Monday, May 3, 2010

Hillary Green @ King Tut Triathlon

Green Member: Hillary Green

Event: King Tut Triathlon

Location: McKinney, Texas

Class (yours): Female 35-39

Results: 3rd age group / 9th female overall

Local Knowledge and Conditions: Sprint distance race (500 meter swim / 12 mile bike / 5k run). It was cold and rainy race day and speaking to a few individuals who have done this race previously, that is pretty status quo. So I would recommend bringing warm-clothing for the race -  plus a water proof bag for transition.
  • Swim: The water temperature was a nice 68 degrees.  Very nice and calm swim in a shallow lake. This would be a good swim for someone's first triathlon. In-water wave start. About 20-30 people per wave.
  • Bike: Beautiful bike ride. The course consist of two 6-mile loops through a residential neighborhood and along the side of the a highway. The course is not closed to traffic. However, very good police presence directing traffic and overall traffic was very low. The road conditions were wet but nice (no potholes / smooth roads).  The bike course is rolling (however, no monster climbs).
  • Run: The 5K is hilly at the start and finish and flat in the middle. 1 aid station at the halfway mark.

Pre-Race Strategy & Warm Up: I got into the water and swam for about 5 minutes to warm-up.

Psychology: Very short / fun race. Lots of newbies and veterans participated.  In fact there is a "My First Triathlon" race attached to this triathlon which consisted of a 200 meter swim / 6 mile bike and 5k run for those individuals who are looking for a very short sprint race.

Lessons Learned (Or Re-Learned): This was a tune-up race for Lone Star Triathlon. Forgot speed laces and so transition was a bit longer than I would have liked but overall it was a really fun event.

Future Goals (include skills executed well and skills needing improvement): Need to work on transition more so a little faster. Basically, I should organize my transition area better.

Fitness (endurance, nutrition, hydration):  Prior to the race I had a chocolate Ensure and half a bagel with some peanut butter / coffee. Nothing during the race. Post-race ate another bagel and an apple with lots of water.

Something funny that happened: Honestly, nothing stands out. Many people who raced were dressed like Egyptians though which was fun to see. 

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