Old College TRI Sprint Triathlon - Triathlon

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Denton, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes Racing
82F / 28C
Total Time = 1h 10m 20s
Overall Rank = 39/307
Age Group = 50-54
Age Group Rank = 8/24
Pre-race routine:

Painted the inside of the house all day on Saturday so I was a little tired on Sunday morning. Got up at 4:45am and headed to Denton.
  • 04m 40s
  • 250 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

I estimated 5 minutes conservatively. Went to the bathroom a few minutes prior to the start and then looked for my place in line. No one was in line. I think I ended up starting in the middle of the pack. I passed 15-20 people in a 250 yard swim. Considering all of the navigation I had to do, this was a really good swim time.
What would you do differently?:

Start closer to the front.
Transition 1
  • 01m 34s

I put my bike shoes in transition instead of fiddling with them on the bike. I feel like I get the time back. Pretty good pit stop for T1. Everything went good.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
  • 36m 54s
  • 12.2 miles
  • 19.84 mile/hr

Didn't measure the hydration tube from my speed fill so it was a little short. Temperature and winds were favorable for August. Wanted to go 20+ but just missed the mark. Got out of my shoes too early and had to fight up a short hill before heading into transition. Passed a lot of people on the bike course. I don't recall being passed once. Probably because I started farther back than anticipated in the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Stay in shoes until I get to the turn into the complex.
Transition 2
  • 01m 14s

When putting on my right shoe, the laces came undone so I had to retie the shoe. Cost me a few seconds. The guy next to me was sitting in front of my rack spot when I got there so that was another few seconds. Legs felt pretty good after the bike.
What would you do differently?:

One of these days I will get a good transition where nothing goes wrong. This was not the day but really good in larger scheme.
  • 25m 57s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 22s  min/mile

Legs felt good coming off the bike. Started conservative to see where I was at. First mile was around 8:40 and seemed really easy. Maintained pace through the second mile. Cranked it up as best I could for the last mile. My running has been really good lately for me. The hot weather has not been problematic in the two races I have done in August. Strange since I felt horrible in July.
What would you do differently?:

Start pushing the pace a little earlier.
Post race
Warm down:

Checked results to confirm I didn't place and then headed home.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Maybe spending 10 hours the previous day painting the house was not a great idea. I was pretty sore from that. I really entered this race wanting to place in the top 10 in the age group to get a slot in the Best of the Best in November as a late season race. Mission accomplished.

Event comments:

I only remember one aid station at the end of the road. The volunteers had obviously not done this before. The people and the station were beyond the turnaround by 10 feet or so and were not prepared to hand out water. All really nice but the organization of the aid station was not good. The road was open to cars on the route and many were really close when passing other bikes. The shoulder had a lot of debris to navigate. Parking was a long way from transition due to road work. It's a good venue with the stadium and that was nice.

Last updated: 2016-08-29 12:00 AM
00:04:40 | 250 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 11/24
Overall: 0/307
Performance: Good
Course: Snake Pool Swim
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 84F / 29C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Time: 01:34
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:36:54 | 12.2 miles | 19.84 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/24
Overall: 0/307
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Some rolling hills on an out and back course to the northeast. Course was all chip seal which was rough. Some sections had a lot of rocks to navigate through.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:14
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:25:57 | 03.1 miles | 08m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/24
Overall: 0/307
Performance: Good
Course: Two loops around the stadium and down the street. Finish was inside the stadium which was a nice touch.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3