Santa Rosa Island Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Pensacola Beach, Florida
United States
Santa Rosa Island Triathlon
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 07m 31s
Overall Rank = 15/848
Age Group = M50-54
Age Group Rank = 1/50
Pre-race routine:

Left the house at 4:35am arriving at race site at 5:40am. Ensure, Pop Tarts and a couple of crackers. Sipped on Accelerade on way over.
Event warmup:

Ran a short warm up. Did some strides. Swam about 200 yards before swim start
  • 11m 56s
  • 586 yards
  • 02m 02s / 100 yards

Swim was wetsuit legal but given warm air temperature and short swim I went with swimskin. Struggled to get in a rhythm for the first 100 or so yards then fairly solid swim. Got congested when caught up with earlier wave. Time includes long run up the beach to timing mat. Sighting was better this race.
What would you do differently?:

I'm sure wetsuit would have helped time but timing chip was large and probably would have lost time getting the suit off.
Transition 1
  • 01m 26s

Helmet had been knocked off the bike so lost a few seconds there. Long run to bike exit.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really...not great/not bad
  • 32m 15s
  • 12.5 miles
  • 23.26 mile/hr

Never felt great on the bike. Very foggy and could not see through visor on aero helmet so had to raise up and look under the visor. Speed should be higher given watts AP245/NP249. Might have been the crosswinds that caused slower speed. Everyone I talked to was disappointed in bike split so who knows. Really hoping to be around 30 minutes for the bike based on other recent bike splits.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe push harder. Really did not get in a comfortable rhythm until half way point.
Transition 2
  • 00m 58s

Pretty good. We had to slow way down for the last 200-300 yards before hitting dismount line. Long run to run exit.
  • 20m 58s
  • 3.11 miles
  • 06m 44s  min/mile

Wanted to start out with 6:45 pace and try to build into faster pace. Struggled to maintain that pace for the first mile but pushed harder over the last mile. My best 5k run split in a triathlon. Maybe next year I can break 20 min in trithlon 5k
What would you do differently?:

Looking back you always wish you would have pushed harder but just did not feel that I could do anymore when I was racing. Solid run overall.
Post race
Warm down:

Did a short cool down run. Visited with friends and teammates. Great post race food from Carrabas Italian Grill. Hung around for awards and got a cool 2 foot high hand carved "Tiki" for 1st place Grandmasters.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Felt flat on the bike. I should have been stronger mentally and pushed harder through that leg.

Event comments:

Very well done. Fortunately I was in an early swim wave so bike course was not crowded. Shortened bike course became quite crowded later given the number of races. Best race food EVER! Great venue, activities and awards presentation.

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Last updated: 2012-08-28 12:00 AM
00:11:56 | 586 yards | 02m 02s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/50
Overall: 53/848
Performance: Average
Suit: Kiwami Speed suit
Course: Out 75-100 yards, right at buoy then parallel to the beach and right turn back to the beach.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:26
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:32:15 | 12.5 miles | 23.26 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/50
Overall: 11/848
Performance: Average
Wind: Cross-winds
Course: East along the beach to sharp turnaround then back to transition. Course shortened to 12.5 miles due to storm damage from Hurricane Issac. Flat
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence: 93
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:58
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:20:58 | 03.11 miles | 06m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/50
Overall: 39/848
Performance: Good
Course: Out of transition to the east. Right turn about half mile then run through neighborhood then back pretty much along the same course. Flat. Sun came out on the run and it was warm and humid.
Keeping cool Average Drinking
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?
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5