Thursday, July 29, 2010

Sprint Tri on Sunday ...

This will be my first race in over 2.5 months and I am just itching to get out there and let 'er rip!

Here is the race map:

The race is at the Texas Ski Ranch and it is a  500 M Swim - 14 Mi Bike - 3.1 Mi Run.  Last year those distances actually intimidated me. This year I am thinking that additional training will need to be done on Sunday evening/  How things have changed!

The swim is pretty tight and the washing machine will be in full effect.  The water temp is in the mid-80s so no wetsuits.  The water is also a combination of mud and oil color - it is a disgusting lake.  If you look at the above map the little island in the center of the lake has goats on it.  Real goats.  Something you do not see everyday! Last year's swim I started in the back, this year I am going to start at the front of my AG and just hammer the first 100M to try and find some open water and maybe some feet!

The roads for a majority of the bike course were literally chip sealed two days before the race.  It was one tough ride.  Hopefully over the course of the year the traffic has hammered down some of the stones and the ride will be smoother.  The bike course is also extremely hilly.  Last year it was the first time I ever had a chance to ride on hills and despite the crappy road surface I really enjoyed it. Since I have been doing quite a bit of hill training lately I am looking forward to seeing how I do on them. My plan for the bike is to mash as hard as I can and just pretend that I don't have to run after.  

As for the run, the  course is a flat and fast out and back.  Nothing special but it will probably be pretty crowded with over 1000 triathletes this year.  It looks like the changed the run course slightly and have us circling the lake.  If I remember correctly this is a dirt trail - should be fun!

Some of you might be wondering why I haven't raced in 2.5 months and I'll let this next screen shot explain:

This is the forecast for Sunday.  The summers for us Texans is just too brutal to race in so if we do it is nothing but a Sprint Tri.  The good news is that the humidity is ONLY going to be 58% - that is going to make the air feel crisp to me! My wave starts at 8:15am so the sun should be up and blazing by that point.  Luckily it is a short race so I will just hydrate like a madman on Saturday and that should get me through to the free beer tent at the finish line.

So this race is in New Braunfels, which is about a 1/2 hour south of Austin, we have rented a little house on the Guadalupe river with some friends.  We are driving up tomorrow evening and planning on a couple of days of R&R.  On Saturday we are going to go tubing in the river.  The water temp of the river is usually around 60 degrees and the float is very slow. We usually rent an extra tube for a cooler of beer and snacks.  My goal is to not get drunk on the river.  Seriously, this is much harder to achieve than one may think.  Beer, bikinis, tubes, music, hot sun, cool river, drunk friends - these are all initiators to drunkenness.  I am going to volunteer to be the Designated Driver, my only hope.

Well, that is all I got right now.  Good luck to everyone else racing this weekend!

Thanks for Reading,



  1. Bring a fire extinguisher with you know, to extinguish your feet after you burn up this course! Go get it!!!

    When Jeff hits 88mph, you might see some serious shit!

  2. "let 'er rip" - -man, I am so childish . . . I thought I could smell something.

    Can't wait to hear about the race.

    rock it. don't rip it.

  3. Good luck staying sober! And good luck this weekend, I bet you are chomping at the bit.

    you know, if they did night tris, it wouldn't be that unbearable, right? :)

    Oh, and one more thing. My favorite quote so far "I am just going to mash as hard as I can and pretend I don't have to run after." HA that is awesome.

  4. I think you should knock it out the day before just to get the lay of the land...

  5. Goodluck this weekend. You wont need it though. Have heaps of fun.

  6. OMG your description of the so called lake with goats! unreal! great race strategy I like it....this is your TriVersary?! You did this race pre-Tri bike? what a difference a year makes.

  7. Hi Jeff,
    Yea, a sprint Tri! Just a little walk in the park for you:) Good luck and looking forward to a great race report!

  8. My monitor started sweating when I scrolled past that weather forecast. 99 is bad enough, but 58% humidity on top of that is just cruel.

    Based on your training updates, you're going to kill that race.

    If you need someone to come along to 'guard' the beer cooler on your float and make sure you don't get drunk, just let me know.

  9. Have a great race Jeff! I know you'll rip it up!

    I have a super sprint this Sat! 400 yd swim, 11 bike and 2 mile run! REDLINE BABY!!!!

  10. Good luck!!

    With the training you have been doing, this thing should be a walk in the park. Heck, you should probably just plan on doing the course twice (maybe 3 times) and make it a hardcore training session. :)

  11. Good luck this weekend! You are going to ROCK it!

  12. I wonder who is going to get second place?

  13. Good luck and enjoy! With the training you've done you'll blast through this one for sure.

  14. Seriously, this was challenging for you last year and this year you are doing the distances you are? Wow! that is incredible! I don't know if I will ever want to do anything longer than a sprint, but reading this might just inspire me : )

  15. Well, I am debating what I think would be more impressive, you taking first in your AG or you staying sober on a river float, see my delimna!!

    And I think its a good thing you knew there were goats on the island, I could just imagine, swimming, all it good, and you take a breath and see goats, then you stop and stare at the goats, wondering if there is really goats on the island, you stop another racer and ask them if they see goats too, next thing you know all 1000 racers are staring at the goats, dead silence, no one wants to admit they are crazy, ok i need to stop, i am looking like the crazy one now.

    Good luck, have fun

  16. Good luck....with the race, and with being the DD!

  17. Good Luck based on comments "No Pressure"!!!!! You will do awesome!

  18. Jeff--Tear it up this weekend man!! Good luck. Been away from the computer for most of the week. Trying to get caught up.

    The DD thing might be a good idea. All the "perks" you mentioned though will make it tough.

    Have fun!!

  19. Good luck, have fun and stay cool!

  20. Good luck, Jeff! I can't wait to hear how things turned out for you! My first triathlon (an Olympic - what was I thinking?!) is in a little over a month, so I'm starting to get that itch as well.

    Anyway, I hope it went well!

  21. Now that I got the sneak peak preview of how well you did, can't wait for the race report!

  22. Um, you've thoroughly traumatized me over the color of the water. ::shudders::

    ::tries to recover::

    Good luck to you, Jeff! I love that you are no longer intimidated by those distances, whoo hoo!