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Keller, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes Racing
53F / 12C
Total Time = 1h 10m 5s
Overall Rank = 44/800
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 10/43
Pre-race routine:

Got up early and ate some peanut butter toast and then headed to the race.
Event warmup:

No warm up, with the time trial start pool swim any warm up would be negated by standing around waiting to get in the pool.
  • 06m 2s
  • 328 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

I think I've swam once in the past two months, so I'm pretty happy with how the swim went. Felt pretty good and pushed it on the last 100m to get in front of a huge group headed towards the ladder.
What would you do differently?:

Swim more in training.
Transition 1
  • 01m 45s

So slow! I did stop to throw on some socks mainly because I haven't practiced running without socks and I was scared of blisters. Also they changed the course to make sure you had to run all the way around transition so everyone covered the same distance carrying their bikes.
  • 36m 4s
  • 12 miles
  • 19.96 mile/hr

I think I could have pushed the bike a little harder. The Garmin said I averaged 20.8mph and that's with running it around in transition. The race website says 20.0mph so something wasn't measured accurately at some point, and I doubt my Garmin is wrong...
What would you do differently?:

More miles.
Transition 2
  • 01m 16s

Should have been under a minute with this but my hands were shaking and a bit numb from the cold on the bike.
  • 24m 57s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 03s  min/mile

I didn't take any water on the course and felt fine. The only trouble I had was some stomach issues about a mile in (needed to hit a port-o-john) so I ended up walking for a good 100 yards or so to let that settle down and then couldn't really push the pace after that. I easily should have been under 24min for this as my legs felt great and my breathing/cardio wasn't stressed at all.
What would you do differently?:

Better pre-race diet. Time to start putting in the miles over the winter, need to get faster if I want to start moving up in the placings at these short races with guys running consistent sub 20's.
Post race
Warm down:

Hit the port-o-john and then had a powerade and a pancake and watched other people finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

See the run section (and lack of training duh).

Event comments:

Real fun end of season race and the first tri I ever competed in four years ago. Hopefully I'll make it back again next year.

Last updated: 2011-08-14 12:00 AM
00:06:02 | 328 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 13/43
Overall: 0/800
Performance: Good
Course: Up and down the lanes of the natatorium
Start type: Inside Pool Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:45
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:36:04 | 12 miles | 19.96 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/43
Overall: 0/800
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Two loop course pretty flat two "hills" on the back straight.
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:16
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:24:57 | 03.1 miles | 08m 03s  min/mile
Age Group: 17/43
Overall: 0/800
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back on the run trails next to the natatorium.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-10-30 8:18 PM

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Subject: Monster Triathlon – Keller

2011-10-30 8:58 PM
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Frisco, TX
Subject: RE: Monster Triathlon – Keller

Nice race.  I do think the course is a bit longer than advertised..

2011-10-31 4:32 PM
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Grapevine, Texas
Subject: RE: Monster Triathlon – Keller
Congrats on your 4 year anniversay at Monster!  You were smart not to get in the pool to warm up....I did, and froze standing around afterwards.  Also agree...the bike course was long.  My garmin said 12.5 miles, and I didn't start it immediately.
2011-10-31 7:18 PM
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Subject: RE: Monster Triathlon – Keller
+1 on the bike course I had it at a touch over 12.6 and it looks like they calculated the mph on an even 12.  the offical times said I was almost a full MPH slower than I actually went.
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