Tuesday, June 2, 2009

Race Recap: Tim Hartley

Event: Rockwall Classic Rock

Location: Rockwall

Class (yours): Clydesdale, over 40

Results: 1st in Clydesdale over 40, 1st overall Clydesdale, 16th overall

Local Knowledge and Conditions: The course is definitely familiar as I've competed on it more than any other. The bike route is probably the most hilly of all sprint routes in the Metroplex - which helps me a lot - since I'm not necessarily built for speed. The weather race conditions were excellant - much cooler than the August race.

Pre-Race Strategy & Warm Up: What? No, Coach Dawdy REALLY helps with this aspect of racing. From gear layout, to transition practice to race course knowledge I was prepared. As for warm up, really didn't do too much.

Psychology: I also call this prayer - lots of it!

Lessons Learned (Or Re-Learned): I've got to learn to calm down in the start of the swim. I was too worried about the guy behind me (Ross - who should have put in 4:20 and NOT a 4:40 time) than swimming my own race leg. As a result, I did not perform as I had hoped.
Future Goals (include skills executed well and skills needing improvement): To be smoother on the flying bike mount and to find and clip into the pedals faster.

Fitness (endurance, nutrition, hydration): I've had some plantar problems in my left foot so I hadn't run but once on the 3 weeks before the race. Despite this, I was able to manage a 7:27/mile pace on the run. This was after a 21.8 mph bike. I attribute the results to Dawdy's training plan, which as a result of, my endurance level is better than ever before.

Something funny that happened: As usual, the Clydesdale award winners are the last group to be announced. As a result, the AWESOME looking vinyl trophies were gone ... I still haven't received my award. I wish I knew the guy who was in charge!!

Glad To Be Here!

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