Memorial Hermann Bridgeland Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Cypress, Texas
United States
Total Time = 1h 41m 28s
Overall Rank = 5/15
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

The good news about having your spouse race too is I didn't have to get dressed in the laundry room in an effort not to wake said spouse. The bad news is race nerves! LOL Reality is he is more prompt than I am :)
Get 3 of the 5 kids ready to go. Coffee & Odwalla bar in the car.
Event warmup:

Set up transition, walked to the lake and went on a couple warm up swims. Sat with Betsy eating my banana until all the dudes were in the water. Found Jennifer for prayer, lined up with Tif & Nik.
  • 12m 30s
  • 547 yards
  • 02m 17s / 100 yards

This was the most contact I have ever had in a race, even worse than Tejas. There were very few strokes without contact of some kind. Swam right on top of a couple of backstrokers.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. I started pretty close to the front and to the right but kept getting run into. I do think I could have pushed it a bit harder in the middle.
Transition 1
  • 01m 42s

Loved the higher racks, easier to get my bike off. Long run in cleets and volunteer told me to go wrong way.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, I did run the whole time. Still could use some practice clipping in and getting moving.
  • 46m
  • 14 miles
  • 18.26 mile/hr

Ok so I TOTALLY dorked up the 2nd U-Turn, not sure what the deal was but I could not turn the bike and almost headed into the grass. That sucked. Nobody passed me during this but I did lose some time on the chick in front of me. The bike had crowded sections. A lot of racers for a short course I hope it doesn't grow in numbers next year. Passed more than I got passed. My first race with Dori and I am happy.
What would you do differently?:

I tried to stay focussed on cadence rather than speed which was good but I lost focus a couple of times. Work on cornering.
Transition 2
  • 01m 39s

Not bad.
What would you do differently?:

Took time to put Garmin on for run and should have just ran with it.
  • 44m 35s
  • 3.5 miles
  • 12m 44s  min/mile

So this is where I stink it up. This run kicked my ass last year and I was back for redemption. That didn't really happen but I didn't feel it got me again this year. My pace was much better, no walking just couldn't go as fast as I wanted to. The Garmin helped because I wanted to go too fast the first mile and forced myself to slow down.
What would you do differently?:

I was THIRSTY! I think there were plenty of water stations, water was cold, volunteers were awesome there just wasn't water where *I* wanted it. I run with a Camelbak and probably drink from it too often and get spoiled.
Post race
Warm down:

I was toast at the end. Walked as much as I could then hung my body over one of the barriers. Saw Ken, kids and friends and walked over to some shade to sit. Amazing post race activities - band, beverages, food, etc.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

It was hot. I am getting faster but I am still slow on the run.

Event comments:

RD really listens to race feedback and makes changes. This is a very well run race with everything an athlete could ask for.
If you ever wanted to start your own business though there is a definite need for a company in Houston who can time races effectively. I left at 10:25 not knowing my times. There was only one posting once I finished, no updates and timing sheets were in a stack on the table held down with a cowbell and they kept getting blown away. It seems once half the field is finished the timing guys figure that is enough and stop.

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Last updated: 2010-08-01 12:00 AM
00:12:30 | 547 yards | 02m 17s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/
Overall: 0/15
Performance: Good
Suit: OUL Top w/DeSoto Shorts
Course: Yellow buoys on the right, turn right at orange buoy.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:42
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:46:00 | 14 miles | 18.26 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/
Overall: 0/15
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Fry road, my home away from home. I don't get to ride this whole route because it doesn't have a shoulder the entire distance of the course but I felt very comfortable. Last part was bumpy and slowed down my pace but honestly most of the course was very smooth and awesome. No strong wind today!
Road:   Cadence: 90
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:39
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:44:35 | 03.5 miles | 12m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/
Overall: 0/15
Performance: Average
Course: This course is pretty good, going through the little forest is nice, shade is very much appreciated on a hot day.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 4