Escape From Fort Desoto - TriathlonSprint

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Tierra Verde, Florida
United States
Total Time = 1h 20m 6s
Overall Rank = 321/1000
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 48/100
Pre-race routine:

Hot shower. Two cups of coffee, little cream. No breakfast this time.
Event warmup:

None. No time. No worries. Stuck my face in the water to get used to the water temperature. No problem keeping face in water. Good news. I had 5 minutes before starting.
  • 14m 12s
  • 805 meters
  • 01m 46s / 100 meters

I experienced more contact in this swim than any other I've raced. I think I swam with my head up until about 20 meters after the first buoy. Some contact was violent enough to be disruptive, but I'm happy to say my goggles stayed on.
What would you do differently?:

Count the buoys before the race and push it once I get into rhythm. I had no idea where I was in the race so I couldn't pace myself.
Transition 1
  • 04m 58s

Many rocks on the way to transition. I bruised my heel pretty badly on one of them apparently. I tried to navigate through some of the obvious ones and that slowed me down a bit.
What would you do differently?:

Take my champion chip off my ankle before trying to get my wetsuit off. Duh. Once you start it's too late unless you put the whole thing back on.
  • 26m 52s
  • 10 miles
  • 22.33 mile/hr

Windy ride for about 3 miles on the way out and about the last mile on the return. I slowed down to 18 mph in the headwind but picked up to 28 mph on the return. I'll never forget the dead silence as we made the turn to pick up the tailwind. I love the surreal sound of my breathing, spinning and tires rolling on the pavement.
What would you do differently?:

Have pushed harder than I did. I had more in the tank but I knew I had a chance at doing better in the run this time and didn't want to blow that opportunity.
Transition 2
  • 01m 45s

Skidded to stop. Stupid.
What would you do differently?:

Should have unclipped both feet before I got to the stop. Would like to get different shoes to try foot on top technique with shoes already clipped in and then start practicing mounting and dismounting while moving. Not sure how much time that would save me, though. I certainly have plenty of other areas to refine with less risk of crashing.
  • 32m 23s
  • 4 miles
  • 08m 06s  min/mile

Stomach and upper back cramps for the first 2 miles. Took a gatorade on top of the fort. That seemed to help, but I can't imagine why. It was only about 3 oz.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder once the cramps stopped. I could have picked up a minute or two probably. Certainly need to run more, but now that my EIA is under control (yay!) I can do so.
Post race
Warm down:

Couple of bananas, some gatorade and water.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Conservative race management overall. Stomach and back cramps on the run were not helpful but I overcame them in the latter half of the run.

Event comments:

Put together well. Great weather. I just lacked the killer attitude needed to perform a bit better. I took a back seat and just went with the flow. Now that I reflect on it, that was my attitude going into the race -- no wonder why I performed that way.

Last updated: 2010-04-02 12:00 AM
00:14:12 | 805 meters | 01m 46s / 100meters
Age Group: 50/100
Overall: 0/1000
Performance: Average
Suit: Xterra Vortex 3 Sleeveless
Course: Mass start. 100 people trying to get around one buoy was a little like water polo.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 68F / 20C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:58
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
00:26:52 | 10 miles | 22.33 mile/hr
Age Group: 28/100
Overall: 0/1000
Performance: Average
Once heart rate monitor came back to life after swim, my heart rate showed up in low 160's. Slowed down to mid 150's during bike. Should have pushed harder.
Wind: Some
Course: Smooth and flat. Plenty of room to pass.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:45
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:32:23 | 04 miles | 08m 06s  min/mile
Age Group: 65/100
Overall: 0/1000
Performance: Good
Mid to high 150's.
Course: paved surface on the way out for the first 1.75 miles. Stairs at the 1.8 mile were no problem. Doubled up on the climb and quick stepped the way down. Packed sand followed for the next 1.5 miles with pavement for the last little bit to the finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
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] 4