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Valley View, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes
85F / 29C
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 18m 1s
Overall Rank = 53/283
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 7/29
Pre-race routine:

Goals for this race.
This was a 'C' race. I didn't taper and treated this as a training race. I planned to work on swim start and drafting. Bike goal was to work on 'legal' drafting and speed. Run goal was to negative split the run. Overall, I just wanted to race how I felt and have fun.

Breakfast: Cliff bar, Ensure, OJ, coffee ~600 calories.
Event warmup:

Ran for about 10' then swam on and off for about 20'.
Swim
  • 25m 23s
  • 1372 meters
  • 01m 51s / 100 meters
Comments:

This was a beach start. I walked up and down the line trying to find the best line to the first bouy. Finally decided on starting on the right about 2 'rows' back. At the gun I ran until the water was thigh deep then dove in. Swam hard the first 100. Looked up and tried to find a draft. It was a very messy start and I couldn't find any decent draft. Just continued to swim to the first bouy. Made the bouy turn wide, about 10' out to avoid the crowd at the bouy. From here there was a long straight away to the next turn bouy without any bouys in between. The water was very choppy at this point. Lots of wind blown chop and boat wakes. Continued to try drafting. But everyone I drafted on would not keep swimming. To sight they all started breast stroking. Gave up on the drafting and concentrated on the next bouy and finishing the swim. Good turn at the next bouy. Now had the wind and waves at our feet. Concentrated on long smooth strokes. I got confused on where the next bouy was. There was a long line of orange bouys. I ended up swimming to these and was off course about 20 yards. Cost me a minute or so getting back on course. Good swim into the beach.
What would you do differently?:

Start further up front. I missed drafting the good swimmers at the start.

Need more OW swim practice.
Transition 1
  • 01m 49s
Comments:

5/29
Everything was great - good run to T1, helmet on, glasses on, run with the bike. Then, tried to get into my shoes. Missed my left foot on the shoe, pedal spun around and the shoe caught the ground. Had to stop and re-start. Meanwhile, Aaron caught it all on camera. Also had to stop up the road to fix the insole; missing my shoe I bunched up the insole in the shoe.
What would you do differently?:

I've practiced this a 100 times. More practice I guess.
Bike
  • 1h 03m 5s
  • 23 miles
  • 21.88 mile/hr
Comments:

Headed out of the park and onto the course. Started looking for the legal draft. In the first few miles, like most races, some athletes were flying down the road. I picked up a couple of guys for legal draft but they all slowed down too much on the hills. At one point, Jeff Bennett passed me. He's a local guy I swim with and is extremely fast on the bike and run. I practiced staying aero on the down hills; really crouched down, knees tucked. I actually passed people coasting the down hills. After the turn around and the right turn, I found my ox. Todd and another guy passed me at a good clip. I latched on at a legal distance and watched them trade off. I stayed there for several miles cruising at 23-25mph in z2. Eventually I lost them on a hill. But, I looked at my computer and we were at ~20 miles and almost back to the park. Once in the park I started spinning it out and preparing for the run.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Good ride.
Transition 2
  • 00m 55s
Comments:

7/29
Good dismount, good run with the bike. A little too long getting my shoes on.
What would you do differently?:

More powder in my shoes to make them slip on easier.
Run
  • 46m 51s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 07m 34s  min/mile
Comments:

The goal was to negative split the run. Started out relatively easy and just increased the intensity as the run continued. At one point I was running behind a guy in a rainbow colored speedo. "Uh, I can't take this anymore." Passed him and didn't care how high my HR went to get passed him. Hit the turn around and picked up the pace. Saw lots of BT'ers on the run. Once in the park, picked up the pace again. Started picking off runners ahead of me. Saw Aaron taking pictures. Saw my wife, taking pictures. Hit the finish line in a 10k PR time. Woo hoo.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Had a good run.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Talked to BT folks. Ate pizza, Michele's cookie bars. For some reason I was starving after this race. Thirsty too.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

No taper.

