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Lavon Lake, Texas
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 41m 56s
Overall Rank = 104/121
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:30am, two energy bars (Zone Perfect), crunches to get the blood flowing, and water - first race so a bit anxious/excited
Event warmup:

Got wet, swam a few meters, stretched
  • 34m 54s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 08s / 100 yards

First long open water swim so I did great by finishing! :)
Going out was good, able to swim with head down, sighting every 6 strokes on the left side after breathing
Coming back the waves were in my face, I couldn't see the final buoy and managed to get off course and actually strayed into the path of the next wave of swimmers!
I cramped in my right leg after doing breast stroke to get my bearings
What would you do differently?:

Follow the pack! As I'm not going to be the first one out, I'd do better to follow the group then try to see the buoys myself if I lose focus
Be better hydrated before the swim
Transition 1
  • 03m 15s

I was fairly tired and disoriented after swim so like some others in my rack area, I sat down and took my time drying off my feet and getting into my bike shoes. I also did not get out of my wetsuit as quickly as I would have liked - the "dance" did not work as well - need practicing!
What would you do differently?:

Try riding in practice without socks - wet feet and socks did not do well at all.
If I am able, I will also try running from swim to T1 and from T1 to bike mounting area - then relax a bit on the bike
  • 1h 41m 4s
  • 25 miles
  • 14.84 mile/hr

I was getting passed like I was standing still! But as this was my first race, I was really taking it as easy as I could, adrenaline rush aside.
I did OK at about 20mph on the tailwind segment but on the headwind, my speed dropped to 12-13 mph and I was having a hard time just moving foward. My efficiency on the bike is definitely in need of improvement
What would you do differently?:

Train with hills and intervals to be ready to handle head winds and hill segments. Definitely need to know how much I can push myself and for how long so I can set a good and competitive pace in a race
Transition 2
  • 01m 44s

I was just glad to get off the bike at this point and had to use the bathroom BAD. At least I had added "no tie" laces to my running shoes.
What would you do differently?:

No too much I would do differently. I might try the riding on top of shoes in practice.
  • 1h 20m 57s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 13m 02s  min/mile

I ran over half the course without stopping other than walking through the aid stations. I began walking when I came up on two runners who were wanting to go slower, walk, and have company. As we were the last three on the course, I walked with them. My training time for 6 miles is around 60 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

I would have run the entire course just to see if I could do it after a full swim and bike.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk for cool down - ate a banana and bagel with some water. Should have brought a recovery drink as I've used in training but forgot.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

15 years of inactivity and not enough time without illness and without interval training to be faster.

Event comments:

First race so my goal of completion was met!!!
I've learned a ton just by doing this race. Considering that I have my MAIN fundraising race in just two weeks following this race, I feel fantastic about my accomplishment.
Three days later, however, I'm feeling a cold/chest congestion coming on and I'm concerned that I pushed too hard and am paying for it. We'll see.

Last updated: 2006-05-17 12:00 AM
00:34:54 | 1640 yards | 02m 08s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 96/121
Performance: Average
Suit: TNT Orca wet suit/full sleeve
Course: One loop in Lake Lavon
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 03:15
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Below average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
01:41:04 | 25 miles | 14.84 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 101/121
5 lap single loop course - hr at 150 on outgoing - 171+ when returing into the wind
Wind: Headwind
Course: 5 lap looping course
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 100
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:44
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:20:57 | 06.21 miles | 13m 02s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 102/121
Performance: Average
HR was up and around 145 - 155 depending on hill
Course: Very hilly road course
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: 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

2006-05-17 10:14 PM

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Subject: PlayTri Triathlon - Olympic Triathlon

2006-05-18 9:11 AM
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Subject: RE: PlayTri Triathlon - Olympic Triathlon

Sounds like it was a bit of a struggle in some parts... but you made it through!


2006-06-07 7:34 AM
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Subject: RE: PlayTri Triathlon - Olympic Triathlon
Thank you very much for the post! One aspect of tri that I have come to like already is the encouragement by so many during training and the race itself - great enthusiasm!
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