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Rockwall, Texas
United States
Ironhead Race Productions
82F / 28C
Total Time = 1h 09m 59s
Overall Rank = 33/379
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 7/48
Pre-race routine:

Woke up 4:30. Bagel and coffee. Threw the kids in the minivan at 5:00

Pulled out of the drive at 5:10 -- Even though the kids have done this routine 2 other times this summer, this day was going to be a long day for the kids (and for mom and dad)!

From West Allen, we took the backroads to Rockwall -- Country Club, Brown, Hwy 78, etc. It took 35 mins versus taking 75/190 last year (50 mins?)
Event warmup:

Water and Banana Powerbar at 6:45

The Jack Weiss comedy routine at 7:00...dissappointed he didn't refer to any musicians/bands that we might have trained to that we cannot listen to during the race. Past races were: Black Sabbath, Rolling Stones, Bethoven, Led Zepelin, etc.

I jogged the grass portion of the run, because I remember it being a little confusing at first. Was glad I did.
  • 05m 37s
  • 300 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

Swim prediction was 5:15. That was a good time to put down. I rested on a couple of walls to wait for the guy in front of me. I think I could have done my prediction easily.

Very poor visibility. Had to glide to the walls because my distance perception was poor in this water.

Did a run jump. Dislodged my Seal mask/goggles, had to surface, tread water with feet only while I fixed my goggles.

What would you do differently?:

Sit down entry so I can push off without messing up goggles.
Transition 1
  • 01m 6s

I dont clip my shoes onto the bike beforehand. So I struggle with the ratchet-strap thingy. I would really like to invest in some Tri Bike Shoes with the no-tongue, giant entry with the singular velcro strap.

I had trouble clipping my race belt (with hands behind my back). Took me three tries - I was trying to jam the two pieces together, but they weren't lined up. Next time I'll consider clipping it from the front where I can see what I'm doing. That way I won't have to turn the race number around for the bike.
  • 43m 19s
  • 14 miles
  • 19.39 mile/hr

Overall, a difficult course to maintain any sort of rythym. Lots of rollers, several that I got out of the saddle. Wind out of south, I've had much worse, but it certainly didn't help.

Part of the road was pretty dicey and required a lot of focus.

Gatorade (orange)
What would you do differently?:

Need more leg strength in order to produce more power to get up the hills.
Transition 2
  • 00m 40s

Again, cycling shoes with the ratchet thingy is harder than it needs to be.
  • 19m 18s
  • 2.9 miles
  • 06m 39s  min/mile

I was patient with the run so as not to overdo the first mile. My legs started to loosen up at mile 2 and I turned it up a notch. I saw the opportunity to go under 1:10:00.
Post race
Warm down:

I stood in the finishing area while my 2 kids ran up to me and mauled me with hugs. It is a very special feeling to have my children there to see me do my best. My wife (Sue) was there as well and I thank her always for her support!

Talked to John JCAGG90. Thanks for supporting John. Heard him yelling for me at various points during the race.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Power on the bike. However, I did the best that I could. My race prediction was 1:11:00, I finished 1:09:59.3

Event comments:

The past two years, the Kiwanis Club and Ironhead has produced a quality race. There were 4 types of breakfast burritos, pasta, smoothies, fruit, bagels and more at the finish.

Last updated: 2006-08-28 12:00 AM
00:05:37 | 300 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/48
Overall: 114/379
Performance: Good
Suit: Zoot Men's 1 Piece Tri
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:06
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:43:19 | 14 miles | 19.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/48
Overall: 68/379
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: blacktop highway, rollers, with major grooves and ruts, some potholes
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 100
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:39.6
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:19:17.7 | 02.9 miles | 06m 39s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/48
Overall: 15/379
Performance: Good
M1 7:04 HR 171 M2 7:02 HR 173 M3 5:12 HR ???
Course: First segment is cross country with deep grass and some uneven terrain. First part of course is slightly difficult to navigate if not familiar with it.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2006-08-28 1:07 PM

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Subject: Tri the Rock

2006-08-28 1:45 PM
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Dallas, TX
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Sounds like you had a great race!

My boyfriend raced in it too, and he beat his predicted time as well.

The pool swim looked like chaos! HA!

The past two years, the Kiwanis Club and Ironhead has produced a quality race. There were 4 types of breakfast burritos, pasta, smoothies, fruit, bagels and more at the finish.

The food looked good! I didn't eat any as I figured it was for the athletes, but it was top-notch.

Way better than what they were serving up at the Hotter-n-Hell the day before!
2006-08-28 2:12 PM
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Great race! It was nice meeting you as well and thanks for the shout out during the run. I was wondering who that was!
2006-08-30 8:55 PM
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, Texas
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Nice race, just getting under 1:10.

You were coming in on the run when I got to the sidewalk and noticed your yellow shoes and I was thinking that I want to run like that guy.

2006-08-31 12:24 AM
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Fort Worth, TX
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good job on the swim/run....glad you could hold steady 19 on the bike.  good show.
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