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The CapTexTri Race Report

The Capital of Texas Triathlon took downtown Austin by storm on Memorial Day.  I registered just two weeks before for the Sprint distance, figuring the Olympic distance would be too much for my second-ever tri.  Compared to the Rookie Tri this race felt like the big leagues.  There was serious prize money ($12,500 to the winner), pro athletes, and plenty sponsors and vendors.  It also had more than its share of breakdowns and issues, but I won’t get into that here.  Here’s how everything went for me as I’m still trying to find my way in this whole triathlon jungle.

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Replacement 70.3 Race

The sting of realizing my brain lapse hasn’t quite worn off yet.  With the pain still fresh I’m looking forward to what event I can use as a replacement target race.  There aren’t many requirements that the race needs to meet, but they’re pretty specific: it needs to be a Half Ironman (70.3) distance and it needs to fall some time between Labor Day and Thanksgiving.  Right now I have two options in mind.

I’m definitely keeping an eye out for other options, but for now these two appear to fit the bill best.  The first is the Kerrville Triathlon in Kerrville, TX.  It’s about 2 hours driving from Austin, so that’s a plus.  The registration fee is the lowest of all the 70.3 races I’ve been looking at too.  However, one negative is that the bike course is inexplicably 57.7 miles (instead of the standard 56 miles).  Now, this isn’t an official Ironman-branded event, so they can do whatever they want, but it doesn’t make sense to have the Ironman swim and run distances and then skew the bike course.  The course would technically be 72.0 instead of 70.3.  Kerrville is a little earlier in the Fall on October 2nd, but certainly within reason for me to properly train.

The second option I’m eying is the Ironman 70.3 Miami.  It’s on October 30th, one week after Ironman 70.3 Austin.  Although it would require some travel (which is a nightmare with bikes, so I hear), traveling to a race in Miami offers its benefits over other locations.  For one, I can fly Southwest, which has zero baggage fees, even for bikes.  Secondly, I could stay with the family at least one night of the weekend.  Lastly, it’s an official Ironman-branded event, which simply makes it cooler (at least for me).  There would obviously be the additional cost of flying to Florida and likely getting a hotel room near the race for a night, plus the logistical hassles that go along with travel.

One other less likely contender, also in Miami, is called Miami Man.  For me it loses points on name alone, but it is before Thanksgiving (11/13) and a 70.3 distance.  The registration fee is on par with the other two and seems to be a reasonable choice.  It loses out to the Ironman 70.3 Miami though because it basically identical without the fancy Ironman brand attached to it (travel, date, cost).  It would be like choosing between Coke and grocery-generic if they were the same price.  But it’s still on the outskirts of my radar.

Anyone have any other suggestions for a race?  I’m still reeling from my random act of dumbness and desperately looking for some closure in the form of another race.

My Own Idiocracy

Dear friend reader, yours truly has really done it this time.  I know you’re patiently waiting for my CapTexTri Race Report, but I have some breaking news that isn’t exactly good.  Due to some scheduling conflicts (and lack of putting things together), I will not be able to do the Ironman 70.3 Austin this coming October.  A few months ago we received a save-the-date for my sister’s Bat Mitzvah.  Well, I didn’t realize it was the same weekend as the Half Ironman, so I went ahead and registered for the race.  Alas, I’m going to try to roll my registration to next year.  Worst case, I can get about 1/4 of the registration fee refunded.  This is definitely my fault and could have easily been avoided.


I’ll be looking for another race for the fall instead.  Wish me luck (and less stupidity)!

Final Pre-CapTexTri Details

As I’m reading through the participant guide for the CapTexTri I’m finding tons of useful crucial information that I didn’t know that I didn’t know.  Who would’ve thought, right?  I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: Triathlons are a whole lot more complicated than marathons.  For a marathon all you need to know is what time the race starts.  It helps if you line up in the appropriate “wave” based on your predicted finish time, but really you just have to go pick up your race number the day before and then just show up to the race.  For a triathlon, not so easy.

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Race Week – CapTexTri

Well it’s already race week for the Cap Tex Tri!  That came around pretty quick, but I suppose that’ll happen when you register 17 days before the race.  First I need to remind you (and myself) that the race is on Monday, Memorial Day, and not Sunday.  So don’t go sending me all those “good luck” texts, tweets, facebook messages, voicemails, candygrams, Tiff’s Treats*, or anything of that nature a day early.  So race week means take it easy, right?

get your game face on

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The Schedule Takes Shape

Since the Rookie Tri a few weeks ago I’ve had a hankering for defining my race calendar.  This transition to triathlons has been fairly smooth, but I’m missing the structure and direction that I’m used to with running.  You see, with running I usually had two or three races queued up.  My tri calendar, however, has been disappointingly empty.  I’ve my eye on a few races but hadn’t pressed that “Register” button.  Until now!

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New York City Marathon – That Would Be No

Well, things just didn’t pan out for this runner-turned-triathlete.  After lots of pomp and even a little circumstance, I searched the New York Road Runners page to see if I was selected for the ING NYC Marathon.  The verdict: no.  No reason.  No justification.  Just a simple search box returning a robotic apology and a teasing message intended for those who were selected.  Am I disappointed?  A little.  Upset?  Not really.  With my focus changed to triathlons now, this was more of a “wouldn’t it be fun?” endeavor, but nothing I was really counting on.  My big race is still the Ironman 70.3 Austin in October.  Now if only I could muster the courage to register for that Half Ironman…

A Rookie’s Race Report

Well it’s official.  I have evolved from runner to triathlete.  Sunday was the Rookie Triathlon put on by Jack and Adam’s Bicycles, Austin Fit Magazine, and High Five Events.  The whole shebang happens 10 miles east of my apartment in and around Walter E. Long Park right here in Austin.  Since this post might get a little long (it is my first tri after all), let’s dive right in.  (click the photos of me to enlarge)

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Let’s Start Over

I’ve been running for 5+ years.  I’ve participated in two dozen running races, all but two were half or full marathons.  So now it’s time to start over.  This Sunday will be my very first triathlon.  I mentioned way back in January that I signed up for The Rookie Triathlon.  Now that it’s finally here, I’m ready for it.

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Triple Threat

As of Friday I can call myself a triathlete multisport enthusiast.  I won’t say triathlete just yet since I haven’t raced any triathlons, but I had my first successful swim / bike / run day.  It’s all in anticipation for my actual first triathlon coming up on April 17th, The Rookie Tri.

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