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Fairhope, Alabama
United States
Grandman Triathlon
70F / 21C
Total Time = 1h 20m 32s
Overall Rank = 15/583
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 1/33
Pre-race routine:

Local race only 2 miles from home. Wheat bagel, glass of Accelerade and an Ensure. Headed out around 5:15am
Event warmup:

Got set up. Visited with friends. Half mile run with a few strides. Short swim.
  • 11m 39s
  • 587 yards
  • 01m 59s / 100 yards

I didn't feel great during the swim as there was a bit of a chop. Also got off course a bit on the way out and lost some time there. Never found much of a rhythm.
Transition 1
  • 01m 57s

Not bad but there are still gains to be made here.
What would you do differently?:

Practice transitions more
  • 44m 34s
  • 18 miles
  • 24.23 mile/hr

Tried to push a consistent hard pace and not "fall asleep" during the last third of the course. Solid ride although light headwind over the last 3-4 miles hurt speed a bit. AP240/NP244 IF.905
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really. Pretty good bike leg for me. A bit faster than last year.
Transition 2
  • 01m

Nothing too good or bad. A couple of seconds lost here/there. Still needs work
  • 21m 23s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 06m 54s  min/mile

Hill out of transition is tough coming off the bike. I just tried to maintain an easy steady pace so I could push it once getting to the turn. Race goal was sub 7:00/mile pace and I was at 7:20-25 in the first mile due to the hill. Picked up the pace after that and had a good run. Big improvement over last year's time of 24:01.
Post race
Warm down:

Visited with friends...great thing about hometown race is knowing so many people. Ate a little bit, had a few refreshments and hung around for awards. Great post race atmosphere with lots of families, beautiful park right along Mobile Bay and fantastic weather this year. Was 2nd in my AG but winner bumped up to win grandmasters so I ended up with 1st in the 50-54 (Geritol) AG

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Can't complain. Met or exceeded my goals

Event comments:

One of my favorites. First race I did 3 years ago so always fun to come back. Beautiful setting and everything really well done.

Last updated: 2012-05-11 12:00 AM
00:11:39 | 587 yards | 01m 59s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/33
Overall: 38/583
Performance: Average
Suit: Desoto tri shorts
Course: Time trial start leaving the beach. Straight out keeping buoys on the left then back on the other side of the pier. Course was longer this year and with it being high tide you had to swim most of the course. In past years it was so shallow you could walk most of the way if you wanted. Longer course and change in start resulted in most times being 3-4 minutes slower than previous year.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 80F / 27C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:57
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:44:34 | 18 miles | 24.23 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/33
Overall: 15/583
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Tough hill right out of transition and generally uphill for the first 3/4 mile. Rolling/small hills for first 6-7 miles then flat. Had a bit of a headwind over the last 3-4 miles
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 96
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:00
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:21:23 | 03.1 miles | 06m 54s  min/mile
Age Group: 2/33
Overall: 25/583
Performance: Good
Course: Steep hill out of transition. Left, then continued uphill to turn and generally flat/gently uphill to turnaround. Back the same way then run through the park and on to finish.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
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