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Lone Star Triathlon Festival - Sprint - TriathlonSprint

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Galveston, Texas
United States
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 11m 16s
Overall Rank = 73/868
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 12/67
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:30am. Cereal for breakfast and an Accelerade. In transition by 5:40am. Got set up then just hung around and visited with friends there.
Event warmup:

Jogged in the parking lot for a few minutes. Did a warm up swim prior to the start. This helped get me settled and comfortable.
  • 08m 42s
  • 528 yards
  • 01m 39s / 100 yards

Got off to a good start. I was able to start 2 back from the front and right at the line I split the two guys and cut inside the buouy to get through. I pulled ahead of the one to my right and was in open water alone. Never felt another person the rest of the swim. Felt like I had the ocean to myself! I do not think I swam as hard as I could have. I felt like I was struggling to keep my breath and as a result kept my effort reigned in some.
What would you do differently?:

I think with calmer nerves my HR would have been lower and as a result I could have pushed the effort harder.
Transition 1
  • 02m 29s

This transition could definitely be faster. I felt like I was in a daze kind of piddling at my station. Took my time rinsing my head and feet with clean water. Dried my feet well before putting on socks, etc. Should have just put socks on and to heck with a little salt water!

As for mounting the bike, I ran through transition with it but didn't do a jump on start. Still was quick getting on and getting my shoes clipped. Was off and running no problem!
What would you do differently?:

I would have a better gameplan for movement by movement what to do when I got to my station. No piddling next time! Easily could have knocked off 45 seconds here.
  • 35m 27s
  • 12.5 miles
  • 21.16 mile/hr

Perhaps I rode a little harder than I should have. This may have made the run tougher on me than I needed. I felt good riding and never really felt exhausted. I just kept seeing that my HR was running at my higher end and thought that may not be good for later in the race.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure I would do anything differently. I saw the HR and mentally was trying to reign in the horses but the horses wanted to I let'em run!
Transition 2
  • 00m 55s

I didn't step off the bike until it was stopped (which was RIGHT at the dismount line). Oops, that was a little close. Running through transition my heavy shoes hung down from the pedal and hit the ground and caused the bike to jump way out of control and just about took a guy out next to me. No harm. Didn't hit him or anyone else. Just startled me is all. This transition overall went perfect compared to the first. I had already gooed out on the bike so didn't need to do anything other than I grabbed a quick sip and then took off. Began running from my station.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure I would change anything here.
  • 23m 40s
  • 3.2 miles
  • 07m 24s  min/mile

So this is evidently the area I most need to improve on. I got passed a LOT on the run by guys in my age group. Perhaps if I were faster here I would have ranked higher for my age group. I was tired right off the bat and sheer will kept me going. My HR was up, I was breathing hard, and legs were tired. One thing I distinctly noticed prior to mile one was the sensation of shin splints coming in. The muscles on the front of my shins were exhausted. I assumed I was at VO2 max or whatever and that my muscles couldn't clear the junk. Anyway, then I got that out of my head and started realizing I am supposed to do an Olympic in 2 months! If this run was as hard as it was, how am I going to do an Olympic! Guess I will focus less on speed then and more on finishing. On the run I mostly used the water at the stations to pour over my head. I drank very little on the course. Part of the run took us through heavy grass. I thought I would have to kill someone for that! That was like running in wet concrete! After the turnaround I heard my buddy coming out towards me yell "GO BRIAN!" I yelled back to encourage him and then thought "He is closing in on me! I gotta pick it up!" I had no idea what my pace was. I knew I was making pretty good time, but didn't realize how much below an 8 minute mile I was running. This is the fastest I have ever run...ever! :)
What would you do differently?:

Work on training my run more and focus on improving my SPEED!!! This was my fastest ever and I am very pleased with it but when I see how it ranks compared with my other two disciplines I see I need to work on it more.
Post race
Warm down:

Oops. What is a "warm down?" I realized too late that I needed to stretch. I stretch more after a light workout than I did after this race. The day after I am feeling it!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My breathing on the swim and my running.

Event comments:

This race was AWESOME! Only my second but they did a great job! It was a blast being there. I will definitely look to do other races with Endorfun.

Last updated: 2007-12-20 12:00 AM
00:08:42 | 528 yards | 01m 39s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/67
Overall: 58/868
Performance: Good
Suit: Zoot wetsuit
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:29
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:35:27 | 12.5 miles | 21.16 mile/hr
Age Group: 11/67
Overall: 62/868
Performance: Good
HR avgeraged 141 bpm. This is high for me. Most of the ride I kept thinking to myself to slow down but the body wanted to keep pedaling fast! What was I to do? :)
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back along Seawall Blvd. Tailwind on the ride out and headwind on the ride back.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 83
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:55
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:40 | 03.2 miles | 07m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 22/67
Overall: 155/868
Performance: Good
Never checked my HR. I was afraid to after the bike and given how I was feeling!
Course: Flat
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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

2008-03-30 9:53 PM

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2008-03-30 9:59 PM
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Nice job!
2008-03-30 10:10 PM
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Pflugerville, TX
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Way to go Brian, 12th in our age group!!!!!!

BTW, I was no where near you when I saw you....I hadn't even covered the first mile!!!!

Glad to see that you are on BT...I never saw you again I was sitting on the wall refueling after the race and we will have to definately get together and train some to get ready for the CAPTEX.


2008-03-31 8:45 AM
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Tyler, TX
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An incredible time for only your second triathlon!  You'll keep on getting better with each race!


2008-05-18 5:48 PM
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Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon Festival - Sprint
Thank you very much for the encouragement.

I am sorry I didn't see this message when you posted it otherwise I would have responded sooner.

I am still relatively novice at using the BT website and haven't done much posting or interacting with other members.

I see that you live in Houston. The Lonestar I did with my brother-in-law who lives down near Sugarland. That was his first triathlon. I am getting ready to do the CapTexTri here in Austin next weekend. I am hoping to have improved my run time some.

Perhaps we will cross paths at a race some time!

Thank you again for your kind words and encouragement!

Brian Smith
Austin, TX
2008-05-18 8:31 PM
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Fort Bragg
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon Festival - Sprint
Good race and good analysis. I'm looking forward to seeing how this analysis works out in your next tri.

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