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Tall Texan Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Boerne, Texas
United States
Hill Country Sports Association
70F / 21C
Total Time = 5h 17m 29s
Overall Rank = 10/100
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 1/14
Pre-race routine:

Woke at 430 for 1/2 power bar, 2.5 c applesauce and 2 scoops protine, part of a small gatoraid and back to bed. Woke at 540, dressed packed made a via coffee took 3 sports legs sipped rest of gator cut down w water and into the car at 615. Drove to site and walking into venue at 655. Quick stop in bathroom then to transition 710 for setup. got 90% set then went and changed into shorts. Back into transition w 10 min to spare finished prep grabbed wetsuit, etc and out of the area. Forgot to bring my 1/2 powerbar and stow my 3 other sports legs so I grabbed them in T1 (worked well in hindsight).
Event warmup:

Walked into the water to get a feel for the lake while the race brief was going on. No warmup
  • 33m 46s
  • 1931 meters
  • 01m 45s / 100 meters

Dawn said go out strong, but I don't think she ment sprint....oops. Went out with the top 3 swimmers for first 150ish then near disaster struck. Started hyperventalating and took the entire first leg to get it under control. Extremely frustrating watching slower swimmers pass me (40+) of them! Every time I'd put my face in the water I thought I was inhaling the lake thru my nose. Nearly the worst feeling of my life. For a brief time I wasn't sure I'd be able to finish the swim. Finally got my head right (thanks GOD!!!!) and was able to swim. I had positioned myself on the inside line for the swim so no one was near me. The back stretch (longest leg) was smooth and I was passing most of the slower folks from my breast stroke excursion. Made the final turn and headed home. With about 2-300 remaining I started kicking and got my legs working. Swim till I hit ground then a few more strokes. Up and out to the wetsuit strippers....first one of those, worked well.
What would you do differently?:

Go out slightly slower and concentrate if the breathing issue pops up again get longer strokes in!
Transition 1
  • 00m 50s

got cap and goggles in hand, my suit unzipped and off the shoulders and used the strippers for the first time ever....not bad. got thru the rocks to my bike, race belt, helmet and off to the mount line. cleared the line by a few yards and did a step over mount, slightly slow getting feet situated but it worked ok both feet in the shoes prior to exiting the park. Unfortunately had a little gravel in the shoes with me, not fun!
What would you do differently?:

I think a better rack might have been further from the exit but still on the end, no real change needed
  • 2h 56m 30s
  • 56.45 miles
  • 19.19 mile/hr

Lap split ave MPH
1 00:16:45 5.00 17.9
2 00:15:21 5.00 19.5
3 00:14:02 5.00 21.4
4 00:14:57 5.00 20.0
5 00:16:04 5.00 18.7
6 00:15:24 5.00 19.5
7 00:14:49 5.00 20.2
8 00:15:25 5.00 19.5
9 00:16:16 5.00 18.4
10 00:15:54 5.00 18.9
11 00:17:23 5.00 17.2
12 00:04:03 1.45 21.4
Interesting ride. I was 9th out of the water but must have left a few in transition. Had 1 rider in view for the first 18 mi and finally passed him, he later ran with me for a little. Got passed a short time later by a different rider who said "it took me 20 mi to catch you". He and I exchanged positions several times and I finally called him out for "drafting", then I never saw him again....till the run. Figured out how to pee on the bike....very important but not nice. Pushed the pace and lost my nutrition on the course somewhere...
What would you do differently?:

