Clear Lake International Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Clear Lake, Texas
United States
Total Time = 3h 06m 27s
Overall Rank = 198/
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 28/40
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:15am. PB sandwich, banana, and water/gatorade. Arrived at transition about 5:40am.
Event warmup:

I usually don't warmup, but I wore a tri top for the first time and wanted to see what it did in the water. So, I got out there about 20 minutes prior and dog paddled around for a bit.
  • 42m 32s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 50s / 100 meters

You can't tell from my time, but this was my best swim performance ever! I atually free-style swam from start to finish (no dog paddling, backstroke or hanging off buoys.)And, I finished with a little energy left over, in fact, I think I could have swam several 100m's more if I had to.
I just swim slow! My navigation was pretty poor too. Going out we had the Clear Lake Hilton Hotel to site off and I still managed to swim to the right over and over again. A life boat actually waved me back on course a couple of times. I'm too slow to be swimming extra yardage.
Also, there was one guy who repeatedly swim on top of me from about 500m to 1000m. I eventually said,"DUDE, YOU'RE KILLIN' ME!" and he finally stayed away.
What would you do differently?:

Keep practicing swim...maybe get some lessons.
Transition 1
  • 02m 48s

I ride with my socks and running shoes on (strapped in). After all the pre-race preparation, I couldn't find my socks...someone must've accidently grabbed them, though I don't see how. Left sock in left shoe and right sock in right shoe prior to leaving transition...but they were gone. Luckily I brought extra...dug through my bag, got'em on, grabbed my water bottles (which were on ice) and out the door.
  • 1h 23m 40s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 17.82 mile/hr

I bought clip-on aerobars last week and only did one 20 miler to test them out. Definitely need a professional fitting but felt pretty comfortable throughout.
BIG problem! I started out about midway in my large ring. When I got to Kemah Bridge (monster hill for me), I could not shift to small ring. I worked at it for several hundred yards before deciding I would have to tough it out. Man my legs burned on that one. Actually passed two people who got off a walked up after about half way. Went so fast coming down I thought my rig was about to come apart...just held on and coasted down.
Pretty uneventful the rest of the way. A few miles were kind of rough, but most of the course was pretty smooth and there seemed to be adequate police presence at the major intersections.

What would you do differently?:

I was a bit concerned with how the heat would effect me on the run, so I kept some energy in reserve. Turns out I probably could have pushed a little harder on the bike.
I'm really impressed by how fast some of the guys and gals did this bike reminds me that I have a long way to go.
Transition 2
  • 02m 3s

Went OK. I felt a little disorientd for some reason and made a complete loop around transition before finding my rack. But eventually ditched my bike, grabbed a drink, a wet towel and was out the door.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure
  • 55m 23s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 55s  min/mile

It took a full 2 miles for me to lose my bike legs (doesn't usually take that long). It was just hot enough that I felt like I needed to be cautious. So, I ran pretty conservatively on the way out. I drank at every stations (water and gatorade). With about 3 miles left, I started to stretch it on out a bit. Felt like I finished pretty strong. By finish time, it was downright hot.
What would you do differently?:

Drink a bit more on the bike.
Post race
Warm down:

Ate, Ate, Drank, Ate somemore. Pizza, grapes, oranges, bananas...I couldn't seem to get enough. Tells me my body was on the edge of crashing. I need to work on nutrition a little more for the next one.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

inexperience, more practice.

Event comments:

I enjoyed it. Great location. I will point out that Clear Lake is a proper noun given to a body of water and not a description of where we swam. I kept tasting gasoline.

Last updated: 2010-08-23 12:00 AM
00:42:32 | 1500 meters | 02m 50s / 100meters
Age Group: 34/40
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: N/A
Course: 1 counter-clockwise loop
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:48
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:23:40 | 24.85 miles | 17.82 mile/hr
Age Group: 35/40
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: One BIG bridge, otherwise flat.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Below average Hills:
Race pace: Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:03
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:55:23 | 06.21 miles | 08m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/40
Overall: 0/
Course: Out and back 10k
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4