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Towne Lake Community, Texas
United States
On Ur Left
Total Time = 2h 59m 38s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 40/68
Pre-race routine:

Bagel w/ P nut butter

Event warmup:

short swim to get wet / check water temp / check goggle fit
  • 47m 7s
  • 1500 meters
  • 03m 08s / 100 meters

I got my 1500m swim completed. I didn't swim fast or straight, in fact I decided to swim a bit wide to get out of the full contact area. I was clearly holding up the pack and was getting my feet taken out from me repeatedly. I am pretty sure I added a 100-200m to this swim by going wide both loops. Swam steady and slow when I was contact free. Sighting was a mother on the way back on both loops since the sun was right where we needed to see (I actually sighted off the sun for awhile).
What would you do differently?:

Get faster so I am touching feet and going around instead of being the one who is getting run over. Although pitifully slow this was a good swim - I didn't freak and got back in the water for the second loop (there was some doubt pre-race)
Transition 1
  • 04m 32s

At least a 1/4 mile run to T1 from the swim on tarp covered sand and carpet covered concrete. I think the RD did the best he could with what he had to work with. Next year the community will have more water so the course will be likely quite a bit different.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 09m 10s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 21.56 mile/hr

Bike went pretty well. I stayed conservative on the power meter and just watched the power average and tried to keep it 220-230W. Quads and Hams were burning a bit towards the end (breathing was fine). I attribute the legs to not enough time in training on this bike in aero and not enough time on the bike since the HNH 100.
What would you do differently?:

Train more. I am sticking with 20 mile rides for a bit until I am sure I have the fit issue worked out and then will creep up from there.
Transition 2
  • 01m 13s

Nothing fancy - conservative dismount / nice and easy swap of the shoes and off I go.
What would you do differently?:

Year 2 I will start working on flying dismounts or something that allows me to run in transition without bike shoes. I decided to avoid this altogether year 1.
  • 57m 34s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 16s  min/mile

305 wasn't on when I grabbed it on so it needed to find satellites (knucklehead). About a 1/2 miles later it picked up and told me I was running at 8'/mile pace. I actually think I came out of transition a bit faster which is really good for me off the bike. Unfortunately the pace dropped as I went until the ramps at the stadium really did me in. I had to push to get back to 9'/mile pace and finish up just under 3 hours.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure the Garmin is on when the race starts.
Post race
Event comments:

As usual, On Ur Left puts on another great race. Volunteers were great. Water / G-ade / Heed was cold. Pizza was warm. Really nice T-shirt and finisher medal. The police officers were AWESOME. This course crossed the paths of the traffic quite a few times and it seemed to me the racers got the right of way every time. I thanked every officer I came to because I was stopped for traffic for quite awhile in my first DU. The bike /run course was pretty well marked. There were only a couple of spots that took a second to figure out where to go. Great job again by Aaron and OUL - I am positive they will take the comments and make it even better next year. I will likely give the two "local" races for me a shot again next year (Bridgelands + Towne Lake)

Last updated: 2010-08-12 12:00 AM
00:47:07 | 1500 meters | 03m 08s / 100meters
Age Group: 61/68
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: 2 loop with a short beach run between loops
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 04:32
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:09:10 | 24.85 miles | 21.56 mile/hr
Age Group: 11/68
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Modified 2 loop course. Familiar Fry Rd headwind out and tailwind back for both loops (although second loop was much stronger)
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:13
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:57:34 | 06.21 miles | 09m 16s  min/mile
Age Group: 38/68
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: Combo of off-road paths and sidewalks. RD tossed in a HS Football stadium ramp for good measure. It was fun running on the football field that I have been a spectator at a number of times.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
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] 4

2010-09-26 4:45 PM

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2010-09-26 5:12 PM
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Payson, AZ
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Awesome job dude.  Crazy bike speed for having been off the bike for so long.  Way to rock it.
2010-09-26 8:14 PM
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Awesome job on your first Olympic tri!!
2010-09-26 8:22 PM
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Great job honey - way to conquer the swim!!!
2010-09-27 10:21 AM
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Rowlett, TX
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Way to rock it out there Ken!! Way to slay the swim. Super speedy bike. Hope the new fits worked out.

2010-09-27 10:45 AM
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I'm paraphrasing Ken here,

"Ho - hum my bike fitness was not good because I haven't ridden in a month so I could only manage 22 miles per hour on the bike.... "

Must be nice to have that kind of speed for an Olympic you didn't train for... Great job on the swim. Seems like you learned a lot from this swim that you'll be able to use next year at Lonestar.

2010-09-27 10:59 AM
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Houston, TX
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Very impressive Ken! Way to conquer the olympic distance!
2010-09-27 1:18 PM
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Awesome job Ken!   Congrats!
2010-09-27 8:05 PM
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Houston, Texas
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Great job on the first Oly and conquering the swim.  It can nerve-wracking leading up to the race and throw you off a bit on the race, but sounds like you settled into your pace and then followed up with a great bike.
2010-09-27 8:10 PM
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Great job out there, you had an awesome race! I remember not so long ago you were worried about a 300m swim
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