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Clear Lake, Texas
United States
Total Time = 1h 37m 14s
Overall Rank = 227/304
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 28/34
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:00, drive to event, eat a Clif Bar, drink water, set up transition, take a look around.
Event warmup:

Swam the 1st 50 yards and the last 100 yards of the swim course to get a feel for the water and try to get some lineups for sighting.
  • 15m 58s
  • 547 yards
  • 02m 55s / 100 yards

My first tri, and I am a slow swimmer. I was glad just to finish the swim w/out backstroking or stopping. I got run over by 1 or 2 other waves of swimmers.
What would you do differently?:

Swim faster.
Transition 1
  • 03m 6s

I put my shoes on before leaving T1. The bike mount faced up a slight hill to a quick right turn. Not a good place to be messing w/shoes. I had a slow T1 time, but avoided falling or crashing at bike mount.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really, just move faster in the transition area.
  • 44m 34s
  • 13.8 miles
  • 18.58 mile/hr

Held back more than I needed to. I rode this course faster on my practice ride. I was also conservative w/passing and cornering because I didn't want to crash.
What would you do differently?:

Learn my limits better, ride harder.
Transition 2
  • 03m 23s

Again I was slow in transition. Got the helmet off and the shoes changed, then hit the port-a-can. Not what I had planned, but wanted to be comfortable on the run.
What would you do differently?:

Not have to pee?
  • 30m 12s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 43s  min/mile

The "off the bike" legs were tough at first but, just as in my brick workouts, I ran the 1st mile faster than I expected. Was able to hold that pace for most of the run, and finished strong.
What would you do differently?:

Start running faster at the halfway mark. I had too much left at the end.
Post race
Warm down:

Water, hot wings, pizza, Coke, Sprite. This was my "reward" meal!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

All mental. Really, I held back way too much on the bike and the run. My avg HR btwn the two was 152, or 84% of my max. Maybe I am just lazy. I am happy to have completed my first tri, but I am ready to go hit the next one harder.

Event comments:

My first tri, but from reading reviews this was a good setup w/lots of volunteers, police, food, drink, etc. Much improved from the year-before reports. If every event I do goes this smoothly, I will be very grateful.

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Last updated: 2010-09-01 12:00 AM
00:15:58 | 547 yards | 02m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 31/34
Overall: 0/304
Performance: Average
Suit: Aevero tri shorts
Course: Square U.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Below average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:06
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:44:34 | 13.8 miles | 18.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 21/34
Overall: 0/304
Performance: Average
BTW I corrected the bike distance to reflect the actual course. (Per Google Trails, plus the race info now says "22k"). I kept my HR under 150, trying to save up for the run.
Wind: Little
Course: I didn't notice much wind at least. Love the Kemah bridge for passing high-gear strugglers. Of course, several passed me on the backstretch! Volunteer and police presence were great.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Below average Cornering: Below average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:23
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:30:12 | 03.11 miles | 09m 43s  min/mile
Age Group: 28/34
Overall: 0/304
Performance: Good
Heartrate started over 150 and stayed there until the turnaround. Stayed 160+ for the 2nd half.
Course: Out and back course on Nasa One and into a neighborhood.
Keeping cool Below average 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] 4

2010-09-01 2:41 PM

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