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Irving, Texas
United States
Total Time = 2h 23m 41s
Overall Rank = 65/285
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 11/33
Pre-race routine:

This would have started the previous Sunday when Tommy(zia cyclist) and I rode the course. Then on Sat, I did the OWS at the race site. On race day, I woke up a little after 4:00am. I had an almond butter sandwich and loaded the truck. I got to the race site about 5:45am. 1 hour before my wave I took some electrolytes and enzymes. Then 15 min before my wave I did a gel.
Event warmup:

After I got my transition set up, I went for a 10 min. run.
  • 29m 40s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 59s / 100 meters

I had my Tempo Trainer set at a cadence of 48 and wanted to do the swim in 30 minutes. I did have a hard time hearing the TT during the swim. Doing the swim the day before was a big benefit. I discovered that I would swim straightest when breathing to my right and pulling a little harder with my left arm. I general I would wander to the right. So I set myself up to the left side of the start on the front row. If I wandered to the right, it would take me right to the right-hand turn. The first 300 meters were a little crowded but it not bother me. Whenever I made contact with someone, I just tried to muscle through them and take a quick peek to check my direction. At the right-hand turn, the lake narrowed as we were going under a bridge. I just used the right wall for my sighting. I did have a near miss of the no swimming sign along the wall. As I turned to breath, I saw a shadow in my way. I sighted and veered to the left just in time to avoid hooking the sign. Going around the bouy went much better than previous OWS swims and I headed back using the wall again to site going under the bridge. After the bridge, I kept things going pretty straight as long as I would pull a little harder with my left arm. With about 100 meters to go, it flashed in my head about kicking to get some blood to my legs. I had never actually practiced this but it just happened as I thought of it. I had been worried about feeling off balance after the swim because that has been what happens at my longer swim workouts. I got to the ladder and pushed myself up to the first step and got off my knees with the help of a volunteer. I was pleasently surprised to have a volunteer undo my zipper as I got to the top of the steps(things that sound dirty but are not). I pulled off my goggles and cap and pulled the top off as I ran toward the transition. Doing the kicking must have helped because I did not feel off balance at all as I ran to the transition.
What would you do differently?:

This was the straightest I have ever swam in a race. I have never been in the top 50%, in my AG, for the swim before. The only thing I would do different would be to place my Tempo Trainer closer to my ear. This was an excellent swim for me.
Transition 1
  • 03m 3s

15/33, Everything went pretty smooth except when I grabbed my bike, I noticed that my race belt was hanging from the right handle bar. I had to stop and balance my bike as I put on the race belt. I ran a little beyond the mount line to get a clear spot for jumping on the bike. Got clipped in pretty quick and off I went.
What would you do differently?:

Put my race belt on before grabbing the bike.
  • 58m 46s
  • 22 miles
  • 22.46 mile/hr

My plan for the bike was to keep a cadence of 95 and keep an Ave. HR of 155. As I started the bike, my HR was at 165 even though I felt comfortable. I knew I had to get my HR down to prevent from blowing up on the run. It seemed like it took forever to get it down to 155, but when I looked at my watch it only took about 7 minutes. At this pace, I felt like I could push it harder but I wanted to stick to my plan. Toward the end of the first lap, I realized that I had got caught up in passing so many people that I had forgotten to hydrate. I promtly started drinking more and ended up finishing my aero bottle a couple miles before the finish. For nutrition, I did 1 shot block at 15, 30, and 45 minutes into the bike. Near the start of the second lap, I struck up a conversation with a girl doing the 1/2 IM. We kept passing each other so we just started talking to each other. She was down from CO. to get a 1/2 IM done before she goes to Germany for the Roth IM. She is originally from Germany. It turns out she finished 2nd overall amongst the female AGers. The wind did not bother me until about 15 min. left. I just tried to ignore it and keep my pace to the finish.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing, I stuck to my pace plan
Transition 2
  • 01m 4s

1/33, Who's your DADDY!!!
What would you do differently?:

