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Irving, Texas
United States
Ironhead Race Productions
85F / 29C
Total Time = 55m 2s
Overall Rank = 37/237
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 2/19
Pre-race routine:

The usual. Up at 4 am. Loaded the car and out the door about 4:45. Ate a GU and cliff bar and drank coffee on the drive to the race site. Setup transition then milled about.
Event warmup:

Ran for about 10 minutes. Then hit the water. Swam to the first bouy, made the turn and swam about half the course.
  • 08m 43s
  • 400 meters
  • 02m 11s / 100 meters

A strong south wind made the water was extremely choppy. I watched the first waves go off. Many athletes were having problems on the swim - stopping, breast stroke, hanging on the bouys and kyaks. Because of the tough conditions, many swimmers from previous waves were strung out all over the 400 m course.

I started on the right and in front. Went out full sprint to the first bouy which was only about 35 m out. At the bouy I ran into a pack of swimmers from the previous waves. I couldn't find anyone leading my wave. The rest of the race was the same - swim fine for a few meters then run up on a pack of swimmers from previous waves.

This was a slow swim for me and turned out to be the difference between 1st in my AG and 2nd in my AG. The winner of my AG, James Mosley, swam ~6:00 and beat me by 2 minutes. That ended up being the difference between 1st and 2nd. I've seen James' name in many of my races around DFW. Next time I'll mark him.
What would you do differently?:

Stay to the outside of the course. Round the bouys about 5 feet out from the bouys. Start to the outside instead of starting on the inside.
Transition 1
  • 01m 12s

Decent transition. Just moved through quickly, calmly and smoothly. Finally found the fastest way to get my helmet on without tearing my ears off.
What would you do differently?:

  • 28m 46s
  • 11 miles
  • 22.94 mile/hr

I had trouble getting into my shoes. I've practiced this a hundred times and done it smoothly in races. But in this race my wet feet wouldn't go into the shoes. Eventually got there after about 2 minutes.

My plan was to go as hard as possible, work HR to LT and keep it there.
Headed out with a tailwind. Nice 30 mph speed. Right turn onto the dam and had a 20 mph crosswind. This was my first race with a disk wheel. The crosswind on the disk wasn't bad at all. In fact, it wasn't any worse than a cross wind on my 90mm HED. Off the dam and turn into the headwind heading back to transition. Was able to maintain speed into the head wind.

No one passed me. I guess being in the last swim wave facilitated that.

John had warned me about the 'jetty' out on the dam. It's a large structure that sticks up above the dam. It blocks the wind. When I rode passed this point and back out into the crosswind, I swear the wind grabbed my bike and skipped me sideways about 10-12 inches across the dam. That was a wierd feeling.

Overall a good bike ride.
What would you do differently?:

Remember in a short TT to maintain good form and keep my head up and aligned with my body.
Transition 2
  • 01m 9s

Good dismount. Missed my bike rack. Had to U-turn. Cost a few seconds.
What would you do differently?:

Not miss my rack.
  • 15m 9s
  • 2 miles
  • 07m 35s  min/mile

I needed about a half mile to get my HR and breathing under control while still running at a good pace. After that, settled in at my LT HR. Just before the half way turn around, a guy in my AG passed me. He was running slightly faster than me. I got on his heels and hoped I could stay there. This worked well. With the strong winds, the draft I was getting off of him helped. I stayed on him until about 100 yards from the finish then made a move around him and hoped that he didn't have anything left. He didn't. I glanced back to make sure he wasn't on my heels. He wasn't. That move was the difference between 2nd and 4 seconds.

Moral of the story, if you are going to pass someone in your AG, make the pass hard and fast. Don't let them stay on your heels. This guy passed me too slowly.

Good run. I don't think I could have run any faster. In fact, I think drafting that guy made me run a bit faster. My avg HR is well above my last LT test. Although, my pace is slower than I expected; probably because I haven't trained much during May.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Head between my knees and gasped for air.

Hung out with Steve, John, Marcy, Brian, Aaron, Bonny, Gary, et al.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Rough water in the swim. Bad decision about the line to take during the swim.

Event comments:

Had a great time at this race. The closed race venue is traffic to deal with. They should make the run longer.

Last updated: 2008-05-04 12:00 AM
00:08:43 | 400 meters | 02m 11s / 100meters
Age Group: 2/19
Overall: 87/237
Performance: Below average
Avg HR: 151
Suit: None
Course: 400 meter clockwise triangle.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: High
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Bad
Time: 01:12
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Average
00:28:46 | 11 miles | 22.94 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/19
Overall: 23/237
Performance: Good
Avg HR: 166.
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Out and back across the dam. Good surface for riding on. Closed course so no traffic to deal with.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:09
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:15:09 | 02 miles | 07m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/19
Overall: 65/237
Performance: Average
Avg HR: 171
Course: Out and back in the park.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 3

2008-06-09 11:26 AM

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Frisco, Texas
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2008-06-09 11:29 AM
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Nice race.
2008-06-09 11:39 AM
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Great job! I heard it was a choppy swim.
2008-06-09 11:44 AM
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the colony texas
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very nice race.. I saw you coming in off the bike and you were flying still.  It's nice to hang out with you top AG'ers 



2008-06-09 12:28 PM
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Dallas, TX
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WOW! Great job on 2nd place! At least the first place guy didn't beat you by seconds.

Sounds like a rough day in the water! Waves are fun. HA! Honestly, what I have found with waves is that you need a good kick to power through them.

Well, great job on the race! That's so cool that you made 2nd place and flew by that other guy on the run.
2008-06-09 12:30 PM
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Plano, Texas
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Nice work, Tommy. You know the water is rough when it slows down a fish like you. Congrats on second and running down a fellow AG'er at the finish line.

2008-06-09 2:20 PM
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Great Race - I saw you on the bike course - zipping on by super speedy!  Great to see you again!
2008-06-09 2:46 PM
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Frisco, Texas
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nice work on second. even better on the drafting on the run...very cool. great job!
2008-06-09 7:13 PM
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The Colony, Texas, USA, Earth
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Congrats tommy.  Great run to finish it off.



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2008-06-09 10:50 PM
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Sweet finish!   Reading your report made me feel like I was there watching it happen!  Great race overall TJ!
2008-06-10 9:03 AM
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nice job out there. agree i've used a disc this year and no difference in handling, in fact i feel more stable with the disc in the rear of the bike. solid day, podium spot.

2008-06-10 9:42 AM
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Hurst, Texas
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GREAT job, Tommy.  It was nice to see you again.
2008-06-12 7:31 AM
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Waller County, TX
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Another solid race in the books.

2nd in AG is great!

See you at a race down the road.
2008-06-12 4:10 PM
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Wylie, TX
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Great job and congrats on the podium finish.
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