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Gateway to the Bay Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Kemah, Texas
United States
Onurleft Event Management, LLC
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 22m 37s
Overall Rank = 207/426
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 28/44
Pre-race routine:

Get up, get dressed drink a Coke, eat a Clif bar, drive to race venue. Park in garage, unload, check tires, walk to bodymarking.
Event warmup:

Set up transition, walked around, talked to a few people, hit the portapotty. Watched the swim wave before mine from outside the chute, then had to run to get in w/my wave.
  • 12m 29s
  • 547 yards
  • 02m 17s / 100 yards

The swim waves were rushed, so I hadn't made it to the start and my heart was jumping when the horn went off. I could barely breathe for the first 100yds. Backstroked for a few seconds, got it under control, then had a good rest-of-the-swim. There was some contact as I was passing a bunch to catch up to the pack, but it was civilized. Navigation wasn't great, but not bad considering the current.
What would you do differently?:

Stay w/my swim wave in the chute; be mentally prepared for the cold water and the excitement of the start.
Transition 1
  • 03m 29s

Wetsuit strippers rock! Red carpet all the way from shore to transition was great too. It was a couple of blocks, so I just jogged it. No need to get the heartrate up over a few seconds in T1.
What would you do differently?:

  • 37m 40s
  • 12.5 miles
  • 19.91 mile/hr

Great mount and good getting out on the highway. Headwind had me about 17.5mph to the turnaround. Some sketchy surface going under the bridge, but overall not bad. Tailwind on the back made it an easy ride. HR 150-155 on the way back, and falling off at times. Actually found myself racing some, which is fairly new on the bike. My calc says I held about 22.5mph on the way back. Happy w/that.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder in the tailwind. Chase more people in my AG who pass me. I actually did this once, then let off and got passed again. I should have held them off.
Transition 2
  • 00m 59s

Perfect dismount (I wear mtb shoes so I just unclip and run), easy shoe change. My fastest T2 yet.
What would you do differently?:

  • 27m 60s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 09m 02s  min/mile

This is both a triathlon PR and a disappointing run for me. I put in a lot of miles over the winter, and secretly wanted a sub 9-minute pace, which I just missed. I did improve over my last tri though, so I am glad to see progress.
What would you do differently?:

Run harder. I didn't have any real pain, but I was trying to conserve during the 1st 2 miles. I think I could have pushed a little harder. I was wheezing at the end, though.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk around, talk to some friends and family. Get some food, water, and beer.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Overall fitness, mental readiness at the swim start. I have done lots of OWS practice, and am comfortable in the water, but I did not focus properly at the start. I am also still figuring out how fast I can afford to go on the bike w/out hurting my run.

Event comments:

This is my 3rd tri, but I have also done a du and and a few running races. This was the best so far. Great venue, volunteers, awesome police presence on the bike course, post-race food and beer. A+ all around. THANKS!!!

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Last updated: 2011-01-24 12:00 AM
00:12:29 | 547 yards | 02m 17s / 100yards
Age Group: 24/44
Overall: 0/426
Performance: Below average
HR was up!
Suit: Xterra Vortex
Course: Counterclockwise triangle in Galveston Bay.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Good
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:29
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:37:40 | 12.5 miles | 19.91 mile/hr
Age Group: 22/44
Overall: 0/426
Performance: Good
Target HR was 150-155 going out, 155-160 on the return.Stayed toward the low end of those ranges.
Wind: Some
Course: Flat, fast out/back on a SH146.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Average Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:59
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:27:59.5 | 03.1 miles | 09m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 32/44
Overall: 0/426
Performance: Average
HR betwn 160-165 most of the time. Over 170 at the end.
Course: Out and back on the streets, then around the Kemah Boardwalk to the finish.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

2011-04-05 11:12 AM

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Subject: Gateway to the Bay Sprint Triathlon

2011-04-05 12:31 PM
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Subject: RE: Gateway to the Bay Sprint Triathlon
Good job man.  When you racing next?
2011-04-05 1:38 PM
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Subject: RE: Gateway to the Bay Sprint Triathlon
Thanks. The plan is: Sylvan Beach on June 12, then Clear Lake Oly, then Oil Man. You?
2011-04-05 2:29 PM
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Subject: RE: Gateway to the Bay Sprint Triathlon
Tejas or Sylvan Beach, Bridgeland, Austin 70.3.  Need a new bike at some point.
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