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Texarkana, Texas
United States
62F / 17C
Total Time = 1h 16m 34s
Overall Rank = 92/213
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 10/19
Pre-race routine:

Well since I was out of town I brought some protein and half a peanut butter sandwich. I also tried a poweraid Gel 1 hour before race.
Event warmup:

Just did my normal swim stretch routine.
  • 13m 7s
  • 650 yards
  • 02m 01s / 100 yards

The beginning was tough. People couldn't swim straight and since I wasn't in position I was in the middle fighting through everyone. I few times I couldn't catch my breath and I had to fight not to panic. Never felt like I got a good rhythm. Felt Like I was fighting it the whole way.
What would you do differently?:

Get a better position for the start.
Transition 1
  • 01m 38s

Felt pretty good. Shirt stuck to me some which slowed me down. High traffic as well which I had to move around people. Putting on socks takes some much time when your feet are wet.
What would you do differently?:

Re-think the shirt and socks. Not really sure.
  • 39m 36s
  • 13 miles
  • 19.70 mile/hr

I was going about 17mph avg on the way out and 20mph avg on the way back. I got passed by SOOOOO.... many people. My biking is horrible compared to others. It's like I have to make a major effort to maintain the speed. If i take my mind off it at any moment my speed drops quickly. The funny part is at the end I was getting passed by a group of 8 or so. We got to the hill and I flew past them. That just doesn't make any sense to me. I did enjoy the course.
What would you do differently?:

Be more aggressive.
Transition 2
  • 00m 38s

I've got this part down pretty good. I drop everything put the running shoes on and grab my hat and race belt and put them on while I'm running. Only thing that really slows me down is I do stop to take a drink from my bottle.
What would you do differently?:

  • 21m 36s
  • 3 miles
  • 07m 12s  min/mile

The first mile was painful. I felt like I was just jogging and it hurt. Just over a mile I got some of my running legs back so I picked up the pace. My breathing was all over the place. Hard to control. The last mile I could here people behind gaining on me. It was a group of 3. First guy passed me but I kept on his heels. I then picked up the pace again and passed him. I could still the group behind me. About 400 yards left all 3 passed me and one had a 32 on his leg. I said hell no I'm not going out like that. I went into a dead sprint and they followed. We were all sprinting into the finish. Two of the 3 couldn't hang, but that darn 32 year old stayed with me. I then went all out and we crossed the finish. I beat him by a hair.
What would you do differently?:

Why does it take someone passing me in my age group for me to pick up my pace. I know I can speed up since I do it every time. I want to run all out. Where is my drive. Just before mile 2 I saw someone I knew and didn't want him catching me so I speed up. I'm not real happy with myself.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank water, Gatorade, Beer and actually got to enjoy the nice weather and awards. I also won a prize. Free Triathlon subscription for a year.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Very good race. I'm sure I will do this one again.

Last updated: 2008-05-18 12:00 AM
00:13:07 | 650 yards | 02m 01s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/19
Overall: 0/213
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri Suit
Course: The course was a Triangle. They had to change the swim due to the rain last minute. The markers were easy to see. The start was weird. Not much warning and I was a little confused where to stand. I was in the water ankle deep when they said go. Also getting out of the water was a little tough cause the ground was muddy/sand. As I got out of the water on the beach my watch said 12:54.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:38
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:39:36 | 13 miles | 19.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/19
Overall: 0/213
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Course was mostly flat but one little hill which is tough for me. It was windy on the way out, but coming back not much wind. It was crossing the dam.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:38
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:36 | 03 miles | 07m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/19
Overall: 0/213
Performance: Good
Course: Course was well shaded with gradual hills throughout. Two turnaround points did slow you down some. Had to get your legs back on pace.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
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? No
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-05-19 9:39 AM

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