Escape From Fort Desoto - TriathlonSprint

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St. Petersburg, Florida
United States
70'sF / 0C
Total Time = 1h 20m 42s
Overall Rank = 289/939
Age Group = 0-39 Clydes
Age Group Rank = 9/32
Pre-race routine:

Normal routine, peanut butter, Nutella & toast with milk. Left the house at 5:00, arrived at Ft. DeSoto at 5:45 to a half mile long line of cars waiting to get in the parking lot.
Event warmup:

Walked down to the swim start twice.
  • 17m 7s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 57s / 100 yards

First race in a wetsuit. Did not really see the benefit I expected. Still can't get comfortable with my face in the water during an OWS.
What would you do differently?:

Not wait until the day before to make sure the wetsuit I ordered was sent. Big headache that could have been avoided.
Transition 1
  • 03m 40s

First race with new tri shoes. They worked great!!! Feet did not get caught on the tongue, velcro strap was easy to grab. Just need to check Left pedal because shoe came unclipped as I was getting foot into shoe, could have been a bad situation.
What would you do differently?:

Best thing for me would be a wetsuit that was above the calf. Feet are too big to get out of tight suit legs.
  • 27m 14s
  • 9.5 miles
  • 20.93 mile/hr

Passed a ton of people. Must have said "on your left" to 1000 of the 1200 people entered. Still laughing to myself as I watched the people making the turn from tailwind into headwind and not change gears. You could see their cadence drop along with their speed.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, bike felt really good.
Transition 2
  • 01m 9s

Almost ran into someone, not an athlete, who was exiting the transition area at the bike entry point. Still not sure who, or why they were there. The surface of the parking lot is the biggest issue with Ft. DeSoto races.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, T2 is always my fastest leg.
  • 31m 34s
  • 3.6 miles
  • 08m 46s  min/mile

Very hot run with little to no shade. Service road was very chewed up by the time I got to it so it was a very soft, slow return leg.
What would you do differently?:

Not skip the 3-4 run workouts prior to the race.
Post race
Warm down:

None, got some water, found my sandals, went to truck, got my Receverite, iced my ankle, walked back to check results and showered off.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Must change nutrition, too much crap in the diet right now. Need to drop 15 pounds, see above.

Event comments:

Good race by same group that puts on Top Gun in June. Biggest complaint is the short bike course.

Last updated: 2011-03-01 12:00 AM
00:17:07 | 880 yards | 01m 57s / 100yards
Age Group: 15/32
Overall: 0/939
Performance: Average
Suit: Orca S3 sleeveless
Course: Typical Ft. DeSoto triathlon course swim leg. North to south, parallel to shore. Today was into the wind and 1-2 foot swells. Exit was well marked then had to cover about 50 yards of beach before re-entering the water and crossing about 50 yards of stagnant lagoon.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: High
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Below average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:40
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:27:14 | 9.5 miles | 20.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/32
Overall: 0/939
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong
Course: Standard Ft. DeSoto bike course, south to fort, east to end of island, turn around, west back to fort, north to end of island, turn around, south back to transition. Wind was straight out of the south and pretty strong and steady.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 83
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:09
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:31:34 | 03.6 miles | 08m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/32
Overall: 0/939
Performance: Good
Course: South out of T2 through parking lot, then onto asphalt path to the fort. Race was planned to go up the steps on the north end of the fort then down the new ramp on the south end, but the handrails were not in place, so race just circled the fort before returning to the finish line along the service roads.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
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] 5