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La Porte, Texas
United States
Tri on the Run
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 19m 19s
Overall Rank = 49/223
Age Group = F30-34
Age Group Rank = 2/11
Pre-race routine:

Alarm went off at 4:45 -- got up, packed the car, ate half a bagel with peanut butter, and headed out the door before 5:30 for the 20 minute drive to La Porte. I found Todd and Ceseilia and asked if one of them could help me pump up my rear tire....try as I might, I just cannot get that crack pipe to seal and pump it up by myself!

Set up transition easily, though it was quite crowded with eight bikes per rack. I helped a couple girls who weren't quite sure how to set up their transition spaces. Hit the porta potty and then hung out with the BAM crowd waiting for the race to start.
Event warmup:

No warm-up. I may play around with various warm-ups for sprint distance races, but I don't think this hindered me today
  • 10m 59s
  • 500 meters
  • 02m 12s / 100 meters

We all lined up on the beach and they counted us down from 5 seconds. I ran to the water and for whatever reason, people who lined up in the front got to the water and then started walking. I duck dived in and around people to try to get moving quicker. This part went fine....everything else was a disaster.

Course is a rectangle and for whatever reason, I kept aiming at the wrong buoys. My sighting was right on, except that I was sighting the wrong buoy. Dude on a jet ski comes up and yells out to go left....I realized he was talking to me and stopped to figure out where the hell I was. I see a buoy and start aiming toward it....round it fine, and later find myself sighting off the wrong buoy AGAIN. WTF? This is not like me at all. I guess if I find myself in too much clean water, that probably means something is amiss!

After rounding the second buoy, I'm finally sighting the correct buoys and make it in pretty uneventfully. This was a disappointing swim for sure....this shouldn't have taken me any more than nine minutes (and based on my pace, would have been right there if I'd actually swam the course without all the detours!). Oh well, they can't all be great....and mentally, I was able to brush it off and finish strong.

Time on the RR is the time my Garmin said as the results seem to think it took me 54 minutes to do this....overall time looks correct, but the swim time is definitely wrong. Everyone else's times look like what they should be, so I'm assuming I came out 2nd in my AG as the next closest time was almost 12 minutes
What would you do differently?:

Sight the correct buoys, dummy!
Transition 1
  • 01m 8s

Transition was sloppy....I don't do a lot of sprint races, so I tend to rush through and things don't go as well as for other races. Probably could have been 20+ seconds faster here.

Again, time is from Garmin as they don't have my time listed
What would you do differently?:

Think about what you're doing, don't rush, be smooth
  • 41m 34s
  • 15 miles
  • 21.65 mile/hr

Plan for the ride was to ride hard and see how I run off it....I don't race sprints often and my training is not geared toward sprint distances at the moment, so I really had no idea what to target....figured I'd just make an experiment out of it and I don't think it was too bad. I was planning to shoot for 181W, which is what I did in the ITT last weekend. Ended up with AP/NP of 180W, so right in the ballpark I was looking for. Legs never felt great, but they also didn't feel particularly bad....I have Buffalo Springs 70.3 in two weeks, so I was carrying a lot of residual fatigue going into this race (but I don't think my legs would perform well if I had tapered much, so no regrets on this).

After my crappy swim, I was blowing past a ton of people. I didn't get passed once the entire ride and passed many, so that was kind of cool. There was one girl in my age group who was faster than me, but she didn't quite make up enough time on me to pass me during the bike leg.

It must have been fairly windy out there as my AP/NP were the same as last week's ITT, but the speed was 1.3 mph slower (course was a little long, so my Garmin said average pace of 22.0 mph)....the roads were also not nearly as nice. That said, the beauty of a power meter is that a headwind and tailwind hurt the same amount :)

Coming into transition, I pulled my feet out of my shoes way too early (you can see transition, but then you turn right and then left before you actually get to it)....pretty sure the only photographer on the race course was there, so my only picture will be me on the horns with my shoes off! This is a silly mistake that I've now made twice.
What would you do differently?:

Know the course so you know when to start pulling your feet out of your shoes...
Transition 2
  • 00m 42s

This transition was actually pretty smooth (time is from my Garmin, but fastest in my AG). No issues with the transition itself, but when crossing the timing mat, I managed to hit the "lap" button on my Garmin twice, which ended my multisport at the start of the run leg, I had to fiddle around with my Garmin to reset the multisport activity and start a run
What would you do differently?:

Be careful with the buttons you're pushing!
  • 25m 34s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 15s  min/mile

The run continues to be my weakness. The girl who eventually won my AG passed me convincingly within the first half mile....continued on with sub-7 paces -- no way I'm doing that! That said, I was VERY pleased with an 8:15 pace for a 5k after having biked at nearly 95% of FTP.

Martin, my bridge running buddy, passed me early on and I just told myself to keep him within sight. He pulled away early, but I reeled him back in (my splits were very even -- first two miles exactly the same, and the next about 5s faster) just after the turnaround and told him to hang on with me....I said, "You push me, I'll push you..." And about a moment later said, "Fuck 5k's....these hurt!" He dropped back and I continued on.

My running is progressing, but definitely not where I'd like for it to be. Whenever I'm in a situation like this, I try to figure out what's my limiting factor....why I can't make myself go faster. My HR was fine, my breathing was fine, but I just didn't have the turn over in my legs. Hopefully with continued (consistent) run training, I'll be able to run with the girls in my AG.
What would you do differently?:

Very pleased with my run....not so much with my current run ability. Just gotta keep plugging away
Post race
Warm down:

After finishing, I drank a bottle of water, did a bit of stretching....but then was supposed to go out for an additional run (BS70.3 in two weeks -- needed some additional running this weekend), so I didn't do too much. However, since I was planning to run with Chris and he was volunteering, he couldn't get away till awards....and since I landed on the podium, I figured I should stick around for awards. So for a race that started at 7:10am and finished at 8:30am, I didn't actually get to my "warm down" run till 10:30am!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Horrible sighting and sloppy T1 certainly left a couple minutes on the table. Current run ability is my biggest limiter right now

Event comments:

Nice local sprint -- not a big production, but it's run well and I'd certainly do it again

Last updated: 2014-05-19 12:00 AM
00:10:59 | 500 meters | 02m 12s / 100meters
Age Group: 2/11
Overall: 0/223
Performance: Below average
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:08
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:41:34 | 15 miles | 21.65 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/11
Overall: 0/223
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 92
Turns: Below average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:42
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Below average
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:25:34 | 03.1 miles | 08m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/11
Overall: 0/223
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2014-06-15 5:48 PM

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2014-06-16 8:06 AM
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Austin, Texas
Subject: RE: Sylvan Beach Triathlon

Great race - and an AG podium!  WOOT! 

Somehow it bothers me less when someone that beats me does it running away (like a min/mile faster pace!) than when it's close.  Awesome that you kept pushing and got hardware!!  


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