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Galveston, Texas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
65F / 18C
Total Time = 5h 46m 17s
Overall Rank = 963/2275
Age Group = 45 - 49
Age Group Rank = 112/222
Pre-race routine:

Coughed up and blew out yellow and brown crap from my chest and head for 30 minutes. Had an upset stomach from it all but I won't go into details on that. Got ready and drove to the race. Setup transition area and went back to the car to lay down.
80% chance of T-storms and an upper respiratory infection almost ruined my day.
Event warmup:

I ran around the parking area then walked 3/4 mile to the swim start. There I did some stretching.
  • 39m 23s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

It was still windy when we started, the storm was rolling in. 12 - 18" waves I guess. Head first going out but much easier after the turn. Issues sighting because I couldn't always see over the waves.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really.
Transition 1
  • 03m 32s

Long run on carpet into transition. folded my right big toe under my foot. Hurt like hell at the time but quickly forgot about it. Now it's a little black but no pain.
What would you do differently?:

Keep my toes UP.
  • 3h 01m 17s
  • 56 miles
  • 18.53 mile/hr

Everything went GREAT on this section of the race until mile 53. Blew my front tire on a corner and wiped out. Took about 6-8 minutes to pull it together and fix my flat.
BUT, drinking and eating was right on target. Pace was 20+ mph at the time which is good for me.
Lite rain around mile 20-30 but nothing heavy. That was all for the day.
What would you do differently?:

Put in new tubes a few weeks or month before a race.
Transition 2
  • 04m 54s

Spent some time washing off the blood from the wreck and assessing the damage. Bike is GOOD!! I was missing skin :(
I had all my run gear in a plastic bag as well. Remember, 80% of severe T-storms.
What would you do differently?:

  • 1h 57m 11s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 57s  min/mile

It was a great run. Strong all the way through. Held the 9 m/m goal I had set. Ate and drank just enough w/o going over. Started to get little cramps in upper stomach towards the end but it went away. Might have just been exertion.
No rain. Overcast but even lite enough to get some sun on the shoulders.
What would you do differently?:

Not fall off the bike ;o)
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, drank recovery drink, ate fruit.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Flat tire.

Event comments:

I'm planning my return next year!

Last updated: 2013-07-19 12:00 AM
00:39:23 | 2112 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 53/222
Overall: 691/2275
Performance: Good
Suit: yes
Course: Jump off pier and tread water till buzzer. Triangle shape with buoys on the left, two turns, and end near the transition.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 65F / 18C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:32
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
03:01:17 | 56 miles | 18.53 mile/hr
Age Group: 144/222
Overall: 1196/2275
Performance: Good
Stupid HR monitor just flakes out when it gets dry and wind hits it in areo position. Read around 6.5 most of the time. I need to get this resolved!
Wind: Some
Course: Flat, out, and back.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 86
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:54
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
01:57:11 | 13.1 miles | 08m 57s  min/mile
Age Group: 112/222
Overall: 963/2275
Performance: Good
Avg HR: 155, Z2.2
Course: Three loop course around Moody Gardens. Several out and backs with a loop to complete one lap. Aid stations every mile was nice!
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2014-04-08 6:46 PM

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Cleburne, Texas
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2014-04-09 6:30 PM
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Bellingham, WA
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Nice execution of a well balanced race.  A strong run at the end is priceless and very hard to do.  Super job.

2014-04-18 1:47 AM
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Cleburne, Texas
Subject: RE: Memorial Hermann Ironman 70.3 Texas

Thanks Pops!

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