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Valley View, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes Racing
Total Time = 1h 33m 27s
Overall Rank = 25/126
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 2/21
Pre-race routine:

I hadn't been feeling good for the solid week leading up to this race and wasn't completely over it. So, I was not going in for top performance here.

Made a last minute decision to camp at the state park so I could sleep in. This worked out great as our spot was about 1/4 mi from the start/finish. Only problem was in the packing panic, I didn't pack in my elastic-laced shoes. It was pretty cold the night before, but I got some good sleep & rolled out the tent at 6am :)

Ate a peanut butter sandwich and made my way to transition.
Event warmup:

Nothing ... just stood knee-deep in the water while the other event swims were going on.

Sprint was supposed to start @ 8:15 so I figured I'd hit the restroom to empty my bladder at 8. Well, at 7:45 they announced the first sprint wave would start in 5, so I never made it.
  • 18m 27s
  • 880 yards
  • 02m 06s / 100 yards

I really love the beach start swims. It just adds to the excitement to run into the water and then start swimming.

As soon as I dove into the water, it just felt awkward and I didn't figure it out until 2-3 strokes in. This is what they mean when talking about cold water swimming. I took a good breath and just went 4-5 strokes without breathing. I did this again and I was nice and relaxed and swimming normal.

Made it to the first buoy perfect, missing the sand bar. I'm having a really good swim and am swimming with good, long, relaxed strokes. Usually at this point in a race, I'm wondering why I torture myself with this foolishness. Rounded the buoy and started for the next. In this stretch I decided I'd take care of the #1 I meant to do at 8:00. I just couldn't make it happen. I slowed down and quit kicking, but all I got was a squirt here and a squirt there. I gave up and realized I was pretty far wide of the course, so I reset my line and headed for the last buoy. I rounded the last buoy and gave it one more try, but ended up stopping completely, treading water to get relief. Swam strong home, grabbed some sand, stood up & ran the long trip to T1 (I think the swim-out mat was @ T1).
What would you do differently?:

Give more effort on the swim. It wasn't until the last leg before I swam at a pace I should have been the entire race.
Take care of #1 before the swim.
Transition 1
  • 02m 17s

Suprisingly quick T1 compared to others (2/21 AG).
I wasn't pressing and decided to not leave the shoes on the bike. I had problems getting in the shoes since I do normally leave my shoes on the bike during training. Also put on the Garmin in T1 rather than on the bike as usual.
  • 47m 37s
  • 16.1 miles
  • 20.29 mile/hr

Got past the cluster at the mount line and immediately noticed my chain was skipping. I went through some gears on the cassette & changed chainrings, but the skipping remained. It was about every 3 pedal strokes and it would skip, not like it wants another gear (I am running friction shifters), but like somethings just wrong with the chain. I had at least expected to see the rd stretch out at the skip, but it looked fine too. I think about pulling over and check it out, but decide to just deal with it. I'm still passing people out of the park and now have the timing of the skip such that I can soft-pedal it so I don't throw the chain or anything.

Get out on the main road and over to the shoulder. Somewhere between miles 4-5, my chain quits skipping and I can ride with more confidence, but at this time, I'm already mentally into a "comfortably hard" effort. Loose gravel and debris is pretty common and makes for alot of people shifting all over the course and I had to pass some on the main lane which isn't anything I wanted to do too much since it was an open road.

Finally made it to the turn-around and get to reap the benefits of all I was fighting against. It's amazing how good it felt to have a smooth drivetrain going downhill with a tailwind.
Transition 2
  • 01m 3s

Not so good comparably (6'th AG) as T1, but not too shabby for where my mindset was and NOT bringing my shoes with the elastic laces.
  • 24m 21s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 07m 50s  min/mile

Following through with the comfortably hard theme, I start the run at a good pace. While I'm not passing anyone, not many are passing me. I begin to start dreaming ... what if my swim wasn't that bad. Only a few passed me on the bike. While one did have compression socks hiding his age, the others weren't in my AG. If I can hold off any 40-44 dudes on the run, I just might podium ... So I continue on at the same effort knowing that if I have to, I may have something left. After the turnaround, again, it's more down than up and I feel as though I'm flying and really enjoying the shaded trail winding through the state park. Glance down at my Garmin and see I'm about 1/4 mi away from the finish and still haven't seen a 40-44 calf pass me up. I pick up the pace a little knowing that I do still have more if needed and then cruise through the finish chute.

Only question left was where did I come out of the swim. At most, I lost one position since then.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around a bit with my family and triple threaters. Had a hard time settling down without having a coughing fit. It was a good 10-15 minutes after I finished before I could even finish my bottle of water. My only hope now was that I don't relapse back to last week, so I skipped the beer.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of consistent training & being sick the week prior.

Event comments:

I absolutely love the beach start and the sandbar is not anything you normally see.
I also absolutely love the Sprint run which is completely in the park and almost completely shaded.
I'm not a huge fan of the roads. Not completely DA's fault as the road maintenance there is kinda shaky.

I'd race the sprint and probably the Oly here as a fun race, but wouldn't ever race an "A" race or any long course here.

Last updated: 2011-05-16 12:00 AM
00:18:27 | 880 yards | 02m 06s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/21
Overall: 38/126
Performance: Bad
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 67F / 19C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:17
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:47:37 | 16.1 miles | 20.29 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/21
Overall: 23/126
Performance: Below average
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:03
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:21 | 03.11 miles | 07m 50s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/21
Overall: 43/126
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Course challenge
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

2011-05-16 3:49 PM

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, Texas
Subject: TexasMan Sprint Triathlon

While I didn't reach the goals I set when I signed up for this race, I did do a good job of keeping a good effort without over-doing it making for a most excellent race.

I also guess all the dreaming on the run helped as I ended up taking 2'nd in my AG. Sweet, my first podium!

Edited by camy 2011-05-16 3:51 PM

2011-05-16 4:52 PM
in reply to: #3502374

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Rowlett, TX
Subject: RE: TexasMan Sprint Triathlon
Way to rock it man. Being sick all week and still getting 2nd is pretty sweet.
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