Cooter Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Inverness, Florida
United States
DRC Sports
56F / 13C
Total Time = 1h 16m 45s
Overall Rank = 74/243
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 5/6
Pre-race routine:

Stayed in the Saltmarsh's camper with Cville. Nice to be so close to the race, but beds in the camper are designed for people 5'10" and under. 1 banana and 1 granola bar for breakfast. Shot of hammer gel 15 minutes prior to start.
Event warmup:

None. Too chilly to get wet and then stand around in the breeze.
  • 09m 52s
  • 440 yards
  • 02m 14s / 100 yards

Terrible swim. Swallowed a mouth-full of water, which gave me stomach issues until halfway through the run. In traffic the whole time. Heart rate spiked. Better than I expected it to go, given the broke ribs and 5 weeks of no swimming.
What would you do differently?:

More than 0 yards of swim training.
Transition 1
  • 00m 58s

Decent transition. Trouble getting swim cap off, but fine by the time I got to the transition area. Had trouble clipping in, as sunglasses fogged and I couldn't tell that the right pedal was upside down.
What would you do differently?:

Leave sunglasses far enough down nose to see around them until after getting on the bike and up to speed.
  • 35m 19s
  • 12 miles
  • 20.39 mile/hr

I considered this a terrible bike. I spent the whole ride trying not to puke up the lake water and what was left of my breakfast. I was initially hoping to have a 22mph average, but after the first mile, it was clear this wasn't going to happen. I just settled in to a comfortable pace. Wound up with #2 bike split in my AG and top 20% overall, so I guess it wasn't so bad, but it's frustrating since I know I'm capable of a top 10% (or maybe even top 5%) bike split.
What would you do differently?:

Not inhale any lake water.
Transition 2
  • 00m 48s

Slow into transition, since I was a still worried about puking. Overran my rack by a step; didn't lose more than a second or two. Otherwise pretty good.
  • 29m 48s
  • 3 miles
  • 09m 56s  min/mile

Dead last in the run on my age group again (this time by 4 minutes). Still better than I had expected, given my lack of run training while my ribs were healing. I think if I had continued on from Labor Day with the same run plan, this could have been in the 25 minute range, which would still have been last in my age group, but would have put me on the podium (3rd) and top 25% overall.
What would you do differently?:

Run lots.
Post race
Warm down:

None. Met up with Steph and Scott and waited for Cville to come across the finish line. Then went mountain biking.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of training (3.5 weeks of no biking, 5 weeks of no running, 7 weeks of no swimming) from broken ribs at the start of my build up phase for this race.

Event comments:

I really like this race. I prefer the course to Crystal River (by the same race director), and the double entendre of the Cooter Festival makes it a really fun event.

Last updated: 2009-06-14 12:00 AM
00:09:52 | 440 yards | 02m 14s / 100yards
Age Group: 6/6
Overall: 113/243
Performance: Bad
Course: Triangle out from shore, starting right, returning on the left.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 00:58
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Below average
00:35:19 | 12 miles | 20.39 mile/hr
Age Group: 2/6
Overall: 47/243
Performance: Below average
Wind: Little
Course: Out and back along the multi-use trail with a 10-mile loop through south Inverness.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:48
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
00:29:48 | 03 miles | 09m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 6/6
Overall: 143/243
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back along the multi-use trail in the opposite direction from the bike course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5] 4