Escape From Fort DeSoto Triathlon XX - TriathlonSprint

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Tierra Verde, Florida
United States
Florida Race Place Magazine
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 23m 57s
Overall Rank = 271/727
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 36/68
Pre-race routine:

I was completely discombobulated. Even though I woke up at 5am, I still was so disorganized. Plus the race was in a totally different place than last year and it seems that most people didnt' realize this. UGH.
Event warmup:

Not much. I was running around frantically trying to get my bike into transition, get everything set up, and get my race number and body marking taken care of, so I guess that was my warmup.
  • 19m 39s
  • 875 yards
  • 02m 15s / 100 yards

I was gonna wear my bike shorts under my wetsuit but the water was warm and I was already sweating when I got finished with getting my bike set up so I said forget the wetsuit. So I wound up swimming in my bike shorts. This could have had something to do with my slowness. Weird thing though. I passed two elites in the water. Their wave had gone off 3 minutes before mine. I was like "what's wrong with you? Must be a good cyclist/runner!"
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I'm sure I could have pushed harder, but I was happy. My breathing was great, my face stayed in the water, and I only turned over to backstroke for a minute to catch my breath after the initial craziness. My wave was 140 people, it was pretty crazy.
Transition 1
  • 04m 28s

This T1 included a .6 mile run from the beach to transition. The timing mat for transition was at the water exit. I've always wished they'd do they have! I dryed off my feet (no time to fill tub before race due to lateness and craziness) put my socks and shoes on, grabbed my bike, and put my helmet on. Then I just ran with it and hopped on. Probably my best T1 to date.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Great transition. Just found out (4.17.06 2100) that the .6 run was part of the total 4 miles at the race. Poop.
  • 29m 23s
  • 10 miles
  • 20.42 mile/hr

I had a great ride! With an average speed of 22+mph how could I be anything but happy!! They need to do something about those roads out there though, it's like riding on paved gravel. OUCH!
What would you do differently?:

Not forget to drink more. I only took a little bit of Gatorade at about mile 6 and that was it.
Transition 2
  • 00m 58s

Just rack and go. This T2 would have been faster if there weren't 40 rows of bikes to run past. I saw Terri and started talking and forgot to take a swig of Gatorade before I left.
What would you do differently?:

Not forget to drink before leaving T@.
  • 29m 31s
  • 3.4 miles
  • 08m 41s  min/mile

I passed 15 people in my age group on the run. Two of them were in the last half mile. Had a good run except for the fact that the last two miles were like beach sand. It was very tough on the legs. I think I may have done something to the toes on my left foot. I took water or Gatorade at every drink station on the run course because I was so dehydrated from the bike leg.
What would you do differently?:

Post race
Warm down:

Lots of water. At least a quart and a half in the first hour. I was very dehydrated from not drinking enough on the bike and in T2.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hydration, nerves from being late, swimming.

Event comments:

I had yet another PR here. My goal was to beat my time from Chilly Willy...same course, 19.05mph, 31.30 split...and I did! My runs are staying consistent. Last year at every event my bikes got faster and my runs got slower. This year my runs are staying where I want them and the bike times are getting better. Now I just have to work on the swim. I'm pretty happy though, since my swim time from Suncoast was almost as much as this one, and this one was twice the distance.

The race organizers need to be more specific about location when this race has been held in one place for however many years and now they decide to change it. MANY athletes pulled into the place where they had it last year and were confused when no one was there. Part of the reason I was late.

Still though, I was really happy about the outcome. It was a grea race and I had a good time. I met some cool people. Terri came to watch, and after the race I treated myself to a nice pair of Boston Bill sunglasses that go with my trigear. After Terri left, I spent some time at the beach, it was a gorgeous day! The water was beautiful, and I felt all cool with my body all marked up!!!

EDIT: Just had to change the run split. Damn that really sucks. Here I thought I had a great run, and I really had a sh!tty one. UGH. REAL BIG DOWNER. REAL BIG.

Last updated: 2006-02-22 12:00 AM
00:19:39 | 875 yards | 02m 15s / 100yards
Age Group: 41/68
Overall: 0/727
Performance: Good
Suit: Bike shorts!!
Course: Out about 100 yards, 600m along shore, and then 100m in. LOTS of cross-action waves.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:28
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:29:23 | 10 miles | 20.42 mile/hr
Age Group: 50/68
Overall: 0/727
Wind: Little
Course: Fort DeSoto main road course that I've done three times now. I've got this one licked!!
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90+
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:58
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:29:31 | 03.4 miles | 08m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 35/68
Overall: 0/727
Performance: Good
Course: Parking lots and bike/ped trail for 2 miles. Then the steps of the fort at mile two. Run the fort, down the other side steps, and immediately onto sand for the last part.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4