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New Braunfels, Texas
United States
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 11m 7s
Overall Rank = 18/282
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 1/36
Pre-race routine:

Stayed at a bed and breakfast in town with the wife, so we were able to sleep in and head down shortly before the race. By the time we set up transition, we had 15 mins or so left.
Event warmup:

Swam out into the river and swam in place with the current for a while. Usually I do a run warmup, but there wasn't really time.
  • 04m 46s
  • 275 meters
  • 01m 44s / 100 meters

Had a great swim. I waited until the very end of the wave and was the last man in the water. I felt pretty based on the number of people I passed. I managed to catch the fastest current near the bank and fly. I'm not generally one of the strongest swimmers, but I only lost 20 seconds or so to the top swimmer in the race.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing - great swim
Transition 1
  • 01m 7s

I didn't take the race seriously enough to do a good transition. Usually I keep the shoes on the bike, but instead I put them on in T1. I certainly could have been more productive putting them on during the course like usual.
What would you do differently?:

Shoes on during the bike ride. Should save 20 seconds or so.
  • 37m 23s
  • 14 miles
  • 22.47 mile/hr

Felt really dead in the legs for the first 5 miles or so. Picked it up quite a bit afterwards. Overall had a good ride. Was good enough for the age group win.
What would you do differently?:

Warm up before the race with a run so the legs are ready to go.
Transition 2
  • 01m 10s

Decided to run in the Vibram 5 fingers. I think they took longer to get on than if I had tied running shoes.
What would you do differently?:

No Vibrams - as much as I like the shoes, they just take too long to get the toes into.
  • 26m 39s
  • 3.4 miles
  • 07m 50s  min/mile

Run was tough. Had an asthma attack on the hill and really had a hard time picking up the speed afterwards. Back 1/2 was much faster than the front. Still, this was slower than last year.

Starting at the back of the pack during the swim was a good move, because I knew that I was ahead of everyone near me on the course. I stacked up with two other guys in the AG and finished just behind them, knowing that I had some time to spare. Turned out to be a good tactic.
What would you do differently?:

Warm up before the race. Walk the hill until lungs feel ok. Lose some weight!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked the run course with Christopher, the son of family friends and the youngest participant at the race at 13. I enjoyed talking to him. He had a great attitude.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Had some stomach cramps on the bike - just wasn't feeling it. Probably had too much gatorade. Mostly though, just need to start eating right.

Event comments:

This is my favorite small race. Can't beat the atmosphere, and the event is well managed.

Last updated: 2010-05-30 12:00 AM
00:04:46 | 275 meters | 01m 44s / 100meters
Age Group: 3/36
Overall: 0/282
Performance: Good
Suit: Tyr Hurricane
Course: Course went downstream then back up.
Start type: Wade Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:07
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:37:23 | 14 miles | 22.47 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/36
Overall: 0/282
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Course is on rolling hills along the side of the river. One of the more scenic courses around.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Too much
Time: 01:10
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Bad
00:26:39 | 03.4 miles | 07m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/36
Overall: 0/282
Performance: Below average
Course: Steep hill followed by mostly flat run through town.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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

2010-05-30 5:37 PM

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