Oktoberfest Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Fulshear, Texas
United States
i Tri Event Productions
54F / 12C
Total Time = 07m 10s
Overall Rank = 35/90
Age Group = Athena
Age Group Rank = 1/5
Pre-race routine:

Woke up early, showered. Had some coffee and half a banana for breakfast. Left on time, amazingly!

We got to the race just a bit after transition opened and it felt like we had a lot of time before the race. I was glad we were there early though since it was open racking and I was able to get a good spot.
Event warmup:

No warm up. It was too cold to get into the water and my running shoes were back up in transition.
  • 09m 29s
  • 437 yards
  • 02m 10s / 100 yards

I felt like I had a bad swim but this was my best time so far.
What would you do differently?:

Once again, just need more OWS practice.
Transition 1
  • 01m 34s

Had a good strong transition. Ran from the swim to the bike and definitely that helped. Grass all over my feet but it didn't bother me on the bike.

Fastest T1
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, it was a good T1
  • 57m 19s
  • 15 miles
  • 15.70 mile/hr

The country roads though were beautiful. Lots of cows for company. Since the course was roughly a rectangle though, the wind came at you from three sides. Unfortunately, the tail wind was at the beginning and the head wind was at the end. Not ideal.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. I could have maybe pushed a bit harder in the headwinds portion but I was just more focused on putting my head down and getting the job done than making incremental pushes.

I had hoped (and know I could have) to have a higher average speed but overall I was pleased with the bike as I had plenty left over for the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 31s

T2 took a little longer because I didn't have yankz in these shoes and my fingers were too cold to tie my laces quickly. I did like the fact that transition was in the grass - made running with the bike a lot easier.
What would you do differently?:

Just need to get another pair of laces
  • 28m 40s
  • 3 miles
  • 09m 34s  min/mile

What a great run. I was so cold I couldn't tell if anything was hurting so I just kept running. Not a bad problem to have I suppose! Opted not to take any water and passed a girl in my AG at the water station.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, the run went perfectly
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

This was my longest tri (longest swim & bike) so really, I didn't push quite as hard as I could have on the bike because I just didn't want to have a bad run. In retrospect, I could have pushed a bit harder and had enough left for the run, but hindsight is always 20/20. I really couldn't have asked for a better race without drastically changing my abilities.

Event comments:

For a second year race, it was good. Organized and on time - the two best things! I don't like open racking transitions but oh well. The thing that could use the most improvement was signage. Bike signage was not good at all and there were no mile markers on the run course. There might have been more signs and the wind blew them down, but of course, that's not helpful either.

I heard a lot of people had bad races and I can see where that was possible. I had a good race though and am very pleased with how I did.

Last updated: 2012-10-07 12:00 AM
00:09:29 | 437 yards | 02m 10s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/5
Overall: 5/90
Performance: Average
Course: A "j" shaped course that was very easy to sight.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:34
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:57:19 | 15 miles | 15.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/5
Overall: 1/90
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: The course was both awful and great. We were riding on the shoulders of some busy roads that were not closed to traffic so that was a little uncomfortable. Signs were poorly (or not at all placed.) Thankfully since my AG was next to last to go I had a lot of riders to follow. Heard some of the lead guys missed a turn.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 88
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:31
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:28:40 | 03 miles | 09m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/5
Overall: 5/90
Performance: Good
Course: The run course was fun and scenic. I liked that you could see most of the course while you were on it; made it easy to keep your focus on the goal.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3