Escape From Fort Desoto - Triathlon

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St. Petersburg, Florida
United States
Florida Race Place
73F / 23C
Total Time = 1h 21m 52s
Overall Rank = 321/574
Age Group = Under 40 Clydes
Age Group Rank = 2/6
Pre-race routine:

Up at 4:15 am, out the door by 4:30. Tried Belvita Breakfast Biscuits for pre-race breakfast and 1% milk. They've been working pretty well during the week, not sure if I'll use them again on race day.
Event warmup:

Put on wetsuit and a long sleeve t-shirt and walked to swim start. I know I should warm up, but I never do.
  • 08m 4s
  • 440 yards
  • 01m 50s / 100 yards

Felt like this was a pretty good swim for me. Made the first turn in the middle of the group then started swimming and stayed fairly on line with the 2nd buoy. Felt like I was swimming by myself since most everyone else got sucked in by the current and ended up swimming in the shallow water near shore.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 04m 48s

T1 included the run from the relocated swim all the way to the bike exit, .38 of a mile. Fastest T1 in division so I can't complain. I even thought to put my helmet on as I was taking off my wetsuit just so I could mark "yes" on this RR.
What would you do differently?:

Make sure shoes are ALL the way clipped onto pedals. Almost took a spill when my right cleat flew off the pedal as I was tightening the strap.
  • 30m 38s
  • 9.5 miles
  • 18.61 mile/hr

This was the one segment where my lack of training really limited my performance. Could not maintain aero position because of neck and shoulder discomfort. Could not maintain cadence in the mid to upper 80's. Started to get sore in the seat as well.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 18s

Normal T2 for me. Took a few extra seconds to wipe off my feet and make sure the tongue on my shoes was flat. Paid off because I did not have any rubbing or blisters after the run.
What would you do differently?:

Not stub my toe jumping off the bike. No blood, just a quick shot of pain as I ran into transition.
  • 37m 6s
  • 3.63 miles
  • 10m 13s  min/mile

The course is about a half mile longer than the normal Ft. DeSoto run course but well worth it to be able to run up and over the fort. Held a very steady pace for the first 3 miles then actually had a little kick the last half mile.
What would you do differently?:

Again, train.
Post race
Warm down:

Crossed the finish line, grabbed a water, then walked back to the swim start to retrieve my sandals and t-shirt.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

RD made a very difficult decision to relocate the swim due to rough conditions rather than cancel the swim. Even though it took about 20 addition minutes to reset the course, it was the right thing to do and maintained the integrity of the race overall.

Last updated: 2014-01-10 12:00 AM
00:08:04 | 440 yards | 01m 50s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/6
Overall: 202/574
Performance: Good
Suit: 2XU Wetsuit
Course: Swim was moved and shortened due to rough seas in the Gulf. 3 straight days of 12-20 mph west winds had things quite stirred up. Fortunately there is a semi-protected lagoon just south of the normal Gulf swim location. Beach start with a knee/thigh deep water sprint to the first buoy then a hard right with a straight 400+ yard swim to the exit. South to north swim across the incoming tide.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 04:48
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Bad
00:30:38 | 9.5 miles | 18.61 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/6
Overall: 234/574
Performance: Average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Normal Ft. Desoto V shaped course with large turn arounds at each end. Cross wind to start/finish, tail wind from mile 2 to 5, then headwind back to mile 8. Winds were reported at 12-17 mph with gusts to 25.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 78
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:18
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:37:06 | 03.63 miles | 10m 13s  min/mile
Age Group: 3/6
Overall: 438/574
Performance: Average
Course: South out of transition along the multi-use path then up the stairs, over the fort, down the ramp, then back along the service road/hard pack beach.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
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: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4