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The Austin Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Austin, Texas
United States
Jack and Adam's Bicycles
75F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 33m 51s
Overall Rank = 214/1055
Age Group = M20-24
Age Group Rank = 11/29
Pre-race routine:

Woke up a little after five and had a granola bar and downed a full 20oz bottle of water as I walked to the transition area. Wasn't too far maybe about 15 minutes from my place.
Event warmup:

Didn't do any warmup for this race other than spinning my arms a few times in the wetsuit before getting in the water.
  • 28m 47s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 45s / 100 yards

The swim went surprisingly well. I was expecting to come in around 30 minutes so when I looked down at my watch when I got out of the water I had a feeling it could be a real good day. I didn't feel dead and I was able to run up into transition instead of hobble and try and regain my land legs. All the time in the pool seems to be paying off.
What would you do differently?:

Swim some more in open water and work on sighting a bit more.
Transition 1
  • 02m 42s

This Olympic always has a large transition area so lots of time is lost running up to it from the water and then making your way all the way down it. So overall I'm happy with how the transition went and I didn't forget anything.
What would you do differently?:

Move quicker?
  • 1h 08m 23s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.80 mile/hr

I felt amazing on the bike. Honestly I could have pushed a bit harder and averaged 22 for the ride and I don't think it would have affected my run time in the least bit. I was taking it real easy on the uphills just spinning and then hammering it on the flats and downhills.

It started raining pretty hard into the second lap which was uncomfortable when I got up to a good speed (stinging rain) but the cooling effect was very much welcome.
What would you do differently?:

Push a little bit harder.
Transition 2
  • 01m 40s

Still same big transition area and no mishaps.
What would you do differently?:

Move faster?
  • 52m 18s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 25s  min/mile

My legs felt great for this, but I definitely overheated and I know I wasn't the only one. Going into the second loop it was hard to breath due to the humidity and I started getting goosebumps on my skin so I pulled off real big to keep from ending up with an IV in me at the end of the race.

The rain was nice on the bike but it made the run conditions miserable when it stopped. I did the first two miles at a 7:15 pace which was probably a bit too quick, but I think in a cooler less humid more ideal setting I should easily have been able to maintain sub 8:00 for the whole run.

However I can't complain too much since I bested my last oly run time by 10+ minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Do races hen it's cooler outside haha.
Post race
Warm down:

Headed to the med tent and took three ice packs and downed two full bottles of ice water to cool the core temp down. Got a massage then ate some food and cheered some friends on.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The heat and humidity in the run. I'm 100% convinced I could have made it into the 2:2x:xx range if the conditions had been better, but I'm not going to complain considering this race was an Oly PR for me by ~20 minutes. I have a feeling the gains won't come as large in the future.

Event comments:

Love this race, and I'll do it again next year if I get the chance, I just wish the weather would be more cooperative. I'm pretty fortunate in that my wave started right after the open with the pros in it, the rest of the field probably suffered much more than I did when they hit the run course.

Last updated: 2010-05-29 12:00 AM
00:28:47 | 1640 yards | 01m 45s / 100yards
Age Group: 11/29
Overall: 256/1055
Performance: Good
Suit: Rocket Science Sport Full Sleeve
Course: One big loop down one side of town lake then back up the other.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:42
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:08:23 | 24.85 miles | 21.80 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/29
Overall: 145/1055
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Three loop course around downtown Austin and Town Lake.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:40
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:52:18 | 06.21 miles | 08m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 11/29
Overall: 412/1055
Performance: Average
Course: Two loops through the park around the transition area.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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

2010-09-06 5:42 PM

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2010-09-06 8:37 PM
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Austin, TX
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Subject: RE: The Austin Triathlon
Nice job on the PR! The rain definitely made the bike a little more exciting. I guess I've been doing plenty of training in the heat, because it didn't feel too bad to me on the run. Not cool, certainly, but not unbearable.
2010-09-08 9:15 AM
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Congrats on the PR, I think you gave me your ice bags in the med tent, I was the guy on the stretcher....Tks

2010-09-08 11:05 AM
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San Antonio
Subject: RE: The Austin Triathlon
Great race especially for the conditions!
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