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Katy, Texas
United States
i tri events
50F / 10C
Total Time = 50m 39s
Overall Rank = 3/293
Age Group = m35-39
Age Group Rank = 1/38
Pre-race routine:

The race started literally a half mile from my house. I got to sleep in an hour longer than normal. Got up, had breakfast, then rode my bike over to transition. Set my stuff up, then walked back home. Had some coffee, sat around a while, then jogged back over for the start.
Event warmup:

Just a half mile jog.
  • 04m 8s
  • 300 meters
  • 01m 23s / 100 meters

It was a very short swim, so I just wanted to make sure I didn't go too hard and be out of it when getting out of the pool just to save 5-10 seconds that I'd then give right back up in transition. So I seeded myself pretty conservatively saying I'd do the swim in 4:00 or 1:20/100m.

Jumped in and started pulling hard but staying long and smooth, keeping turnover down and controlling the effort. Caught the guy in front of me by 75 yards in. Next turn he goes under me off the wall to pass the guy in front of him. So now I'm behind a different guy, but I recognize his kit and know that he's not slow so I figured there was a big backup. Not wanting to waste energy to pass for no reason I just sat in and drafted the rest of the way, taking big breaths on every open turn.

Finished feeling great and ready for the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. I didn't think I was competing for overall win (which I wasn't), and I really wanted to test my bike and run fitness. In future races once my run hopefully gets faster, I'll have to start dropping the hammer on the swim but for now in a race of this distance it's just not worth it.
Transition 1
  • 02m 3s

Good T1. It was quite a long run to your bike, then a decent run with your bike before you mounted, so all times were high. Fastest was 1:57, so my time was good.

I started the swim around 12th, didn't pass anyone on the swim, then beat everyone but two people out of transition, so it was a good T1.
What would you do differently?:

  • 25m 7s
  • 10.2 miles
  • 24.37 mile/hr

Got into my shoes pretty flawlessly this time, which surprised me since I hadn't practiced in a while. Got up to speed and passed by my family which was posted up in front of my neighborhood.

Looked down at the Garmin and it was giving me speed but no cadence or power. I was doing right at 25mph which was my goal, and at first figured, what the heck just race. Luckily I came to my senses about 6 minutes into it and power cycled the garmin, and the sensors paired up and I had data again.

Rest of the bike was pretty uneventful. Passed one guy, never saw the guy I figured was going to win the race (he won last year too), and never got passed. Kept my watts right at my planned 275, and never really had any trouble holding it. Looking at the data later, looks like I tailed off ever so slightly at the end so I should have trusted my RPE when I thought it felt too easy at the end.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing for this race. My bike and run fitness hadn't been tested for a while so I wanted to see how I'd run off 275 watts. Next time I may push it and hold 300 just to see what happens.
Transition 2
  • 00m 57s

I don't have an official T2 time as my chip didn't register leaving transition. I I just backed my T2 time out from my garmin run time vs my race run time that included transition.

This was a good T2 for me, only 7 or so people transitioned faster.
What would you do differently?:

  • 18m 26s
  • 2.93 miles
  • 06m 17s  min/mile

This was the big unknown for me. I knew what to expect on the swim. I knew I could hold 275 watts on the bike no problem. But I had no idea how I would run for two reasons. I haven't ran fast since my last sprint tri in September. I'm much fitter now. But I also didn't know how I'd run off of 275 watts.

My plan was to just run as hard as I could. I figured the benefit to my massive IM volume was that I wasn't going to blow up on a 3 mile run (or I hoped). Took off running, and every time I looked down at the watch I was sub 6:30. I was pretty thrilled. There was no one around so I was basically just running against myself. The only guy in front of me was going to run sub 6/, so I knew I wasn't catching him. I looked back about halfway through and didn't see anyone, so it was looking good for me to come in 2nd overall. I was able to maintain my speed the whole way.

After the last turn, the final few hundred yards are on gravel. I was running fast enough that I was affecting my footing but just kept pushing. About 100 yards from the finish I hear gravel footsteps behind me. I look back and there's a guy right there!! Crap!! Anyway we sprint to the finish and he gets me by 6/10th of a second. Turns out he started the swim way after me and actually beat me by over a minute and ran 5:29/mile so I didn't feel so bad after that, especially since he wasn't in my age group. ;)
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, this was an amazing run for me. It's very encouraging that I am getting faster on the run too, even though I never run fast in training.

My last sprint tri I ran 3 miles at 6:56/mi pace, so this was quite an improvement. And that run was off only 234 watts.

I set PRs on: 400m, 1/2 mile, 1k, 1 mile, 2 miles, and would have set a 5k PR by over a minute (and been sub 20 minutes) if the race had been a couple tenths longer.
Post race
Warm down:

Nothing special. I knew a couple of guys in my age group started the swim before me, so when I got to the line and confirmed that there was only one guy in front of me on the bike/run I figured I'd won my age group. Hung around a froze my arse off waiting for awards. Got a cool First Place pilsner glass (race finished up at the local brewery), which later in the day I enjoyed a few beers out of.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Knowing my fitness limits. More experience biking hard then running will help me dial in my perfect sprint tri wattage. Also could have gone for it on the swim, but I think my decision for this race to take it easy was sound.

And as always, just my base fitness. If I want to compete for overall podiums I've got to continue to get faster on both the bike and the run, but especially the run.

Event comments:

This race was super short. Bike ended up only being 10 miles and the run wasn't even 3. The bike course was changed when we picked up our packets, then it was changed again race morning. It shouldn't be that hard.

Last updated: 2016-03-23 12:00 AM
00:04:08 | 300 meters | 01m 23s / 100meters
Age Group: 2/38
Overall: 6/293
Performance: Good
Course: Snake swim in a pool
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:03
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:25:07 | 10.2 miles | 24.37 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/38
Overall: 3/293
Performance: Good
AP: 271; NP: 275
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:57
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:18:26 | 02.93 miles | 06m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/38
Overall: 7/293
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
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? No
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2016-04-04 12:24 PM

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Katy, Texas
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2016-04-04 2:59 PM
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Speedy, speedy!  Wow, huge congrats on 3rd OA and 1st AG, that's very impressive!

Mmmmm, beer...

Edited by melbo55 2016-04-04 2:59 PM
2016-04-05 2:50 PM
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Katy, Texas
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Thanks Melanie!
2016-04-05 3:24 PM
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Rio Rancho, NM
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Sounds like a perfect morning. Close to home, double podium AND BEER!

Congrats speedy.

2016-04-05 4:43 PM
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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Damn those are fast times! Nice job!
2016-04-05 7:25 PM
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Englewood, Florida
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Great job on a race that, IIRC, was not one you planned to "Race".

2016-04-06 8:44 AM
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Katy, Texas
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Thanks y'all! And Chris, I never said I wasn't going to race it!! LOL!! I just said I was training through it, ie no taper. Everyone knows I'm going to race!!
2016-04-08 9:19 AM
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Englewood, Florida
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Ah, I missed that distinction!

2016-04-11 9:16 AM
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Falls Church, Virginia
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Wow, great times! Big congrats! In particular looks like you had great transitions, not to mention nice gains on the run.
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