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Turtle Crawl Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Jekyll Island, Georgia
United States
Georgia Multisports Productions
Total Time = 2h 38m 22s
Overall Rank = 129/
Age Group = 50-55
Age Group Rank = 4/8
Pre-race routine:

Ate a couple of breakfast bars. Stretched a bit.
Event warmup:

Ran a mile to warm up. Walked a mile down the beach to the swim start.
  • 17m 59s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 06s / 100 yards

If anyone read my race report from last year, this one will be somewhat boring as there were no fish, jellyfish, or sharks to deal with on the swim. It almost made the swim boring. I had nothing to take my mind off of the swim or to think about during the swim. The water was much calmer than last year. In addition to no fish, jellyfish or sharks, there was not even any waves. We may as well have been swimming in a pool... a dirty pool where you can not see the bottom... a pool with super fast jets propeling you forward kind of like one of those endless pools with the jets only faster. I am not much a swimmer, but I can ride the current with the best of them. :)

The only thing I had to occupy my mind was this one guy who was just a little faster than I am but not nearly as good a navigator as I am. He kept bumping into me for about half the race. He would swim into me and after a short wrestling match he would look up and get his bearings straight and take off. After 30 yards or so we would do it all over again. I should have gotten on his right side after the first several bumps. Then he would have swam up on the shore with me not being there to stop him. He needed some lap lanes :).

This is a GREAT place to do an open water swim. If you want much more help from the current than this, you would need to swim off of a waterfall.
Transition 1
  • 02m 49s

I was very impressed with my transitions. Britni/Kris was yelling at me telling me how much faster everyone else doing their transitions. I said I did not care. I don't...
  • 1h 12m 38s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.53 mile/hr

This is a great bike course. You do two laps around the island under the shade of the trees with the Spanish moss hanging down. The trees form a canopy which makes for a really pretty ride. Although, I am not that fast I did pass a lot of very expensive bikes as I cranked it out on my $700 tribike and only had a couple of road bikes pass me. I like that. Not only is the course very pretty, it was very smooth, flat, and fast. So if you are a good bike rider, this is the place to show your stuff.
Transition 2
  • 01m 41s

see t1
  • 1h 03m 17s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 11s  min/mile

The run is also completely flat. It initally runs along a jogging path along the ocean then it turns a bit and goes by the road in the shade. I am not sure which is better. The beautiful view of the ocean or the comfort of the shade. After a couple of miles, it is not hard to decide. The shade was wonderful after you heat up a bit.
Post race
Warm down:

Not much of a warm down. I took a shower with my race clothes on in the beach shower.

Event comments:

I swam a bit faster this year... I rode a bit faster this year... I ran a bit faster this year.. My daughter came and watched... What more could you ask for... Life is good. :) This is the best race that I have been too. I did it last year and I will do it next year. The ONLY thing that was not as good as last year is that they did not have the festival afterwards although not many racers stayed for it last year. We went to the turtle rescue center and asked why they did not do the turtle release as they did last year and she said they made a scheduling error and committed to another event on the same day without realizing it. They released a couple of turtles at the other event instead. Watching them release the rehabilitated turtles last year was very cool. I told them to bring back the festival with the live band, guy dressed as a turtle, and the turtle release.

If I only did one race a year, it would be this one. DO THIS RACE! Ask anyone who has done it. It does not get any better than this.

Last updated: 2009-02-26 12:00 AM
00:17:59 | 1640 yards | 01m 06s / 100yards
Age Group: 2/8
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Suit: wetsuit
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting:
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:49
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
01:12:38 | 24.85 miles | 20.53 mile/hr
Age Group: 3/8
Overall: 0/
Road: Smooth  Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
Time: 01:41
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
01:03:17 | 06.21 miles | 10m 11s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/8
Overall: 5/
Keeping cool Good Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
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

2009-05-17 1:55 PM

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Woodstock, GA
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2009-05-17 2:27 PM
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Winder, GA
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Great job and great RR, Neal. I love this race too. It's an awesome venue for a race. Maybe I'll do it again next year.

Edited by autigers_1998 2009-05-17 2:28 PM
2009-05-17 3:09 PM
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Great report as usual - And, great race!  Now that I have my new work schedule giving me more freedom on Sundays so I can make a weekend out of it, I've already told Dee we are definitely doing this race next year -- Sounds like fun -- And, as the worst swimmer on BT, I would LOVE to have that current - Heck, I might break 2:30 per 100 with that

Edited by Pop 2009-05-17 3:39 PM
2009-05-17 5:11 PM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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agree completely Neal... Team JH has decided to make it an annual event..this is definately an uncharted jewel on the coast...i can tell you once people figure out how awesome of a race this is it will sell out FAST!! Great to see you...nice to chat with you before the swim!
2009-05-17 5:21 PM
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Great job Neal.  Mr. Rainey needs to be paying you for your promotion of this race!

2009-05-17 6:27 PM
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North Metro ATL
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Congrats Neal!  I could hear your voice and your sandbagging and it had me smiling. I will do this race once year.

2009-05-17 7:14 PM
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Congrats on improving your time by 10 mins from last year.  I might have been the guy you mentioned in the swim bumping into you =).  My RR will be coming soon.
2009-05-18 6:36 AM
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Alpharetta, GA
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Great race again this year! Solid RR even though I missed the "sharks" from last year's.
2009-05-18 10:49 AM
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Johns Creek, Georgia
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17:59 for the swim - good lord!  Are you a dolphin?  Way to go Neal!
2009-05-21 8:07 AM
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Williamsburg, Virginia
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Great job and yes this is a great race. I came down from Virginia to race with a buddy and would race this one again.
2009-05-21 9:37 AM
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Awesome Job Neal! you had some darn fine splits! I am going to circle this one again for next year as you and others have nothing to good things to say about this race.

2010-05-26 12:28 PM
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Mt Pleasant, SC
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Good race and report.

I am thinking about the Tri-Red down on Jekyll Island this fall.


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