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The AVIA Austin Triathlon - Sprint Course - TriathlonSprint

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Austin, Texas
United States
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80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 05m 14s
Overall Rank = 548/710
Age Group = 55-59
Age Group Rank = 3/5
Pre-race routine:

Didn't sleep well, but that's normal. Got up at 3:40 with Carol. We had bacon and eggs and coffee and I also added a banana and some gatorade. Got to transition at 5:30. It was dark and dusty. Since my wave wasn't going anywhere until 9:00, I ate a Cliff bar, drank a lot of water and walked around the tent area.
Event warmup:

Watched Carol take off and then did a little barefoot running to get my heart rate up a little. Stood around and waited some more, still drinking lots of water. No swim warmup was permitted, so when it was time for my wave, I got in the water at the beginning of the dock and swam the length of it out to the buoy to tread water for a few more minutes.
  • 21m 34s
  • 766 yards
  • 02m 49s / 100 yards

I was very relaxed. I started out slow and smooth and just never really got faster. Only bumped into a few people and only a few bumped into me. Didn't notice the wind at all. Could see all of the many kayaks very well. Lost sight of the buoys coming back into the sun. There are advantages to not being in the front. Swam all the way to the ramp until they pulled me out.
What would you do differently?:

Swim faster, pull harder. Keep training.
Transition 1
  • 05m

This was a long way from the swim and a long way to the bike out. I had stashed a pair of flip flops at the swim out and ran with them on. This helped me to not have too much debris on my feet. Could probably have taken 30 sec off but not much more. Had a GU gel. Race belt on because required for bike. Wore my cleat covers to the bike mount line to keep stuff out of my speedplay cleats. They worked great.
What would you do differently?:

Just practice more.
  • 1h 05m 33s
  • 16.78 miles
  • 15.36 mile/hr

Got to try all the gears on my new bike. I didn't think the hills were really noteworthy. Guess my training is paying off. Interesting riding with the gusts when the buildings went away on the cross streets. It felt like the wind was moving me over about 6". Played catch and pass and then be passed with a 25 yr old female on another Specialized bike. We had a lot of fun. Had two songs going around in my head. One time I noticed I was going 31+ MPH. All I could think of was "Fly Like an Eagle" by Steve Miller. I was having a ball and really felt like I was flying. Another time I rounded a curve and got hit smack in the face with a bunch of wind. I had some good momentum and was singing "Hit Me With Your Best Shot" by Pat Benatar. Wore the Camelbak rather than try my new hydration system on race day. It worked great, although I was so into the bike course that I didn't remember to drink as much as I should have.
What would you do differently?:

Just keep training and working on getting faster.
Transition 2
  • 03m 32s

This felt like a pretty good transition. Bike stuff off and running shoes and hat on. Already had race belt on from bike.
What would you do differently?:

Just keep practicing.
  • 29m 34s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 09m 31s  min/mile

Great to see lots of spectators. I wore the camelbak and didn't stop at any of the water stops. My goal was to run a pace that I could maintain and not have to walk. Success. I also managed to sprint the last 1/4 mile pretty strong, so I think I may have saved a little too much gas in my tank. I'm just too afraid of running out.
What would you do differently?:

Keep practicing.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around the tent area. Had some water and a chicken walnut wrap.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Being concerned about running out of steam. Need more practice.

Event comments:

This was a very well-run race and great courses for all three events. Hats off to the race director and all of the wonderful volunteers. I can't wait to do this one again next year.

The only thing I would change is the position of the volunteers telling cyclists whether to turn to the finish or continue straight. It was hard to react if you were already in the wrong lane. And, of course, I would eliminate the 25 MPH wind gusts :-)

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Last updated: 2011-09-06 12:00 AM
00:21:34 | 766 yards | 02m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/5
Overall: 560/710
Performance: Average
Suit: Voler Tri-Suit
Course: Long narrow rectangle in deep water. Well-marked. Great for spectator viewing.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 83F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 05:00
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
01:05:33 | 16.78 miles | 15.36 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/5
Overall: 548/710
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: I loved the course. It was s closed course of two loops with slight inclines and one 20 yard hill termed "nasty". It was interesting to see riders in both directions. The route took us through downtown to the State Capitol twice. We had the middle three lanes on a 5-lane road.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 82
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 03:32
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:29:34 | 03.11 miles | 09m 31s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/5
Overall: 452/710
Performance: Good
Course: Sort of a weird weaving course. Took us across concrete, dirt, grass. The dirt and grass were marked with little orange flags.
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?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2011-09-06 7:11 PM

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Subject: The AVIA Austin Triathlon - Sprint Course

2011-09-06 10:00 PM
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Grapevine, Texas
Subject: RE: The AVIA Austin Triathlon - Sprint Course

Oh good, you have pics!  Was that your wave?

Congrats on an great race!  I'm so glad I got to be there to see you reach the podium!  Love it that you were singing along the way .  And hey, at least next time our start time will be similar. 

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