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Galveston, Texas
United States
Total Time = 1h 10m 35s
Overall Rank = 68/868
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 7/59
Pre-race routine:

Drove down to Galveston Friday night solo. I didn't get in until almost 10, so I pretty much organized my race stuff and went to sleep. Got up at 5 am, had a bagel with peanut butter and some Gatorade. Got to Moody and got all checked in and setup. Ran into Aaron and Brittany at body marking and chatted for a bit.
Event warmup:

None to speak of, really.
  • 09m 41s
  • 528 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

Pretty uneventful swim. I felt like the effort level was right where it should have been.
What would you do differently?:

What else? More swimming.
Transition 1
  • 02m 8s

I was a little slower than I expected to be, based on times from last year. Not terrible, but 8th fastest in my AG is mediocre for me.
What would you do differently?:

I probably could have done without the socks and save a few seconds, but it wouldn't have made a difference in my overall placing.
  • 34m 32s
  • 12.5 miles
  • 21.72 mile/hr

I haven't checked the PM yet, but I'm guessing I'll be around 200 watts. I was pushing over that and felt pretty good. I had one guy in my AG come by me pretty early in the ride. A second guy in my AG also came by a few minutes later, but I was able to maintain a legal draft off him the rest of the way. Those were the only 2 people that passed me. I have no idea how many I passed.

Checked the power tap and normalized power was 201. Not too bad. I could have pushed another 10-15 watts pretty easily.
What would you do differently?:

I wasn't peaked for this race like I wanted to be, mostly due to time constraints.
Transition 2
  • 00m 49s

I almost completely wrecked this dismount. I opened the straps on my shoes, as usual. As I got closer to the line, I took my right foot out of the shoe and swung that leg over, also as usual. It was only as I was just closing in on the line that I realized that I hadn't taken my left foot out of the shoe yet! Oh crap. I quickly threw my right leg back over, got my left foot out, and got ready to dismount again. No harm, no foul, but that could have been ugly. The rest of the transition was good. Even as fast as I was to that point, Michael Lovato was finishing as I exited T2.
What would you do differently?:

Pay attention. Timewise, though, I had the best T2 in my AG, tied with the AG winner.
  • 23m 22s
  • 3 miles
  • 07m 47s  min/mile

Run was a bit meandering, although apparently not as bad as last year. I took it a little bit easy, knowing I had the 1/2 the next day. I also wasn't sure of my AG rank, so I wanted something in the tank if someone in my AG came by (turns out it didn't matter at all). I definitely could have saved 1-1:30 on this run if I had kept up with the speedwork I was doing for the marathon.
Post race
Warm down:

Nothing other than the free massage.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of speed training over the last 4-5 weeks on the bike and run and lack of swim training overall. My base for the bike and run are solid, but for a short distance like this, I needed to have more recent speedwork. That'll be the goal for April as I get ready for the very short Rookie.

Event comments:

Keith and his crew knocked it out of the park again. Tons of volunteers, great organization, good post-race activities and spread, excellent venue. His races are definitely the gold standard. I'd put his races right up there with any of the Ironman events, just without the Ironman "experience".

Last updated: 2008-03-29 12:00 AM
00:09:41 | 528 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 12/59
Overall: 119/868
Performance: Average
Suit: Promotion sleeveless
Course: L-shaped from a deep water start. It's a straight shot from the start for about 450 yards to the Colonel paddle wheel boat. A left turn just past that and then straight in to shore.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:08
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:34:32 | 12.5 miles | 21.72 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/59
Overall: 40/868
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Single loop, mostly along the Galveston seawall.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:49
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:22 | 03 miles | 07m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/59
Overall: 136/868
Performance: Average
Course: Winding route through Moody Gardens.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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] 5

2008-03-29 4:27 PM

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Austin, TX
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2008-03-30 8:42 AM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon Festival - Sprint
Crazy fast run doug.....gret race and glad you didn't wreck off your bike
2008-03-30 10:36 AM
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Good job not wiping out on the bike coming into T2!  Great race.
2008-03-30 11:11 AM
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Austin, Texas
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Nice job Dennis - Let's have none of those T2 antics at the half!
2008-03-30 12:28 PM
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Dallas, TX
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon Festival - Sprint
Great job!  Way to go avoiding the T2 mishap.  That dismount technique makes me nervous, but I'm going to start trying to practice it.  Hope the 1/2 went just as well for you today!
2008-03-30 5:54 PM
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Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon Festival - Sprint

Great job, Dennis!!!  It was great to get to see you again and have a little chat time before the swim start.  Looks like the race went really well for you. Good catch on the dismount, that would have been bad!

See you around the races!

2008-03-30 8:56 PM
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Houston, TX
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great job Dennis!  and good seeing you again.
2008-03-31 9:30 AM
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solid day, nice job
2008-03-31 7:59 PM
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the colony texas
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Nice job Dennis.. even with saving some for Sunday you were moving pretty good
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