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Rockwall, Texas
United States
Ironhead Race Productions
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 05m 52s
Overall Rank = 21/387
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 5/49
Pre-race routine:

--Woke at 4:30AM
--Ate Cinn/raisin bagel, water, and coffee
--Family of 4 in the mini-van and rolling by 5:15
--SportySue drove so I could relax
--Pulled into the Y at 6:00AM
--A couple of people already racked, but no one wanted the spot nearest the main aisle?!? Set up my green marker flag on the end spot.
Event warmup:

--Ran around Jack's funky cross country run start. This is my third year and every time I go run the grass part because it can be confusing.
--Ran back up to Goliad Street and sprinted up to 99% to get the lactic acid movers awake.
--Found Sporty and kids and hung with them during Jack's somewhat long preamble.
--Drank water and an Ensure meal replacement drink. The same thing we used to buy my Grandma! It actually seems to work pretty well!
--Kid's started making me nervous so I said my goodbyes and went and stood by Ralph.
  • 05m 18s
  • 274 meters
  • 01m 56s / 100 meters

--Water was very murky. Could not see wall coming.
--Put down 5:00 as my seed. Only one swimmer got close to me around halfway. I waited for 3-4 seconds at the wall for him to pass and then I drafted off of him :)
--"Helpers" didn't seem to want to help me out. "Passive" I think someone else rightly called them. Coulda used some help.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Just enough effort.
Transition 1
  • 01m 11s

Fairly smooth with good long run out of transition.
What would you do differently?:

  • 39m 10s
  • 14 miles
  • 21.45 mile/hr

--Course is actually about 13.77 (actual speed was 21.09 mph)
--Hills numerous the first 20 minutes or so
--I passed two vehicles on the highway, ran off the road into the grass, and then passed 3 bikes all about 5 seconds. Don't know if some numnut in a truck was following a participant going 8 mph on a mountain bike or what. It was a dangerous situation for me because when I was side by side I lost my nerve and ran off the road. I had to practically bunny hop my bike back on the road in front of this truck to then pass the cyclists.
--Saw Karen near the road to turn to go south.
--Got passed by #75 on an Orbea and we played the passing game for the remainder of the bike, actually enjoyed that aspect.
--Drank only about 12 oz of Gatoraide Endurance during the bike.
--Feet on top of shoes the last 100 meters
--Uneventful dismount
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 00m 37s

--Unbuckled helmet with one hand while running with bike, maybe saved half a second :P
--Racing flats and visor on lickety-split and I'm gone. My rack spot was very near the run out.
  • 19m 36s
  • 2.9 miles
  • 06m 46s  min/mile

--Playground mulch was concern because in w/up I flung some into my shoe. No problem during race
--Grassy, uneven hills (albeit small) are challenging for the start of the run
--Saw Craig coming in on his bike. Actually he saw me and shouted out. I was in a daze.
--Later saw Craig again and Chris on the run.
--Ran moderate the 1st and 2nd mile, faster on last .9
--Happy to finish
--Happy with time (I hadn't looked at my total time the whole race)
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

--Chatted with friends and with my family. Doug Fusella, who has helped me the past 3 seasons with inspiration/advice. Chris and Craig - helped me go faster on the bike for fear of them catching me. Met Jonny and talked with Karen. Ralph from my workplace and his wife Vicky.

--Breakfast burritos (yum)
--Spaghetti (yum)
--Patries with chocolate filling (yum x 2)

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

For the money, this race is the absolute best one I've done - year after year (3 years in a row now). The locals donate this great food to support the Kiwanis Club, and Jack's crew do their typical clinic on organizing and execution.

Lots of newbies and first timers reminded me how exciting and fun it is to be in this sport. Made me think back to my first race on a 35 pound Walmart mountain bike.

Last updated: 2007-06-14 12:00 AM
00:05:18 | 274 meters | 01m 56s / 100meters
Age Group: 15/49
Overall: 92/387
Performance: Good
Suit: Orange Zoot top with TYR tri shorts
Course: Serpentine pool swim with seeded start.
Start type: Inside Pool Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 01:10.7
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:39:10 | 14 miles | 21.45 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/49
Overall: 31/387
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:36.9
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:19:36 | 02.9 miles | 06m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 7/49
Overall: 23/387
Performance: Good
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2007-08-27 10:27 PM

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2007-08-28 10:34 AM
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Austin TX
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Amazing day you had Raegan! You smoked every part of that course...congratulations!!!
2007-08-28 10:46 AM
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Good to meet you man, looks like a good race.
2007-08-28 1:25 PM
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Longview, TX
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I think the fact that you answered nothing for "what you would do differently" in every single category goes to show that you were very prepared for a great race.  I knew you could bike, but I didn't know you could run like that!  Great race!
2007-08-28 4:12 PM
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Way to go, Honey!!! You really put it all out there, and look at what you did!


I need to be taking some tips from you for my transitions. Do you do private lessons?

2007-08-28 10:48 PM
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, Texas
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Maybe you need to start saving for that cyclocross bike for next year

Incredible race, you flew through the run. You really looked good out there and the competition was very strong. Congrats on placing.

Edited by camy 2007-08-28 10:57 PM

2007-08-29 10:42 AM
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the colony texas
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congrats on the race,, I think you should get a special award just for getting a family of four going and into the car at that hour. 

We used to have case's of ensure laying around from the vendor's, we go through periods where we can't give it away.. I'll check around to see if we have extra if you really drink it

2007-08-29 1:28 PM
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Wylie, TX
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I am totally amazed that your smokin fast time was only good for 5th in your AG. It was great to visit with you and Sue. You know, since you move up to my AG next year, they will be talking about the Gill/Schacherer rivalry in the same breathe as Ali/Frazier, Borg/McEnroe, and Nicklaus/Palmer.
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