General Discussion Race Reports! » Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike Rss Feed  
Moderators: k9car363, alicefoeller Reply

Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike - Aquabike


View Member's Race Log
Galveston, Texas
United States
Endorfun Sports
Overcast
Total Time = 3h 50m 38s
Overall Rank = 9/19
Age Group = Aquabike
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Had some breakfast and coffee...a PBJ sandwich and a banana. Loaded up the car and took off with Dumpster.
Event warmup:

Not much of a warm up for me... a quick jaunt into the porta-pottie, then I made my way to the swim start, where I dunked myself into the water in an effort to put my wetsuit on. Then hung around with Bill and Bear... said hello to Holly and Hannah, and just loitered talking to miscellaneous other race competitors til my wave went off.
Swim
  • 40m 7s
  • 2112 yards
  • 01m 54s / 100 yards
Comments:

I was swimming fairly well. I positioned myself toward the front of the swim pack, and held onto a pair of pretty fast feet for the first quarter of the swim or so... Then my goggles fogged up. So badly that I lost the feet in front of me, and ultimately had to stop, tread water, and wipe them out. This stop/tread/wipe routine occured about 3 times in total. I actually had to REMOVE the goggles from my eyes at one point to get a better look at where I was going. I was BLIND. I am open to suggestions in regard to a better pair of goggles. The ones I used **SUCKED**.

Had I not had the goggle issues, I probably would have been out of the water in 37-39 ish, which was more in line with what I was aiming for.
What would you do differently?:

Fix this goggle issue. I have problems nearly every time I swim. BLAH! Or perhaps I should try to invent something. Necessity is the mother of invention.
Transition 1
  • 03m 7s
Comments:

I swallowed some salt water and this made me feel all salty in the stomach. My first foray into saltwater... I needed to continually remind myself to keep my mouth CLOSED. I drank some water in T1 to try to flush some of that out.

I also rinsed myself off pretty well so I didn't sweat saltwater into my eyes on the bike.

Forgot my socks... but I'd been meaning to try riding without socks for a while...so this was the day. (!!!!)
What would you do differently?:

I sometimes lose track of time in transition. Stay more focused and on task. Stop lollygagging!
Bike
  • 3h 07m 13s
  • 56 miles
  • 17.95 mile/hr
Comments:

Awful awful headwind all the way out... but a beautiful tailwind all the way back. I kept my head down and just forged forward into the wind, bargaining with myself that I'd haul A$$ all the way back as a reward. The tailwind would be my reward.

I saw Dumpster as I was riding with the wind... he was on the opposite side riding into the wind....I was going about 22-23 mph when I saw him... I knew he'd try to catch me, so I stepped on the gas and picked it up to 24 mph with the wind. Awesome. He never caught me. Phew. I felt like I was being chased.

My aerobars came loose around mile 30. They were really swively and I had to fight to keep them straight. I didn't WANT to stop at the SAG Mavic tent, but I did, as I wanted to finish strong with the wind, and I didn't think it would be safe to ride that fast with floppy aerobars. So I wasted about a minute or two at the Mavic tent.

One tactical error I made... not bringing my own water onto the bike. I brought 2 Gatorades but no water. I considered water, but decided against it, figuring I'd pick some up on the course, but the first aid station wasn't til mile 10. I'd already eaten a Clif bar by then (solid food @ 15 minutes!) and had to wash it down with Gatorade. EEEEEEW. I did pick up a water bottle, and I shoved it down the back of my shorts. I rode 46 miles with a liter of Aquafina down the back of my shorts. Sort of resting on my butt crack. Glamorous.
What would you do differently?:

Check my equipment better the day before. We assembled our bikes on Friday with the intention of test riding them on Saturday, but we didn't get to due to the standing rainwater.... and bring my own dang water.
Post race
Warm down:

Sort of stood around in transition for a moment, holding my bike... until I saw a little booth in the corner labeled "Aquabike Finish"... so I started running again... over to the booth with my bike and I practically accosted the woman at the booth exclaiming "Is THIS the Aquabike finish?" She explained that my time was recorded at the timing mat, but I was to give my chip to her, and collect my finishers medal and complimentary water bottle and towel.

So I got my stuff and stood around some more. I was stuck in transition. The only way out was through the "Run Out" which lead to the the run course.

I wound up climbing over some fences and dodging some runners in order to get to the finisher's tent and the food. Got myself a little leg massage and wandered around. Met up with Chris and Bill.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Defective goggles and a nasty headwind. (!!)

I was concerned about my knee, but it seemed to do just fine. It didn't swell and it's not sore. And that's after 56 miles of ripping my own legs off.

Event comments:

A really nicely organized race. Had a great time, and I was glad to meet all the BT people there... What a cool concept. A beach house full of triathletes. (!!) Sounds like a reality show.

I'd definitely like to do this race again next year. Maybe the quarter or the full Half... not just the Aquabike.




