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Dallas, Texas
United States
55F / 13C
Total Time = 2h 24m 32s
Overall Rank = 25/572
Age Group = M4549
Age Group Rank = 1/32
Pre-race routine:

Froze. The 70 degree water felt great when I got in it.

(Overalls are less the 76 pro/elites which had a different race because of the wave swim that went off before the rain started. AGers had a time trial start which eliminated drafting for most.)
  • 27m 33s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 41s / 100 yards

OA= 79/572= 13.8%

I knew my swim would be slow since I've only swam a few times since my last seperated shoulder. My only goal was to survive it.

This is probably the slowest split I've ever done in a race due to a combination of being out-of-shape, big waves from the wind, and no drafting. Since it was a time trial start it was just random chance if you'd start with someone of your ability level. I didn't, so I didn't draft at all. Since I usually draft the entire race and I never swim in open water otherwise I think I also swam a pretty bad line. Because of the rain, I couldn't see the yellow buoys very well either so I just kinda followed other swimmers.

My shoulder didn't really hurt during the swim because I was going very easy. But as soon as I stopped swimming the pain was bad.

In my oly last year I swam 22:30 on an accurate course. So I was five minutes slower today.
What would you do differently?:

Not crash my bike twice this summer and separate my shoulder both times so that I could have actually swam a little over the summer.
Transition 1
  • 05m 34s

So after this transition disaster I pretty much gave up on the race. First I couldn't get my wetsuit top off because my shoulder hurt so bad. Then since it was raining and 55F I decided to wear my tight bike jersey and arm warmers. Since they were wet and I was wet they were almost impossible to get on.

Where I live, when it's 55 and raining you must dress warm or you'll get hypothermic so I was very confused as to what to wear on the bike. I was freezing cold when I was deciding before the race and I choose poorly. I should have just worn my normal tri top and just put my arm warmers in the pocket in case I needed them. I ended up not being cold on the bike at all.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 06m 50s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 22.31 mile/hr

OA= 1/572 = 0.18%

After the 5 minute transition after my slow swim I decided to just enjoy the rest of the race and not care about time. I stopped my watch and my bike computer and just rode safely. I was worried about the course because so many people had told me how terrible the surface was.

I scheduled this race to post a fast bike split hoping to ride the normal southwest tailwind. But the wind was out of the northeast so the entire ride had a significant headwind. It was also pouring down rain the whole ride. So I did not push the ride hard. I was EXTREMELY cautious as my main and only goal was not crashing AGAIN. I took the corners glacially slow, and I saw two guys go down on corners. I also almost got run over by an amubulance going to another crash. It was nasty.

Also because of the time trial start I had no one to race. I did have the fastest bike split among the age group racers. But I would so love to race in the elite wave like the old days so I could actually have some people to race on the bike.

But the best part was that going easy on the bike allowed me to have a breakout run.

The last thing I want to say about this ride was that I absolutely LOVED the course. There were always two whole lanes closed to traffic and IMO the surface was just fine. It had quite a few little hills too. I am amazed that they are able to close 25 miles of roadway through Dallas. I can't wait to ride this again when it's dry and with a flat wind, or hopefully with that tailwind I was hoping for today.

I did beat one pro and would have been 10/37 compared to the elites but they all had an advantage over me because they started earlier before the rain started, were able to draft the swim, and they had competitors around them on the bike that they could race. Plus, a lot of the elites were national qualifiers from other races in the series so I think the elite field was stronger than in most races.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing except dress differently so I didn't lose 3.5 minutes to everyone clowning around in T1.
Transition 2
  • 01m 24s

No problems in T2. I stopped my bike and got off. No more fancy dismoutns for me ever.
What would you do differently?:

  • 43m 12s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 06m 58s  min/mile

OA= 68/572 = 11.8%

Yes the run split is correct and apparently I no longer suck at running. My olympic last year I did 52+ minutes on the run. My PR (as an old person) on the open 10k at Bolder Boulder was 45 minutes. I actually cleared/re-started my watch coming out of T2 and when I saw my first mile split at 6:39 and I wasn't out-of-breath at all, I was very happy. (Having actual air to breathe while running is very nice.) I just held that same effort and finished feeling great.

This run split make this race a big success for me even though the overall race time was disappointing.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:


What limited your ability to perform faster:

No swim training due to injuries and slow bike due to rain/wind and safety.

