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Galveston Island, Texas
United States
World Endurance Sport
Total Time = 1h 48m
Overall Rank = 75 fem/206
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 13/23
Pre-race routine:

Almost too nervous to think, but divided running and biking gear to get set up for a split transition situation. Bike was already on site so didn't have to worry about that.
Event warmup:

Not really much warming up. Went to the meeting site for the pre-race meeting and received timing chip and numbers. I found my bike and set up my transition stuff. We rode our bikes to T1, about 1.5 miles.
  • 09m 9s
  • 440 yards
  • / 100 yards

The water was cold and I had opted not to wear my wet suit. We stood in chest deep water for 10 minutes before the start and I should have waited back in shallower water. I was out of breath as we started and a bit anxious about the bumping, but managed to get out of the way a bit. I started in freestyle and changed to breast stroke to try to calm down and catch my breath. Started back to free and felt ok, rounded the buoy and stroked until I felt the bottom. This was a really shallow area to swim should have stayed closer to the buoys for deeper water.
What would you do differently?:

Train in open water more. I plan to swim in this same place every weekend through the summer if I can before fishing
Transition 1
  • 04m 21s

I don't use bike shoes so I was in my running shoes on the bike. I felt ok about this part. My chain feel off twice before getting to T1 to rack my bike, so I set the gear and never changed it.
What would you do differently?:

  • 53m 30s
  • 14 miles
  • 15.70 mile/hr

Forgot my bike computer so I tried to keep my pace by counting peddle rotations between light poles. I also picked a guy to follow and tried to stay with him. This worked out ok and even passed some people on the road.
What would you do differently?:

Put my bike computer on the bike the night before so I know that I will have it. Put more time in on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 00m

My legs were like rubber. I tried to stretch them a little before taking off but I was afraid to stop moving for fear I wouldn't be able to leave the transition area. Got a drink, put on my hat and took off, well started out toward the beach.
What would you do differently?:

Do more bike/run bricks.
  • 38m 34s
  • 3 miles
  • 12m 52s  min/mile

My legs felt like lead for the first mile of the race then loosened up a bit. I wanted to move a little faster but felt that I would not finish if I did. I could hear Tom Hanks from A League of Their Own, yelling at the woman who was crying "There's no crying in baseball!". It seemed to keep me going.
What would you do differently?:

More running.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretching, hugging my support group and eating oranges

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not enough fuel on board. I was too nervous to eat much in the am and I didn't eat on the bike.

Event comments:

I enjoyed this whole experience and learned a lot about tri's and what to do to get more comfortable doing them. The times that are posted above are from my watch, the official race results have not posted yet.

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Last updated: 2006-01-17 12:00 AM
00:09:09 | 440 yards | / 100yards
Age Group: 0/23
Overall: 0/206
Performance: Below average
Suit: Jam tri suit
Course: down and back
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 04:21
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:53:30 | 14 miles | 15.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/23
Overall: 0/206
The course was listed as 12 miles but many riders, who remembered their computers, stated it was 14 miles.
Wind: Some
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:38:34 | 03 miles | 12m 52s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/23
Overall: 0/206
Performance: Below average
This was a beach run to start then over to the road.
Course: Beach front, over a small bridge then road running. We wove in and out of the camp sites at the state park. These are little circular areas and it seemed like you were running the wrong way sometimes. I just kept moving and trying hard not to walk.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2006-04-04 4:08 PM

Subject: My First Triathlon

2006-04-04 6:09 PM
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Provo, UT (my heart is in Seattle)
Subject: RE: My First Triathlon
Congrats on the first tri! Nice race.

2006-04-06 12:38 AM
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Subject: RE: My First Triathlon
Congratulations, I wanted to do that race, it seems like that's a really good race for newbies. Good luck on your season, and now you are offically a triathlete.
2006-04-08 5:20 PM
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Subject: RE: My First Triathlon
Way to go on your first race! Congratulations!!!
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