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Stonebridge Ranch Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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McKinney, Texas
United States
85F / 29C
Total Time = 2h 29m 9s
Overall Rank = 40/154
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 3/14
Pre-race routine:

The usual. Up at 4am. Ate breakfast. Drove the short distance to the race site. I arrived about 0530 and was one of the first athletes to arrive. Got a nice outside rack spot.
Event warmup:

Surveyed the transition area. Ran the route from the swim exit to T1. This was a long, curvy run. Then swam about 500 m. Warmup was pretty much futile. I had to stand around for a half hour - I was in the last Oly wave.
  • 30m 11s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 01s / 100 meters

I started in the last wave. This was a 2 loop course, so I knew that by the second loop the course would become very crowded. And it was; mostly at the bouy turns. Overall an uneventful swim and an OK swim.
What would you do differently?:

Some day I'm going to swim in a race and not worry about speed. Just focus on form and stroke. I bet then I'll swim faster.
Transition 1
  • 02m 27s

Long run from the swim exit, down a steep grassy hill, through a group of tennis courts to T1. Got my bike quickly and ran to the mount line. Headed out with my feet on top of my shoes. I tried to get the first foot in the shoe, looked down, and ran into the curb. The road curved. Doh! Luckily I feel into a thick pile of ivy that cushioned my landing. Nothing hurt except my pride. After that I was a bit flustered and it took me forever to get my feet into the shoes. The first part of the course was up a small rise and I had trouble maintain speed.
What would you do differently?:

Recon transition better and then decide on whether or not it makes sense to keep the shoes on the bike. In this case, with the incline and curves in the road, maybe putting my shoes on in T1 would have been faster.
  • 1h 07m 13s
  • 24 miles
  • 21.42 mile/hr

After finally getting into my shoes, which seemed to take forever, I headed out slightly uphill and into a headwind. The course wasn't too crowded...yet. I liked this loop course. On one side we had headwinds and uphill. On the other we had tail wind and down hill. The tailwind and downhill was fun - 30+mph. By the third loop the sprint distance athletes we coming onto the course. Then it became very crowded. I just used the legal draft to continual pass the slower riders.

I kept my HR at LTHR ~161. By the last loop I was in z4a.

Overall a good ride.
What would you do differently?:

Get into my shoes faster.
Transition 2
  • 01m 40s

Good T2.
What would you do differently?:

  • 47m 37s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 07m 40s  min/mile

This was a very good run for me. My plan was to push the run hard and keep my HR at LTHR and a pace ~7:40'/mile. My LTHR is 171 so I finished right at LT.

This course has lots of short steep hills that just spiked my HR. But it was a fun run. The first three miles went by quickly. I saw Aaron at about mile 2, he was on the way into the finish. At the 3 mile turn around I saw 2 guys that looked like they were in my AG. So I turned and looked at their calfs. One of them was in my AG. So I had my mark. I was going to catch him. He was about a 1/4 mile ahead and I had 3 miles to catch him. After the turn around I was passed by a guy in my AG. This was a big bummer for me. I tried to stay on his heels, but he was just too fast. But I still had my mark. At about mile 5 I passed him and made that pass quick and didn't let up. I didn't want him on my heels. My mile 5 split was 6:12. There is no way I ran that fast. The mile marker must have been in the wrong place judging by my mile 5 & 6 splits.

I'm glad I passed that guy, because that put me into third place in my AG.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

A bad T1. Need more OW swimming practice.

Event comments:

Playtri puts on a well run race. Lots of volunteers and aid stations on the course.

Last updated: 2007-08-31 12:00 AM
00:30:11 | 1500 meters | 02m 01s / 100meters
Age Group: 4/14
Overall: 64/154
Performance: Average
Avg HR: 156
Suit: None
Course: 2 loop rectangular course
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 83F / 28C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:27
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
01:07:13 | 24 miles | 21.42 mile/hr
Age Group: 4/14
Overall: 36/154
Performance: Good
Avg HR: 158
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: 4 loop course. Some hills.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:40
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:47:37 | 06.21 miles | 07m 40s  min/mile
Age Group: 4/14
Overall: 47/154
Performance: Good
mile, pace, AvgHR: 1, 7:53, 160; 2, 7:30, 162; 3, 7:41, 163; 4, 7:55, 165; 5, 6:12, 168; 6, 8:54, 168; 6.2, 1:27, 172
Course: Out and back course. Several short but steep hills.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
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

2007-10-02 8:38 PM

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Frisco, Texas
Subject: Stonebridge Ranch Triathlon

2007-10-02 9:14 PM
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Waller County, TX
Subject: RE: Stonebridge Ranch Triathlon
Great job on your race and hardware on top of that.

Overcoming all the little things that come up during a race is the mark of a good athlete. Really good job on that run split.

Won't be long before IMAZ is here.
2007-10-02 9:41 PM
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the colony texas
Subject: RE: Stonebridge Ranch Triathlon

way to pass that guy and get in the top three.. 



2007-10-03 6:26 AM
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McKinney, TX
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great job, Tommy!  way to pass that guy on the run!  great to see you again!
2007-10-03 6:37 AM
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Longview, TX
Subject: RE: Stonebridge Ranch Triathlon

Great race!  Way to find that little bit of something left on the run to make the pass.  And then not to let up.  That's awesome!


2007-10-03 8:33 AM
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Great race.  Congrats on the Hardware.

2007-10-03 4:41 PM
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Awesome job there and always nice to get hardware. solid day out there
2007-10-03 4:52 PM
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Great race, Tommy!
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