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Rockwall, Texas
United States
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54F / 12C
Total Time = 3h 35m 46s
Overall Rank = 571/619
Age Group = 55-59
Age Group Rank = 3/6
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 3:45. Carol fixed bacon, fried eggs and English muffins. Also had a cup of coffee and some cantaloupe. Got dressed, packed truck and left for race at 4:45. Got to transition around 6:10. Got everything set up. Zipper on bike bag broke, so used camelbak and carried spare tube and tools in that.
Event warmup:

Stayed inside hotel lobby to stay warm. Did some rotating arm circles right before the swim.
  • 44m 41s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 43s / 100 yards

Navigation was terrible. Everytime I raised my head to sight, I was going about 100 degrees in the opposite direction. The swim seemed to take forever. I was surprised that my time was not worse than it was.

Need to get a sleeveless wetsuit. The long-sleeved wetsuit was very warm.

The last 100m of the swim were mud. I swam as long as I could to save my legs and then pulled myself over the mud with my hands.
What would you do differently?:

Keep meeting with swim coach. Practice more.
Transition 1
  • 06m 52s

My transitions need more work. I was a little winded after running through the mud to get out of the lake and up the hill to the third transition level to get to my bike. I just sort of took my time to eat and drink and put on my bike stuff.
What would you do differently?:

Practice more.
  • 1h 37m 2s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 15.37 mile/hr

I felt I rode the course pretty well. I'd like to be faster, but I'll just need to practice sprinting more. My gear changes were good. I did get a stiff neck on the bike after about mile 5 and it never really went away until I got done riding.
What would you do differently?:

Practice more bike intervals.
Transition 2
  • 03m 33s

This was a pretty fast transition for me.
What would you do differently?:

Just practice shaving seconds off.
  • 1h 03m 36s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 14s  min/mile

I was pleased that I ran most of the way. I walked the water stops. First water stop had Gatorade that they didn't put enough water in. Tasted like syrup.

I did run the hills and my calves and ankles are still talking to me 24 hours later.
What would you do differently?:

Practice running more and get a little faster.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Had Gatorade and water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

If I really knew the answer to this, I would fix it. It's my first season, so I just need to keep plugging and learning.

Event comments:

Beautiful location and beautiful weather. Plenty of volunteers. Too many lane changes were not clearly marked. Awards started before my age group finished. Had to go ask for my award. Race did not seem as amateur friendly as all of the others I have been to, but I guess it was a "pro" race.

Last updated: 2011-08-30 12:00 AM
00:44:41 | 1640 yards | 02m 43s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/6
Overall: 0/619
Performance: Below average
Suit: Profile Design Full Sleeve
Course: Triangle
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Bad
Time: 06:52
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:37:02 | 24.85 miles | 15.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/6
Overall: 0/619
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Right out of transition was a short steep hill. I was smart enough to put my bike in the right gear in transition and I managed to power right up it thanks to training in Austin! There were lots of people walking their bikes to the top. Then there was a short flat section and a long gentle hill. I enjoyed the course, but it looks a lot like what I trained on before moving to Austin. Coming back up the hill with the headwind was a little difficult. The course kept switching lanes from median to outside. Never did figure out why they did that.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:33
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:03:36 | 06.21 miles | 10m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/6
Overall: 0/619
Performance: Average
Course: Steep hill at the run out. Lots of little rolling hills. Lanes kept switching sides like the bike course. Pretty scenery. Some trees for shade.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

2011-10-03 6:43 PM

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Subject: Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon - International Course

2011-10-04 2:49 PM
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Gold Coast Australia.
Subject: RE: Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon - International Course
Congratulations on your first Oly Jackie! Well done and I'm sure you can take on other challenges that you set for yourself. One thing: bacon and fried eggs before a race? Really?
2011-10-05 10:39 AM
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Grapevine, Texas
Subject: RE: Toyota U.S. Open Triathlon - International Course

Jackie, congrats again on a great first OLY and 3rd in AG!  It was a pleasure to have you stay with us (and return the favor), and hope we can do it again sometime.

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