Race Report: Life Time CapTex Triathlon 2017
Life Time CapTex Triathlon 2017
My goal was to race in the premier division. I chickened out. There was this need to “win” my age group and be on the podium instead of racing with people that would challenge me. I am disappointed that I did not stay in that group and I made excuses to move down. However, I showed up and competed despite my unconscious self sabotage.
Goal: Sub 2:30
Finish Time: 2:23:33
Finally, a great day to race the Life Time Cap Tex Triathlon. For the past two years parts of it have been cancelled due to weather or toxic water. It was great weather, overcast all day in the mid-70s with less than 90% humidity.
The day before the race my nutrition was way off. I ate anything and everything in my path (luckily most were healthy carbs) and was not great about hydrating. Needless to say that impacted my race since I was not done digesting most of food the night before. My head was not in the game.
The morning of the race I woke late up just after 5 am, had 1.5 cups of coffee, 2 pieces of bread smothered with a banana. I drank about 12 oz of water in the morning and kept a water bottle with me to sip on the drive to downtown Austin. I was very flustered on waking up late and not being able to take my time to prepare in the morning. At this point I felt like it was going to be a bad day/race.
I rush to set up my bike with 15 minutes left in transition, run to drop off my stuff and get in a half mile warm up before trying to get into my wetsuit. Before I even had the first leg on my wetsuit I hear the premier group go off. Panic ensues as I try to get the rest of my suit on (without ripping) and jog down to the lake knowing my new wave goes off at 7:01 (we started at 7:12).
I find my small group of competitors (it looked like there was only 10 of us) and waddle towards the swim start. I jumped in the water at 7:12 and immediately I felt tightness in my wetsuit (I guess I should have practiced with it). Being an experienced triathlete I know that if I can find a space, I can get a rhythm and lower my heart rate. There was only one point where that happened before the breaststrokers kicked me and swimbeasts caught me. All in all, I had an okay swim but swam around 1750 yards ( I should work on my sighting), about 250 yards more than I needed to swim.
I get out of the water and the real race begins. My favorite part of this course is the bike, because it is fast and fun. Each loop you learn something new – what to avoid, where to speed up and where to slow down. I only got cut off twice and was able to maintain my speed throughout the race. There was this one woman who had mad speed and I was barely keeping her in my line of sight, but she definitely pushed me on my 3rd lap. As I finished my fourth lap I took my feet out of my shoes to do a flying dismount and realized that I had not practiced this in 7 months! Nailed it (one of the 12 Triathlon Victories that Don’t Require Winning)! I ranked 9th in my gender (out of 165) for the bike, which is almost top 5%.
As I started the run I felt solid and as always I do a recovery pace for the first third of the distance, pick up pace the next third and go all out for the last third. I caught up to the women who handed me my butt on the bike within the first half mile and then proceeded to drop pace. Later I found out I beat her on the bike by 7 seconds and by a bunch on the run, but she killed me on the swim. She beat me by 1 second on the entire race and I beat Doreen by 1 second (all of this is circumstantial – just means we are all fit). Again, the reason why I will only ever be “good” unless I get my swim down at least to 1:40, then I can be “great”.
I finished the race feeling good and took the rest of the day to recover. Unfortunately I ate some questionable chicken for lunch and dinner and got food poisoning for the rest of the evening and into the next day.
It is always hard for me to get back into the race season especially when I took off 5 months of racing. I used to do 20+ races a year but I realize quality is far better than quantity. To take advantage of that I should prepare for each race since I have the time – something for me to improve.
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