St. Patrick's Day Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Keller, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes
50F / 10C
Total Time = 1h 28m 26s
Overall Rank = 226/287
Age Group = Athena 40+
Age Group Rank = 1/1
Pre-race routine:

Met up with several BT'ers for dinner Friday night. Had my ritual pre-race cheese ravioli. (thanks for the meatball Andy). Just sat around and talked and had a good time. Made two new BT friends...Danny and Jeano from Oklahoma. Got home, packed my tri bag and went to sleep.
Event warmup:

Warm-up was kinda hard. It was COLD. Probably in the 40's when we got to transition at 6:15. They delayed the start about 45 minutes which was fine with me since it gave it some time to warm up and the sun came up.
  • 07m 30s
  • 328 yards
  • 02m 17s / 100 yards

I just never felt like I got into a rhythm in the pool. Laurie started right before me and I hung on her feet for the first 50 meters, but after that she smoked me. I was a minute longer than I expected to be.
What would you do differently?:

It was disappointing because I have spent so much time in the pool lately. I think it is time I started going to a masters class. I need some help with technique. It's all well and good to swim laps and do drills myself, but if my form is bad, it's not going to get any better without anyone helping me. I am going to check into the masters this week.
Transition 1
  • 02m 14s

Not bad considering the fact that I put on some warm clothes. Took some extra time to dry off a little and put a long sleeve tech shirt on.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Prety happy with the transition. For some reason I forgot to put my glasses on but that was the only thing I would change.
  • 42m 49s
  • 12.67 miles
  • 17.75 mile/hr

I love to bike. This was the first real ride with the new race wheels. I felt great on the bike. Better than I have on the bike in a long time. The hills were no problem. The distance was a little longer than stated.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 4s

Got my feet out of the shoes right before the transition. I have to learn how to get off of the bike better. I still have to completely stop and get off of the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Learn how to dismount quicker.
  • 34m 50s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 11m 12s  min/mile

I think I probably had the best race run ever. I felt good the entire time. I really concentrated on faster feet turnover and it helped.
What would you do differently?:

Just keep running more and more.
Post race
Warm down:

Waited very anxiously for Steve to finish. I had gotten updates from everyone who saw him on the course as to how he looked or what he said. Everyone said he was smiling everytime they saw him. I saw him twice on the course. Once when I was running and he was finishing the bike. He said he felt great and looked really happy. I saw him again when I was finishing the run and he was going out. He still looked happy. The best site was when I was him before the finish line. I noticed his hat was on backwards. That is definately his "tell". If his hat is backwards, that means he is feeling good. I think the smile on my face was almost as big as the smile on his.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just more training. For the first race of the year, I could not be happier.

Event comments:

Dallas Athletes always puts on a great race. He fact that the course is my backyard makes it even better. I am just so proud of Steve. He worked so hard to get to this point and I know it's only going to get better.

Last updated: 2007-03-06 12:00 AM
00:07:30 | 328 yards | 02m 17s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/1
Overall: 0/287
Performance: Average
Course: Pool swim at the Keller Natatorium. It's a great place to swim with 50 meter lanes that are 9 ft. wide. Each lane only went one direction.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:14
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:42:49 | 12.67 miles | 17.75 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/1
Overall: 0/287
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: 2-loops of a square course in Keller. A few hills but mostly flat and fast.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:04
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:34:50 | 03.11 miles | 11m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/1
Overall: 0/287
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back on the running path through Bear Creek Park.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4