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Benbrook, Texas
United States
46F / 8C
Total Time = 1h 49m 37s
Overall Rank = 251/376
Age Group = 55-59
Age Group Rank = 3/3
Pre-race routine:

Had a banana and hard-boiled egg and coffee at 5:40. Went to transition early at 6:15. Got the end of my row next to the grass with the fire ant mound. Got everything ready. It was cold, cold, cold.
Event warmup:

Jogged for about 45 seconds. It was really cold. It was an hour after event start before my swim, so I hung out in the lobby of the Y and listened to other triathletes talk.
  • 08m 44s
  • 300 yards
  • 02m 55s / 100 yards

The swim was a blur to me. I just jumped in the water and started swimming until I was done. I did FS the whole way. My breathing was pretty good for no warmup. I was pretty relaxed. I let a few people pass and then a few passed on their own. I did not feel winded when I exited.
What would you do differently?:

Remember that it is a race and swim a little faster. Concentrate more on technique so I am more efficient and kick harder.
Transition 1
  • 03m 13s

My first transition. Even though it was cold outside, I was warm after I dried my arms and legs. I took longer than I needed because I was trying to decide whether to add clothing.
What would you do differently?:

Be more organized.
  • 1h 04m 25s
  • 13.8 miles
  • 12.85 mile/hr

I didn't really look at my Garmin. I concentrated on how I was feeling and tried to simulate my training. I felt like it was a pretty good ride for me. A few people passed me at the beginning, but at the end I passed a few too.
What would you do differently?:

I would remember that it is a race and concentrate a little more on faster speed.
Transition 2
  • 02m 15s

My neighbor had put her bike in my spot. It was a bit of a struggle to move it and get mine racked.
What would you do differently?:

Just pick up the pace a little.
  • 30m 58s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 59s  min/mile

I should have done some sprints on the run. I had too much energy left when I finished. I could have done a little better on time, but I didn't realize it until after it was over.
What would you do differently?:

Just keep doing my training.
Post race
Warm down:

I walked around and worked on clearing the fog from my brain.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not thinking about it being a race. Just need more training time.

Event comments:

Since this is my first one, I don't have anything to compare it too. Everyone was friendly and helpful. Things ran on time. Course was well marked.

Last updated: 2011-03-27 12:00 AM
00:08:44 | 300 yards | 02m 55s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/3
Overall: 0/376
Performance: Average
Suit: Voler Tri-Suit
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:13
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:04:25 | 13.8 miles | 12.85 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/3
Overall: 0/376
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back course with a killer hill about midway and just before the turnaround point appropriately dubbed "Nice Hill".
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:15
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:30:58 | 03.1 miles | 09m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/3
Overall: 0/376
Performance: Good
Course: Nice loop. By this time, I actually relaxed a little and realized everything was going to work out fine. There were a few hills that kicked my butt a little, even though I ran some hills in training.
Keeping cool Good 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:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2011-03-27 8:01 PM

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Subject: Tri Cowtown Sprint Triathlon

2011-03-27 8:12 PM
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Subject: RE: Tri Cowtown Sprint Triathlon

The most important thing during your first race is to enjoy, and that's what you did! I asked you about the time AFTER the race was done but pleasure is definitely what you should focus on when you don't know how your body reacts to all three sports put together, not time of completion. Most people has the epiphany that the previous sport doesn't add up to the fatigue of the next one but some are not so lucky.

Now you know, you probably have the bug even deeper in your mind so go get drunk and tell the world you finished a triathlon!!, not too many can say so.

2011-03-28 2:29 AM
in reply to: #3416958

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Gold Coast Australia.
Subject: RE: Tri Cowtown Sprint Triathlon

Congratulations  Jackie! You are now a TRIATHLETE. Looks like you did everything right, because in the end you completed, had fun and got hooked. Way to go. Now, while you're getting drunk, don't feel too quilty - beer or wine is a good recovery beverage... Wink

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