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Fairhope, Alabama
United States
Grandman Triathlon
71F / 22C
Total Time = 1h 27m 3s
Overall Rank = 60/562
Age Group = M 40-44
Age Group Rank = 13/54
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5:00, had a bagel with peanut butter. Left the hotel about 5:40 and got to the race site shortly after 6:00. Set up transition and chatted with friends
Event warmup:

  • 09m 27s
  • 587 yards
  • 01m 37s / 100 yards

They did a time trial start with athletes jumping off 2 piers. I thought I seeded myself at an estimated swim pace of 9:30, but was way further back than I thought. Didn't really matter because of the time trial start, but I ended up passing a lot of people. Got to the first buoy quickly and it was a little congested, but got around quickly and headed straight for shore. Passed a lot of people here as well. Got out of the water right around 9:00 and there was a long run to the mat which was right at transition.
What would you do differently?:

Transition 1
  • 01m 15s

Had a little issue getting into my shoes, but nothing major.
What would you do differently?:

Just need to work on this more.
  • 49m 56s
  • 18 miles
  • 21.63 mile/hr

There is a pretty steep hill coming out of transition. It then goes down, but the first 1/2 mile is all climbing. Then the first 10 miles is a lot of rolling hills. Nothing hard like that first hill. You can get up everything pretty easy if you have good momentum. The last 8 miles is AWESOME. The road is newly repaved and flat. Super fast. Last turn is down the hill you came up (about half-way) and into transition
What would you do differently?:

Transition 2
  • 01m 22s

Felt like I was faster than this, but don't know what took so long. Shoes went on pretty easy, but probably just need to practice this more often
What would you do differently?:

  • 25m 5s
  • 3.1 miles
  • 08m 05s  min/mile

The run goes out of transition and up the same hill as the bike. After that big hill, you turn left right after the steep part and do a section of rolling hills. The first mile is gently rolling uphill, while the 2nd mile is generally rolling and downhill. At mile 2 you pass transition and do a 1/2 mile out 1/2 mile back along the Bay. This area is nice and flat and I was able to finally get into a good pace. Once you hit transition you run along the Bay on the brick path to the finish line. The course is actually slightly longer than 5k.
What would you do differently?:

Need to do more brick workouts.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around, met up with Drew and cheered on some friends.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

The parking situation sucks. You have to part about 3/4 mile away and walk to and from the transition. Then the awards were super unorganized this year. But other than that the race is great. Loved the course. Good community support. Lots of volunteers helping everywhere.

Last updated: 2017-05-10 12:00 AM
00:09:27 | 587 yards | 01m 37s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/54
Overall: 25/562
Performance: Good
Course: Jump off pier and one turn to the shore
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:15
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
00:49:56 | 18 miles | 21.63 mile/hr
Age Group: 15/54
Overall: 80/562
Performance: Good
Wind: None
Course: Loop around Fairhope
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 97
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:22
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:25:05 | 03.1 miles | 08m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 19/54
Overall: 97/562
Performance: Average
Course: 2 out and backs
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
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