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Grand Prairie, Texas
United States
Ironhead Race Productions
Total Time = 1h 16m 22s
Overall Rank = 236/274
Age Group = Clyde 35-39
Age Group Rank = 6/8
Pre-race routine:

Ate a clif bar, drank a bottle of Fresca Diet Black Cherry, and out the door to Grand Prairie.
Event warmup:

Zilch. Bodymarked By John, visited with Aaron and Bonnie for a bit. Took a horrific phone call on my cell in which I learned that Steve's P2C committed suicide on the way to the race by jumping off his bike rack into the middle of highway 360. It bummed me out.
  • 09m 33s
  • 400 meters
  • 02m 23s / 100 meters

It was pretty choppy and the swim gave several folks problems. My only issue was that the chop was coming in from my left side, and I don't breathe at all to the right; so, every time I wanted to take a breath, I was fighting off the likelihood of swallowing mass quantities of water.

I mixed in a couple moments of breast stroke just so I could sight over the chop, but I kept a pretty good line. Even though I was not fast by any means, I had the 3rd fastest swim in my age group
What would you do differently?:

Relax a little earlier and not let the chop get to me. Other than that, I was pleased. First OWS in 2 years, so I'll take it
Transition 1
  • 03m 33s

Um....well....this has never been my strong suit. I like to relax in transition, ok?
What would you do differently?:

Actually try to move is a race after all

  • 37m 49s
  • 11 miles
  • 17.45 mile/hr

Strong crosswinds made for a little bit trucky handling. I have not trained much at all in the past several months, and my training pace on the bike has been sub 15 mph consistently. I pushed a little too hard today for my current fitness level, and it came back to bite me on the run. Pleased with my bike split; I just need to stay consistent and I'll be good to go by the end of the season.
What would you do differently?:

Not push quite as hard so that I hav eenough left to actually run; train more. Or, as Bear says...Ride Lots
Transition 2
  • 01m 59s

More relaxing; just not quite as much as in T1.
  • 23m 26s
  • 2 miles
  • 11m 43s  min/mile

OK, I need to be honest with myself. Given my training volume, my training pace over the last month, my weight, and the stupid walk breaks I took today because my legs hurt coming off the bike, this is a GREAT pace for me. However, I am really, really disappointed in myself that I walked when I did and didn't push harder. Had I "upped" the pain tolerance just a bit today, and decided to HTFU, this run would have been in the 10's.

The lack of toughness on the run is the only regret I have for the race. And I owe thanks to Aaron for coming out on the course and getting my butt in gear.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder. It's only 2 miles, I wasn't going to die, and had I pushed it through the whole run, I would have had a nice run split.
Post race
Warm down:

Visited with the awesome BTers, ate a bagel and drank some water. I didn't throw up, so I obviously didn't push hard enough on the run. :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

1) It has been two years since my last race at IMCDA, and much of those 2 years has been spent on the couch eating crappy food

2) See #1

Event comments:

Thanks to everyone for the constant encouragement. It felt SO good to finally race again instead of talking about maybe racing and then bailing out.

Thanks especially to Steve, Marcy, Marcy's mom, John, Bonnie and Aaron for the cheering section today.

I now know what I need to do to get better, and I finally have a real, concrete reminder of how much fun this sport is; I had forgotten that over the past two years.

Lots of work to do to get ready for the next race, which has a much tougher course and longer distances in all three disciplines. But I'm looking forward to it.

I'm back.......

Last updated: 2008-06-01 12:00 AM
00:09:33 | 400 meters | 02m 23s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/8
Overall: 157/274
Performance: Good
Course: Nice easy course with buoys to the right.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:33
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:37:49 | 11 miles | 17.45 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/8
Overall: 8/274
Performance: Good
Wind: Cross-winds with gusts
Course: Very nice, flat course that took us over the dam on an out and back.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:59
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:23:26 | 02 miles | 11m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/8
Overall: 80/274
Performance: Average
Course: Flat, easy out and back through the park
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2008-06-07 12:17 PM

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Hurst, Texas
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2008-06-07 6:14 PM
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Keller, Texas
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2008-06-07 6:19 PM
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Keller Tx
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Great  job man!  Im proud of how well you did today!
2008-06-07 8:45 PM
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The Colony, Texas, USA, Earth
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congrats on getting back into the swing of things.  It was nice to meet you and cheer you on to the finish.  (I had the tattoo on the arm and the funny sunburn on the back of my bald head).  Great job...that was sure was choppy!  I dreaded breathing to the left for the same fear you had...
2008-06-07 8:57 PM
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2008-06-07 9:14 PM
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Hurst, Texas
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Thanks guys, and sorry I forgot to mention you Brian; I appreciated the support.  And as for the baseball cap tan line; at least it wasn't a smiley-face speedo, right? 

2008-06-07 11:00 PM
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Glad you are back!  Sounds like you had a good race and the best part is that you remember how fun it can be!   Good job.
2008-06-08 4:36 PM
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Extreme Veteran
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Glad you're back!!   

And as always, great to see you!

2008-06-08 5:06 PM
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Rockin' it, dude. Great gettin' back in there and just doin' it.
2008-06-09 4:41 AM
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Coeur D'alene, ID
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Fantastic Brandt!!  It's awesome to see your name on a RR again and especially to hear how much fun you had!  Way to get back out there among 'em! 

2008-06-09 10:03 AM
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Extreme Veteran
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Great seeing you again...I saw you come in from the looked strong!  I also saw you again at the finish...glad you are back and enjoying it!

2008-06-09 12:43 PM
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Frisco, Texas
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Welcome back.  You had a pretty darn good "I'm back" race.  Congrats.


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