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Kemah, Texas
United States
On Your Mark
58F / 14C
Total Time = 1h 18m 26s
Overall Rank = 79/
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 15/40
Pre-race routine:

One hour drive with coffee and whole wheat bagel with PB.
Event warmup:

Ran back to car to get my sunglasses. That was it!
  • 12h 32m
  • 500 meters
  • 2h 30m 24s / 100 meters

This was awesome. Ages 30-39 all started together. The out portion of the swim had waves and current galore. Some dudes were really struggling. I stayed very hydrated with a larger than expected intake of saltwater. Sighting was non-existent for me as well. I just sort of swam "out". Really this was so choppy that an actual swim stroke was never really realized. All this being said it was the most fun I have ever had in a Tri swim. It isn't supposed to be easy!
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. The conditions dictated the outcome more than I did.
Transition 1
  • 03m 30s

Long run from swim exit to T1. Like 3 blocks long. T times were slow but everyone had to do it so no big deal.
What would you do differently?:

Not ran past my rack.
  • 39m 20s
  • 12.5 miles
  • 19.07 mile/hr

Started out immediately going over the Kemah bridge. It wasn't that the climb was all that hard. It was more that the climb started about 400 meters from the bike start and I still had my swim legs. After the climb you went down the north side of the bridge and made an immediate turn underneath and swung around to the other side and climbed up the other side. Good times!

We had a head win for the entire out portion. It was about what I expected. It was nice with the wind at your back for the last 5 miles.
What would you do differently?:

Push a little harder on the out.
Transition 2
  • 01m 17s

My rack was the furthest possible point from the run start so this was a good T2 time.
What would you do differently?:

  • 21h 25m 2s
  • 3 miles
  • 7h 08m 20s  min/mile

Experienced some lower back stiffness on the left side. Not a big deal but slowed me down a little. Did not run with my Garmin and not knowing my pace bothered me? Weird, I know. I should have done the run about 2 minutes faster.
What would you do differently?:

Wear Garmin
Post race
Warm down:

Hung out with Tri Club and had a pizza and some bananas.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Nothing really.

Event comments:

Aaron and the guys did a really nice job with this being the inaugural race. I will do this again next year, probably do the Oly to get to ride a boat and swim the current in.

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Last updated: 2010-04-05 12:00 AM
12:32:00 | 500 meters | 2h 30m 24s / 100meters
Age Group: 19/40
Overall: 40/
Performance: Average
Suit: Vortex 3 Full
Course: Triangle course. Start into the waves and current.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: High
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Good Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:30
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:39:20 | 12.5 miles | 19.07 mile/hr
Age Group: 15/40
Overall: 40/
Performance: Average
Wind: Headwind
Course: Over the bridge twice and then out and back. Pretty ho-hum ride.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:17
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
21:25:02 | 03 miles | 7h 08m 20s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/40
Overall: 40/
Performance: Average
Course: Around the boardwalk. Felt like a maze.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: 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

2010-04-10 10:22 PM

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Kingwood, TX
Subject: Gateway to the Bay Triathlon

2010-04-11 12:13 PM
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Subject: RE: Gateway to the Bay Triathlon
Woohoo, nice job!! Sometimes the conditions dictate how you'll do, and sometimes you dictate how you do. I'm so glad you took it all in stride, and did super amazing despite the rocky swim!!
2010-04-11 5:41 PM
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Subject: RE: Gateway to the Bay Triathlon
Great Race! Less than ideal conditions on the swim.  I was down there for Oly check in... Y'alls swim might have been tougher than ours! Swimming outbound in that mess - tough-ola! 

Once again ~ good job!
2010-04-12 10:00 AM
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Subject: RE: Gateway to the Bay Triathlon
OUTSTANDING JOB!!   i swam saturday afternoon and can tell you for sure that ya'll had a tougher swim then we did on sunday.  ya like that bridge right out of T!?!  i'm not sure which was tougher though, going back up after the u-turn was a just a kick in the....

2010-04-12 11:29 AM
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Subject: RE: Gateway to the Bay Triathlon
Nice race!  I'm with you on the bike - WHO put the darn bridge so close to transition?  Where's the warm up???
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