Escape From Fort Desoto - TriathlonSprint

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Tierra Verde, Florida
United States
73F / 23C
Total Time = 1h 22m 13s
Overall Rank = 495/1000
Age Group = 25 - 29
Age Group Rank = 26/37
Pre-race routine:

Packed Gear the night before. Woke up at 4:40. Poured cup of coffee from pre-set coffee maker. Ate a mini bagel with peanut butter. Scrambled to get wife and her sister into the car. Drove down I-275 and followed all of the other cars and trucks with bikes on them. We were the only ones on the road at that time.

Se up transition area. Asked lots of questions to the veterans to make sure I was doing everything correctly.
Event warmup:

Walked around the the race area.
  • 10m 56s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 14s / 100 yards

I started with the 20-29 and Clydesdales wave. The whole swim was very foggy. There was some collisions but it was not as bad as I have read about. I started the event at the back of the wave, fearing a lot of collisions. I wish I had started at the front. I spent the entire swim passing people. And, yes, colliding with them, Though, unintentionally. The entire swim was easy. I felt like I was on autopilot.
What would you do differently?:

I would start at the front, or near the front of the wave. I would like to have done a run then dive into the water.
Transition 1
  • 05m

Well, I made a newbie mistake. I knew it had to happen somewhere. I got into T1, got my gear configured, had a little confusion on whether I was putting on running or cycling shoes - due to temporary euphoria from completing stage 1. I grabbed to bike, and ran the wrong direction. After a little assistance from the dude with the megaphone, I got turned around and was on my way.
What would you do differently?:

Practice getting out of the water and doing T1, not just practicing T1. I want it ingrained in my head that when I get out of the pool/lake/river/bay/ocean , I am getting on the bike.
  • 30m 5s
  • 10 miles
  • 19.94 mile/hr

I need to drink more on the bike. Need to try to take in more nutrition on the bike. Definitely need a more aggressive race pace. I was a little disappointed in my speed.
What would you do differently?:

Add a couple of bottle holders on the front of the bike so they are easier to access. Push harder, I was too worried about burning out before the run.
Transition 2
  • 02m 26s

T2 was much better than T1. The only problem was that there were too may people trying to get into T2 at the same time, so there was somewhat of a line and a wait. I paused for a second or two to take a Gu, yanked off the cycling shoes, pulled on the running shoes, tied laces, took off helmet, and was off.
What would you do differently?:

Practice, Practice, Practice for more efficiency. Take a water bottle with me.
  • 33m 48s
  • 4 miles
  • 08m 27s  min/mile

Did not have enough water. See comments from bike. I was dead tired by the end of the run. I am used to hitting the last 1/4 mile hard on running races. Not here. By the end I had only 2 goals for the run 1-Don't walk and 2-Don't pass out.
What would you do differently?:

Take a water bottle with me. Practice the run more.
Post race
Warm down:

Grabbed some strawberries, water, and fig newtons. Walked around and looked at the booths.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of practice on the transitions. Need more running. Lack of experience.

Event comments:

I only wish there were two other things:
1. More bathrooms available before the race.
2. One additional water station on the run. It was freaking hot.

Last updated: 2009-04-11 12:00 AM
00:10:56 | 880 yards | 01m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 14/37
Overall: 0/1000
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri Shorts
Course: The start time had to be delayed due to thick fog. The course was an out, left turn, left turn to the beach. Large Green buoys marked the turns. Yellow buoys marked the outside line. THe course was very visible, even in fog. The support people were always near-by on the kayaks. There was never a moment of concern for where I was, or where potential help was.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 73F / 23C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:00
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:30:05 | 10 miles | 19.94 mile/hr
Age Group: 24/37
Overall: 0/1000
Performance: Average
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back course. No pothole problems. It was very foggy and I had tinted lenses, so it was difficult to see what was coming up. By the end of the course the fog had burned off and I could see the later waves making their way towards me.
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Below average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 02:26
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Bad
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:33:48 | 04 miles | 08m 27s  min/mile
Age Group: 30/37
Overall: 0/1000
Performance: Below average
Course: Out on pavement for two miles, up the stairs of the fort, down the stairs of the fort, back on the beach (SAND!!!!!!!).
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4