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Conroe, Texas
United States
Outloud! Productions
85F / 29C
Total Time = 5h 51m 49s
Overall Rank = 165/504
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 23/62
Pre-race routine:

Ate a bagel and some fruit in the hotel. Waited 15 minutes to catch the elevator. Then made my way to the transition area with 35 minutes to spare. Used all those to set up and make ready.
Event warmup:

Some stretching is about all.
  • 35m 26s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 41s / 100 yards

The 44-49 group (mine) started the third wave. Overall good start, I was right near the front for my wave. I did have some navigation issues, kept swimming to the right!!
What would you do differently?:

Navigate a little better.
Transition 1
  • 03m 18s

No issues. Wet suit came off easy. Had a little trouble finding my back shirt pocket for the salt tab container.
  • 2h 55m 7s
  • 56 miles
  • 19.19 mile/hr

I think if I could have stayed around the 3'15"-30" range my run would not have suffered as bad. 19 mph avg was fast for me.
What would you do differently?:

I should have drank more liquids and maybe taken a salt tab every 30 min in stead of every hour. I ate a gel every 30 and that seemed to work okay.
Transition 2
  • 01m 41s

No real issue here, socks went on okay.
  • 2h 16m 16s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 10m 24s  min/mile

Legs crapping before I got off bike. Honestly I didn't think I would finish the race. I couldn't pick my feet up far enough not to drag the grass on each step. It took 20 minutes for struggling before I developed a pace. Stopped and stretched twice, no help. Popped salt tabs two at a time and hammered water/Gatorade.
One good thing I did was to carry my own water bottle with a big lid (cycling bottle). This way I could grab 2-3 cups of water on handouts and pour them in, drink later.
I did slow my pace to a 13-14 min/mi several times in the end. Heat and cramps getting the best of me. My legs were DONE!
What would you do differently?:

Take in more water/salt on bike as well as back off pace a little.
Post race
Warm down:

Passing out in grass. No, but I felt like it. Just stopped and drink a recover-rite my wife had ready for me and settled down. A little stretching. Was NOT hungry at all so I skipped the food. 30 minutes later I drink a second recover-rite.
Cleaned out transition area, found a shower, went back to get snacks and check results. This took lots of walking around the resort.
My wife was a BIG help with my gear and in support!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

PAIN! Cramping through the run I guess. Thoughts described earlier.

I'm giving a 5 for mental effort. I really wanted to quit!

Event comments:

This was my first 70.3. The volunteers were GREAT! We didn't stay for the awards (left 10 minutes before) due to a long drive back. If I go next year we'll stay another night. Beautiful resort as well!!!

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Last updated: 2012-02-04 12:00 AM
00:35:26 | 2112 yards | 01m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 9/62
Overall: 0/504
Performance: Good
Suit: Sleeveless wetsuit
Course: BEACH start! Ran from starting line to water, swam out a cove and turned right into open water. Mostly straight swimming. Beach exit and a 150 yard run to the transition area, BAREFOOT! Hello long transition!
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:18
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
02:55:07 | 56 miles | 19.19 mile/hr
Age Group: 32/62
Overall: 0/504
Performance: Good
Avg HR: 154 bpm Max HR: 167 bpm Elevation Gain: 1,237 ft
Wind: Little
Course: Rolling hills, with a few steep ones in the middle; 1/3 through a nation forest; smooth black top. Very nice!
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 89
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:41
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:16:16 | 13.1 miles | 10m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 27/62
Overall: 231/504
Performance: Below average
Avg HR: 152 bpm Max HR: 164 bpm Elevation Gain: 157 ft
Course: Through out the resort area. Next to the pool, behind some building, on the road, all over. But I have to say it wasn't bad. A couple of long hills, painful. Three loops, lots of turn-a-rounds.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2012-11-05 6:07 PM

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Cleburne, Texas
Subject: Oil Man Texas Triathlon - Formerly Iron Star Triathlon

2012-11-07 6:15 AM
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Subject: RE: Oil Man Texas Triathlon - Formerly Iron Star Triathlon
Congrats on your first HIM finish!  Sounds like you had a solid race!  Too bad about the cramping on the run - I've had that too.  Not fun but you FINISHED!!
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