuff and headed to pizza place to eat with wife and daughter.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

This was my second Tri. It was harder than the first (Gateway to the Bay). Heat and hills made it harder. Having three different race distances in one day made for a late start time and crowded bike course. If I do this next year plan is for Olympic distance and get hotel closer to event location.

Last updated: 2009-12-14 12:00 AM
00:19:58 | 750 meters | 02m 40s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/53
Overall: 0/527
Performance: Average
Suit: sleeveless
Course: One lap around
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:24
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:38:48 | 12.43 miles | 19.22 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/53
Overall: 0/527
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Two laps. Lots of hills and turns.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:44
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:31:56 | 03.11 miles | 10m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/53
Overall: 0/527
Performance: Below average
Course: Nice course. One lap .
Keeping cool Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]