Last updated: 2007-04-02 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:40:07 | 2112 yards | 01m 54s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/19
Performance: Average
Suit: QR Longjohn
Course: Out and around one buoy, then a long straight-away... then another L hand turn, and into the swim finish!
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 03:07
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
Biking
03:07:13 | 56 miles | 17.95 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/19
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: 14 miles out and 14 miles back with an alternating headwind/tailwind.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? No
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

{postbutton}
2007-04-03 1:38 PM

User image

Champion
5490
5000100100100100252525
Whizzzzzlandia
Silver member
Subject: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike


2007-04-03 1:44 PM
in reply to: #747360

User image

Pro
3905
20001000500100100100100
St Charles, IL
Silver member
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike

I hope you didn't tip the mechanic who assembled your bike....  Oh wait... crap! 

Glad I was able to provide some motivation to go harder.  You definitely played the rabbit nicely on the return for me.

Great race, good fun ( despite the torrential flooding ) and thankfully I had better travel karma working for me this trip.

Very glad your knee is doing well too!  That's great news.   

2007-04-03 1:50 PM
in reply to: #747360

User image

Resident Curmudgeon
25290
50005000500050005000100100252525
The Road Back
Gold member
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike
Nice swim, and speedy bike despite the wind and mechanical issues. Hope to see you guys again next year.
2007-04-03 2:00 PM
in reply to: #747360

User image

Extreme Veteran
474
1001001001002525
DFW Metroplex
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike
Awsome race.  Congratulations.
2007-04-03 2:05 PM
in reply to: #747360

User image

Expert
1148
100010025
NW Suburbs, Illinois
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike
Great race!  Sounds like you guys had a blast down there.  I think you need to get new goggles, but that may just be me...not sure.
2007-04-03 5:13 PM
in reply to: #747360

User image

Expert
1274
10001001002525
Houston, TX
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike
Great race! It was great getting to meet you and Chris and slog through the rain with yall at the BT Aid Station. Hope to see yall at another race sometime!


2007-04-03 5:26 PM
in reply to: #747360

User image

Master
1573
10005002525
Red Sox Nation
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike
Great job!  I was looking for you out on the bike course (just to say 'Hey!') but, no luck.  Sorry about the goggles, but it was a fun weekend!  Awesome to meet you, hope to see you again!
2007-04-03 5:53 PM
in reply to: #747360

User image

Champion
8936
50002000100050010010010010025
Gold member
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike
Nice meeting you, Laura.  Great race even if it didn't end. 
2007-04-04 7:36 AM
in reply to: #747373

User image

Crystal Lake, IL
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike
coredump - 2007-04-03 1:44 PM

I hope you didn't tip the mechanic who assembled your bike....  Oh wait... crap! 

Glad I was able to provide some motivation to go harder.  You definitely played the rabbit nicely on the return for me.

Great race, good fun ( despite the torrential flooding ) and thankfully I had better travel karma working for me this trip.

Very glad your knee is doing well too!  That's great news.   

What Chris isn't saying is that he did catch you, he just didn't want to pass you.

I'm glad to hear you felt good pushing the knee that far, that hard.  That's a great sign for the rest of the summer!

 

2007-04-04 8:34 AM
in reply to: #747360

User image

Master
1831
100050010010010025
Keller Tx
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike

Great to meet you this weekend Laura.

The Frat house was a reality show.  Im sure people were up watching the live feed.

Glad you ended up having a good race despite the goggles problems.

I like the word swively.....

2007-04-04 9:27 AM
in reply to: #747360

User image

Master
2005
2000
South Florida
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike
Nice race even with the mechanical issues...I'd love to know what goggles don't fog.  I can't seem to resolve that issue!!!


2007-04-04 2:04 PM
in reply to: #747360

User image

Expert
1357
10001001001002525
Mukwonago, WI
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike
Wow - so your race season begins pretty early.  Great job!  Sounded like fun (except for the goggles).  Maybe swim on your back - that way the rest of us have a chance to swim against you and then you don't even need goggles.  Just a thought.
2007-04-04 8:06 PM
in reply to: #747360

User image

Expert
950
5001001001001002525
McKinney, TX
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike
Great meeting you, Laura!  Trying to get a visual of the Aquafina bottle in the back of your shorts...ewww!
2007-04-04 9:45 PM
in reply to: #747360

User image

Regular
75
252525
Katy, TX (west of Houston)
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike
Great job on your race Laura!  Glad to meet you and Chris.  Congrats on smoking him on the bike
2007-04-06 4:35 AM
in reply to: #747360

User image

Veteran
257
1001002525
Stirling, Scotland
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike

Great race, super fast on the bike for such a windy day.

Time to treat yourself to a new pair of goggles. I'm trying a pair of aqua shperes now rather than speedos - so far so good but its still early days

2007-04-12 7:37 PM
in reply to: #747360

User image

Elite
3972
200010005001001001001002525
Reno
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike

hmmmm - new anatomical water bottle holder - the butt!

yea - way to get the season started!



2007-04-12 9:09 PM
in reply to: #747360

User image

Master
1381
1000100100100252525
Clifton, NJ
Subject: RE: Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike

fun race report to read. too bad about the equipment issues, but you did amazing in spite of it all

very resourceful sticking water in your butt crack! not the recommended way to hydrate, though

General Discussion-> Race Reports!
{postbutton}
General Discussion Race Reports! » Lone Star Triathlon/Aquabike Rss Feed