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Conroe, Texas
United States
Outloud! Productions
61F / 16C
Total Time = 5h 25m 34s
Overall Rank = 80/
Age Group = M 45-49
Age Group Rank = 11/62
Pre-race routine:

Didn't do a lot. The time change gave an hour's extra sleep, which was helpful. Rode bikes over from the villa we stayed in. Transition setup was pretty easy, although the spaces were pretty packed in. Wandered over to swim start, and waited for everything to start.
Event warmup:

  • 34m 57s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 39s / 100 yards

First 1000 meters was toughest part of the swim. Between the contact, and the easterly direction (into the sunrise), it made things a little tougher. The half-way point turn made things much easier. Definitely a confidence booster walking out of the water sub 35 minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. Hit my goal on this one.
Transition 1
  • 03m 39s

Long run into transition. Spent time getting everything ready for the bike. Could have gone a little faster here.
What would you do differently?:

Spend less time in transition
  • 2h 39m 3s
  • 56 miles
  • 21.13 mile/hr

Good bike, but in retrospect, I probably went a little too fast. Avg HR here was 142. I would have liked it to be in the upper 130s. Not too bad, but I think it was just over the line.
What would you do differently?:

Pace better. I think being ~5 mins slower on the bike could have saved me 10 minutes on the run.
Transition 2
  • 02m 16s

Almost wiped out running into T2 with the bike. Last two T2s have been bad. Definitely need to work on that. Spent time getting everything together for the run. Then dropped one Gu, and left my race belt with number sitting in transition. Not good.
What would you do differently?:

Take everything I need for the run. And do it faster.
  • 2h 06m 37s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 09m 40s  min/mile

Bad, bad run for me. The first loop wasn't too bad (Avg 8:25 pace). Wanted to stay on the 8:30 for the run. But, that wasn't happening. By loop #2, the wheels fell off. Then it was just a matter of getting through. Definitely paid for being too ambitious on the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Pace better on the bike to prepare me for the run.
Post race
Warm down:

Sat in the shade, drank some water, vitamin water and Muscle Milk. Eventually went to the athletic center and showered.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Bike pacing. Bit off more than I could chew.

Event comments:

The only knock that I have on this race is the run course. It was a little disjointed, but understandable considering the location constraints. Overall I'm pleased with my first HIM. Definitely have things I need to work on.

Last updated: 2012-07-10 12:00 AM
00:34:57 | 2112 yards | 01m 39s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/62
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: Xterra Vortex 3 Sleeveless
Course: Clockwise, 3 turn course. Tight start made for a lot of contact over the first 500 meters.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:39
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
02:39:03 | 56 miles | 21.13 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/62
Overall: 0/
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Loop course with one out/back.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:16
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:06:37 | 13.1 miles | 09m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/62
Overall: 0/
Performance: Bad
Course: Winding, 3 loop course through La Torretta resort. Combination of concrete roads, sidewalks, dirt trails, grass, and gravel.
Keeping cool Average 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] 4

2012-11-05 9:45 AM

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