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PrairieMan Half Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Grand Prairie, Texas
United States
Ironhead Race Productions
93F / 34C
Total Time = 5h 50m 59s
Overall Rank = 43/139
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 6/18
Pre-race routine:

The usual. Up at 0400. Ate breakfast. Loaded up and headed to the race site. Setup transition. Then talked to Gary, Ken, Clint, Aaron.
Event warmup:

Ran about half a mile and did a few pickups. Then swam for about 10 minutes.
  • 39m 21s
  • 1930 meters
  • 02m 02s / 100 meters

Started to the right and in front. The swim was pretty much uneventful. Wore clear goggles and made sure to spit in them to prevent fogging. This is the first race in quite a while that my goggles didn't fog up. I tried to catch a draft a couple of times, but couldn't find any one swimming my speed. There was one lady that I sat on her hip for awhile, but eventually passed her. My sighting was good, but I still pull to the right. Need more OW swim practice and simming straight. I had to correct a few times but never very far off course. Based on my HR I was swimming pretty hard. But swimming hard doesn't necessarily mean fast. My goal was 35'. Missed my goal time by a few minutes.
What would you do differently?:

Need more OW swim practice.
Transition 1
  • 01m 30s

Good T1. I had the fastest T1 in my AG (for whatever that's worth).
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 42m 10s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.72 mile/hr

I headed out and got into my shoes easily and quickly. My HR was a little high so spun easily on the road out of the park. Once out on the course I settled in and brought my HR down to z1. For the first loop I kept my HR in z1. Riding the first loop gave me an idea of what the course was like, what the wind would be like and where the hills and turns were. On the subsequent loops I used this knowledge to plan my efforts. I coasted on all of the downhils, tucking and using gravity. I increased my effort and HR with each loop. For the last loop my HR was in high z2 to low z3. Overall I thought my effort was just right. I got off the bike feeling fine.

I played a game while on the bike - where would I see Gina next. She was running the bike course in reverse.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I think for this distance I rode a conservative bike leg. I knew it would be hot on the run.
Transition 2
  • 01m 32s

4th fastest T2 in my AG.
What would you do differently?:

  • 2h 26m 23s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 11m 10s  min/mile

I expected to have a much better run. With the heat and humidity I knew it was going to be a tough run. Right out of T2 my HR spiked so I ducked into the park restroom to relieve myself and let my HR come down. Continued running. Miles 2 and 3 felt good. I was running at my normal easy training pace. By mile 4 the heat and humidity had cooked me. My stomach shut down and everything I took in felt like it was going right through me. So, I decided to go to a run/walk - 4' run/30" walk. Set my watches timer. Tried to maintain my run/walk but at most of the aid stations I walked and tried to cool off. At mile 11 I ducked into a portolet and came out feeling better. From there I made a very hard effort to run the last 2 miles to the finish. During the last mile, I was passed by a guy in my AG. My AG rank was highest for the run, which I found surprising given how terrible this run was.
What would you do differently?:

I need to reevaluate my nutrition. It's not working on hot runs.

For hot, humid runs start the walk/run from the beginning.
Post race
Warm down:

Collapsed on the ground and drank some water. Then got some pizza and talked to the BT'ers.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Heat and humidity.

Event comments:

I like this race and the course. Jack runs a safe and organized race. There were lots of volunteers and plenty of support.

Last updated: 2006-11-19 12:00 AM
00:39:21 | 1930 meters | 02m 02s / 100meters
Age Group: 9/18
Overall: 56/139
Performance: Average
Avg HR: 156
Suit: None
Course: Triangular course in a lake.
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:30
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
02:42:10 | 56 miles | 20.72 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/18
Overall: 52/139
Performance: Average
Avg HR: 145
Wind: Some
Course: Four loop course. Some slight hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 89
Turns: Good Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:32
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
02:26:23 | 13.1 miles | 11m 10s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/18
Overall: 48/139
Performance: Bad
1, 10:19, 148; 2, 9:30, 156; 3, 9:30, 159; 4, 11:09, 157; 5, 11:22, 159; 6, 12:02, 154; 7, 10:27, 157; 8, 11:52, 158; 9, 12:13, 148; 10, 12:04, 150; 11, 15:16, 145; 12, 9:49, 157; 13.1, 10:12, 151
Course: Modified out and back across a dam. No shade.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? No
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 3

2007-09-11 8:53 PM

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Frisco, Texas
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2007-09-11 9:10 PM
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Longview, TX
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Good job on a strong finish.  I can't believe the number of people that were walking on that run!

Good to see you as always!


2007-09-11 10:02 PM
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Waller County, TX
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Very respectable finishing time despite the tough run conditions. Your solid swim and bike splits really kept you competitive.

Good job executing your plan and adapting to "what the day gives you".
2007-09-11 11:43 PM
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Good job Tommy... nice strong bike ride too!
2007-09-12 8:54 AM
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Great job tommy, the heat can definately put the hurt on. Way to work through and finish strong
2007-09-12 11:30 AM
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Flower Mound, TX
Subject: RE: PrairieMan Half Triathlon
Great race, Tommy.  You were definitely one of the stronger guys out there.

2007-09-12 11:11 PM
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the colony texas
Subject: RE: PrairieMan Half Triathlon

when you passed by me your were looking really strong, I would never have guessed you had any  issue's,,   It was a just a humid day with the storm coming in.. I went to my car, turned on the a/c and watched people from there..


Great race and always great to see ya at races.. I never knew you had a BT tat. it looks really good 

2007-09-14 11:14 AM
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Wylie, TX
Subject: RE: PrairieMan Half Triathlon
It is interesting that you placed best in the run, but you felt the worst about it. It just indicates that it was a tough day out there. Great job sticking with it.
2007-09-14 2:36 PM
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McKinney, TX
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Yowza. Sounds like a tough day. Great job getting through it. That run is brutal.
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