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Houston, Texas
United States
OnUrLeft
80F / 27C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 27m 21s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = M50-59
Age Group Rank = 4/12
Pre-race routine:

This duathlon was part of a bigger Olympic distance triathlon, and since I hadn't swam any in the last 10 months, it was going to be the du for me. (My whole focus this year has been away from triathlon anyway.)

Woke at 4:45, ate and drank the usual stuff I've been doing for the last 3 years while driving to the site. Why change now?

Laid out my TA: 1 bike, 1 helmet, 1 pair of bike shoes. It didn't take very long.

My number belt is tucked into my shorts so it wouldn't flap while on the bike.

We were racked by race numbers, so there was no choice on the spot; it was on the very last, back row and a long run to the bike mount line.

Went to the portacan. Twice.
Event warmup:

I guess I should've run some, but didn't. Stretched a little, walked around.

I hadn't trained hard the last few months, just the bare basics, but I did set some modest race goals.

2 miles = 14:00
T1 = 1:00
25 miles = 1:15:00
T2 = 1:00
6.2 miles = 48:00
Total = 2:19:00

I knew if I hit this, I'd have a good chance at a podium spot. It was something to gun for.
Run
  • 13m 32s
  • 2 miles
  • 06m 46s  min/mile
Comments:

It was a mass start for all the du folks; men, women, old & young. Got up front, but let the fasties take the start line.

Went out fast and got into my race breathing and striding rhythm pretty quickly. Paced myself knowing I still had a few miles to go.

Goal was 14:00 (- :28)
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, just the right pace.
Transition 1
  • 01m 43s
Comments:

It was a long run to the line in bike shoes, but I was 2nd in AG, and only missing 1st by 1 second.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. I have this down to a science.

The time goal of 1:00 was just a guess because I had no idea of the site layout.

Goal was 1:00 (+ :43)
Bike
  • 1h 16m 37s
  • 24.9 miles
  • 19.50 mile/hr
Comments:

Mounted cleanly and was off.

There was a north breeze blowing, so most of the ride was going to be an honest headwind and tailwind.

Fell into a good pace and pushed as hard as I dared. Given my lack of training fitness, I've been susceptible to cramping, so I had to go easy the first half of the ride.

Dropped into the small ring for the headwind sections to cruise at 17-18, hammered the tailwind sections at 27-28. The speed difference is still not enough to make up the time loss with fighting the headwind.

Passed and got passed, and the course got really crowded on the second loop with more triathletes out on the bike. Had to work at avoiding the draft and playing fair.

Drank ~20 ounces of G-Ade from the areobottle. Worked up a big sweat despite the nice weather.

Got out of my shoes a half mile out, came in on one pedal and hit the dismount line running.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Rode within my ability.

Goal was 1:15:00 (+ 1:37)
Transition 2
  • 00m 49s
Comments:

Another long run to the back of TA. Rack bike, helmet off, shoes on, run.

Perfection. 1st in AG

17 seconds faster than the next guy.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing; nailed it. Again.

Goal was 1:00 (- :11)
Run
  • 54m 39s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 08m 49s  min/mile
Comments:

This is where I knew I would struggle if I was having an off day. I was hoping for 8:00/miles but knew it would be tough to do.

Started off OK, but started feeling the first cramping in both legs at mile 1. WTH?, I didn't think it would start that soon. Approached the first water station and walked through, drinking 2 cups of fluids.

Started running again and fully expecting the cramping to start in earnest, but they never did. In fact, it went away and I never had any more issues. I guess the literal change of pace, with the brief walk was all I needed to get the muscles working correctly.

Plodded along at an even pace, just trying to stay steady. Really dogged it through miles 2-4. Hit the stadium doing a lot better and never had to walk any of the ramps. Passed a young guy who was having to walk; of course he passed me back later once we got to flat ground.

Pouring sweat now; took a couple more cups of fluids at the intermediate aid stations.

I passed 2 guys in my AG during miles 5 & 6 who had gotten me on the bike and went all out for the last 1/4 mile for a solid kick finish. Managed to hold off a young guy closing in on me at the line.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Ran the best I could.

Goal was 48:00 (+ 6:39)

This is where I failed the worst.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, wiped off with the cold towel they gave you, ate some pizza.

Waited until they posted the results to see I had placed 4th. If I would've hit my 2:19, it would've been good enough for 3rd, but 1st & 2nd were held firm by a couple of fast, old guys.

Once they opened TA, I packed up and headed home; another fun morning racing.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training volume; especially the bike. My run was just slow today.

Event comments:

A first class race with all the bells and whistles. No beer, but that was not the RD's fault; he had been restricted by one of the sponsoring entities. So I gave it a 4.




Last updated: 2010-09-22 12:00 AM
Running
00:13:32 | 02 miles | 06m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/12
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back on flat, smooth road.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
T1
Time: 01:43
Overall: Good
Run with bike? Good
Jump on bike? Good
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Good
Biking
01:16:37 | 24.9 miles | 19.50 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/12
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: Modified 2 loop course on concrete roads. Flat & fast. Great traffic control.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:49
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:54:39 | 06.2 miles | 08m 49s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/12
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: One long, meandering loop going from the college parking lot, housing sub-divisions, and a high school football stadium. Went up & down 4 flights of ramps into the stadium and out at the 4.5 mile mark. It was an interesting twist.
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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

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