Old College Tri - TriathlonSprint

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Southlake, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 08m 51s
Overall Rank = 56/400
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 8/37
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 5:15, ate bagel and brought glass of water with me on the 30-minute drive to Southlake. Had pretty much everything ready to go the night before, so just rolled out of bed, got dressed and headed out. Arrived right around 6:00 for the 7:00am start. Got everything lined up for my transitions, and chatted with some folks.
Event warmup:

Had enough time to get a 10-minute jog in and swim 100M. Just enough to get the blood flowing.
  • 05m 36s
  • 300 meters
  • 01m 52s / 100 meters

I liked how they didn't use a mat to start your chip time, but had a guy entering your chip number into his "computer." That way, you could get in the pool, get situated and push off the wall, instead of having to do the running leap. I am not used to swimming in a 50M pool, so there were several times when I looked up expecting to be near the end of the length and I was only about 2/3 of the way through. And I still can't get into a comfortable groove swimming at events...always looking around for people, for the wall, pushing a little too hard. Never relaxed into a rythmic mode or got comfortable breathing.
What would you do differently?:

Try and glide more. Felt really choppy and like I was trying to hard, which made me short of breath. I was relatively happy with my time (especially since I haven't been in the pool much the last three weeks), but felt like I expended too much energy to get that time.
Transition 1
  • 00m 58s

Glad to see my work on the transitions paid off. Had the second-fastest T1 in my AG...primarily because I have the shoes already snapped in to the pedal. I finished 5 seconds ahead of the guy behind me in my age group, all because my transitions were a total of 52 seconds faster. I still haven't figured out what to do with my glasses...stick them in the helmet, etc. My helmet and glasses fell to the ground, so I had to pick them up which cost me a few seconds. And I started running before I buckled my helmet, which made me have to stop and buckle.
What would you do differently?:

Buckle helmet before heading for exit. Hook glasses into my tri top and put them on during ride.
  • 37m 30s
  • 12 miles
  • 19.20 mile/hr

Best bike yet. This is usually my weakest leg, but I tried to hammer it pretty hard and get a good bike time. Course was fast, with only a few hills. I still have lots of work to do and can get much better on the bike, but for me this was a good bike split.
Transition 2
  • 00m 51s

Another good transition. The first-place finisher in my AG was the only other one who had both transitions under 1:00. I got my feet out easily and rode quickly right up to the dismount line. Had a nice pace through transition, slipped my shoes on and was off. Was in such a hurry that I totally forgot to grab my race belt, and didn't realize it until about 1/2 mile in. Was worried about whether it was a violation and whether I'd be penalized, but wasn't.
What would you do differently?:

Uhhh...don't forget my race belt.
  • 23m 57s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 42s  min/mile

I'll take a sub-24 5k any day, especially after pushing on the bike pretty hard. I was a little surprised that my time was only good for 13th in my AG. I got a good laugh on my way back in when I saw a lady jog by about 1/2 mile in...with her bike helmet still on! I've seen some people have to turn around in transition, but haven't seen someone that far in to the run with the helmet still on! LOL. This course had a few segments on grass, which I like, but the recent rains made it muddy. The end was also goofy because it wound around the back of the high school and just when you kept thinking you were going to turn to the finish line, they'd loop you around something else (tennis courts, etc.). So I started my finishing kick a little too early.
What would you do differently?:

Become more familiar with the end of the course so I can time my finishing kick accordingly.
Post race
Event comments:

Well-organized race. Fun post-race crowd.

Last updated: 2008-04-27 12:00 AM
00:05:36 | 300 meters | 01m 52s / 100meters
Age Group: 7/37
Overall: 0/400
Performance: Average
Suit: Zoot Tri
Course: 50M pool snaking through 6 lanes
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:58
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:37:30 | 12 miles | 19.20 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/37
Overall: 0/400
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Two-loop course, which I had forgotten about until I was back at the high school in about 20 minutes.
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:51
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:57 | 03.11 miles | 07m 42s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/37
Overall: 0/400
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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