Memorial Hermann Bridgeland Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Cypress, Texas
United States
Total Time = 1h 46m 23s
Overall Rank = 564/750
Age Group = F 30-34
Age Group Rank = 24/44
Pre-race routine:

Had taken almost 4 weeks off training in June, just got back to it in July, then been sick this week with a fever/sore throat so I had taken about 4 days before the race completely off. Ended up with a pinched nerve in my neck on Friday due to all the "resting." So I had really low expectations for my performance this race, was just hoping to stagger across the finish and thought being DFL was a real possibility.

Ate some oatmeal and tried to get hydrated. We live about 20 minutes south of Bridgeland, so we didn't have to leave the house til about 5am which was nice.

Got marked and went into transition, got things set up and realized I forgot something with my husband, went back out to get it and came back to find a USAT official holding my bike and a crowd of people around the rack. Apparently it had fallen and everything was scattered. We cleaned it all up and I found all my stuff, but unfortunately my water w/Nuun in it had spilled out of my speedfil bottle when everything fell (all over everyone's stuff - I felt bad, but I wasn't even there when it happened) Had to go out and try to find more water to refill it, didn't have any more Nuun and was a bit worried about that with humidity. Saw at least 2 other racks go down that morning.
  • 12m 9s
  • 500 meters
  • 02m 24s / 100 meters

Course looked like a piece of cake compared the Capital Texas swim I did back in May. But this was my first open water swim without a wet suit. I was a bit nervous about that, though now I actually think I like it much better. Maybe my wet suit doesn't fit right, because I always feel like I can't get my real stroke going, so this was my first open water swim where I felt like I cold actually SWIM rather than just fight a wet suit.

I enjoyed the swim, felt great during it. I've had a lot of OWS anxiety and fear issues, but I really think I can say they are beat now. But I also think I could have done MUCH better. My time for 500 yards in the pool is closer to 9:40min, so basically I need to work more on sighting. The first or second buoy had floated way to the right, and I followed that initially rather than looking further ahead in the course. After passing that buoy I realized I had to swim WAY to the left to get back outside the rest of them. Then I swung way too wide on the turn buoy. I think I could easily be in the top 10 in my age group based on times if I got sighting and navigating down better. But only my 3rd ever open water swim, so I'm still learning. The swim is definitely the place I feel like I have the most potential.
What would you do differently?:

Sight better, pretty sure I did quite a bit extra swimming!
Transition 1
  • 02m 38s

Ugh. Got lost. I walked transition a few times before the race, knew my letter, etc. But for some reason it just didn't look the same and I totally went the wrong way. Took me two laps around to find my rack - probably walked past it twice. Frustrating because without a wet suit this COULD have been a super fast T1, but it wasn't.
What would you do differently?:

Not get lost!
  • 51m 33s
  • 14 miles
  • 16.29 mile/hr

I don't actually have a bike time right now - basically it shows my T2 time as 53:33min and no bike time. So obviously those got combined somehow. So this is really just an estimate based on my bike computer and how long I think I spent in transition.

I know it may not seem fast, but honestly I couldn't be more thrilled. I'm a painfully slow cyclist, seriously. I hate to even admit it because its so embarrassing, but in my other other races and training I've averaged more like 14mph and I am usually DFL in my age group for the bike. And honestly before this race I was about to give up on the whole thing because I hadn't seen ANY improvement so far this year at all. I couldn't believe it yesterday when every time I glanced down at my bike computer and it said over 15mph. And to see numbers like 16, 17 and even 18 a couple times was amazing. I don't know if there was a killer tail wind or what - but I don't care! By the far the fastest I have ever ridden my bike since I got it 6 months ago. So still slow, but its improvement that counts, right?
What would you do differently?:

I'd still love to be faster, but for my current level on a bike I am 100% happy with this ride.
Transition 2
  • 00m

Not exactly sure since my T2 time and bike time are combined, but by subtracting the bike time from my computer, I get about 2:00 in T2.

Totally should be faster, but I really went harder on the bike than usual I guess and it took me a minute to find my legs. I think I was kind of in shock too that I wasn't the last one into T2. I'd had nightmares about that all week. Also had a hard time getting bike back on the rack.
  • 38m 2s
  • 3.5 miles
  • 10m 52s  min/mile

It was hot. I've been running in the heat though, and while my times are a lot slower than in cooler weather, I've been doing it, so it wasn't anything new. I stopped and walked through all 3 aid stations, took in some fluids when I could, but most water went right on my head.

I loved the course, there was way more shade than I expected up in the woods and that was a neat little running trail, really made me want to move to Bridgeland!

I tried to take it easy til I saw the mile 3 sign, then really pick it up the last 1/2 mile. When I saw the last 1/4 mile sign, I didn't have much left though. I REALLY was hoping to see my daughter at this point. Just kept going and looking for her. When I finally saw her and my husband it was just before the finish
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Time, experience...first season of tris, 3rd race. But for someone who used to be 70lbs heavier and never played a sport or even exercised until I was almost 30, it feels great to just be out there finishing and having fun!

Event comments:

Wow. This was an incredible event all around. Great communication leading up to the race through email/website, great race swag, great local venue - I enjoyed not having to travel out of town to participate in a well-run/high quality race. Lots of little details that you would expect to find at a larger event, but without the impersonal atmosphere that comes with larger races. The volunteers were all very friendly and encouraging, even police and photographers were calling out "good job" or "doing great" And I think a well organized event puts other races in a good mood too, there was a great sense of camaraderie and encouragement from other races. Definitely the highlight so far of my tri career!

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Last updated: 2010-04-21 12:00 AM
00:12:09 | 500 meters | 02m 24s / 100meters
Age Group: 19/44
Overall: 0/750
Performance: Average
Suit: No
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:38
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:51:33 | 14 miles | 16.29 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/44
Overall: 0/750
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:38:02 | 03.5 miles | 10m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 24/44
Overall: 0/750
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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