Marble Falls Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Marble Falls, Texas
United States
Soler Sports
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 47m 51s
Overall Rank = 14/378
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 4/28
Pre-race routine:

Stayed in Marble Falls overnight. Got sleep this year.
Nutella/PB toast and banana
Chai Tea
Event warmup:

Quick run and swim
  • 15m 10s
  • 1000 meters
  • 01m 31s / 100 meters

Hot nasty water. Wanted to get out fast to avoid getting hit in the face.
Crashed on the bike a few weeks earlier and had braces on my teeth. Struggled to keep my tempo. Didn't know the course went under the bridge. Different from last year? Was difficult to navigate going into the sun as well. Added 20 seconds to my time from last year after stopping three times to look around. Frustrated because I am a much better swimmer than this.
What would you do differently?:

Know the course ahead of time. Try to catch a better draft.
Transition 1
  • 01m 6s

Wanted to go sub-60 sec. on T1 but I took a little longer. Enjoyed the run up the grass hill, but took a little extra time getting my race belt on. I don't usually put it on till T2 but I thought the RD said we had to have it. Oh well. T2 was faster as a result.
  • 1h 00m 33s
  • 23 miles
  • 22.79 mile/hr

Felt ok going out. Got passed on the first hill then passed back. Was caught by a second guy and went back and forth with him. Had trouble with shifting. Thought my bike was tuned up the day before, but didn't have much time to check it. Was worn out by the turn around and was passed. Spent the rest of the time trying to close the gap. A group of three guys including Terranova caught me at the end and I stayed with them down the hill. Wanted to break and hour and average over 23 mph but it didn't happen. No crashes this time.
What would you do differently?:

Taper more on the bike coming into the race. Don't think I took it easy enough after my training crash. Was too concerned about days I missed that I didn't rest enough coming into this race. Doubt this was an "A" race for other people either.
Transition 2
  • 00m 40s

Thought I would have the best T2 of all but only ranked 13th. Still happy with it.
  • 30m 20s
  • 4.4 miles
  • 06m 53s  min/mile

Was really looking forward to getting off the bike and putting my new "run" to the test. After two miles I had to back off my sub-6:30 pace and suffered a lot through the remainder. The sun was brutal and I had a hard time keeping cool, grabbing two waters at every station to throw on myself. Still took a couple minutes off my run time from last year, but wanted to be sub 29 mins.
What would you do differently?:

Once again I thought I my overtraining in the days leading up to the race were my ultimate downfall. Really thought I could place in the top ten, but am content with how it turned out.
Post race
Warm down:

mile or so cool down with Jessica. Cool down and shower at the hotel, only to come back to awards to learn I had placed 4th in my AG and not 3rd. Damn.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Overtraining after my bike crash to make up for days off.

Event comments:

I will race next year and bring home some hardware of some sort. Happy with being top 15, but I know I am a better triathlete than what I showed at the race.

Last updated: 2010-06-01 12:00 AM
00:15:10 | 1000 meters | 01m 31s / 100meters
Age Group: 2/28
Overall: 11/378
Performance: Below average
Suit: mono-tri suit
Course: Triangle counter clockwise under bridge
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 86F / 30C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Good Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:06
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:00:33 | 23 miles | 22.79 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/28
Overall: 21/378
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Out an back on 281 and 71. Mostly uphill out
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:40
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:30:20 | 04.4 miles | 06m 53s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/28
Overall: 24/378
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back neighborhood run.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4