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New Braunfels, Texas
United States
Jack and Adam's Bicycles
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 17m 38s
Overall Rank = 109/800
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 3/26
Pre-race routine:

Woke at 0400 a full hour before the alarm. I'd slept well in the 5-1/2 hours, so I just laid there for another hour waiting for the official get-up time. Ate a Clif bar and drank a Power Edge while driving the 20 minutes to the site.

Got racked, chipped, and set up to go in plenty of time.

Made the requisite walk-thru to confirm the entrances and exits. At first I thought my rack spot in the very back was bad, but in reality it worked out perfect because I was able to avoid about 796 other racers and the congestion by running along the outside fence.
Event warmup:

Lots of time to kill, so I just relaxed, chatted with my wife, did a little visiting. Met Brittany (TexasMPGal) in the transition area.

Finally got in the water, stroked around about 15 minutes; felt very good.
  • 10m 42s
  • 547 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

This is my best race swim ever. No blazing speed, but good and steady with no mental lapses. Never tired or had any issues. Sighted well, drafted a little, minor contact; all in all, very smooth.

Focused on form and relaxing, and actually did well. Imagine that.
What would you do differently?:

Just get faster, but I'm pleased with this one. (Never really been able to write that before.)
Transition 1
  • 01m 33s

Decided to put shoes on at the bike because I wanted to pedal hard right out of TA to build speed for that first hill.

Did well enough for 5th in AG.
What would you do differently?:

  • 40m 24s
  • 13.8 miles
  • 20.50 mile/hr

Since I was in the last men's swim wave, everyone in front of me was in my AG or younger. Just concentrated on pushing hard up the hills and keeping the speed up. I know I passed some guys in the AG, but wasn't really watching the legs that close.

I really like this course because it has just enough hills to make you work, but you top out just it starts getting hard. Got out of the saddle a number of times and mashed to keep the speed up.

Had to go into opposite lane several times to go around guys riding 2 and 3 abreast and just chatting away. That always irks me. Come on!! Let's race now, socialize later.

The winds were light and it still wasn't that hot yet, so it was a very pleasant ride.

Got passed right at end. A big guy got some serious gravity on the last downhill and slipped past. He wasn't in my AG, so I didn't worry about him.

Got out of the shoes just in time and nailed the dismount into T2.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Rode consistently and to my current abilities.
Transition 2
  • 01m 3s

Really good transition. Would've been faster, but I got stuck behind 3 slow guys at a tight spot.

Tied for 1st in AG. (Truth be told; the other guy beat me by 1/10th of a second, but I like being able to say "tied for 1st".)
What would you do differently?:

Avoid 3 slow guys.
  • 23m 54s
  • 3 miles
  • 07m 58s  min/mile

Left T2 feeling good and ready to run. My goal was to push the uphills hard and stay steady and even. Had no idea about my placing in the AG, but I knew I was doing well and I did pass one AG guy at the turn-around point.

Getting warm by now; lots of sweat, but not the kind of conditions that slows you down. Not much else to discuss here. Just go run fast and get it done so you can rest. Sprinted on in to the finish line.
What would you do differently?:

Push a bit harder. An acceptable run; I can go faster, but the hills bring the average down a little.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, got something to drink, ate some fruit, found my wife; the usual routine. The sun was getting tough by now, so it was time to hang out in the shade.

Saw in the preliminary results that I had done pretty well. Found the young lady running timing computer and she confirmed that I had snagged 3rd place. Hung around, got my medal, and podium shot. Cool.

Met up with Brittany again and she'd had a good race also, winning her AG. Between us and Todde (jwithyco) there were at least 3 BT'ers on the podium. Maybe more, but I don't know.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Reduced training levels for the last 1.5 months.

Event comments:

Typical good J&A race with lots of volunteers, music, drinks, and food.

Packed up and headed over to San Marcos to play in the river and cool off.

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Last updated: 2008-06-19 12:00 AM
00:10:42 | 547 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 9/26
Overall: 365/800
Performance: Good
Suit: tri shorts
Course: U-shaped loop in sewer lake, I mean ski lake.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:33
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:40:24 | 13.8 miles | 20.50 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/26
Overall: 88/800
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Big loop on country roads with some rolling hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:03
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:23:54 | 03 miles | 07m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/26
Overall: 155/800
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back with a couple of small hills.
Keeping cool Good 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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-08-04 7:00 AM

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Waller County, TX
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2008-08-04 8:28 AM
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Lacey, Washington
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Great job Jim!! Way to take home the hardware after a great race! Was nice to meet you in person!
2008-08-04 8:36 AM
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Congratulations on the hardware!!  Great job!
2008-08-04 9:18 AM
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nice job jim. hardware is always nice and yes some of those little hills take some out of you and of course the heat , really nice job
2008-08-04 11:25 AM
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Round Rock, Texas
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Way to go podium!  It sounds like a great race.
2008-08-04 12:09 PM
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Longview, TX
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Podium!  Sweet!  Very well done.

2008-08-04 12:58 PM
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Dallas, TX
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WOW! 3rd place in your AG? AWESOME! Congratulations!

2008-08-04 1:27 PM
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Round Rock, Texas
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Great race out there yesterday, congrats on the podium spot awesome!!!!
2008-08-05 11:08 AM
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nice job and big congrats on your swim. nothing beats the PR feel in a race! keep at it and your should have no problem collecting some more hardware this year. and yeah, it was crazy hot after the race!!!!!!!!!!
2008-08-05 5:56 PM
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Sometimes it doesn't take speed to have the best performance of your life. Great job on 3rd place in AG. Sounds like it was an overall great race for you.
2008-08-06 2:41 PM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Podium! That's awesome and congrats on the hardware..!

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