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Houston, Texas
United States
Out Loud Productions
60F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 32m 31s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = Clyde
Age Group Rank = 9/19
Pre-race routine:

The personal conditions for this race were not optimal.
1) I ran my first half marathon 1 week ago.
2) I had trouble sleeping because:
A) My son had his 16th birthday party the night before and his "band" spent the night at our place.
B) My wife (GoTab), who also did the race, Had a cold and cough
C) I was starting to catch the cold.

After getting up, and getting ready we got a peanutbutter sandwich and headed to the race.
Event warmup:

This race is 5 - 6 miles from my house using a MUP for the first 4 and on the course for the rest. Since it is a Du and all we need is our bike stuff and our running shoes we threw the shoes in a shoulder bag and rode over.

This provided an nice bike at a leisurely pace (did I mention my wife had a cold) and got us to transition just in time to set up our bikes and get our gear.
  • 18m 24s
  • 2 miles
  • 09m 12s  min/mile

I started out about 3/4ths way back in the pack. I was running a good clip naturally getting passed a lot, but passing a lot of people too. This worried me as I was afraid I might burn out. I kept checking my watch and realizeing that I was probably going too fast so I tried to hold back a bit.

My old shin inflamtaion was acting up giving me more incentive to hold back, but I still ended up with what is close to the fastest 2 miles I've ever run.
What would you do differently?:

I may have been a bit over dressed (short sleeve shirt, long sleeve shirt, jacket, tri shorts, and tights. The weather had told me it felt like 36 when I got up, but at this point it was closer to 60.

Really I should go a little slowewr and save myself for the bike and the second run, but I would like to be able to hold this pace, or faster next year.
Transition 1
  • 01m 49s

I had raced into transition and didn't think to do a flying dismount after the commute to the race. It is a pain to put shoes on the bike by hand so I decided to just run with the shoes on. The distance wasn't far.

I got on the bike and had one foot slip off the cleat, took a second for those around me to clear and got on and got going.
What would you do differently?:

Leave my shoes clipped in. Take a deep breath and drop my HR before mounting.
  • 50m 20s
  • 15 miles
  • 17.88 mile/hr

I felt really good from the start on the bike because I finally actually passed about as many as were passing me. I really felt like I was finally getting into my own on the bike.... maybe it was just the field but the over all times were pretty fast so I feel good about it.

Took a few of the corners a little wide, and tried to drink on the more technical sections rather than on the straights when I should be hammering for speed.

I took one gel on the bike about halfway. Again, in a technical section not on the straight. (By technical I don't mean anything crazy, I had to slow down for a right corner, then onto a slow curve for .5 miles or so before a left corner. I took the gel, and some of the water, there.)
What would you do differently?:

I think I could have pushed a little harder. Again I didn't want to blow up, but I could probably take a couple of minutes off.
Transition 2
  • 01m 8s

This went fairly smooth. The other 2 bikes near me were already racked and too close so I had to slide them a bit. I took my jacket off and took off down the road.
What would you do differently?:

A little more practice on the dismounts.
  • 20m 48s
  • 2 miles
  • 10m 24s  min/mile

Again I started off way too fast. I had to slow myself down but it was a bit easier this time.

Got some gatorade at the station out of T2 and walked part of that, then got some water at the one mile mark and walked the water station. About .25 miles later I was dying. I was still wearing the long sleve shirt and the tights. I unpinned the race number (didn't find my belt this morning) and took off the shirt while running. But I stopped and walked while pinning it back on.

What would you do differently?:

Might have worn one less layer for the race. Still it looked like it might be a cold race. Also go out a slower. This was a good pace for me for the first run.
Post race
Warm down:

Got a colache and a water. Waited for my wife to come in (the women started 5 minutes back and i'm a bit faster than her).

We ran into one of the Cy-tri crew with some homeade brew and had a sip of beer and then jumped on the bike and rode home..... and then I went and got some food for the "Band".

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My cold, my fitness, my leg, my pacing.

Event comments:

Outloud always puts on good races. There are less frills than at OUM's races, but I like to race with them.

I will say the water bottles and shirts they gave out seemed pretty nice and there was plenty of food.

Last updated: 2012-01-07 12:00 AM
00:18:24 | 02 miles | 09m 12s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/19
Overall: 0/
From the garmin: Avg HR: 159 bpm Max HR: 166 bpm Lap (I left my garmin on run in T1). 1 9:15.5 1.00 9:16 2 10:42.2 0.98 10:53
Course: The course is flat and runs through a park. Most of the road is on park roads through the camping area, not near the main soccer fields. Some shade, water at the 2 mile mark. You also touch the bike course in 2 places on the run, but the bike is only one direction in those sections.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Time: 01:49
Overall: Average
Run with bike? Average
Jump on bike? Below average
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Below average
00:50:20 | 15 miles | 17.88 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/19
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Avg HR:150 bpm Max HR:161 bpm Avg Bike Cadence:85 rpm Max Bike Cadence:107 Split Time Distance Avg Speed Summary T 50:12.1 14.94 17.9 1 3:42.0 1.00 16.2 2 3:13.8 1.00 18.6 3 3:28.8 1.00 17.2 4 3:22.5 1.00 17.8 5 3:19.4 1.00 18.1 6 2:56.0 1.00 20.5 7 3:25.2 1.00 17.5 8 3:22.8 1.00 17.8 9 3:18.6 1.00 18.1 10 3:20.1 1.00 18.0 11 3:09.1 1.00 19.0 12 3:31.2 1.00 17.0 13 3:12.9 1.00 18.7 14 3:21.2 1.00 17.9 15 3:28.3 0.94 16.3
Wind: Little
Course: This is a 3 loop flat or false flat course. There are 4 miles of perfect road, .75 miles of decent road, and .25 miles of trash road.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 85
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:08
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:20:48 | 02 miles | 10m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/19
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Avg HR:152 bpm Max HR:158 Split Time Distance Avg Pace T 21:27.5 1.98 10:53 1 10:36.0 1.00 10:36 2 10:51.5 0.98 11:08
Course: Same as first run
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-02-26 2:20 PM

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Subject: Du the Polar Bear

2012-02-27 5:48 AM
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Norwalk, Connecticut
Subject: RE: Du the Polar Bear
great work!!!  Good start to the season!!!  Hope you don't catch that cold!!
2012-02-27 2:36 PM
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Good job Randy.  Have fun this weekend in the Woodlands.

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