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Galveston, Texas
United States
Total Time = 5h 18m 38s
Overall Rank = 117/560
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 17/49
Pre-race routine:

Same as the day before. Got up at 5:15, had a bagel and peanut butter, and headed to the race.
Event warmup:

None. Just got my wetsuit on and hung out on the dock. Saw Aaron, Brittany, and Rob out there as well.
  • 42m 18s
  • 2112 yards
  • 02m / 100 yards

Just a crappy swim. I was slow, I could never get settled into a draft, I wasn't confident in my navigation, my goggles fogged, and my wetsuit tore me up. I think the course was a bit long, since the best time in the AG was barely under 33 minutes.

I really need a new wetsuit. The neck on mine was chaffing to the point that I didn't want to sight be the end of the swim because lifting my head would cause it to dig into my neck.
Transition 1
  • 02m 21s

Decent T1. I took it a bit easy just because I wanted to get my heart rate down before getting going on the bike. If I do that, I fare much better.
  • 2h 41m 20s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.83 mile/hr

I almost certainly could have gone harder here. I ended up averaging only about 174 watts over the ride. Normalized was 178. I decided to just take it a little easier, though. I settled in to a legal draft off a couple of people and just cranked away.
Transition 2
  • 01m 41s

Slower T2 than in the sprint, but I needed a pit stop.
  • 1h 50m 54s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 28s  min/mile

This was an odd run. When I first started out, I was tight, of course. I just pushed on, trusting that my legs would loosen up after a couple of miles. I wasn't pushing too hard, but ran 8:00 miles right from the start. That was good. After a couple of miles, my legs loosened up, but I started getting this weird numbness in my legs and feet, especially on the right side. I stopped for a second bent over, shook my legs out, and tried to loosen up the leg band on my shorts. That helped a bit, so I pressed on. It kept happening and I was getting a bit freaked out. At about the halfway point, though, it just went away. Still don't know what happened.

The run was still going well, I maintained the 8:00 miles through mile 7. Mile 8 suddenly got a lot slower, though I didn't feel like I slowed down. From there to the finish, I was definitely plodding. I imagine that was the sprint from the day before catching up to me.
Post race
Warm down:

Got a massage, food, hung out for the awards and giveaways.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not enough swim training and the sprint the day before.

Event comments:

I'm dinging this race just a bit compared to the sprint because it seems like Keith had some volunteers not show up. Unlike the sprint, there were no volunteers to help racers out of the water and navigate the ramp. Also, the two bike stations definitely needed more people. I only saw 2 people at one and 3 at the other. The rest of the stations were all well manned, though, and the race itself was awesome.

Last updated: 2008-03-31 12:00 AM
00:42:18 | 2112 yards | 02m / 100yards
Age Group: 28/49
Overall: 258/560
Performance: Below average
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:21
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:41:20 | 56 miles | 20.83 mile/hr
Age Group: 16/49
Overall: 107/560
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Too much
Time: 01:41
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:50:54 | 13.1 miles | 08m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/49
Overall: 132/560
Performance: Below average
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

2008-03-31 9:55 AM

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Austin, TX
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Subject: Lone Star Triathlon Festival - Half Iron

2008-03-31 11:09 AM
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Flower Mound, TX
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon Festival - Half Iron
Great race, Dennis.  You ran very strong after fast bike split.  Well done.
2008-03-31 12:22 PM
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Waller County, TX
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon Festival - Half Iron
Great job in my book, especially after doing a sprint (BTW, good there, too) on Saturday.

You certainly got your money's worth out of a trip to Galveston.
2008-03-31 12:40 PM
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Lacey, Washington
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon Festival - Half Iron
Great job Dennis! Saw you out there a couple times and you looked really strong, especially with having done that sprint the day prior!! Was great to meet you out there and look forward to seeing you at future races! Well done!
2008-03-31 1:46 PM
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San Antonio, TX
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Congrats Dennis!

Nice job.  Hope the numbness goes away permanantly.  Sorry we never met up.  I ended up buying tickets for the dinner once I got there.  Was hoping more were available.

2008-03-31 5:44 PM
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Dallas, TX
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon Festival - Half Iron
Great work - especially after racing Saturday!  Even though the swim gave you trouble, you had great bike and run splits.  Two great races in one weekend is never a bad way to start the season!

2008-03-31 7:31 PM
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the colony texas
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those are great bike and run splits for your 2nd race in two days..

Nice start to the season 

2008-04-01 9:13 PM
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Plano, TX
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Fantastic job after the Sprint the day before.  You really held it together the second day!  I hope you're right about the swim being long; I should check the spints in my AG as well.

I saw you talking to Aaron after the race; sorry I didn't get a chance to chat more with 'ya.

2008-04-03 9:07 AM
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No excuses!
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon Festival - Half Iron
Great job Dennis, races back to back and impressive times to boot!
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