Oktoberfest Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Fulshear, Texas
United States
i Tri Event Productions
Total Time = 1h 35m 45s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 18/20
Pre-race routine:

Got up about 5, fiddled with my contacts for 10 min and then ate a piece of toast and loaded up the truck. Kylie and I stayed at her parents house in Fulshear so we were only about 5-10 min from the race. That made things really nice. Got to transition not long after it opened and since it was open racking Derek and I racked next to each other with Sarah right across from us.
Event warmup:

Nada. Rode my bike from the truck to transition. Jogged from transition to the sidewalk to go to the swim start because we were running a little behind after potty breaks and everything. Was really surprised because I had no pre-race nerves at all.
  • 11m 36s
  • 400 meters
  • 02m 54s / 100 meters

Have realized lately that I am really not as slow as I think I am although this doesn't show it! I usually start too far back and get caught up in other people. I started wide to the right with 1 or 2 people in front of me. Still seemed to get caught up in a lot of people at first and the first 50 or so had a hard time catching my breath because the water was pretty chilly. Rounded the turn buoy OK but there were 4 of us trying to get around and all ended up fighting each other to get there first. After the turn the swim was fairly uneventful. Had a guy swimming backstroke beside me for a while that could not swim in a straight line and kept hitting me. Toward the end I swam straight into a buoy and got a little wrapped up in it for a second. Was disappointed that at the finish there were no volunteers to help you out. Just a few on the shore advising you to "watch out for those big rocks." Gee, thanks!
What would you do differently?:

Swim a lot more!
Transition 1
  • 02m 18s

First off I ran right by my bike. I was looking for Derek's bike with his Zipp Disc and somehow ran right by it. Backtracked and sat down to get wetsuit off. Suit was stuck on my heels for a minute but I managed to pry it off. The race packet said you had to wear your race number on the bike to so I almost forgot and stopped to throw the race belt on.
What would you do differently?:

I dunno? Move quicker! I used to have fast transitions but I don't know what happened.
  • 53m 21s
  • 15.3 miles
  • 17.21 mile/hr

Ride was advertised as 14 miles but GPS said 15.3 so I'm going with that. These are roads that we have ridden a million times so it was pretty familiar. Overall the ride was pretty uneventful. Passed a few right out of the gate and then got passed a bit as well. Saw one small pack of drafters but I think the official did too. Haha! I had planned on taking it easy the last 5 min or so to rest legs for the run but I got passed by a guy that I didn't want to be passed by so I kicked it up and killed him on a short climb and never saw him again. Drank most of my aero bottle full of water and about 1/3rd of my Accelerade bottle.
What would you do differently?:

Ride lots more?
Transition 2
  • 01m 29s

Completely forgot to get out of my shoes before coming in! Then, was so busy looking at Kylie and the kids that after I swung my leg over one side I locked up my rear brake to keep from mowing over a volunteer! Then if that wasn't enough, I ran down the row behind mine so I loaded the bike in from the back and then ran around. Socks on for the run and shoes changed no biggie.
What would you do differently?:

Pay a lot more attention!
  • 28m 31s
  • 3 miles
  • 09m 31s  min/mile

This is where my race goal comes in. I had hoped for a 17 avg on the bike but I really wanted to run sub 10min miles on the run. I know this sounds ridiculous but I am a SLOW runner! I think I've run a 9:45 pace in a 5k before but never in a tri. Started off feeling good even though my legs were really tight. Kept reminding myself that this is a race and not just a training day because I notoriously treat races like just any other workout. Kept up my 5/1 min run/walk pace and was really feeling good. At the aid station at the halfway point I took a few sips of water and dumped the rest on my head. At this point I think I picked up the pace a little too. Couldn't remember if this was 3 miles or 5k and just about that time two people behind me were discussing the same thing and 1 said that it was 3. That helped a little with the pacing to know that info. Cut my last walk a little short since I could see the finish. Even though I could see it I was not sure how far it actually was so I think I held back a little too much here. Was really happy to see right at a 9:30 pace when I finished though now I think I could have even been a little faster.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Just run more!
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed a bottle of water and my little finishers pin. Walked to Kylie's dad to learn that Kylie and the kids had headed home because baby Cana was having a rough time and she had forgotten the pacifier. Waited for Derek to finish and then he and I went back a few hundred yards so we could run in with Sarah for her first tri finish. Looked for food but there was nothing but cut up bananas to be found. After that realization we packed up and went to the house for some good sausage and pancakes for breakfast!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Myself. Just a lack of training but it's coming around.

Event comments:

Was a little less than impressed with this race. The race packet was minimal, no technical shirt, no finishers medal, no post race food (though later I heard someone found some kinda rice/sausage/egg stuff). Would like to see a little more next year. I would do it again though because I train out there a lot so I am familiar with the area. I also heard that when Derek and Sarah left transition there was NO ONE there checking numbers or bikes although there was when I left. That is pretty unacceptable since we rely on the event company to keep our gear safe while we are participating.

Last updated: 2011-09-29 12:00 AM
00:11:36 | 400 meters | 02m 54s / 100meters
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Suit: Zoot Sleeveless
Course: Point to point. Headed straight out about 75m or so, turned left and then straight all the way in to the exit.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Below average
Time: 02:18
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:53:21 | 15.3 miles | 17.21 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: The Winner Foster
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:29
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:28:31 | 03 miles | 09m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/20
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Mostly sidewalks through the neighborhood around the lakes. Overall really nice run course.
Keeping cool Good 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?
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3