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Rockwall, Texas
United States
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47F / 8C
Total Time = 3h 03m 10s
Overall Rank = 338/552
Age Group = M25-29
Age Group Rank = 31/47
Pre-race routine:

Up at 5:00am, eat oatmeal. Pack car and drive to race site (45 min away).
Event warmup:

Set-up transition and then went inside to stay warm.
  • 33m 34s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 03s / 100 yards

ran into several people who had completely stopped and were trying to figure out where to go next. Lost swim cap half way through so I had to have lost tons of time right there. /s
What would you do differently?:

needed more swim training. Had not swam in 3 weeks due to some cuts all over my legs from playing indoor soccer every week. Goal was 30 minutes so i was right there.
Transition 1
  • 04m 58s

Took a little extra time to get everything on. I decided to just go with my tri suit and arm warmers. The arm warmers were difficult to get on while wet. the bike racks were too low for my saddle (6'3") so my bike had shifted and my helmet, bib number, glasses, arms warmers had spread all over the place.
What would you do differently?:

spend a little time to dry off better before trying to put on arm warmers.
  • 1h 19m 44s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.70 mile/hr

Hands and feet were very cold during the bike. I had gloves but they are very slick on my aerobars and I didn't feel comfortable riding with them in a group (need to add bar tape to aerobars). Several decent hills. Goal was 1:15 so again pretty close.
What would you do differently?:

socks and gloves.
Transition 2
  • 05m 9s

Hands and feet were numb. Bike in was steep downhill and didn't feel comfortable trying to get out of shoes while on bike. Had to climb a couple levels in parking lot to rack with cycling shoes on. Had a hard time getting running gear on due to cold hands. Added gloves to go with arm warmers for run.
What would you do differently?:

gloves during bike would have helped
  • 59m 43s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 37s  min/mile

Legs were on fire almost the whole time. Feet finally thawed out about 2.5 miles in. I had broken my foot at this race the last year it was in Dallas because of the same issue. Couldn't feel my feet during the run and I ended up with a stress fracture. No lingering issues this time and still finished 17 seconds under 1 hour goal!
What would you do differently?:

Do more hill training. I had heard the run course was difficult and I tried to add some hills into my training but it was even worse than I expected.
Post race
Warm down:

find food, and my wife with my warm clothes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

hands and feet were too cold.

Event comments:

Overall this is a great race. I have done it 3 times (first since it moved to Rockwall). Always good support and lots of volunteers. The first weekend of October is always hit or miss with the weather it seems. Could be anywhere from 40-90 degrees on race day.

Last updated: 2012-10-08 12:00 AM
00:33:34 | 1640 yards | 02m 03s / 100yards
Age Group: 21/47
Overall: 0/552
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Vortex 3
Course: Trapezoid course counter-clockwise
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Below average
Time: 04:58
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:19:44 | 24.85 miles | 18.70 mile/hr
Age Group: 21/47
Overall: 0/552
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: basically a North and South out and back. Wind at 15mph or so from the north.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 05:09
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Bad
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:59:43 | 06.21 miles | 09m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 36/47
Overall: 0/552
Performance: Good
Course: HILLS, HILLS, HILLS. There was not a flat section on this course. 2 laps through a nice neighborhood with a short grass section from an apartment complex.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-10-08 3:38 PM

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