Event comments:

Good race. This was my first DSU race. Nice venue. Good course. I'll be back to race Texas Man in September.

My only complaint would be the distances - why not make it standard Olympic distances - 1500m, 40k, 10k. I think the bike course was longer than the 23 miles they said it was. And why 1500 yards?




Last updated: 2008-04-21 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:25:23 | 1372 meters | 01m 51s / 100meters
Age Group: 8/29
Overall: 90/283
Performance: Average
Avg HR: 140
Suit: None
Course: Triangular course heading east into the sun at the start.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 01:49
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Bad
Biking
01:03:05 | 23 miles | 21.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/29
Overall: 42/283
Performance: Good
Avg HR: 149
Wind: Some
Course: Modified out and back. Hilly course.
Road:   Cadence: 90
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:55
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:46:51 | 06.2 miles | 07m 34s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/29
Overall: 61/283
Performance: Good
mile, pace, avg hr: 1, 8:13, 154; 2, 8:03, 153; 3, 8:18, 155; 4, 6:34, 160; 5, 6:34, 160; 6, 7:16, 165; 6.2, 7:16, 168
Course: Out and back.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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2008-07-15 12:34 PM

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2008-07-15 1:10 PM
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nice race.. you had a big smile on those photo's that Aaron got of you missing your bike mount.. it was funny to read about you not caring about your HR just to get around that guy..

very nice race

2008-07-15 1:20 PM
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Nice race out there, you did really well and fly on that bike and run!! It was great to meet you in person, and thank your wife for bringing the great post-race treats! Great race!
2008-07-15 1:27 PM
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Tommy - great race!  You are so strong in all three of the disciplines.  Nice job on the PR during the 10k!  And....nice brownies! 

 

2008-07-15 1:36 PM
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tommy- you are a solid, solid triathlete. well done. love the game plan going in and loved the execution. you're very calculated and methodical...i like it. i just show up and hope for the best. 

great race. you're awesome.

2008-07-15 2:00 PM
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Nice race out there.  I was the guy trading off with Todd on the bike.  You quickly passed me on the run.  congrats on good race.


2008-07-15 2:20 PM
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You put up some great times for a training day!  You're going to crush Austin 70.3!

Great job on the run PR too. 

 

Mike

2008-07-15 2:38 PM
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Nice job TJ!

2008-07-15 4:38 PM
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Ssssssssssssssssssssssmokin! Hate to see what kind of times you throw up on your A race.
2008-07-15 10:29 PM
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Great race TJ! I like the powder idea in the shoes!  I need to try that!  You always have a strategy - impressive!  I should take lessons from you!
2008-07-16 10:58 AM
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Nice race Tommy!  Smokin fast for a C race!


2008-07-16 11:23 AM
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Great race. I saw the pictures Aaron put up of you missing your shoes on the bikemount, pretty funny but at least you didn't fall off the bike. I can speak from experience that it isn't fun.

Can't wait to see what you do to Longhorn.

2008-07-16 10:27 PM
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Another solid performance in the record books. The bike mount story and pics were funny.

Those run times just keep getting faster and faster.

See you at race down the road...
2008-07-17 6:06 AM
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You are getting too fast for your own good.

Glad you had fun with the TX crowd!

2008-07-17 9:06 AM
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Killer race, Tommy.  That's incredible that you PR'd a 10K at the end of an OLY.   I find that 10K at the end to be really tough to get right.  Well done.
2008-07-17 8:30 PM
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Man, that's a smokin' fast time!  And a nice pic from Aaron too. 


2008-07-18 10:40 AM
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Sweet race, Tommy.  Thank your wife again for the post-race morsels and I wanted to personally thank YOUR parents as well, because you are not in my AG.

 

2008-07-19 6:37 PM
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Great race Tommy. I was really looking forward to next year when I move up to the 45-49 AG because that is when everyone else will be getting fat and slow........not so much.
2008-07-20 8:51 AM
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Nice race!  I really want to learn that flying dismount deal, but all the potential mishaps have me a bit nervous.  Doesn't look like it slowed you down too much!
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