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Jekyll Island, Georgia
United States
Georgia Multisports Productions
70F / 21C
Total Time = 2h 47m 53s
Overall Rank = 167/218
Age Group = clyde
Age Group Rank = 10/17
Pre-race routine:

Got out of bed and prayed that my stomach virus was a thing of the past!! Had some coffee. Gave my very sick wife a pep talk, (Great job Helle). A group of friends that were also racing met us at the house and we drove to transition. Muffin/yogurt and coffee for breakfast.
Event warmup:

Too the long walk down the beach and streched my foot!
  • 19m 51s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 13s / 100 yards

The swim had worried me for a long time. First ocean swim and it was like being on a ride! The current was FAST. All those sleepless nights were a waste of time. The best swim I have ever had. I wanted to keep going. I think this swim can give a VERY false sense of security. It would have taken me twice as long in a lake.
What would you do differently?:

Worry less!!!
Transition 1
  • 01m 24s

Quick transition, I could have been faster. but I wanted to make sure I didn't forget anything
  • 1h 11m 2s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.99 mile/hr

Great course flat and fast. This being my first oly, I didn't want to burn it all on the bike. I rode hard but well within myself. I passed a lot of tri bikes and never saw them again. I wonder how much a tri bike makes a difference in speed?? Great ride!
What would you do differently?:

Go a little harder,drink more and take on more nutrition!!
Transition 2
  • 01m 27s

pretty quick. I had to dig in my bag for some extra gels. I was starting to feel my stomach virus kick in!!!!
  • 1h 14m 10s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 56s  min/mile

I totally exploded on the run. I have been suffering Plantar faciitis for the last 2 months and have not run in 7 weeks. I felt that on the run. I felt as though I had forgotten HOW to run. I was changing my foot strike and trying to find the most comfortable way to run. I really suffered. Without a doubt the worst run of my life. I walked a lot. Thanks to our cheering section (thanks guys I think you helped a lot of people get by!!!) at mile 2 1/2 I picked it up a bit, but the last 2 miles were brutal!!
What would you do differently?:

Be healthy get this plantar thing under control and actually train for the run!!
Post race
Warm down:

Took on water hugged my little boy and waited for my wife to come in.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Injury and a stomach virus the last 4 days before the race(does it get much worse??!)..... I can't even believe we raced!!!

Event comments:

Great race I am very happy we chose it for our 1st OLY. Tons of volunteers great venue. We will be back next year healthy and injury free!!!

Last updated: 2009-02-12 12:00 AM
00:19:51 | 1640 yards | 01m 13s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/17
Overall: 0/218
Performance: Good
Suit: qr shortie
Course: point to point about 50 yards off the beach
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 01:24
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:11:02 | 24.85 miles | 20.99 mile/hr
Age Group: 6/17
Overall: 0/218
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Flat 2 loop course around the island
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:27
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
01:14:10 | 06.21 miles | 11m 56s  min/mile
Age Group: 13/17
Overall: 0/218
Performance: Bad
Course: Flat and HOT!!!
Keeping cool Bad Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 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

2009-05-19 9:35 AM


Atlanta, Ga
Subject: Turtle Crawl Triathlon

2009-05-19 4:27 PM
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Subject: RE: Turtle Crawl Triathlon
Good job for your first Oly.  My experience and race review was very similar to yours:  Great swim, great bike, horrible run.
2009-05-19 9:31 PM
in reply to: #2161707

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Woodstock, GA
Subject: RE: Turtle Crawl Triathlon

Good job on the first OLY.  That ocean current is great isn't it?  I am doing this race every year.  Hope the foot gets better soon.

2009-05-21 7:47 AM
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Williamsburg, Virginia
Subject: RE: Turtle Crawl Triathlon
Great race on a bum foot.
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