Santa Rosa Island Triathlon - Triathlon

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Pensacola Beach, Florida
United States
Santa Rosa Island Triathlon
62F / 17C
Total Time = 1h 22m 35s
Overall Rank = 10/717
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 2/62
Pre-race routine:

Last race of the season so hoping to finish strong after heading into previous 3 races at less than 100%. Up early for the drive over with usual breakfast.
Event warmup:

Set up and visited with friends. Got in about a 1 mile warm up run then did a few hundred yards in the Gulf before my wave went off. Water was warm but north wind made it chilly waiting for swim wave to go off,
  • 13m 9s
  • 600 yards
  • 02m 11s / 100 yards

Course was definitely long. Very controlled swim. Strong north wind put some chop on the water but breathing left made it better.
What would you do differently?:

Could have pushed it harder but felt like a solid swim
Transition 1
  • 01m 9s

Pretty average....always could save a few seconds somewhere
  • 47m 26s
  • 18 miles
  • 22.77 mile/hr

Wind certainly kept things interesting. Maintained a pretty steady pace/power with AP/NP both in low 250s most of the way.
Transition 2
  • 01m 1s

Somehow my visor had gotten under the leg of the rack. I really couldn't figure out what to do....everything is usually so automatic in transition. I picked up the rack and pulled the visor out....not that I needed it as wind kept trying to blow it off my head
What would you do differently?:

Bail on the visor...lost a few seconds here
  • 19m 53s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 23s  min/mile

I hit the wrong button on my watch so didn't get my mile splits. I just kept checking my pace as I was hoping to break 20 min for the first time in a triathlon 5k. Pushed the last 1/2 mile or so and was pleased when results were posted that I had finally done it. Sore ankle held up and didn't even notice it on the run.

Post race
Warm down:

Cool down run with team mate and massage. Hung around and had some great food and drink while visiting with friends and team mates. Beautiful but windy day at Pensacola Beach. Team mate bumped up to win masters so I ended up winning grandmasters and taking home a coveted TIKI.

I felt mentally and physically sharp for this race. Previous 3 races I had been less than 100% and felt a litte burned out.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Certainly feel like my time would have been quicker on the bike without the brutal crosswind but I did what I could and stayed in control

Event comments:

Always a great race that draws a big crowd. Beautiful venue for racing and post race fun!

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Last updated: 2014-10-29 12:00 AM
00:13:09 | 600 yards | 02m 11s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/62
Overall: 33/717
Performance: Good
Suit: Kiwami swim skin
Course: Straight out. Right for leg parallel to the beach and then another right to head back to the beach.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:09
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:47:26 | 18 miles | 22.77 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/62
Overall: 7/717
Performance: Good
Wind: Cross-winds with gusts
Course: Right out of transition heading East along the beach. Turnaround and head due West. Wind was steady at around 21mph with gusts going higher. Crosswinds both ways and it was interesting staying in control of the bike with rear disc.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:01
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal
00:19:53 | 03.11 miles | 06m 23s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/62
Overall: 26/717
Performance: Good
Course: Out to the main road then right, then a right into the neighborhood. Wind around in there and then return the same way
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5