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Baytown, Texas
United States
Outloud! Productions
65F / 18C
Total Time = 1h 07m 45s
Overall Rank = /115
Age Group = 40-45
Age Group Rank = 4/5
Pre-race routine:

*** This was my first triathlon! *** :-)

I woke at 5:15 am. Ate oatmeal with raisins. Only got about 4.5 hours of sleep.
Event warmup:

Light stretching.
  • 08m 13s
  • 300 yards
  • 02m 44s / 100 yards

With a big adrenaline rush I started off way too fast only to have it catch up to me about 120 yards out. I'm not a strong swimmer anyway. Plus on the way back I wound up veering into oncoming swimmers. What a goof! :-) I swallowed water a few times, choking bad and had to hit my back a few times to recover.

The water was a good temperature. We swam in it a week before and it was 65, so it warmed up almost 5 degrees or so over the week.
What would you do differently?:

Start slower, relax, pace myself! I need to keep working on my swimming. I've made a lot of progress, but have a lot, LOT further to go.
Transition 1
  • 02m 7s

I'll need to practice my transitions and get smoother. I didn't think I had any one problem, but was fatigued after a frustrating swim. I also think the better shape I get into the less I'll drag into and out of transitions.
What would you do differently?:

I wouldn't use gatorade for my 'energy drink'.
  • 34m 25s
  • 10 miles
  • 17.43 mile/hr

I didn't feel very fresh. Again, with better conditioning this should improve. I can average 19 to the low 20's, but I was dragging bad.
Transition 2
  • 01m 59s

This needs practice. I took way too long in T2.
What would you do differently?:

I biked without socks and stopped to put socks on. I may experiment with running without socks to build up some calouses. I would have saved a full minute if I hadn't put socks on.
  • 20m 59s
  • 2 miles
  • 10m 29s  min/mile

I'm not a runner and struggle with knee issues, so I actually felt OK about my run. I did it and don't have any real knee pain, just aches - nothing that ice won't solve.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

light stretching

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

I felt like I did OK for my first triathlon. Having practiced all the individual events, I found doing them all together was twice as hard as any of them alone. That was a real shock. I knew it would be tougher, but it's different to experience it. I thought the RD did a good job and the volunteers were great. It was well run and had good snacks, food, etc afterwards.

The only critique I have is that I'd like to have the race results posted longer at the race site. I goofed off a bit afterwards only to find the results pulled down about an hour after the finish and didn't see how I did. On the other hand, they posted them online VERY noon. So, thank you!

Also, when signing up I was given the option to sign up as a Clydesdale but was told at packet pickup that the Clydesdale division is only for the Sprint. So, I was not included in the overall rankings. That option needs removed from the registration.

Last updated: 2012-03-19 12:00 AM
00:08:13 | 300 yards | 02m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/5
Overall: 0/115
Performance: Below average
Suit: No
Course: It was a simple out and back
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:07
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:34:25 | 10 miles | 17.43 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/5
Overall: 0/115
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Straight out and back on Hwy 99, the "grand parkway". The inside lane was coned off.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:59
Overall: Bad
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:20:59 | 02 miles | 10m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/5
Overall: 0/115
Performance: Average
Course: The first mile was out and back on the I-10 feeder, running on concrete. The second mile circled the man-made lake. With recent rain and 2 weeks a go a Mud run around the lake there were some soft spots and lumps/holes in the ground. Overall, I was glad to finish on dirt and grass as it helped my knees.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2012-04-07 1:35 PM

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Houston, Texas
Subject: Kona Eastside Triathlon - Super Sprint Course

2012-04-08 1:45 PM
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Subject: RE: Kona Eastside Triathlon - Super Sprint Course
Congratulations Triathlete!
2012-04-10 8:19 AM
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Spring, TX
Subject: RE: Kona Eastside Triathlon - Super Sprint Course
Great job on getting out there for your first Triathlon! 
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