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Conroe, Texas
United States
Outloud! Productions
75F / 24C
Total Time = 7h 44m 43s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 43/44
Pre-race routine:

Stayed at Candlewood in The Woodlands and woke up early to have a bagel with almond butter and a banana, also some coffee. Showered, got the family together and headed out to the race at about 4:45.
Event warmup:

Setup transition and milled around for a bit. Then went out to the swim start to jump in the water for a bit.
  • 1h 04m 46s
  • 2112 yards
  • 03m 04s / 100 yards

I'm not sure what it is about cooler water but I just was never able to get comfortable. My breathing was off and every time I tried to put my face down, I start gasping. So I just went slow and steady, knowing I needed to get done with plenty of energy for a long day.
What would you do differently?:

More training in cooler waters. I've gotten over my anxiety in the open water, now I just need to get more acclimated to the cooler water.
Transition 1
  • 05m 50s

Just getting all my stuff on for the bike. Nothing really bad to note.
What would you do differently?:

Not where a jersey on the bike and just wear the tri suit for the entire race.
  • 3h 53m 28s
  • 56 miles
  • 14.39 mile/hr

Once I realized the entire course was rolling hills, I knew I was in trouble. So I just strapped in and went along for the ride, completely bonked out around mile 40 and had to just continue pushing from there. There was about 15 total miles of Chip Seal on the road so it was very bumpy and vibrated the bike badly.
What would you do differently?:

More hill training, as much as possible as often as possible.
Transition 2
  • 03m 34s

Took a little longer to put on the calf compression socks, but other than that was just a transition.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, expect get quicker putting my stuff on.
  • 2h 37m 3s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 59s  min/mile

The bike took a lot out of me so I knew the run was going to be difficult but overall I think considering the terrible swim and bike, I'll take a 12:00/mile pace.
What would you do differently?:

Continue running, more bricks at the longer distances.
Post race
Warm down:

Stretched and tried to relax. Had some pizza, water, and perform.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

A lack of hill training for the bike and whatever is going on during the cooler swims.

Event comments:

Given the amount of reorganization needed just before the race due to road resurfacing and a lower than normal lake. I think the race was run well. Hopefully the roads will be finished by next year and I'll be ready to come back and try again.

Last updated: 2011-08-15 12:00 AM
01:04:46 | 2112 yards | 03m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 47/44
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Suit: Yes
Course: Rectangular out and back course.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 05:50
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
03:53:28 | 56 miles | 14.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 43/44
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Wind: Some
Course: Big loop with lots of rolling hills, some steep others long and sustained. Chip seal made for bumpy ride.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 80
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Drinks: Just right
Time: 03:34
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:37:03 | 13.1 miles | 11m 59s  min/mile
Age Group: 39/44
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Course: 3-loop course through neighborhood and resort.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-11-07 11:37 PM

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