  • 51m 7s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 08m 14s  min/mile

My plan for the run was to keep my HR at 155 until the turn-around. Then up it to 160 until the final mile. The final mile I would go as hard as I could. I had my Tempo Trainer set for a cadence of 90. I wanted to run at an 8 min/mile pace. As I started the run, my HR was in the mid 160s. I started to slow down and eventually got my HR to 155. When I got to 155, I did not feel as if I was running at an 8 min/mile pace. But, I let my HR rule my plan. I did not want to blow-up on the run. I carried an 8 oz bottle of diluted GU2O to stay hydrated. I prefer to do that instead of drinking from a cup and having the water go up my nose. With the little sport bottle, I can just squirt it in my mouth. At the aid stations, I would get a cup of water to dump on my head. The sport bottle lasted until the turn-around and then I upped my HR to 160. My legs were feeling good and I wanted to run the second half faster than the first half. I was still feeling good during the second half, but I was ready for the finish line. After the last aid station, it was time to slowly build to my Max. I ended up finishing in a sprint.
What would you do differently?:

I wish I would have done the run in 50 min, but I had a plan based on my HR and I wanted to stick with it. I did not want to start cramping or slow down for the second half. So I guess I would not have done anything different for this race.
Post race
Warm down:

My legs really felt good and were not getting tight after the finish. I walked around and looked for other BTers and cheered on 1/2 IMers I knew. Drank water and ate some bagels and twizzlers. I probably met 7-8 new Bters on Sun. Everyone of them was great to hang out with.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Experience. This was my first Olympic. Now I have a base to build upon.

Event comments:

This was a well organized event. It would be nice if there were better things to eat at the end of the race.

Last updated: 2007-02-13 12:00 AM
00:29:40 | 1500 meters | 01m 59s / 100meters
Age Group: 16/33
Overall: 110/285
Performance: Good
I could have sworn I started my HR monitor when they announced 5 seconds to start. I obviously did not because my watch was 30 min off from my total time. I must not have officially started it until I hit the lap button in T1.
Suit: DeSoto First Wave
Course: Out and back "L" shaped OWS swim.
Start type: Deep Water Plus:
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:03
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:58:46 | 22 miles | 22.46 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/33
Overall: 38/285
Performance: Good
Ave HR = 156 Max HR = 166
Course: 2 laps on city street. Uphills were short and downhills were long and gradual
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 88
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:04
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:51:07 | 06.2 miles | 08m 14s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/33
Overall: 79/285
Performance: Average
Ave HR = 158 Max HR = 171
Course: Out and back on city streets and concrete trail.
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 Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-04-24 9:24 PM

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Wylie, TX
Subject: Playtri Olympic

2007-04-24 11:10 PM
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Dallas, TX
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Nice bike speed and T2. Sorry I didn't come out to watch, I had a biology packet due monday. Great race!
2007-04-25 5:49 AM
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McKinney, TX
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Great job on your 1st Oly Craig!  Sounds like you really planned it well and actually stuck to it!  Bigger and better from here!  Congrats!
2007-04-25 8:07 AM
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Man, great race!!! Good job keeping to your HR plan the entire race. How did you get through T2 so fast!?!

I enjoyed meeting and chatting with you on Sunday!
2007-04-25 9:50 AM
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Dallas, TX
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Great job on swimming straight on the swim!

The bike was good and you did wonderfully pacing yourself. It's so HARD to pace yourself... eh? You get caught up and want to pass people... and then realized you need to hold back some. It takes a lot of self-control.

T2- WOW! Terrific!

Looks like you had a great run... and again, you did a wonderful job of sticking to your race plan. It's so hard to do.

Great race report! Congratulations on your first Olympic tri!
2007-04-25 11:51 AM
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Dallas, TX
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Way to go!  A great race, for sure!  It's hilarious to me that you can do so well on the bike while still striking up conversation with people on the course - ha!  that's awesome!  It was great meeting you Saturday - sorry I wasn't able to make it out Sunday to cheer, but hopefully I'll run into you at more races this season!  Great race! 

2007-04-25 1:50 PM
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Fort Worth, Texas
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Great job on the race! It was great to meet you after the oly on Sunday and my husband and I are both doing the Longhorn HIM as well so we will be seeing you at future races. Good luck with your training!
2007-04-25 3:57 PM
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Wylie, TX
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Great race! Way to have a great bike and t2.

T2- Who's your daddy?  1/34 not bad! 

2007-04-25 4:29 PM
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Frisco, Texas
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Great race and great race plan.  Way to stick to the plan.  Great bike ride!  And your T2....smokin'.


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