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Capital of Texas Triathlon - Olympic Distance - TriathlonOlympic

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Austin, Texas
United States
Capital of TexasTriathlon
100F / 38C
Total Time = 2h 59m 46s
Overall Rank = 710/1438
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 51/92
Pre-race routine:

Transition opened at 5:30 and closed at 6:30am, although my wave did not leave until 8:30. Yep that is right - an entire two hours of doing nothing - now thats out of the way....

I did not get much sleep the night prior but awoke abruptly at 5:15 as my bike was already in transition and had an end spot on the bike rack. Had my normal tri breakfast (natural oats bar) and meet up with the other team members in the lobby.
Event warmup:

Got to transition (2 min walk from host hotel) and began setting up - got my swim stuff prepped and waited. Then waited some more. 8 waves went out prior to mine! I finally jumped in the water around 8:35 and it was about 90 degrees outside by that time. My goal for the event was a sub 3 hour oly distance.
  • 28m 4s
  • 1500 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

The swim is my best event by far - I feel very comfortable in water and was on pace to hit my prior time of 28 minutes. The first 200 meters were a little rough as my wave had more people in it. Once I rounded the corner for the back stretch I was in a nice pocket all to myself (eventually passing members for the previous wave).
What would you do differently?:

I might have gone a little harder on this event knowing that it is my only good event - although I wanted to save some energy for the remaining events.
Transition 1
  • 03m 52s

A really - really long transition run - and muddy / sandy. Running with the bike got my sport drink all over my bars and computer!
What would you do differently?:

Sat down to get my wetsuit off and need to work on a smoother transition. Not to worried about the time improvement thought (20 seconds max).
  • 1h 16m 23s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.52 mile/hr

I did my own thing and had a good turn out. The great thing about the 4 loop course was that you knew what was coming up and which gears to be in at which point on the course. There were many sharp turns which made for a lower mph average, although the down hill section of the course was enjoyable.
What would you do differently?:

My biggest problem for the bike (which turned out to be the cause of my heat exhaustion) was the fact that I only had 1 bottle (tri bottle) which was filled with power aide. I meant to dilute this with water in transition, but ran out of time before it closed. The amount of sugar in my system gave me a nice boost on the bike - but left me dead on the run.
Transition 2
  • 02m 53s

Again a very long transition through sand / mud which did not allow me to take my shoes off on the bike dismount. Slipped out of the bike shoes and into the runners, downed a gu and headed out.
What would you do differently?:

I had my Garmin set for a buddy run - with the running buddy set for a 6 mile run at a 9:50 pace (i know that is slow - but I'm a horrible runner). I would rather have it just set to show my current speed and distance.
  • 1h 08m 29s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 02s  min/mile

The run is my enemy. I had the goal of finishing the race at a 10 minute pace. My training runs are about a 9:10 pace overall and I figured that if I save my energy on the bike I would be able to easily hit a 10 minute pace. WRONG - I was so tired on the run from the lack of energy (see above bike problem) and the heat. I started off fine with a nice 9:50 pace for the first half mile. I decided to walk the aid stations in order to fully use the water and ice resources. As the miles started to add up - the only encouragement I had was to finish the race and make sure I looked somewhat alive when my wife was snapping photos of me.
What would you do differently?:

TRAIN TRAIN TRAIN - need to train in weather related scenarios and more bricks. The run has always been my down point but it should be one of the easiest to train for.
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the finished line and knew something did not feel right - I was soaked with water / sweat / and ice and still I was not cooling down. Tried to eat and drink a little and my stomach did not agree with my actions. Found my wife and friends and was then directed to the medical tent for an ice down. Turns out that the amount of sugar on the bike and run was the death of me. Need to dilute my drinks more.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Inability to mix sport drink with water ratio

Event comments:

My goal was to come in under 3 hours - I came in with 14 seconds to spare.

Last updated: 2008-05-26 12:00 AM
00:28:04 | 1500 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/92
Overall: 266/1438
Suit: Exterra Wetsut
Course: Lake Austin (Town lake) - the damn was not shut off so there was a current for 1/2 the swim course
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:52
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:16:23 | 24.85 miles | 19.52 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/92
Overall: 0/1438
Performance: Good
Course: 4 lap scenic route around the capital of Austin - the only problem is with this was the fact that the bike course was a ZOO. You had the 1500+ oly distance folks on the course as well as the 900+ sprint distance folks who ranged from 21mph to the lazy sunday ride. This was extremely dangerous as there were many crashes and nobody was monitoring the course.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:53
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:08:29 | 06.21 miles | 11m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/92
Overall: 0/1438
Performance: Below average
Course: A two lap course through downtown Austin, with a 100 degree 100% humidity heat beating down on you.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-05-27 9:56 AM

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Frisco, TX
Subject: Capital of Texas Triathlon - Olympic Distance

2008-05-27 11:19 AM
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Austin, TX
Subject: RE: Capital of Texas Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Grats on having a sub-3-hour olympic!! Conditions were brutal by the time we started the run.
2008-05-30 3:21 AM
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Subject: RE: Capital of Texas Triathlon - Olympic Distance
Sub 3 hours?  That's great.  Really impressive fast swim too!  Congrats on a super race.
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