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Grand Prairie, Texas
United States
Ironhead Race Productions
Total Time = 1h 18m 43s
Overall Rank = 172/239
Age Group = 55-59
Age Group Rank = 2/5
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 4:30. Had a peanut butter Clif bar and half a cup of decaf coffee. Got dressed and went to transition. Got there at 5:35. Put numbers on and got set up. For some reason I was extremely nervous this time and the butterflies just wouldn't go away.
Event warmup:

Several bathroom stops. Light jogging and lots of walking.
  • 14m 16s
  • 437 yards
  • 03m 16s / 100 yards

I started at the front right of the pack right next to the buoy. My wave was combined with the 20 year olds and the relayers. I started slowly and concentrated on my stroke and breathing. I only touched two people's feet and only two people touched mine. I was grateful not to be kicked.

I rounded every buoy as close as possible. I could have kissed each one. My sighting was very good. Turnover rate just needs to be faster. I have no fear of the water, a good thing I think.

OWS is so much better than the pool.
What would you do differently?:

Practice more. For my experience level and age, I was pleased with the swim. I can certainly get better, but it was a great and smooth first OWS.

I plan to hire a swim coach when I move to the big city.
Transition 1
  • 03m 22s

Long run to the bike. I still need to shave a minute or more off of T1.
What would you do differently?:

Just get faster.
  • 39m 41s
  • 11 miles
  • 16.63 mile/hr

I had a really good bike segment. Set a PR. It was pretty flat, but I was flying (for me).
What would you do differently?:

Keep practicing. Do more speed work.
Transition 2
  • 01m 25s

Forgot to take off my gloves. This was a pretty good transition for me. I could still be a little faster.
What would you do differently?:

Get tri shoes and learn to slip out of them right before T2. Learn to jump off the bike and run faster with the bike.
  • 19m 56s
  • 2 miles
  • 09m 58s  min/mile

I didn't like my run, but it ended up to be the best in my AG. I was surprised.
What would you do differently?:

Do more speedwork and get faster and stronger.
Post race
Warm down:

Walking until heart rate came down.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Experience, training and age :-)

Event comments:

This was only my second tri and my first OWS. The race was very organized and the volunteers were awesome. I never did find any Gatorade, only water. I did not really participate in the post race activities. I will definitely do another Ironhead race.

Last updated: 2011-03-06 12:00 AM
00:14:16 | 437 yards | 03m 16s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/5
Overall: 177/239
Performance: Good
Suit: Voler Tri-Suit
Course: Triangle with big yellow buoys. Even I could see them without my glasses.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 85F / 29C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:22
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
00:39:41 | 11 miles | 16.63 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/5
Overall: 169/239
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out and back on the dam. Course closed to traffic which was great. Flat and fast.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 86
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:25
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:19:56 | 02 miles | 09m 58s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/5
Overall: 5/239
Performance: Average
Course: Flat out and back course closed to traffic.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
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] 5

2011-06-11 7:57 PM

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Subject: Metroplex Sprint Triathlon

2011-06-11 9:03 PM
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Maple Grove, MN
Subject: RE: Metroplex Sprint Triathlon
Congrats Jackie!  Winning your age group for a section is a big deal.  (BTW, I NEVER would have guessed your division from your picture.
2011-06-11 10:36 PM
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Keller, Texas
Subject: RE: Metroplex Sprint Triathlon
Great meeting you today.  Nice race.  Hope to see you again
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