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Lonestar Sprint Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Galveston, Texas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
92F / 33C
Total Time = 1h 31m 55s
Overall Rank = 162/314
Age Group =
Age Group Rank = 3/5
Pre-race routine:

~ A/G rank is for Clydesdales ~

Got up at 4 am which meant only 4 hours of sleep. Uggh! Loaded up and drove down to Galveston. Had breakfast on the way, Oatmeal with raisins and OJ. We got set up quickly and spent time visiting with people we knew.

* The drawback I had with this race, which is really unique to me and my A/G and Clyde category, is that the first waves for the 5150 started at 7:30, but our wave for 40+ and Clydes was at 8:45. Man what a wait! And the day heated up quickly, too.
Event warmup:

Walked and stretched some. Didn't want to over-do it as it was warm. I walked and stretched and was sweating more than I thought I should have been. The week before had been cool with temps in the mid-80's but with low humidity and 'coolness' in the air. But, the day before it started warming up and gaining humidity. Man, it might as well have been late August instead of late September.
  • 13m 14s
  • 437 yards
  • 03m 02s / 100 yards

My swim was terrible. It was my first salt water swim and my first to ever do in such a large wave (150+ people). I got behind about 3 guys and I didn't want to spend all the extra energy to pass them, but I was a faster swimmer than they were and wound up stuck. Plus, I got a little panicky with bumping into people and having them hit my legs. I was MISERABLE through the swim.
What would you do differently?:

Practice in salt water. It was a learning experience for both swimming in salt water and in a large group.
Transition 1
  • 01m 29s

I spent a few seconds rinsing my mouth out before getting on bike. Plus, it helped to clear my head after that swim. I still had emotional and physical effects of the swim going into the bike.
What would you do differently?:

  • 40m 23s
  • 12.43 miles
  • 18.47 mile/hr

I started off slower than I meant to. I was still trying to get over the swim. My bike was decent. I'm OK with how I did though I hoped to average a higher speed. I was expecting a wind from the South or Southwest which is historically the normal wind direction in Galveston this time of year. However, the wind was out of the SE. SO, going out we had a tail wind and coming back a head wind. The wind was slightly crosswise so it wasn't terrible. Reading other race reports apparently it's been much worse.

Flying Mount went fine.
What would you do differently?:

Hammer it just a bit more. I hit it hard in spurts and then backed off some. Most of the bike I'm thinking, "I need to leave some for the run!". So, I slowed down to about 17 coming in the last 1-1/2 miles. I probably slowed a bit too soon.
Transition 2
  • 01m 56s

I rode the pedals in fine and dismounted. I tore into T2 and found myself running across the concrete, my feet flapping on the concrete and thought to myself, slow down buddy, it's hot now. The sun was out fully and it was warm. I knew I needed to bring my heart rate down so I walked the rest of the way, put on socks, got a last squirt of water and walked out of T2. It hurt my time a few seconds, but that's fine.
What would you do differently?:

  • 34m 55s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 11m 14s  min/mile

I was dying on the first 2 miles of the run. I was hot and had trouble keeping cool. I walked probably 7, 8 or 9 times. I was really struggling with heat and fatigue.
Post race
Warm down:

walked around, drank water and "Perform". Talked with people we know and cheered for my wife as she finished the 5150.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

HEAT - it hit around 92 today.

Event comments:

* I placed 3rd in the Clydesdale 40+ division! Despite my terrible performance I actually got a plaque! LOL * :-)

I thought this was a pretty good race. The SWAG was ok, nothing different than what you normally get. I saw someone gripe about last years, but having done it now, I think it's fine.

At the end of the day I don't do well in the heat and will have to rethink doing races in September.

Last updated: 2012-06-17 12:00 AM
00:13:14 | 437 yards | 03m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/5
Overall: 147/314
Performance: Below average
I suspect I really swam around 2:30 if the correct distance is found and calculated.
Course: Very smooth water all things considered. We jumped off a pier, swam 30 feet to the start and made a straight line along the shore of Moody Gardens. One thing I'm convinced of is that the course was more likely 500 meters instead of 400. I'd put money on it.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 83F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:29
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:40:23 | 12.43 miles | 18.47 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/5
Overall: 142/314
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Got onto the seawall from 83rd, cycled SW, and went down about 5 miles and came back SE.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:56
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:34:55 | 03.11 miles | 11m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/5
Overall: 215/314
Performance: Bad
Course: zig zag course around Moody Gardens. Nice scenery. If you're familiar with Moody Gardens its a well taken care of tourist attraction in Galveston. The grounds are very nice. There is very little shade.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: 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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2012-09-24 1:53 AM

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