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San Antonio, Texas
United States
Redemption Race Productions
80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 19m
Overall Rank = 21/53
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 5/0
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 400. Really looking forward to race. I am almost fully healed from achilles and knee. Ate some bars, apples, oranges and pop tart. Missed exit and had to get off go down access road, got pulled over by police, no ticket only warning. Cop warned me about 3009 and told me they patrol that road frequently.
Event warmup:

Got to race. Registered. Man it was humid. I am talking Houston humid.
I racked bike set up shoes, helmut, drink, towel. I put glasses back in pack it was misty. Went down to pre race meeting. As usual Brian was lecturing about safety, but he is right, I always feel safe during his events. Went down in cave for timed start.
  • 48m 53s
  • 5 miles
  • 09m 47s  min/mile

The trail was very rough. I just kept thinking it will be over soon. I was happy with my achilles and knee. NO PAIN.
What would you do differently?:

Pushed a little harder on the flat areas. Maybe trail shoes. The rocks tore my road shoes up.
Transition 1
  • 01m 36s

I suck
What would you do differently?:

Get faster
  • 1h 12m 36s
  • 22.9 miles
  • 18.93 mile/hr

I felt great. I passed a ton of people. I had over 24 miles on my piece of $h!t bike monitor. (hint for wife on garman for xmas)
What would you do differently?:

I should have pushed harder
Transition 2
  • 01m 38s
  • 15m 30s
  • 2 miles
  • 07m 45s  min/mile

Man I was tired. I saw the lady in the elf suit and Don. We cheered each other on. It was tough. Everyone was smiling and cheering each other. Before I knew it I was at the end.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Great after race. Met Don and many other race participants. Good amount of Houston folks at this race. Had grapes, tea. The sausage wraps were excellent. A little disappointed in my 5th place finish. But I did the best I could, some great triathletes in my AG.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Trail run, too worried about getting hurt.

Event comments:

Redemption does a great job. I compete in at least three of their races each year.

Last updated: 2012-12-11 12:00 AM
00:48:53 | 05 miles | 09m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 5/0
Overall: 21/53
Performance: Good
Course: Started in Cave. Check out the pictures on Facebook. It is just the coolest thing. I was having a great time. Breathing hard. Then the course became more of a trail run and it was still twilight. I was worried about twisting an ankle. My legs felt good. Leave it to Brian, he puts this huge hill right in the middle. It was harder for me going down. I could feel it in my knees. I just slowed down and kept a good cadence. Going back up most people were walking. I slowed but kept up a jog. I thought I finished well.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Time: 01:36
Overall: Below average
Run with bike? Average
Jump on bike? Average
Getting up to speed and into shoes: Average
01:12:36 | 22.9 miles | 18.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/0
Overall: 0/53
Wind: Little
Course: Typical hill country ride. Some rollers. Less chip seal than I thought. A great ride. Police did a great job. Well marked
Road: Rough Wet Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:38
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:15:30 | 02 miles | 07m 45s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/0
Overall: 0/53
Performance: Average
Course: No way this was two miles. Flat with water stop in middle.
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2012-12-11 10:03 PM

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Subject: Natural Bridge Caverns Duathlon - T-REX Course

2012-12-12 8:55 AM
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Subject: RE: Natural Bridge Caverns Duathlon - T-REX Course
Great report.  It was a good race but I agree it was more of a trail run than a true duathlon run.
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