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Valley View, Texas
United States
Dallas Athletes Racing
64F / 18C
Total Time = 3h 07m 58s
Overall Rank = 21/83
Age Group = 34-35F
Age Group Rank = 5/18
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4 am and left the house at 5 for the hour long drive. Ate blueberry muffin in route.
Event warmup:

Tried to time the swim warm up but my wave went much sooner than the other waves. They were giving almost 10 minutes between waves.
  • 36m 3s
  • 1500 yards
  • 02m 24s / 100 yards

Let's call this the big buoy blunder of 2016. I started off strong but so did the waves. I caught sight of the yellow triangle buoy finally and headed straight for it. I realized there was no one near me for a while and I wasn't catching the next group. I stopped and sat up to see where I was. (I wore the full tint goggles on an overcast day). Found out I was in the middle of the swim course headed toward the exact opposite buoy. I figure I went an extra 5-6 minutes based on splits.
What would you do differently?:

Wear my regular non-tint goggles. Be less sure that I'm on the right buoy.
Transition 1
  • 02m 49s

The transition area is in a parking lot with sharp stones. The DAR folks laid out a green carpet run way but it made running through transition difficult.

I was really trying to stay positive knowing I'd already blown the race on my 1 strong leg.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing -
  • 1h 25m
  • 24.1 miles
  • 17.01 mile/hr

This was my first race to have nutrition. I didn't really practice eating in training because I just don't train much longer than 2 hours at a time. made the whole affair seem like a buffet that I was constantly trying to eat.
What would you do differently?:

train with nutrition so it doesn't feel so awkward. I really want to get faster but I'm not sure what more I should do. Thinking the TT bikes really work well on this course. They went flying by me.
Transition 2
  • 01m 47s

again with the sharp stones. They hurt changing shoes and standing in my spot.
What would you do differently?:

put a towel down to stand on barefoot.
  • 1h 01m 27s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 09m 55s  min/mile

First 10k in the books. I'm equal parts proud of my journey so far and concerned of the distance I will have to travel to get where I want to be. I still swing my arms across my body when I'm tired and bend forward at my waist.
What would you do differently?:

I wish I was faster and stronger. Some day I will be.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and ate bbq tacos. Overall these olympic distances are a lot harder than I thought they would be. I'll go back to sprints for the rest of the year and I bet I'll do this 1 again next year with a much improved result.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

the buoy blunder, my tinted goggles, and my own abilities.

Event comments:

Good Race! The bike is through very rural areas --beautiful this time of year. I didn't care for the bumpy roads. The swag was good but the shirts were misprinted, the bag was misprinted, and my finisher's medal says sprint because they didn't print any Olympics. Despite all that - it was a good course close to DFW.

Last updated: 2016-02-12 12:00 AM
00:36:03 | 1500 yards | 02m 24s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/18
Overall: 8/83
Performance: Bad
Course: U shaped course
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: High
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Bad
Time: 02:49
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:25:00 | 24.1 miles | 17.01 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/18
Overall: 26/83
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: 2 u turns 2 right turns few hills.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:47
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:01:27 | 06.2 miles | 09m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 10/18
Overall: 43/83
Performance: Average
Course: 2 loops through the park trails
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Too hard
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

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