Memorial Hermann Bridgeland Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Cypress, Texas
United States
OnUrLeft Sports
Total Time = 1h 21m 26s
Overall Rank = 151/750
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 30/99
Pre-race routine:

Checked bike, got to race around 5:00, set up, walked around to get a lay of the land.
Event warmup:

Walked around. Swam about 150m right before the start.
  • 09m 12s
  • 500 meters
  • 01m 50s / 100 meters

Knew from my first tri that I was above average in the swim to made sure to get up front. Wasn't a problem - everyone seemed to be hanging back, perhaps because the footing was better as it was shallower back there.

Went at a decent pace, but with the water so murky I couldn't sense anything about who was around me. It seemed like people came out of nowhere even in the middle of the swim.

Sighting seemed OK because every time I would look up a buoy would be coming up close to me on my right, but it seemed like I had to veer left after the turn to get to the finish.
What would you do differently?:

I still get the adrenaline kick and stroke harder instead of correctly - this probably slows me down and definitely raises my heart rate too much. Need to break out quickly to avoid the scrum but settle down.
Transition 1
  • 01m 59s

This was my first time riding more than a few miles wet with my new clipless shoes so I took a bit longer than normal to dry off and put them on. The short swim taking so much out of me surprised me and I wasn't focused.
What would you do differently?:

Eventually I will have the shoes clipped to the pedals and have more T1 practice.
  • 39m 33s
  • 14 miles
  • 21.24 mile/hr

The bike is my weakness due to lack of experience relative to swim/run. My first tri I had a hybrid bike and standard pedals, so this was a great improvement (first one was 15 mph).

The pace felt comfortable enough. I held back a little bit anticipating the run but I was working pretty hard. My cadence seemed slower than everyone else so I guess I was pushing in a higher gear? It was so flat that I only changed gears at the end to loosen up my legs a little bit.

I got caught up in actually being in a pack of people (first one I was just continuously passed) so I probably didn't take in enough fluids.
What would you do differently?:

Take in more fluids, will get more comfotable on the bike with more time in the saddle.
Transition 2
  • 01m 34s

New bike so not as comfortable jumping off. What slowed me down a lot was that in my first tri (2 mi run) I had blisters from running without socks so I put on socks this time and it slowed me down quite a bit. Also took a drink that I probably should have taken either on the bike or on the run course while I'm moving.
What would you do differently?:

Better fluid intake on the bike and either shoes that I am comfortable in without socks and/or practice T2 putting socks on.
  • 29m 9s
  • 3.5 miles
  • 08m 20s  min/mile

Felt pretty slow and was tired from the beginning but went at a good pace (for me). My sweet spot is the 8-8.5 min/mile range so to be able to hold this for 3.5 miles was good for me.
What would you do differently?:

Continue to train and get faster. Have more fluids before the run, especially in this kind of heat.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Only training for a few months, will get faster.

Event comments:

Great race and well organized. Will do it again next year and looking forward to their next race in September!

Last updated: 2010-04-06 12:00 AM
00:09:12 | 500 meters | 01m 50s / 100meters
Age Group: 12/99
Overall: 0/750
Performance: Good
Course: Point to point with a turn at the end.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:59
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:39:33 | 14 miles | 21.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 35/99
Overall: 0/750
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Very flat, rough road at the end.
Road:  Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:34
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
00:29:09 | 03.5 miles | 08m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 37/99
Overall: 0/750
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back with loop at the end through the woods.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5