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Dallas, Texas
United States
50F / 10C
Precipitation
Total Time = 2h 34m 34s
Overall Rank = 152/637
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 8/32
Pre-race routine:

The usual; up at 3 am (early because of the logistics). Got my stuff together then drove to Kenny's house to pick him up. To the AAC about 4:45. Setup T2. Checked the transition flow; counted racks, etc. Then jumped on a bus to T1 and the start. Setup T1. Hung around talking to people. It's nice to know so many triathletes. Texas Triple Threat had about 30 athletes racing. Very cool.
Event warmup:

None.
Swim
  • 29m 7s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 56s / 100 meters
Comments:

TT start. Ran, dove in and started swimming. I was suprised at how rough the water was. Just kept swimming. Easily got into a good rhythm until the first bouy. At the first bouy a boat had moved into the swimmers and was plucking people out. I had to swim around the boat. Made the first turn bouy and the water seemed to calm down somewhat. Good swimming here. Stayed straight and had good sighting. Made the second turn bouy. Once again rough water. I swam off course a bit coming into the swim exit. I made the mistake of following some swimmers off course instead of sighting for my self. Overall a decent swim considering the conditions.
What would you do differently?:

Sight for myself and not follow other swimmers off course.
Transition 1
  • 02m 34s
Comments:

2/32

Plopped on the ground, wetsuit off, helmet on, glasses on. Decided to throw on a jacket. Headed out. Good transition.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. A little long on the transition because of putting on the jacket.
Bike
  • 1h 17m 58s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.12 mile/hr
Comments:

The bike course was wet, rainy, hilly and with a headwind. Very challenging course and conditions. I had no problem with the hills as I've trained a lot this year for hills. The wind and the rain slowed me down. I was super cautious on the turns and at intersections.

On the last hill over the bridge coming into Dallas I dropped my chain. I tried to shift it back onto the big ring, but was going up hill and lost all speed. Had to stop and put it back on. This cost me a couple minutes. It was my own fault. I tried to shift too fast to small ring and big cog simultaneously and just threw the chain off. I should know better.

Overall I was disappointed with this ride. I really expected to be in the 20+ mph range. I think all of my HIM and IM training this year has sapped some of my speed.
What would you do differently?:

More race specific training, i.e. intervals and tempo.
Transition 2
  • 01m 39s
Comments:

9/32
Good T2. Flying dismount and running with the bike. Glasses off, helmet off while running. Bike racked. Plopped on the ground. Shoes on. Grabbed my number belt, hat, GU and ran.
What would you do differently?:

nothing.
Run
  • 43m 19s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 06m 59s  min/mile
Comments:

As I was running around the AAC I could hear the announcer saying that Matty Reed was finishing and winning the race. That was pretty cool. I wish I could have been on the side by the finish to see it. As I was running out I crossed the pro athletes coming in. Sweet.

The first mile I did 7:03. I thought that was too fast and dialed it back for the next two miles. Probably a mistake. I was feeling great. The weather was perfect running weather.

After seeing the pro athletes I started looking for some of my Texas Triple Threat team mates. Saw Brandon first. He looked good. Then saw Kevin. He's in my AG. But he was probably 2 minutes ahead of me and no way I was making that up in the 3 miles I had left to run.

Hit the turn around. Decided to pick up the pace. Saw many more TTT athletes on the run back to the finish.

Overall, a great run for me. This was a 10k PR run.
What would you do differently?:

For a 10k I should just run on RPE. I was looking at my splits and probably holding back too much.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around talking to all my TTT friends.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not enough bike speed work.

Event comments:

Good race that I would definitely do again. I love the venue at Victory park. That would be a great party in good weather.




Last updated: 2009-04-21 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:29:07 | 1500 meters | 01m 56s / 100meters
Age Group: 9/32
Overall: 194/637
Performance: Good
Avg HR: 149 Triangular course at Joe Pool Lake. I had attended the swim practice the day before and knew what the course would look like.
Suit: Zoot Synergy
Course: Triangular course at Joe Pool Lake. I had attended the swim practice the day before and knew what the course would look like.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: High
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 02:34
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
01:17:58 | 24.85 miles | 19.12 mile/hr
Age Group: 12/32
Overall: 192/637
Performance: Below average
avg HR: 153
Wind: Headwind with gusts
Course: Point to point course through Dallas streets.
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:39
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
Running
00:43:19 | 06.2 miles | 06m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/32
Overall: 142/637
Performance: Good
Mile, Pace, Avg HR; 1, 7:03, 152; 2, 7:16, 156; 3, 7:13, 160; 4, 6:55, 161; 5, 6:52, 163; 6, 7:08, 162.
Course: Out and back on the Katy trail after circling the AAC.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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2009-10-12 8:46 PM

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2009-10-12 9:13 PM
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Another great race for TJ! Three very good legs. You've got NOTHING to be disappointed about with that bike leg...with dry roads you are easily into the 20-21mph range. Great race for a "training" day. Good luck in Clearwater!
2009-10-12 9:47 PM
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Sweet run Tommy. Way to PR that part. You are going to rock it in FL.
2009-10-12 9:52 PM
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ricro - 2009-10-12 8:13 PM
You've got NOTHING to be disappointed about with that bike leg...with dry roads you are easily into the 20-21mph range.

I totally agree. I think the "conditions" cost me about 3 mph on the bike split. Awesome run split you had! I absolutely loved the run course. I wish I could have met some of the local BTers. I looked around but couldn't find an obvious BT meetup anywhere. Anyway, GREAT RACE and I'll see ya next year!
2009-10-12 9:57 PM
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Awesome race, Tommy.  You're just freaking fast, no matter the conditions.
2009-10-12 11:04 PM
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Awesome race coach Tommy! You were rocking the run!


2009-10-13 7:29 AM
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Another great race.

Meeting the challenges of race day is what it's all about.

Awesome PR on the run is a bonus!
2009-10-13 11:35 AM
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Well done, my friend. Keep up the great work for Clearwater.

2009-10-14 7:55 AM
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Super run Tommy!  Congratulations!
2009-10-14 9:00 PM
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dude - amazing run split. simply amazing. well done friend.

2009-10-14 10:09 PM
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Nice Race Tommy!


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