Memorial Hermann Bridgeland Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Cypress, Texas
United States
Onurleft Event Management, LLC
84F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 27m 45s
Overall Rank = 531/1225
Age Group = 35-39M
Age Group Rank = 78/129
  • 12m 56s
  • 600 meters
  • 02m 10s / 100 meters

Overall, the swim went pretty well. A couple times I found myself significantly off course, but since I sight rather frequently (about 14 strokes - counting both arms), I don't think I added too much distance.

I did start to get hot at about 300-400m or so. The water was warm, the sun was coming up, and the swim cap keeps the heat in.

I tried drafting once or twice, but it was a failure. The visibility in that lake is about 0.00001mm, at best, so that made it harder. The water was warm, so I started getting hot after about 300m, with the swim cap on.
What would you do differently?:

Not much
Transition 1
  • 02m 42s

The ground was a bit muddy from rain the night before, so I had to take a few seconds to wipe off my feet. Overall, though I didn't make any major mistakes.

This race had a longer run in transition to my bike, which increased my overall time. GPS data shows that I was at my spot for 1:18.
  • 41m 28s
  • 12.8 miles
  • 18.52 mile/hr

I was happy with the bike. Per my coaches instruction, I was to not go too fast the first couple of miles. After that I was usually over 19 mph for most of the ride.
What would you do differently?:

It took a little to get on get going. Sometimes my mind would wander a bit and I would slow down slightly, so perhaps I need to focus more.
Transition 2
  • 01m 39s

Per my GPS, I only spent 39 seconds at my station, the rest of the time, I was running.
  • 28m 58s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 19s  min/mile

Chesty Puller said that "Pain is weakness leaving the body." Well, a lot of weakness left today. My run time was 2:24 slower than my PR, but it hurt the entire time. The weather was brutal. My wave was one of the last, so starting a half hour later in Houston in August is the difference of 3-4 degrees. According to the weather report it was about 84 for the run, but it "felt like" 95F, and yes it sure did.

I found heart rate training to be helpful here. I know my LT was 184, and if I could stick to that, then I knew I was actually putting in a good effort and I didn't have to question whether I was "wussing out" over the heat.
What would you do differently?:

Carry my own freezer pack? I wonder if I could keep some freezer packs in a small cooler, and then grab them on the run.

Twice on the run, there was someone with a hose which was helpful, and at the Mile 2 station, they handed out iced sponges. Both of these were welcome reliefs, but I could have used more.
Post race
Warm down:

Immediately sat on the ground for a couple minutes. They had ice baths at the finish line, which I sat in for a good while.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat!!!!

Event comments:

While this race is a challenge due to the August heat, it is well organized and popular. It is a bit more expensive than most sprints, but it does come with free race photos, which usually costs $40 more.

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Last updated: 2013-04-03 12:00 AM
00:12:56 | 600 meters | 02m 10s / 100meters
Age Group: 48/129
Overall: 365/1225
Performance: Good
First HR reading out of the water was 185
Course: A point to point swim in Lake Bridgeland. There was one right hand turn. The course was billed as 550m, but the course ended up being 600m.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:42
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:41:28 | 12.8 miles | 18.52 mile/hr
Age Group: 100/129
Overall: 643/1225
Performance: Good
Average HR = 174
Wind: None
Course: Mostly on Fry road, 2 U-turns
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks:
Time: 01:39
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:28:58 | 03.11 miles | 09m 19s  min/mile
Age Group: 82/129
Overall: 526/1225
Performance: Average
Average HR = 184, which was right at my LT
Keeping cool Below average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5