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Austin, Texas
United States
High Five Events
75F / 24C
Total Time = 1h 15m 12s
Overall Rank = 255/824
Age Group = 60-64
Age Group Rank = 3/4
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5:30. Had coffee, a bowl of oatmeal and a banana. Loaded the car and drove to the park. It rained on and off through the night and woke me up. Ended up to be a 30 min delay due to lightning and thunder.
Event warmup:

Walked part of the run course. Used porta potty. Waited for swim to start after the delay. Watched some of the swim start. Did some light jogging and some high knees. Walked to the water to wait for my wave.
  • 08m 24s
  • 328 yards
  • 02m 34s / 100 yards

I decided to try starting in the middle of the pack this time. That was a mistake. After the first few strokes I got hit in the goggles. For the first 100 yards it seemed like I got kicked or kicked someone constantly. After that, things settled down a little. I actually did lots of drafting since there were people all over the place. My sighting and rounding buoys were much improved. I felt better during the swim and swam all the way to the shoreline where some wonderful volunteers pulled me out.
What would you do differently?:

Keep practicing. Not start in the middle of the pack. Keep practicing. Improve technique.
Transition 1
  • 03m 39s

My transitions suck. I'm always a little foggy after swimming and then running back to transition.
What would you do differently?:

Practice the transitions and do more bricks.
  • 42m 35s
  • 11.2 miles
  • 15.78 mile/hr

I saw some improvement on the bike. I felt stronger and faster on the hills. I had a good ride, especially with the possibility of wet roads. I encouraged a lot of people and they encouraged me.
What would you do differently?:

Keep training. Do more bike intervals and more hill work.
Transition 2
  • 02m 30s

My transitions suck. I always feel like I need to take a break while I'm transitioning.
What would you do differently?:

Practice. Do more bricks.
  • 18m 2s
  • 2 miles
  • 09m 01s  min/mile

Apparently, I am a strong runner. I really seem to have gas in my tank at the end.
What would you do differently?:

Keep training.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and grabbed some food and hydration.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not enough practice time in yet.

Event comments:

High Five puts on great races. Weather delay can't be helped. Everyone was great, especially the volunteers out in the weather.

Last updated: 2012-04-08 12:00 AM
00:08:24 | 328 yards | 02m 34s / 100yards
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 0/824
Performance: Average
Suit: Danskin Tri Suit
Course: Triangular course.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:39
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:42:35 | 11.2 miles | 15.78 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 0/824
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Hilly loop with some rough patches and some gravel. It had rained throughout the night and part of the morning.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 78
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:30
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:18:02 | 02 miles | 09m 01s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/4
Overall: 0/824
Performance: Good
Course: Mulch and grass, relatively flat. Got to see the bikes coming back in which was neat.
Keeping cool Good 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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-05-14 11:20 PM

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