St. Patrick's Day Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Keller, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes
40F / 4C
Total Time = 1h 11m 26s
Overall Rank = 90/600
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 18/42
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:00 to eat and take my time getting ready. I didn't have peanut butter, so I couldn't have my usual PB and banana sandwich. I had a clif bar about 40 minutes till start.
Event warmup:

Miserably cold and wet. By far the worst race day conditions I've been in. Ran a little and swam 100 meters.
  • 05m 9s
  • 300 meters
  • 01m 40s / 100 meters

Kept a pretty solid pace throughout. I didn't start off too fast... I felt like I couldn't go any faster or I'd start to really tap out.
Transition 1
  • 02m 44s

Could I have camped out any longer? Miserably cold and wet. It seemed like it took forever to get my long sleeve shirt and wind jacket on. I had to put on gloves and socks as well, which kept getting stuck on my wet skin. My T1 time had a major impact on my overall race time.
What would you do differently?:

I'm not sure there's anything else I could have done given the circumstances. I put on my sunglasses for a second, and then realized they were just all wet so I tossed them. The wind really didn't bother my contacts.
  • 38m 38s
  • 12 miles
  • 18.64 mile/hr

I felt like I was walking up the hills. I just couldn't get my speed up to where it should be. The wet roads kept me going slow in the corners, and all the clothes just bogged me down (probably more psychologically). I also lost my stupid little yellow puff thingy for my aero drink about 5 mins into my ride, so my drink was splashing all over the place.
What would you do differently?:

More T.I.T.S...
Transition 2
  • 01m 30s

well... I stripped of my wet bike shoes and my socks were soaked. So I chose to run without socks so i could have some dryenss. I did this once before in training and got serious blisters.. this time, it was the best choice I made of the day.
What would you do differently?:

I should have left my wind jacket in transition. My long sleeve shirt was all I needed.
  • 23m 22s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 31s  min/mile

I thought I had a pretty good pace on the way back. I didn't really look at my watch to get my split times because I didn't want to see how bad I was doing. My time was right around where I thought it would be. I really wanted to be around 7:15/mile though.
What would you do differently?:

I couldn't have run any faster without tapping out. I think I had the best time on the back half.
Post race
Warm down:

Just walked around and chatted with some folks. Drank water and had 2 package bites.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Overall... I think the race itself was well run, and one of the better DA managed events I've been to. Especially considering the weather. Some say that the weather affected folks evenly, but I feel some used it to their advantage by HTFUing through the race in minimal clothes. I thought they were nuts though.

Last updated: 2009-02-08 12:00 AM
00:05:09 | 300 meters | 01m 40s / 100meters
Age Group: 12/42
Overall: 0/600
Performance: Good
Course: Pool swim
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:44
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:38:38 | 12 miles | 18.64 mile/hr
Age Group: 17/42
Overall: 0/600
Performance: Bad
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: a lot hillier than I anticipated.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:30
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:23:22 | 03.11 miles | 07m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/42
Overall: 0/600
Performance: Average
Course: Running trails... a little hilly but not too bad.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
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