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Woodlands, Texas
United States
The Woodlands Township Parks and Recreation Department
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 05m 25s
Overall Rank = 158/855
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 16/83
Pre-race routine:

Caught a flu bug earlier in the week, and debated wheter or not to show up when the alarm went off. Decided to give it a go. Packed and rode the bike over the the start.
Event warmup:

Bike ride to the park takes about 20-minutes. That's the only warm-up for me.

  • 12m 54s
  • 500 meters
  • 02m 35s / 100 meters

First time swimming since the broken collar bone back in August. All around this was my worst tri swim since my first year, but with no time in the pool, you kind of expect this type of result.
What would you do differently?:

Time in the pool.
Transition 1
  • 01m 21s

Good transition. Took a little extra time to dry the feet and put on socks.
  • 28m 5s
  • 10.6 miles
  • 22.65 mile/hr

I never seemed to really get in a groove for this ride. Results were okay, but about one mph below what they should have been.

Referee talked about a no passign zone during the rules briefing, but the packet and web site did a very poor job describing this area. I rode for a mile ot two not sure if I was in the "zone" or not. I did see one sign calling out a beginning to the zone, but I never saw a sign marking the end. I did have two guys yell at me while I passed them, but the course was two lanes wide at this point and definately safe for passing. VERY CONFUSING!
Transition 2
  • 00m 55s

Good transition. Tough for me to get much faster without some sort of slip-on tri running shoe.
  • 22m 8s
  • 5 kms
  • 04m 26s  min/km

Good run for me. Pushed fairly hard, but should be able to do better.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder in the middle of the course.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Sickness, and lack of swim training. My wife thinks that last week's 50-mile Brazos Bend run probably also slowed my down, but I didn't feel too fatigued...just a little feverish from the flu bug!

Event comments:

Great sprint distance race. Course was a little lacking this year due to road construction, but it was very well organized and a great venue on the North Side of Houston.

Last updated: 2014-01-04 12:00 AM
00:12:54 | 500 meters | 02m 35s / 100meters
Age Group: 48/83
Overall: 518/855
Performance: Bad
Suit: Xterra sleveless
Course: Kind of a rectangle, with bouys on the left.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 70F / 21C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:21
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:28:05 | 10.6 miles | 22.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 9/83
Overall: 66/855
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: Course was modified and shortened in 2014 due to road construction. Turned into an out and back, with one turnaround at a traffic circle. For the most part, riders had one coned off lane to ride in.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:55
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:22:08 | 05 kms | 04m 26s  min/km
Age Group: 23/83
Overall: 216/855
Performance: Good
Course: Modified out and back course along the waterway due to road construction. No shade, but heat was better than most years.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

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date : April 13, 2010
author : kcowart
comments : 11
I have always been an athlete, growing up playing team sports like basketball and soccer. I also ran in a couple of 10K races every year, so I had no reason to worry about running a 5K...right?
date : August 13, 2008
author : eschmits
comments : 2
After I left the running store, I couldn't stop thinking about the sprint tri and how much of a challenge it would be for me. So instead of joining a gym, I started riding my bike and it felt great.
date : February 5, 2008
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A product review of the Louis Garneau Tri Air Triathlon Shoe. After nearly two years of testing, see how this shoe performed. Currently being replaced by the Tri Air 2.
date : January 1, 2008
author : agrace
comments : 4
I couldn’t help but feel that the race had beaten me. Perhaps duathlons were more for me? No, I was more determined than ever to succeed. I was determined to get on top of my swimming.
date : December 31, 2006
author : docgill
comments : 0
This life of mine is not so different from yours. It has a multitude of similarities. I suffer from uncertainty, I get nervous at the thought of registering and when getting to the starting line.
date : May 1, 2006
author : acbadger
comments : 8
I am not going to buy a tri-suit before my first tri - I want to make sure I am going to stick with this before I spend a lot of money on it so I want to figure out what will work best.
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comments : 0
9 weeks after my first bike ride, 5 months after my first swim and 13 months after my surgery I entered the Nelson week Tri a Tri !
date : September 3, 2005
author : aloufan
comments : 0
I couldn't believe that my splits kept getting lower! I started to run harder after I passed the "5 km" sign and picked a few people that I wanted to pass.