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The Woodlands, Texas
United States
World Triathlon Corporation
88F / 31C
Total Time = 13h 13m 35s
Overall Rank = 975/2700
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 124/300
Pre-race routine:

powerbar 3:30 am, GU 10 min before race.
Event warmup:

walk a 1.5-2 miles from car to t1-swim start
  • 1h 33m 45s
  • 4200 yards
  • 02m 14s / 100 yards

very combative swim, especially the last half mile or so where everyone was funneled into a 20 foot wide channel
What would you do differently?:

Need swim coach
Transition 1
  • 08m 16s

Ok so Transition was 6 inches deep in mud.... needed to carry bike and shoes then wash off feet with water at far end. Also went to bathroom. Transition sucked.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing much to be done for it with all that mud. I will be washing gear for days.
  • 6h 49m 42s
  • 112 miles
  • 16.40 mile/hr

14-16 oz water per 10 miles (aid station). Kept wet all day.
What would you do differently?:

Need to get my knee better, need to figure out how to ride faster. Heat was a factor.
Transition 2
  • 08m 12s

Transition was still 6 inch deep in mud, decided to run in bike shoes so feet would be clean for the run. Also hit bathroom.
What would you do differently?:

Make quicker decision to run in mud with shoes.
  • 00m
  • 26.2 miles
  •  min/mile

Drank 3 oz of water per mile, 2 glasses of water on clothes, 2 cups of ice down shirt to keep cool. Was fine for first lap then the heat just got to me and I slowed down steadily to a slow pace for last run.
What would you do differently?:

Not sure.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk a couple miles to get all my gear.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

BIke was affected by right knee, run affected by heat and humidity.

Event comments:

There is a lot of distance between the registration, transition, swim start, finish line, transition gear bag. Count on doing an extra 2-3 miles of walking on race day. You really need to keep fluids up and keep cool with lots of ice. I used 60 cups of ice down my shirt on the run. It would be very easy to get heat exhaustion if you get behind. The humidity really adds to the heat index. With it being early in the year most folks did not have a chance to train in the heat. We had snow 2 weeks before the race. It was a hard race, but for my fitness and condition of my knee muscle it was a soiid effort on my part, especially to not walk on the last lap.

Last updated: 2015-05-22 12:00 AM
01:33:45 | 4200 yards | 02m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 203/300
Overall: 1693/2700
Performance: Average
Suit: trisuit only
Start type: Wade Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 08:16
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
06:49:42 | 112 miles | 16.40 mile/hr
Age Group: 210/300
Overall: 1645/2700
Performance: Below average
Wind: Strong
Course: Course was fine, but there was a headwind for the last 60 miles, it was hot and humid. Right top of knee muscle became very painful after first 40 miles which made me drop off intensity and made it hard to stay in aero.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 08:12
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:00:00 | 26.2 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 124/300
Overall: 975/2700
Performance: Below average
Course: Run course was nice, not too hilly. However, it was hot and humid.
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: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2015-05-22 9:01 PM

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Alturas, California
Subject: Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas

2015-05-23 6:17 PM
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Nice work. It was a tough day.

2015-05-24 12:51 AM
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Alturas, California
Subject: RE: Memorial Hermann Ironman Texas
Thanks. Need to get that little knee muscle healthy. It is hard to say how much the heat impacts ya on race day. With winter training I was on the trainer for 95% of my miles, so that probably didn't help.
2015-06-14 1:27 PM
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That was awesome!! GREAT job and thanks for posting your report.
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