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Keller, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes
58F / 14C
Total Time = 1h 31m 11s
Overall Rank = 370/462
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 29/32
Pre-race routine:

Had a difficult time sleeping last night, but I got up about 5 to get the gear together, go though the usual routine with the razor. Had a peanut butter and honey sandwich for breakfast. John picked me up just after 6 and we headed out.

Got to the venue, got set up, marked and headed inside. Met up with several of the BTer's and just tried to stay relaxed. I did stay pretty relaxed. Felt good.

Was a little nervous when I got up this morning though. Temperature was wonderful, but the wind was about 20 mph which was fairly brutal. I hate wind, nearly as much as hills! :)
Event warmup:

Jumped in the pool and swam an easy 100 to get the feel for a 50 meter length again. Water temp was warm
  • 06m 58s
  • 328 yards
  • 02m 07s / 100 yards

The swim was definately my best event of the day. After jumping in and sinking to nearly the bottom of the 12 foot deep diving well, I grabbed the wall, smiled for the camera (yes -- they had a photographer at the start) and waited for the GO. Started out and stroked comfortably, had pretty good turns -- a couple were not as deep as I should have been and I slid against the ropes,rather than clearing them -- nothing bad though, just slowed me down a second or two.

I stuck with my game plan, pushed a little, and felt really good on the swim. The actual swim time was probably 15-30 seconds faster though, as the chip mat was actually outside of the building. I remember looking at the pace clock on the wall when I was about 10 yards in and seeing the clock at 34:40 -- So I figured I started about 34:30 -- when I got out, it was at about 40:45-- So I figured about a 6:15. Either way, my 'official' pace of 2:08/100m was right in the neighborhood of where I expected. I'd seeded myself at a 6:45 so -- I'm good.
What would you do differently?:

Swim faster. Stretch out my stroke a little bit better.
Transition 1
  • 02m 40s

Slower than it should have been. Had a little trouble getting shoes on (plan -- get new shoes) -- I was also a bit more winded from the swim than I had expected to be, but no complaints.
What would you do differently?:

New shoes will be helpful, so I can have the shoes mounted on pedals and put them on when I'm underway.
  • 47m 45s
  • 12.56 miles
  • 15.78 mile/hr

This course was BRUTAL for me today. The course itself is actually a really good, and fairly fast course. Official time has me a 15.1 mph, but according to my Garmin, the course was long at 12.56 miles as opposed to 12 miles published. Offical pace 15.1 MPH

The biggest challenge on this course today was the headwinds into the hilss. Looking at my pace overall today and by segment, I wasn't nearly as strong as I'd have liked to be, but the headwinds and hills REALLY beat me up. I wasn't alone though, a quick scan of the overall bike results indicate that EVERYONE (well nearly) was fighting the wind pretty good)

Another little problem today was that I had a hard time keeping my right shoe in the clip. Kept wanting to come out. I'll fix that though soon with new shoes. Was weird, problem is usually the opposite, I have a bit of a challenge clipping out...

No complaints though. It was a tough ride for me, but a good one, particularly given my lack of time in the saddle so far. That's gonna get fixed though starting this week.

I was determined to have a fun time today, so as I usually do (since I REALLY understand how important volunteers are having RD'd several races) I made it a point to thank the volunteers and police as I rode by. Might have cost me a couple seconds overall, but it's worth it in my book! Never forget to thank the vols -- it's tough! Talked to a few racers as I passed (which I actually did a few times) them and encouraged them, particularly the ones who were clearly struggling!
What would you do differently?:

Much more time in the saddle. Gotta get out and ride more. Learn to ride aero. In the wind today that would have helped a fair amount I think
Transition 2
  • 02m 9s

A lot slower than I should have been on this one. Couple of stupid (and I mean STUPID) mistakes.

1. Ran past my rack and had to go back looking for it.
2. Racked bike on the side opposite my transition gear (how STUPID!)-- Had to go out and around the rack (approx 30 feet) to get to my running shoes.

