Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Gulf Shores, Alabama
United States
Team Magic
87F / 31C
Total Time = 2h 38m 26s
Overall Rank = 74/281
Age Group = M45-49
Age Group Rank = 8/24
Pre-race routine:

Wheat bagel, Accelerade. 45 minute drive to the Gulf. Good parking. Set up transition. Ate some crackers and drank some water Visited with a few folks and then walked down the beach for beginning of swim.
Event warmup:

Swam a little to warm up. Ate a gel and got in line for time trial start.
  • 26m 4s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 35s / 100 yards

My first OWS in an event. In previous tri the water had been so shallow I was able to walk most of the way. Had practiced in calm open water but the Gulf had a pretty good chop going. I was very slow in the water so there had to be a current carrying me down the beach. By the halfway point all I wanted to do was touch dry land. Totally whipped as I exited to T1.
What would you do differently?:

Swim in calmer water and drink less of the Gulf!
Transition 1
  • 04m 53s

SLOW! But I was toasted from the swim. Need big improvement here. Need to be more efficient. Should have been through T1 in half the time.
What would you do differently?:

Move faster-although I felt like I was moving quickly.
  • 1h 11m 42s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.79 mile/hr

This was my first olympic distance race. In previous sprint and duathlon I had just hammered it so I worked on pacing. Small chain ring and high cadence for most of first 12 miles-keeping an eye on HR. Moved into big ring around mile 13 and increased speed and HR. Moved back to small ring for last 3/4 mile to get ready for the run. Wanted to save something for the run and although it was still brutal I ended up with 2nd fastest run time in age group.
What would you do differently?:

Could have gone harder earlier but pleased with pacing. Bike segment went quickly.
Transition 2
  • 01m 34s

Much better-2nd fastest T2 in age group. What is my deal during T1???
What would you do differently?:

  • 54m 15s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 44s  min/mile

By this point it was really hot and the sun was baking. Felt pretty good off the bike and started out with a good pace. Walked a little at the turnaround and a few times on the way back so I am pleasantly surprised with my time/pace. I was ready to be done and alot of folks were struggling with the heat.
What would you do differently?:

Not walk-but at the time I needed it
Post race
Warm down:

Chilled our with family. Cleaned up and hung out for some of the post race activities. Plenty of cold beverages and food looked good-just wasn't ready to eat.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Just need to keep at it. Satisfied with result 6 months in to this triathlon thing. Still plenty of room for improvement.

Event comments:

Good race all around. Only problem was no water/fluid at mile 2/5. Given the heat it would have been a good idea. Well run.

Last updated: 2009-08-20 12:00 AM
00:26:04 | 1640 yards | 01m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 10/24
Overall: 0/281
Performance: Bad
Course: Out a couple hundred yards then a left at the buoy. Long swim parallel to the beach. Turn left and head toward the beach.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 81F / 27C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Remainder: Below average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Time: 04:53
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:11:42 | 24.85 miles | 20.79 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/24
Overall: 0/281
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Out along main beach road to the east. Over Perdido Pass bridge then under and back over bridge heading back west. Couple of miles into State Park and back out then about a mile back to transition
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:34
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:54:15 | 06.21 miles | 08m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/24
Overall: 0/281
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back to the west along the road. Not my favorite run course. Not much to see and no shade.
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
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] 5