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Keller, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes
57F / 14C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 18m 42s
Overall Rank = 218/462
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 34/52
Pre-race routine:

Went to BT group dinner night before...didn't feel well...I guess I had a bug. Didn't eat much. On the drive home, had to stop to 'be sick'. Actually had to stop a 2nd time before making it home. That didn't give me a very positive outlook on my goal time. Usually, I stay up all night talkin' race strategy with Chris (karhooligan), but this night...slight change in plans. Slept from about 10 till 2. Stayed up for a few hours...then slept for another hour. Finally got up and hurried to get stuff together in my race bag so that we could leave in time to set up transitions. Got to race site...parked at Tom Thumb. walked bike over to transition area. set up stuff. Got body marked. Went into Nat. and saw a few BT'ers.
Event warmup:

Jumped in for a 100 swim. Warm water. warm up went well...got some nerves calmed. Picked up timing chip at the last minute.
Swim
  • 05m 5s
  • 300 meters
  • 01m 41s / 100 meters
Comments:

Was about 8 second interval starts. Picked up the first swimmer ahead of me after the first 50. Decided to pick a good spot to pass. I passed two swimmers around 125 into the swim. Didn't catch anyone else. No one caught up to me. Felt good. Might have gone a litte harder to get under 5 min, but overall, knew that I did well.
What would you do differently?:

nothing.
Transition 1
  • 01m 12s
Comments:

Felt that I did really well. Caught up to Chris (karhooligan) at T1 and we left transition at the same time. Didn't waste anytime. No slip ups or time wasters.
What would you do differently?:

nothing
Bike
  • 41m 21s
  • 12.6 miles
  • 18.28 mile/hr
Comments:

On first loop, I was fine the first 2 or so miles. THEN...the bug returned from the night before. Took a few sips of my G-ade/water combo from my aero bottle. Moments later...those sips, along with some more fluid came up and out and onto the ground. Moments later, as Chris was pacing behind me, he caught and passed me, casually asking if I was ok...Sure, as long as throwing up while riding is normal! lol. He initially thought I had said "This is tough"...then realized I said "I threw up". He didn't miss a beat (as was the plan...individual sport race) and kept on going. after a few miles, I took a few more sips from my aero bottle...and sure enough...a few minutes later...it too decided that it wasn't comfortable inside my stomach...(yech x 2). Decided right then and there that the bike wasn't going to be a success. My HR, from what I could tell, was fine...my stomach ached...so I just kept my cadence average and PE in check. Once I got to the 2nd loop (about 1 mile into it), I seemed to 'catch my 2nd wind'...and decided to push it a bit...having had a dozen or so people passing me, I actually passed some of those same folks on the 2nd loop. That gave me some confidence that I would finish with my head held high. Fight through it! Oh, and moments afer the 2nd GI bout...I was coasting down one of the long downhill portions...some nice lady yelled out (as she passed on the left) that "NO COASTING ALOUD"...within seconds...she was well passed me...I got a bit upset...but realized that it wouldn't matter trying to catch up to her, explain my plight and fade back again...so I started pedalling again...realizing she was right...no time for breaks (at least not for another 45 minutes)...
What would you do differently?:

Not have GI issue the night before and during the bike ride. As usual, get more hill work in.
Transition 2
  • 01m 25s
Comments:

Only had one slip up. When setting up transition pre-race, I neglected to put my run hat out so I had to search through two zipper pockets before realizing the hat was in the "main" compartment. Probably didn't cost me but 10 or so seconds, but it still bothered me some. Only other issue was my initial plan was to leave the shoes on the bike. Was somewhat confused as I entered the dismount line and had already loosened my shoes, two separate people were giving me instructions as to where I am supposed to dismount. So I wound up unclipping my shoes and running with my bike to my rack. Socks went on surprising well before slipping into my yankz tied shoes. Quite happy with that!
What would you do differently?:

not forget to prepare my running hat. Successfully leave the shoes on the bike and running barefoot.
Run
  • 29m 41s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 32s  min/mile
Comments:

calf cramps at the onset of the run (typical for me). 100 yrds into run, stopped and stretched them out. Knew that I didn't have a PR in the works, so I resigned myself to the fact that I was going to not walk any, but may run slow. Calves felt good about 1 mile into run...kept, what I felt, was about a 10/min pace. Saw Chris shortly before the turnaround...gave my usual (finish strong) comment...made the turnaround and went at about a 9:30 pace to finish it.
What would you do differently?:

It all stems from the bug, but due to not having been sufficiently hydrated, I believe this to be the cause of the calves cramping. Didn't have a choice though. Hydration = throw-up and I had done enough of that the previous 12 hours. Skipped the water aid station on the way out...decided to have some on the way back in. Amazingly, it stayed down. Having PR'd my stand alone 5k the previous week (24:46), didn't feel too bad with a sub 30 (under my personal conditions).
Post race
Warm down:

Got finishers medal (WTF? This is a sprint!). That was a cool thing to get. Hung out with BT'ers and Chris...attempted to throw down a pancake without throwing it back up (success - barely). Fetched my camera from transition area to capture some of the post-race moments.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

GI issues previous night and during bike ride limited (prevented) any kind of hydration.

