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New Braunfels, Texas
United States
Sunny
Total Time = 54m 31s
Overall Rank = 56/767
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 5/49
Pre-race routine:

Up at about 5 after not sleeping well. Even after 4 years of racing, I still don't sleep well the night before.

Got checked in and met up with 3 guys I work with that were doing the race.
Event warmup:

A short easy run to get the muscles loosened up. I wanted to swim as well, but they got everyone out of the water sooner than I expected.
Swim
  • 05m 59s
  • 328 yards
  • 01m 49s / 100 yards
Comments:

Wow. I've done 5 or 6 races at the Texas Ski Ranch before and the water has never been that nasty. It was just gross.

The course had to be a bit long, since even the best in my wave of 40-49 was barely under 1:50 per 100. Even in 35-39 the best time was 1:42/100.\

While my time was slower than I wanted, I can write that down to the long course, I was happy with my placement in the AG.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I actually prepared pretty well and I'm never going to be FOP for the swim. I probably should have gone easier, especially at the end. I was seriously anaerobic coming out of the water.
Transition 1
  • 01m 40s
Comments:

Uneventful T1. Probably a little slower than usual.
Bike
  • 30m 57s
  • 11.2 miles
  • 21.71 mile/hr
Comments:

Lost about a minute here to what I was shooting for. Average power was decent, but not what I wanted. I really feel like I should have been able to hold around 225 watts without going too crazy. Maybe I could have if I just pushed harder.

Passed one guy in the AG early one and then he passed me back. I settled in for a legal draft on him, but lost him in some traffic on a turn.
What would you do differently?:

More bike training in the last weeks before the race.
Transition 2
  • 01m 2s
Comments:

It's hard for me to believe, but I need to work on my transitions again. I lost between 3 and 11 seconds to the guys that finished ahead of me in the AG, although I picked up 9 seconds on the guy that passed me on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure where the time gaps were. I just need to practice.
Run
  • 14m 52s
  • 2 miles
  • 07m 26s  min/mile
Comments:

Lost another 20-30 seconds of my goal time here. I don't think I could have gone harder, since I was pretty spent crossing the line.

The guy that passed me on the bike was ahead of me and I pulled closed when he walked for a few yards. At that point, I was pretty sure I could catch him. After the turn around, he pulled up again and I picked up my pace so that I was moving when I went by him. I wanted to crush any thoughts that he could stay with me. He still tried, but couldn't recover and finished about 50-60 yards behind me.
What would you do differently?:

Don't know how much better I could have trained for the run. I was consistent in hitting my speed and tempo workouts.
Post race
Warm down:

None.

I really wanted to place in my AG at this race and believe I had a good shot at it. I fell short by 1:35. In a race this short, that's a pretty big gap. Still....the unfinished disk cover for my wheel and another 10 watts would probably be worth almost a minute, my transitions were a little sloppy and could have been worth 15 seconds, and if I can run 7:10 miles for a standalone 10k, I ought to be able to run 7:15 or less for this run course. That's at least 25 seconds.

I'm still looking for sub-54:00 at this race. There's always next year.

Event comments:

Always a fun little event and a good way to kick start the season.




Last updated: 2009-03-19 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:05:59 | 328 yards | 01m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/49
Overall: 78/767
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Velocity 0.02
Course: Out and back.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 01:40
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
00:30:57 | 11.2 miles | 21.71 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/49
Overall: 45/767
Performance: Average
Normalized Power: 216 watts
Wind:
Course:
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:02
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
Running
00:14:52 | 02 miles | 07m 26s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/49
Overall: 124/767
Performance: Average
Course:
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
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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2009-05-13 12:29 PM

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2009-05-13 12:43 PM
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Subject: RE: The Rookie Triathlon
Nice racing--you know you're fast when SECONDS matter (and you're fast!) I did Jack's Generic last year and I swear I have never swam in nastier water than TX Ski...it was disgusting and HOT. Definitely not an enjoyable swim course. Good showing!
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