Other than that, the transition from bike shoes to running shoes, and getting back out on the run was fine.
What would you do differently?:

Get to the right side of my rack, and remember where I parked.....DUH!
  • 31m 40s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 10m 11s  min/mile

Run today, I was quite disappointed with. The first mile I felt pretty good, got a 9:36 which is about where I was expecting. Just past mile 1 though my lower back really started to hurt. It slowed me down and I walked just a few seconds at the turn around. Not more than 10 or so. Pace felt consistent, but I paid for it on the clock for walking that short distance.

Mile 3 was brutal for me today. My back was KILLING me. It forced me to walk a good minute, which was discouraging, but hey, you take what the course will give you and move on. It's fairly easy to see how the back was affecting my run, since I was able to kick back up to a 9:29 pace for the stretch home -- hurt like the devil, but I wanted to finish looking strong. (particularly for the fellow BT'er (Andy in particular) who were cheering me on! :)
What would you do differently?:

Try to figure out what was causing the back to hurt. Push through and keep going.
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the finish line, and started to look for the nearest garbage can to hurl... The nausea only lasted a minute or so, and I was fine. Got my finishers medal (nice touch) walked it off and hooked up with friends who had been jockstrapping me as well as John and Robert. Looked around for other BT'ers but didn't see them.

Walked around a bit, talked and then came home, took a shower, grabbed a hamburger (I was STARVED) and took a 2 hour nap

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of preparation on the bike was significant today. I really felt I could have done better there had I trained for that better.

Back pains during run. But that's what the course gave me -- no sweat

I guess the 25 or so extra pounds I'm packing since my last race had a little something to do with it as well. But that's something I'm TRYING to figure out how to get back in line.

Overall, I feel good about this race -- I'd hoped to be about 10 minutes faster, and I think I was conditioned for that. I was surprised a bit by the wind. Temp was perfect for me -- others complained of being cold, but I was really only chilly the first mile or so on the bike, which is normal.

This will be a good benchmark race for me since it's been 16 months, 30 lbs since my last race, where I did a remarkably similar course in 1:14. No complaints. As much as I wanted to perform better, I had a great time and enjoyed getting back into racing again. Many good lessons learned today

I'm looking forward to the next one. Now just got to figure out which one that will be.....

Now a note about BTer's -- They're AWESOME!! All of them I met at dinner last night and the others from the race this morning were GREAT! Made me feel right at home. That's one of the GREAT things about BT. You can find friends anywhere who enjoy our sport! Thanks for making me feel so welcome TX BTer's -- YOU'RE AWESOME!! I looking forward to many more events, get togethers, and even some workouts!

Event comments:

Race itself was very well run. Course was well marked, plenty of law enforcement and volunteers to help keep things running smoothly. Excellent volunteers in key places to make sure people when the right direction, etc. High marks in this department.

Registration - Fair. Could have been a bit more organized - Chip pickup was late starting, but that's ok.

SWAG -- Non existant. This kind of surprised me.

Finishers Medals -- Nice touch..

This race is one I'd do again without hesitation. The race itself was VERY well run, RD took time to walk along the pool while we were waiting to start and thanked us for participating.

Last updated: 2008-02-24 12:00 AM
00:06:58 | 328 yards | 02m 07s / 100yards
Age Group: 24/32
Overall: 0/462
Performance: Good
Suit: DeSoto Tri Suit
Course: 50 meter pool -- serpentine fashion
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:40
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
00:47:45 | 12.56 miles | 15.78 mile/hr
Age Group: 29/32
Overall: 0/462
Performance: Below average
Mile 1 -16.59 mph Mile 2 -16.14 mph Mile 3 -17.48 mph Mile 4 -19.05 mph Mile 5 -16.74 mph Mile 6 -13.64 mph (worst hills here) Mile 7 -12.63 mph (hills and strong headwinds) Mile 8 -18.56 mph Mile 9 -17.39 mph Mile 10 -19.35 mph Mile 11 -13.74 mph (Back to the tough hills and headwinds) Mile 12 -14.40 mph (Stayed a bit stronger this time) Mile 12.56 -13.44 mph (BEAT -- shoulda pushed harder here)
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Two loops. Some fairly decent hills on the second half of the loop. Strong headwinds on second half of the course, which when added to the hills made it TOUGH
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:09
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:31:40 | 03.11 miles | 10m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 29/32
Overall: 0/462
Performance: Below average
Mile 1 -9:36 Mile 2 -9:59 Mile 3 -10:35 Mile 3.11 -9:29
Course: Out and back on a paved trail. Quite winding, but a great trail to run on. Couple of little hills, but nothing to get excited about
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2008-03-15 5:48 PM

