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Irving, Texas
United States
61F / 16C
Total Time = 1h 24m 23s
Overall Rank = 49/129
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 10/14
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:15 and at 2 pieces of toast along with some milk. Ate about half of an apple before I left at 5am. Heated up a breakfast sandwich and brought a banana because I knew I wouldn't be racing until about 8am.
Event warmup:

Nothing this time because I wasn't trying to do well for this race since I haven't been training for it.
  • 09m 36s
  • 500 meters
  • 01m 55s / 100 meters

Everything on the swim was good because I wasn't going balls out. My breathing and form seemed to be excellent for the first 100 meters. I guess because I wasn't thinking about it. When my race jitters subsided (even though I wasn't taking this race seriously), I settled into a nice rythym. Except for rounding the buoys. I did fine, but most others almost come to a complete stop when rounding them and so I had to slow down as well. Kind of annoying.
Transition 1
  • 00m 36s

Because I wasn't wearing a wetsuit I figured my T1 would be faster than most.
  • 47m 22s
  • 14 miles
  • 17.73 mile/hr

Didn't want to go too hard and be dead for the run. Or even be cramping on the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 24s

After racking my bike and changing shoes I started to get a side cramp. So I stood up for a few seconds trying to stretch it out. Made sure not to start out too hard on the run so my muscles could calm down.
  • 24m 23s
  • 5 kms
  • 04m 53s  min/km

Went out at just the right pace. I think my first mile was right around 8 minutes. Because I wasn't trying to crush this race, I think that was a good pace. I didn't stop at any water stations and just cruised right along. Right at the half way point I was feeling really good and picked up the pace. I didn't have any particular goals in mind, but just felt good and wanted to run fast. The last 1.5 miles I steadily increased my pace and was feeling really good.
Post race
Warm down:

Ate 4 M&M cookeies (they tasted soo good) and drank a little water. Almost immediately went to transition to get my stuff and leave. Didn't stretch until I got back to the car.

Event comments:

Good race and can kinda get pricey if you don't register early. First time this race has been held in May instead of June and it turned out really well.

Last updated: 2016-04-28 12:00 AM
00:09:36 | 500 meters | 01m 55s / 100meters
Age Group: 9/14
Overall: 64/129
Performance: Good
Suit: No
Course: Triangle course
Start type: Wade Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:36
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
00:47:22 | 14 miles | 17.73 mile/hr
Age Group: 11/14
Overall: 54/129
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: 2 loop course. Going out was a lot of uphill and into the wind. Averaged around 15mph. I was taking it easy for sure. Coming back was mostly downhill and with the wind and averaged around 25-28mph. It was a nice break. I did try to go a littler harder on the downhill sections to hopefully still be a little competitive.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:24
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:24:23 | 05 kms | 04m 53s  min/km
Age Group: 9/14
Overall: 47/129
Performance: Good
Course: Out & back twice. Similar to bike course. Going out was against the wind with a tiny hill and coming back was with the wind.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too easy
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2016-05-03 1:06 PM

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At mile ten I heard a noise like I had gotten paper in my spokes or something. I looked but saw nothing but a few seconds later my rear tire blows out.
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