Oktoberfest Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Fulshear, Texas
United States
i Tri Event Productions
Total Time = 1h 17m 58s
Overall Rank = 28/269
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 10/22
Pre-race routine:

Did my usual. Woke up at 4:45, took a shower, got dressed, ate a PB&banana sandwich, then started getting everything loaded up and on the road by 5:45. I arrived at the site by about 6 and noticed there were no parking spots any where. (Strike 1) Finally found a spot about a mile away and rode bike to transition. Racked bike, set up and got body marked.
Event warmup:

Waited in line for about 25 minutes to use one of the six port-a-cans they had
for about 300 athletes. (Strike 2) While waiting I just stretched and talked and noticed they did not have enough volunteers and just seemed unorganized.
  • 10m 24s
  • 400 meters
  • 02m 36s / 100 meters

My shoulder has been bothering me so my stroke was off. My timing strap fell off about half way through and I had to stop to get it. The water was about 3 feet deep at this point, so strap was easy to find and put back on.
What would you do differently?:

I just need to practice swimming faster.
Transition 1
  • 00m 56s

1.33, by my watch, from swim exit to bike mount.
What would you do differently?:

  • 43m 16s
  • 14 miles
  • 19.41 mile/hr

The good news is I only got passed by one person. The bad news is he was in my age group.
What would you do differently?:

Train harder
Transition 2
  • 00m 54s

Nice transition. I am happy.
What would you do differently?:

  • 22m 27s
  • 3 miles
  • 07m 29s  min/mile

The good news is I was only passed by one person. The bad(?) news is it was a female. The good(?) news is she was the overall women's winner.
There was only one aid station and no mile markers. (Strike 3) I didn't expect a lot of aid stations but, there should have been more than the one.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe a few more brick sessions.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and sampled some My Fit Foods. It took over 30 minutes to get any preliminary results posted. When I asked the race director about results, she told me they would not be posted until after the last racer crossed finish line. When I asked about "unofficial results" she said she would look into it.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

For a sprint tri, I think there should be at least 2 aid stations for the run. One at the start of the run and one near the middle.
The whole thing seemed as if a few people got together and said, "Let's put on a triathlon next month." It was the inaugural race so maybe next year there will be some improvement. I doubt I will do this race again.

Last updated: 2011-09-16 12:00 AM
00:10:24 | 400 meters | 02m 36s / 100meters
Age Group: 12/22
Overall: 0/269
By my watch 9.48. The exit timing mat was at the entrance to transition.
Suit: tri kit
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:56
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
00:43:16 | 14 miles | 19.41 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/22
Overall: 0/269
Performance: Good
Average HR 166
Wind: Some
Course: A nice one loop course.
Road:  Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:54
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:22:27 | 03 miles | 07m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/22
Overall: 0/269
Performance: Good
average hr 172
Course: Nice run course through neighborhood and park area.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 2