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Austin, Texas
United States
EndorFUN SPORTS
75F / 24C
Sunny
Total Time = 4h 49m 19s
Overall Rank = 112/1991
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 11/175
Pre-race routine:

One time, there was a long drive. Michigan to Texas to put so fine a point on it. A person could go crazy making that drive twice. There were cows and rain and hours of sameness. If people lived here, I didn’t notice. I guess they didn’t either.

How can one remember what they did before a race by the time a race has finished? That morning seems days ago, a flash photo of flea market ephemera. I must’ve eaten something, drank some fluids, moved the whathaveyou. Get me to the start line and fire that confounded cannon.
Event warmup:

Buses take athletes and families from the parking lot down to the swim start, which worked out well, aside from Alaina throwing up several times before boarding, and the woman in front of her in line covering her mouth looking like she was ready to toss the proverbial cookies to boot. It was touch-and-go for a minute where the whole ordeal could’ve turned into that scene from Goonies where Chunk spills his guts about puking at the movie theater, setting off a chain reaction of theater-wide puking.
Swim
  • 34m 34s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 38s / 100 yards
Comments:

I’ve heard veterans tell of a magical line just inside the buoy line where the water is clearer than the Bahamas and the sailors rejoice but for the calm seas. Such stories are true! I cruised without bruises for the entire swim in this veritable Atlantis and passed a few people from the waves ahead of me for the first time in my experience.

I felt great throughout and didn’t run out of breath like I usually do. Tried to push the pace more than usual and I ended up with my best swim time for a course that was spot on for the right length with no current. Although I’d hoped to go faster, the true sign of improvement was that I exited the water and ran all the way uphill without dizziness or fatigue. I’d trained right and it would pay dividends on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Sight better.
Transition 1
  • 03m 7s
Comments:

2,400 athletes were registered for this monstrosity of a race. This means huge transition areas and lots of running between racks, hence long T-times.
What would you do differently?:

run faster
Bike
  • 2h 29m 55s
  • 56 miles
  • 22.41 mile/hr
Comments:

Usually when I get on the bike my heart is pumping so hard from the swim that my legs go numb for lack of oxygen. This time they felt strong, so I settled into a cruising pace that gradually increased for the first 20 miles. The plan was to hold back until mile 40 where I usually fade faster than jeans from Target. Said plan fell apart a little as I hit 22.8mph average at mile 20 and I knew it was too fast. Backed off and suffered some headwinds and very rough road, as did most everyone else around me.

The branded vs. local debate has been hashed ad nauseum, but I’ll say this for the big 70.3 events: if you can do a solid clip on the bike, you’ll feel like a rock star passing people along the way simply because the course is so crowded. But it’s a helluva lift for the adrenaline.

With the persistent IT band pain and inability to run over 5 miles in the last few weeks, I knew the run would be medieval, so I pushed the bike more than usual and finally broke 2:30. I forget, did I already say that I beat Alaina on the bike? No? Well I did beat Alaina on the bike. In case I forgot to mention the fact that I was faster than her on the bike, I said it here. That alone was probably worth the price of admission. Oh, she smoked me on the swim and run and beat me overall, but just sayin'.
Transition 2
  • 03m 6s
Comments:

Another long transition, blah.

What would you do differently?:

run barefoot.
Run
  • 1h 38m 36s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 07m 32s  min/mile
Comments:

3 loops on the run. 2,000+ athletes. One might think it would be a little crowded. One would be correct. Great nutrition support out there though, with more than 13 aid stations, ice cold water, cold sponges, cold washcloths, volunteers with water hose guns to spray you, frozen slurpee straws, banana chunks, strawberries, candy, and Gatorade, making it a pulled pork sampler away from doing the rounds at Sam’s Club on a Saturday.

But oh IT pain, how much we’ve missed each other the last 2 races. How I’ve pined for your chisel at the outer knee sensation, your twisted rope on the patellar tendon, and who could forget your ability to twang the popliteal like the Reverend Horton Heat? On the second loop I convinced myself I would really push the last loop and I should just hold on for a while at this pace. Then on the last loop I swore the last 2 miles were where I’d really start pushing it. So I had a good last mile, but that really wasn’t good enough to get my run where I want it. I’ve got more speed in these legs, and I guess that’s why we keep racing.

The finish line was inside Luedecke arena, ending this long season. Time for offseason!
What would you do differently?:

Rehab my IT band
Post race
Warm down:

4:49 is a new PR for me, cutting 3 minutes off my Muncie time, which going into this race I didn’t think I had a prayer of breaking, so overall a very good race for me. Also happy with an 11th in my AG, especially considering the first place in my AG did a 4:09! These people are freaks I swear.

