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Austin, Texas
United States
High Five Race Productions
90F / 32C
Total Time = 1h 28m 48s
Overall Rank = 31/741
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 4/114
Pre-race routine:

Picked up Mike, Stephen and Austin and headed in.
Event warmup:

No warmup - hung out with the VFS folks right until the race started.
  • 15m 5s
  • 766 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

Worst swim ever in a tri. I never really felt like I settled in and wasn't moving fast. I went wayyy off course after the turnaround and tried to swim a triangle instead of rectangle. Eventually a boat stopped me and the small group I was following and turned us back, but by then I lost a LOT of time. Last year I swam this in just over 1l mins - almost 4 mins faster!
What would you do differently?:

Wear goggles that won't fog and that have tint. The sun affected my vision dramatically.
Transition 1
  • 02m 39s

Usually I mount the bike with the shoes on the bike and get into them as I get up to speed. Because of the large number of competitors on this course, I decided to run in the shoes. This was a good move, because I wasn't able to run faster than I could in the bike shoes anyway, and I managed to mount the bike and get up to speed very quickly.
What would you do differently?:

  • 44m 46s
  • 17.2 miles
  • 23.05 mile/hr

Had a great ride. Ended up 5th overall despite holding back significantly on the 2nd lap. Only mishap was from being run off the road by a cyclist who cut me off not realizing I was passing at a rapid rate. Had to jump 2-3 inch curbing at 28mph, but managed to hang on and get back on course. Impact knocked my rear wheel off center and caused brake rub and shifting problems for the 2nd half of the race. I managed to open up the calipers and shift to friction on the rear cassette and keep going without too much loss.
What would you do differently?:

Should have gone a bit harder at the end. I think I could have cut another 30-40 seconds off the time without blowing up the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 17s

Transition was fastest in AG and one of the fastest overall. I was on the end of the rack.
  • 24m 59s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 02s  min/mile

Not much to say here. I just didn't feel well on the run. Legs felt great, but I was battling nausea the whole time. Not sure if it was the illness I fought off the week before the race or the heat, but I couldn't push the pace hard.
What would you do differently?:

Need to do more speedwork leading up to the race.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Mental error on swim was the #1 inhibitor in this race.

Event comments:

Solid big race production.

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Last updated: 2009-09-06 12:00 AM
00:15:05 | 766 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 24/114
Overall: 128/741
Performance: Bad
Suit: VFS Tri Suit
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Below average
Time: 02:39
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:44:46 | 17.2 miles | 23.05 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/114
Overall: 5/741
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: 2x loop of the olympic course. Measured a bit long at 17.2 miles according to my computer.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:17
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:59 | 03.11 miles | 08m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 24/114
Overall: 140/741
Performance: Below average
Course: Winding 1 lap course around the parks and streets of South Austin.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
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

2009-09-08 7:24 PM

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Austin, TX
Subject: The Austin Triathlon (Sprint)

2009-09-14 11:05 PM
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Subject: RE: The Austin Triathlon (Sprint)

you're a speed demon on the bike dave. way to be. nice race. 4th place in a tough AG in what is probably a very competitive town! especially considering the swim. nice job.

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