Push a little harder on the "good portions" of the road, if you know where they are...Actually get more calories in earlier
Transition 2
  • 00m 55s

hit the dismount line with no issues. jogged the bike to the rack. took my time getting socks and shoes on (feet were numb from the vibration) and grabbed my visor, swapped race belt and out the area. Took longer than it felt, standard!
What would you do differently?:

pick a different location
  • 1h 45m 22s
  • 12.85 miles
  • 08m 12s  min/mile

Half mi splis pace per mi
1 00:04:03 0.50 08:07
2 00:04:28 0.50 08:56
3 00:04:11 0.50 08:22
4 00:03:58 0.50 07:56
5 00:03:50 0.50 07:41
6 00:03:43 0.50 07:26
7 00:03:45 0.50 07:31
8 00:04:01 0.50 08:03
9 00:04:00 0.50 08:01
10 00:04:13 0.50 08:28
11 00:04:13 0.50 08:27
12 00:04:07 0.50 08:14
13 00:04:04 0.50 08:09
14 00:04:01 0.50 08:02
15 00:04:06 0.50 08:13
16 00:04:32 0.50 09:05
17 00:04:05 0.50 08:10
18 00:03:51 0.50 07:43
19 00:03:55 0.50 07:51
20 00:04:02 0.50 08:05
21 00:04:22 0.50 08:46
22 00:04:18 0.50 08:37
23 00:04:24 0.50 08:49
24 00:04:14 0.50 08:29
25 00:04:06 0.50 08:13
26 00:02:04 0.29 07:14

Took about 3/4 of a mi to get my legs under me. Ran across the dam with 1 of 2 guys who passed me on the run. It was the same guy from the bike leg who I caught early. He was training for TX also and reminded me not to blow up this far into the race. I got across the dam and realized even though I used my new found bike pee skill I needed to go again. 30 sec later he was around the corner and I was trying to catch up....took all the way to the half way point of the run. tried to eat alittle power bar and realized it wasnt going to go down so I started working on the one gel I had with me. On the long downhill there were 3 guys running about 25 sec ahead of me. After the trip thru the neighborhood only one was still in front. The guy who I beat (2nd in AG) was the first to go, when I saw the 40 on both calves I decided to bury him right there. His gait was way off and he was hurting. The Drafter was the second to go down. As I ran by I said something like I'm a slow runner and he said the same, then I pulled away from him quickly, guess he didn't rest enough in the draft.... Entering the aid station near the frontage road I took my 3 sports legs....they may work, legs felt great. On the last mi prior to the park a guy blew by me, he finished 6 min ahead of me and was really moving on the run. As we hit T2.5 and started the second lap Mr TX was walking up the hill, I decided to make him work and ran to the top. Half way across the dam I passed a lady who was a talker, when TX passed her I knew I had a little lead. On the long uphill I extended it a bit and then pressed the downhill. I passed several others on lap 1 but never saw TX again. After the race we talked and he said he was trying to match my pace but just couldnt. That felt good. At the frontage road stop I took a gel with caffine just to have a little more kick for the end. When I reentered the park I looked back over my shoulder and the vol said he's not even around the corner. Pressed the last half mile and really enjoyed crossing the line without worrying about finisher position. There was no-one around me at all. Only after crossing the line did I ask what my time was. Never looked at the total time at all on the race, bike or run.
What would you do differently?:

Have a few extra gels in T2.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and talked to the Trisition crew and waited for Coach to finish. I didn't get chicked!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Breathing in the cold lake, pride....harsh road

Event comments:

Poor post race support and a long wait for awards, not really cool!!!!

Last updated: 2010-09-20 12:00 AM
00:33:46 | 1931 meters | 01m 45s / 100meters
Age Group: 1/14
Overall: 11/100
Performance: Below average
no data, garmin was on the bike ready in T1
Suit: zoot sleevless
Course: Clockwise rectangle...long leg was the third of four
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Shot
Water temp: 64F / 18C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 00:50
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
02:56:30 | 56.45 miles | 19.19 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/14
Overall: 17/100
Performance: Good
137 ave, 152 max HR 86 ave cadence
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: some of the worst chip seal I've ever seen, some of the "roads" should not be classified as such, truely a brutal ride....
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Too much
Time: 00:55
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
01:45:22 | 12.85 miles | 08m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/14
Overall: 14/100
Performance: Good
143 ave 154 max
Course: 2 loop partially on trails with several good hills
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: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2011-03-30 11:13 PM

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