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Lavon Lake, Texas
United States
73F / 23C
Total Time = 2h 38m 28s
Overall Rank = 36/82
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 4/11
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5:10, a little later than expected, but was out of the house by 5:40. At race site around 6:20, set up transition, took it easy, and talked with various folks.
Event warmup:

Parked car and rode bike to transition area. 1/2 mile jog with Teri about an hour before my race started. Very brief (100m?) swim immediately pre-start.
  • 27m 51s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 52s / 100 meters

Navigation for the first half (outbound) was great. However, the sun came out during the swim, and when we rounded the bouy, the sun was directly in our eyes. I couldn't make out any bouys or landmarks at all. I got off course and ended up swimming into the oncoming racers at one point, probably added at least 200 extra meters. The sun turned out to be a real problem for quite a few people.
What would you do differently?:

Tinted goggles? But I don't think it would have helped in this case.
Transition 1
  • 02m 2s

Transition was a little slower than I hoped, although I can't think of any one thing that caused it. I did sit down to get socks on, but did that really cost me much time?
What would you do differently?:

May need to start racing without my HR strap, since I put it on during T1. Go sockless? No problem for cycling, but would need to train for it in my running shoes. hmmm.. frustrating
  • 1h 16m 30s
  • 25.2 miles
  • 19.76 mile/hr

Harder than I expected. Tailwind on outbound direction gave nice averages in the 24-26mph range, but my speed on the return with the headwind dropped to 16-19. By the 5th lap, it was difficult to maintain 16mph.
What would you do differently?:

Cadence was good, but I need to work on sustained power. Will hit some more hills on road days; and hopefully the new trainer will let me work on general strength.
Transition 2
  • 00m 32s

A good T2 -> same time as the 1st place finisher and elite in my age group.
  • 51m 29s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 17s  min/mile

Did not like a very good performance, although the end results weren't horrible. Sore shins very early, but a quick pause and they dissipated. Caught up with Aaron (Ballenger), who had been racked next to me and we traded positions on the bike, and we ran together for a bit. Didn't really feel like I was running well until somewhere between the 1/4 and 1/2 point. However, the second half was rough. I ended up walking the crest of a couple of the hills and several of the water stations. My stomach was getting unsettled at one point. At least the final downhill section made for a nice finishing kick.
What would you do differently?:

Need to work more on hills, running in the heat, and bricks.
Post race
Warm down:

Mostly just water, then found Aaron (JeepFleeb) and Haley (Comet) and hung out for a bit.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Leg strength (bike power). Run conditioning and speed.

Event comments:

A good race on a nice, mostly closed course. The new hill section for the 10k course made for a good challenge. It was great to see the other BT folks there. (Thanks for all the cheering, Haley, Andy, et. al.!)
Things seemed well organized and not too hectic, and there were plenty of volunteers.

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Last updated: 2006-05-14 12:00 AM
00:27:51 | 1500 meters | 01m 52s / 100meters
Age Group: 4/11
Overall: 49/82
Performance: Good
Suit: ProMotion Fluid Drive Sleeveless
Course: Mostly an out and back, counterclockwise oval parallel to the shore.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:02
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
01:16:30 | 25.2 miles | 19.76 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/11
Overall: 34/82
Wind: Some
Course: 5 laps, straight out and back along a dam. Easterly wind increased throughout the ride. Maybe from 10 -> 13ish mph?
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering:
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:32
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:51:29 | 06.21 miles | 08m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/11
Overall: 46/82
Performance: Below average
Course: Mild hills and flats for the first half, but some bigger hills on the second half. Mostly open, but very occasional shade from roadside trees. Well marked; plenty of water stations
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-05-14 10:33 PM

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Plano, TX
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2006-05-14 11:00 PM
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McKinney, TX
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Great race David. You did a great job on the run. Those hills were monsters. I don't blame you for walking a little bit on them.
2006-05-15 9:22 AM
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Queen BTich
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Great race David! You had a great run despite the conditions. You looked great!
2006-05-15 1:39 PM
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Frisco, Texas
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Great race.  Impressive placing in your AG.  Way to go!


2006-05-15 4:04 PM
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, Texas
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Great job. I didn't race this one, but I was suprised by the hills on the run (didn't see the bike course). It's amazing at what hills you get when you stray a bit from the city
2006-05-16 11:11 AM
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Arlington, TX
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Great Job! Those hills were behemoths.

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