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Jefferson, Texas
United States
Total Time = 1h 28m 3s
Overall Rank = 28/152
Age Group = M40-44
Age Group Rank = 2/19
Pre-race routine:

Camped at the park for the weekend with my parents & son. Spent the weekend basically playing in the lake for much of the days.
Event warmup:

Swam half of the last leg of the swim backwards to see what I'd be looking at coming down the home stretch.
  • 15m 3s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 43s / 100 yards

Started pretty much middle front. Quite a bit of contact, but I held my position well. Made it to the fist buoy with the lead pack and I'm feeling real good about my swim. Rounded the buoy and then I reverted back to my pull left swim stroke. Not sure if the wind/current helped me a bit, but I definitely had the normal sawtooth pattern to the second buoy. By then, I had way lost the lead group and pretty much swam in by myself.

I got out of the water feeling good about the swim, despite the jagged navigation on the back stretch.
What would you do differently?:

Swim OWS regularly and get navigation straightened out.
Transition 1
  • 00m 54s

First time to leave shoes on bike, so faster than normal. While not blistering, still good for 2'nd in AG

Peeked at my watch and saw I was 15:0x for the swim, but still thought I swam pretty good.
  • 46m 27s
  • 15.53 miles
  • 20.06 mile/hr

I had decided I'd race with the Garmin FR60 instead of the 305 so I'd have total time. This meant I didn't have anything on the bike. I'd decided I'd race it completely by feel.

Not long after getting on the bike, I knew it was going to be a long day. I didn't get one of my shoes strapped in before the short climb up to the road, but that was really not a big deal. I did get passed 3 times within the first 2 miles and I was not in a good place. I'm also a little bummed from the 15' swim which didn't help matters, but I pushed on as best I could. I spent this time trying to remember how many races I planned this year and maybe I don't need to do any I hadn't already registered for. Eventually, I got some cycling legs under me and was doing pretty well.

The course isn't flat, but I'm hanging in pretty good. The bigger of the hills didn't give me complete jello legs and only 1 more passed me. I see the first racer coming back down the road, then I see the "stop ahead" sign as I cross the 2'nd & 3'rd rider. It's really cool to be in the first swim wave and count off the people ahead of you (and not get to 20 :) ). At the turnaround, someone was on my heels and then quickly passed me by.

Coming back, it was sure cool to see the road just lined up with racers. I tried to keep the effort as high as possible, but started to struggle a bit more towards the end. Parts of the course I remember flying around, I felt it was hard work and struggled to keep pace. Finally made it to the dam and climbed up and strolled back to transition, feet on top of shoes.
What would you do differently?:

Ride more. I had less than half the ytd mileage going into this race that I had planned for. I've really neglected the bike these past few years.
Transition 2
  • 00m 40s

First time to leave my shoes on the bike. No problems and again good for 2'nd in AG.
  • 24m 58s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 08m 02s  min/mile

Coming out of T2, I was feeling pretty bad. I really wanted to walk, but managed to stay the course. My pace was quite a bit off where I wanted it to be, but I already knew I was going to miss my targets. I kept it together and made it through the first mile. Things started to feel better and I was able to pick up the pace a bit. As the run went on, I got more control and was slowly increasing the pace as I went on.

As the guys passed me, I'd check the age just to see where I was standing. I saw alot of 20 somethings float by, but nothing in my AG. I also saw way too many with no age at all. The bib numbers were there, but that was it. So, I really wasn't sure.

I did manage to keep one guy within eyesight who passed me around mile 1. I was starting to gain on him and thought I had a chance to catch him in the end. With about a third of a mile to go, I picked up the pace to what I thought I needed to catch him. About a tenth of a mile later, I knew I'd not be able to keep that pace till the end so I backed off a little. With the finish line in sight, I tried again to push to catch him, but it was too little too late and I strolled through the finish.

Overall, I'm very proud of this run. I started it crappy and built up throughout the run finishing strong.
Post race

Last updated: 2011-07-12 12:00 AM
00:15:03 | 880 yards | 01m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 1/19
Overall: 19/152
Performance: Good
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:54
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:46:27 | 15.53 miles | 20.06 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/19
Overall: 34/152
Wind: Little
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:40
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:58 | 03.11 miles | 08m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/19
Overall: 47/152
mi splits (from uncalibrated footpod): 8:09 (mi 1), 7:54 (mi 2), 7:36 (mi 3), 7:13 (.2mi)
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]

2011-07-19 1:23 PM

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, Texas
Subject: Heritage Triathlon

Goal here was to beat the times for each leg from the last time I raced the course in '09. I failed on all accounts. Last time's splits were:

Swim: 14:20 (- :43)
Bike: 46:22 (- :5)
Run: 24:27 (- :31)

This just shows that I've got work to do, especially on the bike since it zapped me, but I already knew that. All in all, it was a great day and a great place to race.

2'nd AG podium in a row!

Edited by camy 2011-07-19 1:31 PM
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