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Melbourne Beach, Florida
United States
Melbourne Beach Rotary
80F / 27C
Total Time = 1h 28m 57s
Overall Rank = 134/461
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 13/36
Pre-race routine:

Woke-up at 4:45, ate a banana while waiting for the coffee to brew. Steve picked me up at 5:30 and we were off. Decided at the last second to wear my sandals. While walking my bike to the transition I realized that I left my running shoes home, doh! I was going to wear my sneakers but when I decided to wear the sandals I forgot to bring them. Never change your planned morning routine! Waited to call my wife until 6:45 to tell her to bring the shoes with her and that she will have to be there by 8am!
Event warmup:

  • 13m 28s
  • 528 yards
  • 02m 33s / 100 yards

2nd wave out (+5min), and I was actually in the midst of it all at the 1st buoy. Water was shallow this year (~5ft deep at the buoy) and people were actually walking around the buoy so I went wide and it was still crowded. After the turn I had no issues and picked up a draft and settled in. I actually felt like I was swimming slower than I should but recalled that drafting is so much easier than fighting the water on your own. Also had someone drafting off me that was doing a good job staying just off my feet. Then about 50 yards from the 2nd buoy it started getting busy again with swimmers doing recovery, etc. I actually ran up on my draft lead as he had to check up, because of what looked like several swimmers just barely moving along. I went wide at this point as I could see that the 2nd buoy was again busy up close. Caught another draft heading in on the last 100 yards. Felt good getting out and jogged up to T1. I was definitely was not 29/36 out of the water as several guys passed me running up to the T, as did the lead women too!
What would you do differently?:

Other than going out a lot harder not much. It gets so busy on the shorter tight turn courses with 100+ swimmers in each wave.
Transition 1
  • 01m 33s

Not too bad, 2nd best T1 overall here yet 20 sec slower than last year when I had an ideal end rack spot.
What would you do differently?:

Nada, went with the flow around me, 17/36. Maybe I can start training without socks and see how it goes.
  • 43m 51s
  • 15.3 miles
  • 20.94 mile/hr

My best ride yet on this course. Very light headwind heading south and worked it hard once I got settled. No issues heading out passing many riders along the way. As I was approaching the turn, traffic cops were letting a bunch of cars go through. Made the turn and saw that the cars weren't that far ahead of me and brake lights on. They were having issues with a pack of riders that were 3-4 wide (not really passing) and they were holding up the traffic. I realized that was catching them and the cars so I hammered it and then actually caught the draft off of the vehicles as I approached. I passed 3 cars on the right and when I caught the riders I yelled "car back" and "on your left". The morons finally started to get back into line when they realized there are other riders out to make a pass. All this got my adrenaline up and I continued to hammer the ride and speed did not drop below 21 for a long time. Had no issues with the dismount and jumping off the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Put on the race wheels! I never got them ready to put on.
Transition 2
  • 01m 14s

Grabbed my baggy of solid ice and stuck it in my back pocket of the trisuit and put on my hat. Wasted some time searching for my gel as I forgot to hit it before the start of the swim but it wasn't to be found. Oh, and remember that I had no running shoes, the family was over by the T exit and as I ran up to them I told my wife to throw them over the fence! Stopped to slip them on real quick and off I went.
What would you do differently?:

Slowest T2 here in the last 3 races, forget about the Gel and bring shoes!
  • 28m 50s
  • 3.3 miles
  • 08m 44s  min/mile

Solid ice is cold and it felt great! Had it in my back pocket as it was too big for putting under my hat until it melted down after 2 miles or so. They had the distance markers at 0.5,1.5, 2.5 and 3 miles points and didn't track the intervals other than the 1st half mile was at 9 min pace. At 1.5 mile dumped some water on my head and took a drink and settled in for the run by picking up the pace. Ran up on 3 high school kids separately and told each that they were doing a great job (they were each dying!). Overall the run felt good and I pushed the last mile the best I could given the limited run training I've been doing this year, slowest run time by far for the last 3 races, 3.5min off of last year, 2min off of 2 years ago.
What would you do differently?:

Not much, just need to pickup the run training as time goes by.
Post race
Warm down:

I got some water and went to the family near the finish line. Talked to several other triathletes I knew and ate my bar.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lack of run training, didn't start to be serious again until ~ 8 weeks ago.

Event comments:

For a "C" race this was a nice surprise for me with a best swim and bike on this course, I was thinking a 1:35 or so for sure. Looking forward to the race in upstate NY in July.

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Last updated: 2008-04-18 12:00 AM
00:13:28 | 528 yards | 02m 33s / 100yards
Age Group: 29/36
Overall: 320/461
Performance: Good
Watch showed a 11:59 from start to exit ladder (2:15) my best ever here!
Course: Triangular course, ~130 yards out, turn ~260 yards turn, then ~130 yards in, is the setup.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Average
Time: 01:33
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:43:51 | 15.3 miles | 20.94 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/36
Overall: 86/461
Performance: Good
Bike CPU showed 21.0 mph average, max of 25.2. Cadence average of 95, max 114. Used 15.3 as race distance again not the "official" 15.0. I wish they would officially say the ride is at least 15.3 miles, measured as such with three different bikes and cyclometers and other riders CPU's.
Wind: Little
Course: Down and back along A1A, flat.
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 95
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:14
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
00:28:50 | 03.3 miles | 08m 44s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/36
Overall: 153/461
Performance: Average
Course: Rectangular and flat.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
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:
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2008-06-02 8:29 AM

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Melbourne FL
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Subject: Rotary Pineapple Man Triathlon

2008-06-02 10:34 AM
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Orlando, FL
Subject: RE: Rotary Pineapple Man Triathlon
Hey Donto - great race report! Sorry I missed you at the race (I was further back - lol) but it WAS a great race, and it will be on my annual to-do list. Thanks for being so encouraging and positive about it - it was FUN!
2008-06-02 12:45 PM
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New City, New York
Subject: RE: Rotary Pineapple Man Triathlon

Nice Job, Don!

Great bike split too!


2008-06-02 8:55 PM
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Melbourne, FL
Subject: RE: Rotary Pineapple Man Triathlon
Great race, Don! Great report, too! Thanks for the tips ahead of time. Maybe I'll see you in October.

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