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Jefferson, Texas
United States
90+F / 32C
Total Time = 1h 59m 32s
Overall Rank = 153/201
Age Group = F40-44
Age Group Rank = 6/7
Pre-race routine:

Ate a Cliff Bar for breakfast. I probably should have had more calories, but...

Got to Sandy Beach--almost couldn't find a parking place--and searched out a space for my bike on the full racks. Set out my gear, then went to get marked and pick up my chip.
Event warmup:

Swam a bit to get a feel for water conditions.
  • 21m 8s
  • 880 yards
  • 02m 23s / 100 yards

Water was murky and field very packed--twice as many people this year as last, at least. Got kicked, punched, clawed (nearly lost my chip!). Very difficult to establish a rhythm.
What would you do differently?:

At my speed, there's not much I can do. I can't swim ahead, and if I swam behind I'd lose too much time.
Transition 1
  • 01m 37s

Ran up the beach but walked from timing mat to bike--I wanted to get my HR down (it was 183 when I exited the water).
What would you do differently?:

  • 57m 12s
  • 15.53 miles
  • 16.29 mile/hr

This was my first race on my TT bike, and I'm still uncertain about gear ratios. I also didn't have enough fluid. i filled my Aerodrink bottle, thinking that would be enough, but in this heat I ran out before the turnaround. I also didn't take any Gel--should have, given what happened on the run.

I should have gone around that girl at the turnaround. She hesitated, then clipped out one one side, clipped in again, then clipped out on the other side. I didn't know if it was legal to pass her there, so I ended up having to clip out, too. I lost about 15 seconds at least.

The last hill up the dam nearly killed me. i was gasping for breath at the top--if I didn't think I would have crashed, i would have clipped out and walked. I really thought I was going to have a heart attack because I couldn't get my breath back for so long afterward. (My max HR I *though* was 196, but I hit 198 during the ride, so I guess I have a new Max HR!) It left me really down for the run.
What would you do differently?:

I was disappointed that I wasn't that much faster than last year, given the new bike. I need to ride more.
Transition 2
  • 01m 36s
What would you do differently?:

  • 38m 1s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 12m 13s  min/mile

Abysmal! On the one hand, I was glad just to cross the finish line--I wanted to quit after the bike leg, but I've never quit a race--but I was disappointed not to improve on last year's time. Given the fact that I walked so much (last year I didn't walk at all), I guess I should be happy the time is as good as it is!
What would you do differently?:

Train more in the heat, and do bricks that specificially include the steepeest, most hellacious hills around!
Post race
Warm down:

Walked. Ate an orange slice and drank water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat; lack of hill training.

Event comments:

The race was good--very challenging--just too challenging for me!

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Last updated: 2006-07-10 12:00 AM
00:21:08 | 880 yards | 02m 23s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 0/201
Performance: Good
AHR 174.
Suit: Craft Pro suit
Course: Triangular.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 86F / 30C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:37
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:57:12 | 15.53 miles | 16.29 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 0/201
Performance: Average
AHR 180.
Wind: Little
Course: Very hilly.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Below average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:36
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:38:01 | 03.11 miles | 12m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/7
Overall: 0/201
Performance: Bad
AHR 178
Course: Slightly rolling, shady park path.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %1.01%
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2006-07-17 8:33 AM

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