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Blanco, Texas
United States
Roger Soler Sports
90F / 32C
Total Time = 1h 52m 49s
Overall Rank = 24/93
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 7/15
Pre-race routine:

Not a lot of time before the race because of a long walk and registration process. I basically set up transition, did a very brief bike check and headed off to the swim.
Event warmup:

I had no warmup time.
  • 16m 31s
  • 875 yards
  • 01m 53s / 100 yards

I lost quite a bit of time on the run into the lake and the first 300 meters or so, but got into a groove afterwards and had a decent time from there.

Overall, this was a pretty average swim.
What would you do differently?:

Warm up in advance and hit the water running.
Transition 1
  • 01m 44s

I breezed through transition in a minute flat, which wasn't bad for how long the transition area was.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 01m 43s
  • 20 miles
  • 19.44 mile/hr

I don't know where to start here... This was just a bad ride all around. To begin with, I had to pretty much disassemble my bike to fit it into the back of the Sequoia to drive down on Friday night. It was dark when we got there, and the motel had very bad lighting. I didn't realize it until the race, but I put my seat about 1/2 inch too low. I also had my cable housing compress by 1 cm or so, which threw my gearing off (couldn't get into my smallest 4 gears on the back) and cause my chain to drop 2x in a row at the start of the race. Overall, I think I lost 2-4 minutes due to these issues.
What would you do differently?:

Get to Blanco earlier and make sure that I have time to properly assemble my bike!
Transition 2
  • 01m

The only issue here is that I couldn't see the transition area when it was coming up, because it was around a corner. By the time I saw it, I had almost no time to get the shoes off and jump off the bike. I ended up having to slow too much.
What would you do differently?:

Know the course
  • 31m 48s
  • 3.73 miles
  • 08m 32s  min/mile

This was not a good run for me. I'm not sure what went wrong (perhaps the high humidity?), but it was a solid 3-4 minutes slower than I thought I should have been able to do. I've really been struggling with my running lately.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure. Just didn't have it in me.
Post race
Warm down:

Crashed on a blanket on the grass for a while and drank some juice.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bike issues primarily, but overall I just didn't feel great today.

Event comments:

This was a decent small race, but certainly not as well put on as some of the bigger productions.

Last updated: 2008-07-29 12:00 AM
00:16:31 | 875 yards | 01m 53s / 100yards
Age Group: 9/15
Overall: 41/93
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri Suit
Course: This was an out and back in the Blanco river. It was a running start, but the water was shallow for ~100 yards out.
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:44
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Bad
01:01:43 | 20 miles | 19.44 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/15
Overall: 18/93
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: The course was very hilly, with a lot of rollers and some sharp curves. Definitely not the type of course I excel at.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Bad Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:31:48 | 03.73 miles | 08m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/15
Overall: 43/93
Performance: Bad
Course: 6k course around the state park.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? No
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

2008-07-29 8:59 AM

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