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Clermont, Florida
United States
Sommer Sports
74.5F / 24C
Total Time = 2h 49m 20s
Overall Rank = 179/335
Age Group = 45-49
Age Group Rank = 18/28
Pre-race routine:

Got to the race site early, struggled remembering how to lay out transition...this was my first tri in several months.
Event warmup:

Ran about 1/2 mile then headed over to the lake to warm up in my wetsuit. The wetsuit felt way to restrictive (obviously I've mis-sized it) so I pulled it off & swam the race without it.
  • 26m 5s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 35s / 100 yards

Best triathlon swim ever, because this wave had only 28 swimmers I started right on the inside bouy & swam up the bouy line making 2 very good turns at each leg change bouy....I think I can still take a minute off this distance.
Did this in a 1:35/100 avg & 1:30 will be the goal for IMFL.
I wish the swim segment was longer & the run segment shorter!
What would you do differently?:

Swim faster!
Transition 1
  • 02m 45s

Once on the bike I had some issues using the multi-sport setting on the Garmin time I'll know what to do.
  • 1h 19m 5s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 18.85 mile/hr

Not a bad bike segment on a slightly hilly course. I backed this down with 5 miles to go because I felt I would suffer more on the run. There's still much work needed on the bike in the next 5 weeks before Gulfcoast!
Transition 2
  • 00m 53s

I used my new Zoot tri shoes and they helped make this a fast T2. Both of my transitions went very well taking a total of just over 3 minutes for both...that really helps in the overall race time.
  • 1h 00m 38s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 09m 47s  min/mile

Still slow but this included a 1 minute port-o-let stop. I also took a few 1 walk minute breaks at aid stations after feeling some twinges of cramps in the quads...overall felt good through most of the run.
I need to train & feel comfortable running at a higher hr...ran this at about a 154bpm avg & need to push it to 160-163bpm.
What would you do differently?:

Need to keep doing interval work in training.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

I approached this as a training exercise & gave me a feel for where I am in my training plan.

Event comments:

Well, I can swim, bike & transition pretty competitively - Unfortunaltely all the ground I gain in the first 2 segments/transitions I give back on the run!
A good early season warm up, this is my 2nd fastest Oly time.
I got some great bike & run power/hr data and have a good feel about developing the training progression in terms of focus.
The 25th anniversary of this race, I enjoy racing in Clermont and competing on this course - it's not crowded with only 300 to 400 participants (no bike drafting issues in this race!)
If you're looking for a good early season Oly, I would recommend considering this race.

Last updated: 2008-02-14 12:00 AM
00:26:05 | 1640 yards | 01m 35s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/28
Overall: 83/335
Performance: Good
Course: 3 legs in Lake Minneola
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 02:45
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:19:05 | 24.85 miles | 18.85 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/28
Overall: 163/335
Performance: Average
Power avg of 177
Wind: Some
Course: Gentle rollers, a couple of short, steep climbs.
Road:   Cadence: 79
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 00:53
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:00:38 | 06.2 miles | 09m 47s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/28
Overall: 279/335
Performance: Average
Course: Out & back
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
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] 5

2008-04-07 1:26 PM

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Jacksonville, FL
Subject: Great Clermont Triathlon

2008-04-07 7:00 PM
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Plant City, FL
Subject: RE: Great Clermont Triathlon
Congrats on a great race Peter!! It was nice to meet up with you on the beach!! That was a smoking fast swim time! 
2008-04-07 7:07 PM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Great job!! I wish the swim were longer and the run shorter too
2008-04-07 8:16 PM
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Nice race!

It is fun to train and race with power to see how different courses, hills and wind all play a huge factor into pace compared to power.

First tri of the year is always exciting and fun to get back to racing! 

2008-04-07 9:32 PM
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I wish I'd been there with you; sounds like you had a great race.  Your swim times are smoking!
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