Bridgeland Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Cypress, Texas
United States
Onurleft Event Management, LLC
95F / 35C
Total Time = 1h 30m 39s
Overall Rank = 533/1500
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 93/153
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 445. Usual morning ritual . Out the door at 5:15 everything was packed and set by the back door the night before – well almost everything. 5:20 a.m. turn around to get bike! Remembered everything else but was in a hurry to get to race site and forgot one of the most important things. Got to race site at 5:50 only do discover a huge traffic jam with participants trying to park and just as big a jam at the site entry for body marking. Started to worry if I’d make it if before transition closed. Once inside said hey to Mike M. Ken and Keri O.
Event warmup:

Swam 100m or so in the warm brackish water
  • 10m 48s
  • 500 meters
  • 02m 10s / 100 meters

: The swim this year went easier than last. I was much calmer. The fact they had a huge water station by the swim start was nice. That helped with the usual pre-race dry mouth syndrome. I started off in the back and toward the outside. Drafting, sighting and passing were all easy. I swam according to plan. My mantra repeated during the swim “smooth is fast”. I exited the water feeling good and not out of breath
What would you do differently?:

Maybe go a bit harder towards the later half of the swim?
Transition 1
  • 01m 48s

Still need to make sure I walk the transition area from the swim out before the race starts. Had a bit of trouble locating the correct rack.
What would you do differently?:

Commit to memory bike rack location from swim exit
  • 38m 58s
  • 14 miles
  • 21.56 mile/hr

This year I was on a my old trusty road bike instead of the tri bike borrowed from a buddy. I kept almost the same pace as last year. Although it is not necessary to have a tri bike , in my opinion, it’s easier to go faster for longer on this flat and non-technical course. Making the turn around were definitely easier on 'old reliable'.
What would you do differently?:

Push on the pedals harder
Transition 2
  • 00m
  • 39m 4s
  • 3.5 miles
  • 11m 10s  min/mile

: Hot. Hot. Hot. Here is where I noticed a tri bike is more efficient. I did not have the same legs as last year. I ended up walking a couple of times. I attribute that to the energy expenditure on the bike and also the heat. The ice water sponge stations were awesome. I could have used a few more of those. Volunteers were plentiful . The best part of the run was the kid with the super soaker towards the 3 mi marke. The child placed a nice center of mass shot of cold water. Refreshing. He even asked if I wanted to be shot. My buddy Mike who was doing his 1st tri caught up with me that last ½ mile of the race. He wanted me to run in w/ him but I was not able to keep his cadence and told him to run ahead the last ¼ mile. The crowd at the finish line was nice. It put some kick back into me. One participant who was finished and was watching the rest of us come in shouted and told me to catch the guy who was about 20yrds in front of me. I obliged. Cool sprint finish. I wish I could have found it in me to push harder earlier. Next year…
What would you do differently?:

I had a severe lack of will to push hard and get out of my comfort zone on the run. I was hot and my legs felt heavy during the entire run. I need to learn to focus and get myself to push harder on these short events.
Post race
Warm down:

talked story with Mike and Ken. Jumped in the ice bath. Grabbed some food. Jumped in the ice bath again.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The lack of will to push harder.

Event comments:

Great race as usual. Looking forward to next year.

Last updated: 2011-07-13 12:00 AM
00:10:48 | 500 meters | 02m 10s / 100meters
Age Group: 68/153
Overall: 0/1500
Performance: Average
Course: point to point
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 86F / 30C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:48
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:38:58 | 14 miles | 21.56 mile/hr
Age Group: 89/153
Overall: 0/1500
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Flat
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:39:04 | 03.5 miles | 11m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/153
Overall: 0/1500
Performance: Average
Course: Flat except a 10’-0” incline from the paved sidewalk to the dirt trail in the wooded portion of the race.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
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