Event comments:

The chip seal roads were kinda rough to say the least. Post race food was tacos and baked potatoes that weren't good. But whateva, I enjoyed the ice cream they had.




Last updated: 2009-07-27 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:34:34 | 2112 yards | 01m 38s / 100yards
Age Group: 39/175
Overall: 0/1991
Performance: Good
Suit:
Course: counter clockwise rectangle
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding:
T1
Time: 03:07
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
02:29:55 | 56 miles | 22.41 mile/hr
Age Group: 16/175
Overall: 0/1991
Performance: Good
Wind: Cross-winds
Course: Single loop with lots of turns
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 03:06
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
01:38:36 | 13.1 miles | 07m 32s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/175
Overall: 0/1991
Performance: Average
Course: 3 out-n-backs in Walter E. Long park. Unshaded. Mostly asphalt with some dirt stretches.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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You are an amazing athlete- and an awesome wordsmith Way to kill the last race of the season! It has been an incredible year, watching you grow as an athlete. I can not wait for our next year of training and racing together

Best written race report, ever
2009-10-27 4:45 PM
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posted twice. That's how good it is! ;)

Edited by jazz82482 2009-10-27 4:46 PM
2009-10-27 5:19 PM
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Look at you, rockstar! What a great race AND you beat Alaina in ONE event! Heheee...
It was super nice to see familiar faces on Saturday and Sunday, and to chat after the race.
WELL DONE, mister! Well done.

 
2009-10-27 7:50 PM
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Awesome job Ryan! And congrats on the PR!
2009-10-28 7:58 AM
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Great job Yoga King!


2009-10-28 9:06 AM
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Congrats on the PR! I was actually racked next to the 'freak' who went 4:09 in transition. When talking to him before the race he told me his goal and I had to pick my jaw off the ground.  Enjoy the off-season!
2009-10-28 9:32 AM
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medieval

Do you teach British literature or something?  Nobody spells it that way except you and my crazy Brit Lit teacher in high school.  Got me stuck watching for that spelling.  It never appears, until now, suddenly, it shines out at me like a grecian urn.

Oh, yea, and good race too ya phreak.  Year one, that's just phenomenal stuff so far.  Do you have a foam roller?  If so, get on there and ride that pony back and forth until you're crying.

2009-10-28 4:31 PM
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Ryan, what am I going to read all winter?  :-(  No more race reports till 2010!  I agree with your better half... your best race report ever, but it is really hard to choose from all of your excellent ones! :-

Congrats once again on a great race, besting your girl on the bike and finishing strong in spite of the IT issue.  Now go take care of your gams, Mother Hen Says So!
2009-10-28 11:42 PM
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Fantastic job dude! You just keep gettin' Faster and Faster! I'm jealous as hell and super proud of you all at the same time! GREATEST RACE REPORT EVER!
2009-10-29 9:17 AM
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Great PR!  Go back to your regularly scheduled rolling sessions



2009-10-29 4:28 PM
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Fantastic race report! Thanks Ryan, I love the description of the clear water inside the buoys! Even with the ITBS you rocked the run! Rest that ITB for a while, it deserves it. I have to agree with Alaina that this is one of the best written race reports I have seen!

Oh yea, WAY TO KICK ALAINA'S A$$ ON THE BIKE!!!
2009-10-29 6:57 PM
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What a fantastic effort.   Great PR..   You be one of my hero's, but this replanted Buckeye just can't have a Wolverine for a Hero!!   Laughing

No matter what, glad you made the trip to TX..   I think you'd agree it was well worth it..  

Happy Racing,

LonghornBuckeye...
2009-10-30 12:58 PM
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Love the reference to Reverend Horton Heat!
2009-10-31 10:40 PM
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Mr. Yeats:
  I truly admire the crafty literary development, the imagination is taken to an incredible adventure, allowing us to envelope your journey.

  I can't imagine how much more you'll improve this coming year!  You and Jazzy are the Dynamic Duo!

  Congratulations on such a super race!

  Rest now, ye weary warrior, and take pride in all that you have accomplished!

2009-11-02 5:45 PM
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Congratulations on such a spectacular racing year. You have come form CA, where I remember Ailana wondering if you would ever do a Tri, to where you are now.

Congratulations on an awesome job, and hopefully will see you in Kona next year. Enjoy a really nice season break, heal up really well, and can't wait to see how you do next year. Well, outside of cremating your partner. Great job, and happy Holidays!!


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