Clear Lake International Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Clear Lake, Texas
United States
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 28m 24s
Overall Rank = 57/370
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 15/62
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:15, showered, got dressed, ate 1/2 bagel with PB, a pop tart, and 1/2 clif kidz bar and drank a glass of OJ. Left the house by 4:50 and got to racesite at 5:30. Drank 24 oz water and ate other half of bar. Set up in transition and then started warm-up.
Event warmup:

Ran a mile, used the restroom, swam 200 yards and stretched shoulders. I swam out of the finish area and managed to cut my feet in three places because of rocks around the entry point of the swim finish.
  • 25m 27s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 42s / 100 meters

I went out with a pace I thought I could keep the entire race and managed to do just that. I cut my hands as I was getting in the water, wading in three foot water so as not to cut my feet. Cut my hands again as the swim started when my hands hit rocks on the bottom. I know I don't have gorilla length arms, just a super shallow start on rocks. Didn't hurt during the race but the day after I have no less than six cuts or scrapes on on my hands. Not too much bumping and kicking during the start or through out the rest of the swim. Stayed on the outside for most of the race and didn't draft at all. Swam through good part of the previous swim wave. My average pace makes me think that the course was a little short.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 01m 54s

Getting out of the water was a little slow. Everything else was okay except getting my bike off the rack. Except after I was let back into transition post-race, my goggles were gone. Probably my own fault for not taking better care.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing . . . put a lock on my goggles? Practice transitioning with shoes clipped in.
  • 1h 08m 2s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.92 mile/hr

Started out not having reset my timer/odometer on bike computer and was fiddling with for a mile because I inadvertently reset certain settings. Once that first mile was over, I got into a rhythm and kept an even cadence throughout. My average pace was good and the effort was a little harder than expected. I was passed by more people in my age group than I had passed but was probably passed by more people in later swim waves.

I had one gel with about 15 minutes left till back in transition. I wasn't sure how much I drank during the ride but once I got home, I realized I had only drunk about 24 oz. on the bike, which may explain my problems on the run.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more frequently. Think about getting clips aerobars for my road bike . . . or next season, a new bike. Train more on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 27s

All went fair. Duct tape on the left heel stayed on throughout the swim and bike.
What would you do differently?:

  • 51m 34s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 18s  min/mile

Quads were sore from minute one. Hoped they would loosen up by mile 1, but no luck. Paces slowed continuously through the run going from 7:45 on the first mile to 8:45 on the last mile. Started walking through water stations at mile 2, drinking gatorade and dumping self with water each time. Got passed by Matt B at mile 1.5 (who finished 11th) and knew I couldn't keep up with him. Had three others in my age group pass me (including trin2bfast) and I may have passed 2 or 3 in my age group. My goal was to keep it 8:00 pace or under but wasn't going to happen.

Had some stomach cramps during the run which was a combination of drinking too much during the run and gas/bloating from prior night's dinner.
From mile 4 on, the quads were were on fire. The blisters weren't a problem on the left foot though I thought was getting a blister on the right. Ends up it was opposite, got another blister underneath duct tape on the left and right heel was fine.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more on the bike. Do some more brick workouts with high intensity rides to get legs better conditioned for the run. Lose weight.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched a little bit but I really was tired and sore. I was really zonked and didn't feel like walking around, eating or talking. Just wanted to lay down in the shade. Drank water, gatorades, sodas, ate some watermelon and slice of pizza. Took ah hour-long nap later in the afternoon around 3:30.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat . . . heat . . . poor hydration on the bike. I think most people's run was a little slower than usual as a result of the heat.

Event comments:

Pretty well organized and good volunteer support. Will do it again next year as I like the distance and is a good set-up for late season races. Only suggestion/comment is to improve or move the swim start/finish. Too many people got their feet cut on the rocks.

Last updated: 2009-03-24 12:00 AM
00:25:27 | 1500 meters | 01m 42s / 100meters
Age Group: 6/62
Overall: 86/370
Performance: Good
Suit: 2XU Tri Suit
Course: Triangle course
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:54
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:08:02 | 24.85 miles | 21.92 mile/hr
Age Group: 26/62
Overall: 103/370
Performance: Good
Kept an average HR of about 85% of max throughout the bike.
Wind: Little
Course: Big loop. Smooth rodes for the most part. Most intersections well-policed though I did see a car nearly hit a rider 30 yards ahead of me on Nasa Road 1 when the car turned into the bike lane.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 82
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:27
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:51:34 | 06.21 miles | 08m 18s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/62
Overall: 92/370
Performance: Below average
Kept an average HR of about 88% of max throughout the run.
Course: Out and back under the direct sun with no relief from the sun.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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