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Athens, Texas
United States
71F / 22C
Total Time = 1h 36m 57s
Overall Rank = 301/500
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 7/15
Pre-race routine:

Set up transition area around 6:30 a.m. Retired back to the truck to listen to the radio until pre-race meeting at 7:30.
Event warmup:

Jogged about half a mile; swam a few laps.
  • 6h 54m 8s
  • 328 yards
  • 2h 06m 14s / 100 yards

As was the case last year, the water was very choppy with so many bodies, and there were a lot of bottlenecks.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. i can't swim any faster when there are three people nose-to-tail in front of me and I can't pass until the end of the lane.
Transition 1
  • 02m 17s

I made the mistake of clipping my shoes into the pedals to make TI faster. Unfortunately, the parking lot serving as the transition area was full of gravel that was very painful. I would have run much faster in my shoes. Once on the bike, I had a lot of trouble getting me feet in the shoes.
What would you do differently?:

I would wear my shoes out of T1.
  • 51h 23m
  • 14 miles
  • 0.27 mile/hr

I got a bad start to the ride because of the trouble with my shoes. I lost some valuable seconds there (which was all that separated me from the lady who finished ahead of me in my AG).
What would you do differently?:

Do a better T1.
Transition 2
  • 01m 29s

After my experience in T1, I kept my shoes on and ran faster to the rack than I had run through T1. I sat down on my camp stool to remove helmet and don socks and shoes. Race belt was already on. Doffed the bike jersey I'd worn over my unitard for the bike portion.
What would you do differently?:

  • 34h 53m 7s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 11h 13m 02s  min/mile

I wasn't able to practice my "hard" brick on Monday due to a back injury, and it showed in my slow pace coming off the bike. I had run sub-9 minute miles in training runs, so I was hoping for at least 10-minute miles on the run in competition but it didn't happen. That was disappointing, though I succeeded in my pre-race goal of doing better in the run this year than last year. (Last year I ran 39:21.--)
What would you do differently?:

Make sure and practice harder bricks prior to race; don't drink water at the turnaround, as it caused cramping so that I had to stop and walk for a minute--again, valuable time lost. I hydrated well on the bike and that should have sufficed. Based on my expectations, then, I'll still rate this run as average.
Post race
Warm down:

Drank water, ate post-race meal provided (baked potato).

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Already describe in the run portion.

Event comments:

The race put on by the organizers was as good as could be. They have no control over the Highway Derpartment (which chip-sealed the road!).

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Last updated: 2006-03-11 12:00 AM
06:54:08 | 328 yards | 2h 06m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 283/500
Performance: Good
Average Heart Rate 170
Suit: Tri unitard
Course: Swimming Pool
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:17
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
51:23:00 | 14 miles | 0.27 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 0/500
Wind: Some
Course: Circular out and back.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:29
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
34:53:07 | 03.11 miles | 11h 13m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/15
Overall: 276/500
Performance: Average
Average HR 178.
Course: Nice out and back through a park and onto Robbins Road, which was closed to traffic.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2006-03-11 8:17 PM

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Subject: Athens YMCA Triathlon

2006-03-13 9:11 AM
in reply to: #367327

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Plano, TX
Subject: RE: Athens YMCA Triathlon

Congratulations on improving over last year's time!

I hope the back starts healing soon.

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