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Peoria, Arizona
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2008-03-15 5:53 PM
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the colony texas
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great job out there today... we rode after the tri was done and the wind was kicking up a bit...

lots of sunshine coming to ride that bike more 

2008-03-15 5:59 PM
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West Chester, Ohio
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Great job on a tough course.  Those winds must have been brutal!

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2008-03-15 6:47 PM
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Plano, TX
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Hey, sorry we missed you at the race, but it was nice meeting you and your wife at dinner last night.  I think you did just fine and then some for a 1 1/2 year lay-off.  Good job!


2008-03-15 7:01 PM
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Sous Mon Diadème
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Nice job out there today, particularly given the 16 month hiatus and the winds.  Sounds like you have some goals in sight and today was an excellent starting point for this season! 

2008-03-15 7:16 PM
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Lacey, Washington
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Great way to start of the season!  Glad you got to meet BT'ers too! Good luck on the rest of your training and year!

2008-03-15 7:20 PM
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Great job today!!!  It was nice to meet you....I'm sure we'll see you again!!!

2008-03-15 8:26 PM
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Wylie, TX
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I totally understand you on the hills with the wind! They were hard. You said you seeded yourself at 6:45? I put the same time, so we were probably really close together in line. Great job!
2008-03-15 8:37 PM
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The Colony, TX
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Sorry I missed you but great race today and congrats on getting back into racing after taking some time off.
2008-03-15 8:51 PM
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The Colony, Texas, USA, Earth
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Congrats on getting back into the sport!  Sorry we didn't talk much at dinner, but I wasn't my usual self (see race report for me in a bit)...I'm happy for you for feeling right at home here (at BT) and in Tejas!  Hope to see you racing (or jockstrapping) at PlayTri Festival in April... Chris (karhooligan) and I and several other Tejas BT'ers are participating in some form or fashion that weekend (Chris and I are doing the HIM)...Hope to see you on some of the group rides we are beginning to have on a fairly consistant basis.


2008-03-15 9:04 PM
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Charlotte, NC
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Congrats on a great first race of the season, and after a hiatus.  You can't control the environment, so don't feel too frustrated about the wind.  You had a good run overall.  Good job!

2008-03-15 11:53 PM
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Great job today with the race, bummer on the back.  Gotta get that taken care of. Get better soon.
2008-03-16 9:04 AM
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Great job on the race after the long layoff.  Great start to the tri season!
2008-03-16 11:14 AM
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Burleson, TX
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Great race to the start of the season. Sorry I did not get to meet you. I was a little distracted with it being my first race and all.

Hope to meet you next time.

2008-03-16 5:23 PM
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McKinney, TX
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Nice job on your first race in a while, Brett!  Great meeting you!
2008-03-17 2:01 PM
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Extreme Veteran
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Great job, Brett!  Welcome back to the tri-universe, but mostly WELCOME TO TEXAS! 

2008-03-17 2:59 PM
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Keller, TX
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great job after a long break. yeah the wind did take its toll, esp w/ your mind if you are watching your speed. take care of your back.

I guess I'll be seeing you on the roads or on the trail, maybe even the pointe since you metioned you are a Kellerite.
2008-03-17 7:53 PM
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Keller Tx
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Great return race Brett!  It was great to meet you and Barbara Friday night! 

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