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McKinney, Texas
United States
Total Time = 1h 44m 22s
Overall Rank = 294/464
Age Group = F45-49
Age Group Rank = 5/7
Pre-race routine:

Woke up, 2 cups of coffee, 2 endurolytes, 1 ensure, water.
Event warmup:

  • 17m 34s
  • 820 yards
  • 02m 08s / 100 yards

This was a floating start--a first for me. A pretty straightforward swim. Got off course just before the last turn. I was sighting to my side and watching a swimmer from an earlier wave hanging onto a kayak. I just didn't realize that the kayak was well inside of the swim course. Looked up and had to swim left in order to make a legal right turn.

Really tried to draft as much as I could.
What would you do differently?:

Sight a little better.
Transition 1
  • 03m 58s

The T1 included a quarter mile run to the transition. A part of it was on a steep downhill grassy portion which was wet from a 2AM sprinkler session.
What would you do differently?:

Nothinkg much.
  • 49m 24s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 15.10 mile/hr

This is where the wheels fell off. Okay, not literally. At about the two mile mark, my chain sort of seized up, and I couldn't pedal anymore. It was an uphill segment so I really couldn't fake it. I was off the bike two or three times fiddling with the chain/gears and then decided to walk up the hill in order to take a jgging trail back to transition (the other direction was downhill).

Encountered a volunteer who helped me fiddle with the bike enough to get it working again. By this time, the whole world had passed me so I was firmly in workout mode. But I didn't even get a very good workout. The course was too crowded and I felt I had to slow down a lot to avoid drafting and I swear that at half of the 90 degree turns I had some guy bearing down with a disc wheel so I hit the brakes in order to turn sharply on the inside. This race was not worth a tangle with a serious rider.
What would you do differently?:

Lube the bike the night before.
Transition 2
  • 02m 20s

Since I knew my race was over, I decided to sit down and put socks on. I didn't need blisters on top of the nightmare.
What would you do differently?:

  • 31m 12s
  • 3.5 miles
  • 08m 55s  min/mile

Longer than advertised. Concrete. Not very interesting.
Post race
Warm down:

Walking back and forth.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My bike time was a disgrace.

Event comments:

There have been several races in Louisiana cancelled due to the hurricanes, so on one hand I'm glad the RD kept the race open to all and managed it as best as she could. On the other hand, there were too many racers on the bike leg. Too many.

And while I'm signed up for one more race this season, I'm not sure I'm going to show up. This morning before the swim start, my mantra was that I didn't want to do this. And this was after a drive and overnight stay at a hotel. Looked at the water and all of the other racers and said to my 16 YO daughter that I thought I was done for the season.

I can't decide if my crappy bike leg means that I need to do the last one to redeem my season, or to just be happy that my A race went as well as it did. I don't mean to sound lazy. This was my 10th tri, my 12th multisport event this season, and I've done five 60+ bike tours with another scheduled for this weekend. Perhaps I'm just exhausted?

Last updated: 2005-10-02 12:00 AM
00:17:34 | 820 yards | 02m 08s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 0/464
Performance: Average
Course: Rectangular, clockwise.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 03:58
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:49:24 | 12.43 miles | 15.10 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/7
Overall: 0/464
Performance: Bad
Course: Lotsa turns. Lotsa bikers.
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 02:20
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:31:12 | 03.5 miles | 08m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/7
Overall: 184/464
Performance: Average
Course: A neverending course in a subdivision and jogging trail. Somewhat hilly.
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? No
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

2005-10-02 8:17 PM

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Subject: Stonebridge Ranch Triathlon-Short

2005-10-02 9:40 PM
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2005-10-02 9:57 PM
in reply to: #257900

Hurst, Texas
Subject: RE: Stonebridge Ranch Triathlon-Short

Great job sticking it out after the difficulties; that can be tough mentally!

Looked for you before the race.  Sorry we missed each other.

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