Escape From Ft. Desoto - TriathlonSprint

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Tierra Verde, Florida
United States
78F / 26C
Total Time = 1h 08m 30s
Overall Rank = 72/800
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 12/78
Pre-race routine:

Wake up way too early, 4AM, get myself, my wife and my dog awake and motivated to get going. Stop at 7-Eleven grab some bagels and a giant cup of coffee.
Event warmup:

Swam back and forth to the first buoy. Felt really good when I didn't have over a 100 people fighting around me.
  • 15m 29s
  • 880 yards
  • 01m 46s / 100 yards

I started out really well to the first buoy but then I started getting water splashed into my mouth when trying to breath and it was all over for me then. I had to switch to breast and back stroke while trying to get my breathing under control.
What would you do differently?:

I started in a straight line to the first buoy, where everyone else was and I got trampled. For St. A's I will start all the way on the outside. I don't care if I lose time but at least I will be able to not hyperventilate and swim freestyle the whole way. I feel like I have become a better swimmer, but I still panic!
Transition 1
  • 03m 46s

I was pretty happy with my T1 performance, the wet suit is always a pain to get off.
What would you do differently?:

Maybe try Pam cooking spray on my ankles so the suit slides off easier.
  • 22m 10s
  • 10 miles
  • 27.07 mile/hr

I felt great on the bike, the wind was pretty bad but I was actually thankful I didn't have deep dish rims or it would have been hard to ride in a straight line. I used the Profile drink system for the first time and it made staying hydrated a lot easier.
What would you do differently?:

Push the pace just a little bit harder.
Transition 2
  • 01m 17s

Struggled getting my shoes on because the sole kept slipping and my calf cramped a little.
What would you do differently?:

Put socks on even if it costs me 10 seconds it will save me from getting blisters.
  • 25m 50s
  • 4 miles
  • 06m 28s  min/mile

Started run with a stomach ache which has been happening to me all week so first half of my run was pretty miserable and I got passed by no less than 4 people in my age group. Once we hit the sand I felt much better and picked up the pace and came within 20 seconds of catching 2 of the guys who had previously passed me.
What would you do differently?:

Try not to get a stomach ache so I can run hard the whole run.
Post race
Warm down:

Walk and sit.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My swim and my sub par run. If I had a good day I would have been top 5 in my age group.

Event comments:

Great race, will come back next year with a slightly different strategy and of course more experience.

Last updated: 2007-02-21 12:00 AM
00:15:29 | 880 yards | 01m 46s / 100yards
Age Group: 58/78
Overall: 0/800
Performance: Bad
Suit: Sleeveless wetsuit
Course: Along the beach swim course
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Bad
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:46
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Average
00:22:10 | 10 miles | 27.07 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/78
Overall: 1/800
Performance: Good
Wind: Headwind
Course: Out and back course with a constant wind with only 2 real turns.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:17
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Average
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:25:50 | 04 miles | 06m 28s  min/mile
Age Group: 14/78
Overall: 0/800
Performance: Average
Course: Out and back style course with a few flights of stairs thrown in half way through. Going out was pavement and coming back was hard packed sand, thank god!
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
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