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Oil Man Texas Triathlon - Formerly Iron Star Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Conroe, Texas
United States
Outloud! Productions
65F / 18C
Total Time = 6h 16m
Overall Rank = 195/
Age Group = 25-29
Age Group Rank = 16/26
Pre-race routine:

I woke up at 3:45, a little earlier than normal, so I could watch the 2nd half of the LSU clemson game. Since I woke up earlier, I decided that I needed to eat more than normal (mistake number 1). I had two english muffins with peanut butter, and a cup of coffee. I left for the race and grabbed two cups of the new Wheaties cereal (mistake 2) for the road, and grabbed half of a cliff bar (mistake 3). I am not sure why I decided to eat so much before this race, especially when I haven't trained with the Wheaties cereal. Hindsight, I realized I 20 grams of fiber, and yes, that came back to bite me!
Event warmup:

Not much for warming up.
  • 36m 4s
  • 1931 meters
  • 01m 52s / 100 meters

This was a great swim for me, clocking in 2 minutes faster than my half in April. After rounding the second bouy the swimmer to my right switched to breast stroke and kicked me square in the jaw. Regained my composure in a few seconds and kept going. After the final bouy i headed straight in and began walking where most people started, but decided to keep swimming.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 05m 8s

Long run to transition, put on my race top, grabbed my energy, and headed out.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 56m 32s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.03 mile/hr

Overall I was pleased with my bike segment. This was the first time ridding a hilly course but I managed to do OK. The chip seal was unpleasant, but it didn't kill me. I ate 2 stinger waffels 1 gel and a couple PB crackers and drank ~ 2 bottles of gatorade. Stayed in the aero position for the entire race.

I was unable to move into my small ring for the last part of the course and my bike computer broke at mile 20. At the 40 mile point i was at 2 hours and 3 minutes and feeling good. The last 16 miles were harder than the first 40, but I still managed to do well. I thought I could have gone a bit faster but was happy with the results.
What would you do differently?:

Train more on hills and drink water versus gatorade
Transition 2
  • 00m

Had to use the rest room and forgot my race belt. This cost me ~2 minutes during the run while a volunteer ran to grab it for me.
What would you do differently?:

Not forget my race belt
  • 2h 38m 22s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 12m 05s  min/mile

The first 8 miles felt great, as I only had to average 11 minutes per mile for the rest of the course to break 6 hours. My stomach became very sour and I was unable to eat anything after getting off of the bike. I tried to sip water and gatorade, but nothing was working. Also, at the 8 mile point the fiber kicked in and I was a mess. I was forced to go slower than I wanted to and once I realized I wouldnt break 6 hours, i decided to take it easy
What would you do differently?:

practice eating while running
Post race
Warm down:

I felt terrible after the race. On the way home I threw up everything I tried to eat/drink, and couldnt keep anything down until 8:00 that night. This is the first time this has happened to me, and i think it had everything to do about my pre-race nutrition

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Too much fiber

Event comments:

Will plan on doing again next year

Last updated: 2011-11-11 12:00 AM
00:36:04 | 1931 meters | 01m 52s / 100meters
Age Group: 12/26
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: sleevless vortex
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:08
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
02:56:32 | 56 miles | 19.03 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/26
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Rolling hills
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:38:22 | 13.1 miles | 12m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 22/26
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Course: 3 loops
Keeping cool Good Drinking Too much
Post race
Weight change: %5
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-11-11 11:28 AM

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