Monday night I looked at the results again and saw that I only won my AG by 4 seconds! I met the 2nd place guy at the awards (very nice guy), and he beat my T1 time by 3 minutes. He also went 39:35 on the run. I forgot to add that he passed me on the run at mile 5.5 and I couldn't hang with him. Because he passed me, I thought I got 2nd but I also forgot about the time trial start. He had just enough head start for my overall time to be faster even though he passed me at the very end.

Event comments:

I love this race! Having the closed bike course with two lanes is fantastic. The run course is fast and I loved the Katy trail. Having all the pros there is cool and the finish line venue is fantastic. I think this is my favorite race that I've ever done.

Last updated: 2009-08-11 12:00 AM
00:27:33 | 1640 yards | 01m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/32
Overall: 79/572
Course: Triangle
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: High
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 05:34
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Bad Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:06:50 | 24.85 miles | 22.31 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/32
Overall: 1/572
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Point to point from Joe Pool Lake to the American Airlines center.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Bad Cornering: Bad
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:24
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:43:12 | 06.21 miles | 06m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/32
Overall: 68/572
Course: About a mile around the AA center than an out and bike on Katy trail
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

2009-10-12 12:29 AM

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Breckenridge, CO
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2009-10-12 6:32 AM
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Awesome race you had man, congratulations. As for me, I had two flats and a poor swim. See you again next year, hopefully the weather will be on our side. Laughing
2009-10-12 8:09 AM
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Frisco, Texas
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freaking dallas. 9 days out of 10 we have that southwest wind...wouldn't you raced on the 10th day!!! great job. especially for not caring after the swim!! glad you loved it and had a good race despite the poor start!!!

2009-10-12 11:38 AM
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the colony texas
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Wow.!! i knew you were a solid biker,, but that is an awesome time for the conditions and going easy..
then you just decided to smoke the run for fun..

great job
2009-10-12 5:30 PM
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Frisco, TX
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Nice ride!  I heard nice stories about last year's race - sunny, warmer, no precip - maybe next year that will happen again.  Nice run, must be nice to train at altitude and then come down to the lowlands...

2009-10-12 6:48 PM
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Man it looks like you are the king of overcoming adversity.  Nice work considering the 5minute T1.  Great job and hey normaly it isn't cold rainy and we don't normalty have a North wind.  Come back next year hopefuly it'll be nicer.

2009-10-12 8:07 PM
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Frisco, Texas
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So, yesterday I was looking at the results of my (our) AG.  Saw that you had a 5 minute T1 and still won the AG!  I didn't know it was you.  Great job.  I was really surprised with the headwind.  When I did this race 2 years ago we had an awesome tailwind and the course wasn't as hilly.  They changed it from the first year course.  Congrats on your 1st place finish.
2009-10-12 9:04 PM
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Plano, Texas
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Great work. Way to take the AG gold medal!
2009-10-12 10:03 PM
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Saratoga Springs, Utah
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Very nice work and way to represent us older folks. Keep up the good work cause it is paying off! That is a very good run and glad to see that it is coming together for you. 2010 is going to be even better!
2009-10-13 8:08 AM
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Parker, CO
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Steve, I've never seen you with a 5-minute transition before...that's must be a record for you!  Nice race for you though...expecially with all you have dealt with over the season.  Congrats on the AG win!

2009-10-13 2:42 PM
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Way to rock it big year is THE YEAR. I called the PR on the year I see PRs on all - esp that T1! HA

2009-10-14 10:23 AM
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Official BT Coach
Englewood, CO
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Nice finish Steveo!  Bummer about the swim and T1..Those things happen to everyone!  Nice work..

2009-10-19 6:44 PM
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South Florida
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You're right...very similar experiences for our races   Except I didn't have a shoulder injury and I only took 2 min in t1     I look forward to seeing you race in 2010...just no more crashing!!!!! 

2009-10-20 1:08 PM
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Dallas, TX
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Ah, I felt like I was there. Wait! I was.

You did a much better job of describing how MISERABLE it was out there.

Great job on winning your AG... EVEN taking it "slow".

Awesome time on the run!!! WOW!
2009-10-20 1:40 PM
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Wow, strong effort, especially given your injuries. Separated shoulders suck. Congrats on the AG win!
2009-10-26 11:17 PM
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Fort Myers, Florida
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Steve - I totally missed your race report until now...hell of a race!  Congrat's on winning your AG that is absolutely awesome!  Hope to race sometime next spring...

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