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Sugar Land, Texas
United States
Out Loud Productions
Total Time = 58m 19s
Overall Rank = 11/629
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 5/100
Pre-race routine:

Packed up the night before. Got up at 4:40 AM. Loaded up my transition gear and tri bike. Ate two pieces of wheat toast with peanut butter on the drive to the race.
Event warmup:

None, other than walking my bike the 3/4-mile from the designated parking area to the transition area. Some easy stretching.
  • 11m 14s
  • 600 yards
  • 01m 52s / 100 yards

This was a very uneventful swim. There was little bumping and shoving compared to several previous swims. The pack separated early and stayed consistent throughout.
What would you do differently?:

Get a better starting point and stay to the outside.
Transition 1
  • 00m 57s

Not much to say. When you swim in your whole race outfit, transition times are faster. Starting with the shoes on the bike is key.
What would you do differently?:

Not much of anything. I suppose I could always run faster through the transition area!
  • 25m 52s
  • 11 miles
  • 25.52 mile/hr

Great bike course. The volunteer support was great, especially at the intersection where first-loopers and second-loopers met up. The flatness of the course was very conducive to big chainring spinning for high speed. I'm glad I brought my 11-23 cassette. It's fun coming out onto the bike course in the first wave because it's not overly crowded, and you know that everyone you pass is someone in your age group whom you're looking to beat.
What would you do differently?:

I would have paid a bit better attention at the end of the bike leg. I overshot the turn into the bike-in and cost myself about 10-15 seconds (and two overall places) by missing it.
Transition 2
  • 00m 50s

I expected that my T2 placing would be better than 86th overall. Fifty seconds seemed pretty fast for this transition set up. I guess the fact that our AG's rack was a good distance from the run start hurt my comparative time. Regardless, it was still pretty fast for me.
What would you do differently?:

Not much to change except to run a bit faster.
  • 19m 24s
  • 3 miles
  • 06m 28s  min/mile

This was one of my better runs. With 6:28 splits, I was very pleased, especially given how strong I felt after doing two 53-mile bike rides on Friday and Saturday before the race. Although two guys ran me down, I don't think I ever really fell off the pace too badly.
What would you do differently?:

Figure out some way to keep from getting passed in the last 150 meters. That's the second race in a row!

Post race
Warm down:

I just walked around the race area drinking water, Accelerade, and Coke. Had a couple of pieces of pizza and a banana, too.

Event comments:

The guys at Out Loud put on a great race. I did the Iron Star Half-iron distance race last October and it was equally well-run.

Last updated: 2007-06-12 12:00 AM
00:11:14 | 600 yards | 01m 52s / 100yards
Age Group: 13/100
Overall: 56/629
Performance: Average
Suit: Texas Iron singlet and DeSoto four-pocket shorts
Course: Asymmetrical loop with swim exit about 30 yards from the swim start.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 00:57
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:25:52 | 11 miles | 25.52 mile/hr
Age Group: 5/100
Overall: 15/629
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Flat and fast! Certainly no hills and virtually no elevation change at all (or so it seemed).
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 95
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:50
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:19:24 | 03 miles | 06m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/100
Overall: 26/629
Performance: Good
Course: Very flat and shaded run course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2007-06-12 10:38 AM

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