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Dallas, Texas
United States
65F / 18C
Overcast
Total Time = 1h 38m 44s
Overall Rank = 212/5788
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 17/271
Pre-race routine:

Awake at 4:30. Breakfast - Cliff bar, Ensure, coffee, sipped on GU2O on the way to the race. Arrived about 6:15. No problem parking. Michele and I slept in the car for a while. Then I went out to scope out the race site and find a port a let. Went into the ACC. Visited with Marcy, Andy, Shannon. Saw Michael and Kara also.
Event warmup:

None. Did some stretching while in the AAC.
Run
  • 1h 38m 44s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 32s  min/mile
Comments:

My goal was to run sub 1:40:00 and PR. I planned to run on RPE, but wore my Garmin mainly for data collection and post race analysis. I did look at it occasionally for my pace. I planned to negative split the race - run the second half faster than the first half. About mile 7 is where I planned to pick up the pace; this is about where the turn around is located.

The first mile was too slow mainly due to dodging in and out of people. I thought I started close enough to the front, but obviously not. The next 2 miles were too fast. Although, after mile 1 I had decided to gain speed where I could, (i.e. downhill and with the tailwind) because the wind was blowing so hard. I knew the last 6 miles would be into the head wind and figured I needed to bank some time. So, I ran miles 2 and 3 faster on the downhills than I normally would have. By mile 4 I had settled into a good pace and just held it until the turn around. After the turn around I picked up the pace and was able to hold ~7:25 pace to the finish line. 7:25 is faster than my tempo run pace. Once on the Katy Trail we were running into the headwind. But, honestly, I didn't even notice it. I just relaxed, focused and ran.

Somewhere along the way I lost track of which mile I was running. I thought I was at mile 9 or 10. But then the I ran up on the mile 11 maker. That made me laugh...only 2 miles to go.

Hit the finish line and that was it. PR. Woohoo, new VDOT.

Looking at my HR data, I spent from mile 9 on in z4 and was bumping up against z5 at the finish line. Pretty much left it all on the course. Not sure I could have run much further at this pace.

Nutrition: Ha! Didn't have any. I ususlly use GU but forgot to bring some. Michele had some of the Power Bar shots from the goodie bag. I took a few of those with me but didn't eat them. I had some gatorade at a couple of the aid stations and water. I'm kind of amazed I didn't need my GU.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Start closer to the front. This was a training race. I tri trained right through this race. On Saturday I rode 2 hours. I'm really pleased with my performance both physically and mentally.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and drank water. Tried to stretch some. Then hit the food tent. Went back to the finish line to wait on Michele to finish. Found a spot along the fence on the Katy Trail. Climbed up on the brick wall and leaned on the fence so I could see the runners coming in. Saw Michele go by. Standing in this position for 10 minutes wasn't good for my legs. My legs became really stiff.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

No taper.

Event comments:

Great race. I really enjoyed the knew half mary course.




Last updated: 2008-11-01 12:00 AM
Running
01:38:44 | 13.1 miles | 07m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 17/271
Overall: 212/5788
Performance: Good
Heart zone time: z2 - 11m 14s; z3 - 55m 27s; z4 - 30m 45s. Lap Data - mile, pace, avg hr, max hr; 1, 8:01, 150, 172; 2, 7:25, 155, 159; 3, 7:20, 157, 161; 4, 7:30 ,159, 162; 5, 7:47, 159, 162; 6 7:39, 160, 163; 7 7:38, 161, 164; 8, 7:22, 163, 164; 9, 7:25, 164, 166; 10, 7:21, 163, 167; 11, 7:24, 164, 168; 12, 7:22, 165, 167; 13, 7:25, 167, 169; 13.1, 7:36, 167, 168
Course:
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
Evaluation
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

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2008-12-22 2:12 PM

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2008-12-22 3:42 PM
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really great race TJ.. way to change your plan on the fly to adapt to the weather... I forgot you did the long bike on saturday also.. and you still PR..    Great Job
2008-12-22 4:15 PM
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You  make me sick!*

 

*Congratulations on a fantastic race. I am totally jealous of your abilities. I am now obsessed with you and will become your biggest fanboy during 2009. I will follow you all over the Internet and secretly pine away for your attention and advice. My 2009 motto: Be Like Tommy!

Or is that too obsessive?

2008-12-22 5:42 PM
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great race tommy. i'm a huge proponent of banking time...although, my strategy is unlike yours. i bank because i have no strategy and bonk...you bank because you're thinking about what's coming up next. i must try that route!!

great race. great pr. great report. well done...congrats.

2008-12-22 9:00 PM
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Multi-Spork - 2008-12-22 4:15 PM

You  make me sick!*

 

*Congratulations on a fantastic race. I am totally jealous of your abilities. I am now obsessed with you and will become your biggest fanboy during 2009. I will follow you all over the Internet and secretly pine away for your attention and advice. My 2009 motto: Be Like Tommy!

Or is that too obsessive?

Uh...stop that.  You're freaking me out.  Embarassed

2008-12-23 7:28 AM
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Another great performance is in the books.

Be careful out there; I've read there's a growing number of folks who stalk after good athletes like you.


2008-12-23 9:51 PM
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Great job..impressive!

Congrats on the new V Dot!

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