Alabama Gulf Coast Triathlon - TriathlonSprint

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Gulf Shores, Alabama
United States
Team Magic
80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 03m 21s
Overall Rank = 93/184
Age Group = M 45-49
Age Group Rank = 10/16
Pre-race routine:

We have a house full of guest from Louisiana visiting and Saturday morning we went for a bike ride to show them the course. I had shifting problems and when we got home I found that my cable on my small ring were split and I only had 2 gears. I made the call to ride the road bike which I have been wanting to do anyway. Got home from ride, cleaned up rode bike and got stuff ready. Standard prerace chicken dinner and great nite sleep.
Event warmup:

No real warm up 1000 swim is plenty to warm me.
  • 17m 18s
  • 1000 yards
  • 01m 44s / 100 yards

fair swim, I have just been slow lately. I think the timing is off by 1 minute but the official time is faster than I have so I will take it. I drifted in on the last buoy going out and I drifted out going in, but corrected and beat my estimated time.
Transition 1
  • 02m 26s

Pretty quick, 7th in ag and 64th overall
  • 56m 34s
  • 19.5 miles
  • 20.68 mile/hr

Conditions were unreal. Virtually no wind. The course was well done and well marshalled. The road bike was fun but no aero bars sucked. 3 weeks back, very similiar course and much tougher conditions and I was 1mph slower today. I usually get alot of home field advantage from riding in the wind on the course and that wasn't there today. Not whining, hope it's like that more often. Having to reach for bottles vs aero bottle is a time waster.
What would you do differently?:

aero bars
Transition 2
  • 01m 13s

3rd in ag and 55 overall. Transition is what I did best today.
  • 45m 51s
  • 4.7 miles
  • 09m 46s  min/mile

I was not strong today. Not sure if it was the road bike or what but I did so much better a couple weeks ago. I really suffered on the last 2 miles and 2 many people passed me.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

wrong bike and lack of training.

Event comments:

Best first time event I have ever done and maybe the most organized event I have ever done. They did alot of things right. The course, the race officials, draft marshalls, volunteers, awards, et al.

Only complaints, no beer - state park doesn't allow it.
I think the swim time may have been off by 1 minute, but maybe i screwed up. Probably should have had one more water station on the run. It was probably the hottest day of the year here.

I also finally met one of my longtime bt buddies, biseman. Enjoyed a few beers in the parking lot with him. One of our house guest, Sheri won her age group but no other awards in the group.

I think this race is destined to grow.

Last updated: 2007-01-22 12:00 AM
00:17:18 | 1000 yards | 01m 44s / 100yards
Age Group: 14/16
Overall: 124/184
Performance: Average
monitor says 141, sounds about right.
Suit: Ironman Stealth
Course: out 300, across 400, in 300
Start type: Run Plus: Shot
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:26
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:56:34 | 19.5 miles | 20.68 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/16
Overall: 45/184
Performance: Below average
158 hr
Wind: Little
Course: From State Park to Perdido Bridge, up, under, then back over the bridge. Back to the park then a loop of the park.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:13
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:45:51 | 04.7 miles | 09m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 12/16
Overall: 138/184
Performance: Below average
HR 159
Course: Out and back along the beach. Was originally scheduled to be 5 but they said it was short. I got 4.7 on the GPS but I will go check it later.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? Ok
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4