Event comments:

RD was hilarious as he MC'd the finish. Best joke heard (paraphrased): I named my dog Herpes, 'cause he wouldn't heal!

Thanks to all the volunteers. Once again, they made everything safe for us racers. Thanks to all the jockstrappers. Once again, they made everyone (me) feel like a champion! Thanks to my BT friends for your support!




Last updated: 2008-03-15 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:05:05 | 300 meters | 01m 41s / 100meters
Age Group: 6/52
Overall: 52/462
Performance: Good
Didn't use the Polar (not by choice...the button didn't click and I didn't realize it until 1/2 way through the bike portion so I just went off PE.
Suit: 2 piece Tri Suit
Course: 6 lane. Up and back (under each lane).
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 01:12
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
00:41:21 | 12.6 miles | 18.28 mile/hr
Age Group: 28/52
Overall: 52/462
Performance: Average
see previous comment
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: a few hills to keep a rider honest. Good straight aways. 2 loops.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 01:25
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:29:41 | 03.11 miles | 09m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 40/52
Overall: 52/462
Performance: Below average
see previous comments regarding polar.
Course: nice trail run. Out and back. winding.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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2008-03-15 10:28 PM

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2008-03-15 10:47 PM
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Awesome RR and way to "gut it out" my brotha!  I still can't believe you didn't DNS.  Then you go out and PR for the sprint.  You sir, are a stud!

Chris

2008-03-15 11:04 PM
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nice job out there,,, that was a pretty good time for someone that needed a barf bag..

hope you get some rest this weekend and whatever bug got you,, leaves you  

2008-03-15 11:56 PM
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Subject: RE: Dallas Athletes St. Patricks Day Sprint
Nice meeting you and great race. I'm going to make a mental note to not ride behind you should you ever mention you had GI probs the night before...
2008-03-16 6:04 AM
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Nice race despite the throw-up-age...

2008-03-16 8:52 AM
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CONGRATS on an AMAZING race.   Sick the night before, and then still put up a performance like you did.   Hurlage and everything.  You, sir, are an Ironman (or at least one to be!)  

Now, go to bed and get feeling better.  Hope to see you again soon!

 



2008-03-16 9:00 AM
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Way to stick w/ it!  Great job on the race!
2008-03-16 10:11 AM
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Way to go, Brian! Great job sticking with it even when you were not feeling 100%!
2008-03-16 10:39 AM
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And they say there are no heroes!

 

You are a mensch! Well done. 

2008-03-16 10:54 AM
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Puking rally in a triathlon?!?! Wow! Thats hardcore. I had stomach issues the morning of the race too, but definitely not that bad. Good job finishing!!
2008-03-16 11:07 AM
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Great meeting you guys!!

Thank you for making me feel welcome at the race. I'm glad that I freaked out in the swim so you could pass me up. I have great respect for you finishing with the GI problem. I think I would have quit and called it the day. Looking forward to tracking your training for your Ironman.



2008-03-16 1:02 PM
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Well now, you sure are hardcore, all puking while you ride and whatnot!  You still had a really strong bike split in spite of that.  Great job out there... I think you get major props just for showing up when you were feeling so under the weather.  Good job of listening to your body when you needed to (reeling it in on the bike, stretching out the calf cramps) as it seems to have really paid off for you in the end.  Congrats.

2008-03-16 4:47 PM
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Dude!  You still averaged almost 17.5mph on the bike, puke and all!  You rock!!!  Great meeting you!
2008-03-16 6:50 PM
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Fast swim!  Great job toughing it out when you were feeling down.  Great race!
2008-03-16 8:28 PM
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Nice race!  sorry about the puking though.

 

2008-03-17 9:16 AM
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Great race. Way to tough it out. The three of us were right there througout he race, but i had no idea you were fighting off GI issues. All i can say is way to hang in there.

It was nice meeting you, I'm sure I'll see you at another race soon.


2008-03-17 10:03 AM
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Mighty darn fast race for someone who was vomiting and cramping up on the run!

Great job even though you weren't feeling well.
2008-03-17 10:31 AM
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Great Race Report..I hope you are feeling better now.  I want to be as fast as you are sick...when I am healthy!
2008-03-17 11:05 AM
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Sorry about the GI issues, but at least you learned something and even set a PR in the process.  Great race.

It was nice to meet your and your brother, and I hope your wetsuits come in in time to join us for the OWS this weekend.

2008-03-17 1:56 PM
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take pride in the puking, my friend!  if nothing else, it makes the wheel-suckers back off!

great job, and good to see y'all again!
2008-03-17 2:23 PM
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Nice job pushing through with the stomach bug! That's a true athlete! Hope your next one has you feeling strong!


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