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Panama City Beach, FL
Emerald Coast Triathlon
Total Time = 1h 46m 12s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 35-39 & MIL
Age Group Rank = 13/19
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at numerous times throughout the night due to the heavy thunderstorms that came through. I knew this wasn't going to be a good sign. Finally had enough of it around 4:30...alarms were set for 0500. Got up grabbed my snickers marathon bar and a gatorade out of the fridge then headed out on the balcony and watched the rain, lighting...yes lighting...and the huge waves!! Again, mindset not so positive. Finally decided to get a shower watch a bit of tv and hope for the best. Things started to get better toward 0600....well, lets just say the rain and lightning had left the area. The waves....not so much!!!

Finally got the trisuit on, put some shorts and t-shirt over it, sandals on, pumped up the tires on the bike then headed down to load the truck. Went and met Kristi (KSMITH) at her room and then we headed out to the race. Got to the race with about 30-45 minutes to spare. Got our transition areas set up and then did the bathroom visit 2-3 times. Now it is time to go to the beach...grabbed the goggles and the ugly ass swim cap and headed down to the beach with Kristi.
Event warmup:

None...just jumped in the water to test the temp. 90% were using wetsuits, but I didn't want to fight with it. Water temp not too bad...I can do this.
  • 24m 2s
  • 587 yards
  • 04m 05s / 100 yards

Ok, first of all those that know me, know that I am not that slow of a swimmer. Here is the thing....these are my split times from my watch and that time included NOTHING except time in the water. shit!!! Ouch!

If you read the weather report, you "may" get an idea of how bad it was out there, but let me explain it to you......"HOLY DROWNING POOL, BATMAN!!!" The weather that came through brought some terrible water conditions, but they decided to do the swim anyway. Here is the thing though, they set it up where we had to go against the current. Yeah..WTF??? So off we start...mass start, no age group waves.

Horn I go into the about 50 feet, hurdle a wave, then dive under the next, then I get into a great grove, great form for all of 3 f-ing strokes then get slammed by the next wave....this continues for what seems like an hour. Finally when I get past the breakers, I look up to sight the bouy....where the F did it go???? back to stroking away...then again, I get head back up to see where the bouy is...Holy shit...I can see it!!! Not anywhere close to it, but I can see it. You have got to be shitting me.... I am now chasing the, I am not kidding, the bouy is moving!!!! WTF???

Back to swimming my ass off again (actually passing people), get to the first bouy, turn right....and swam in place for another 30 minutes...I could feel the current going against me!! This is where I started to cuss all the race directors.....there was no way they should have allowed this swim to ever start....numerous people turned around and dnf'd due to the swim and I honestly kept thinking that I was going to hear about someone drowning...hell, for a while, I thought it could have been me! OK, back to the race...I keep plugging away and finally make it to the second bouy, and think..."Now we get to have some fun and ride the current". That thought was true, but I had to "crab" into the current to try to go in a straight path to the beach...current was at about a 45 degree angle to the shore. That didn't work so well, so I decided the heck with that and just rode the current to the shore....well, in the direction of the shore. Got hammered by numerous waves, one which flipped me and knocked off my goggles. Somehow I was able to grab them and keep going, but now I was swimming blinded in the ocean water. Finally made it to shore....but I am now a 100 yards or so to the right of where I need to be.....but with everyone else. So now I have to run the beach to get back to the transition area.
What would you do differently?:

Stay the F in bed!!!
Transition 1
  • 02m 29s

Transition times sucked because of the 100 yard run through the sand, then we had to run through the bar that was hosting the race, well actually we had to walk since the floor was wet and very slippery. Continued out the front of the bar over to the Parking lot/Transition area and started getting ready for the bike. Actual time in T1 was not too bad, got dressed and was off fairly quickly, well that is once I got to my bike.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing...I don't think I could have improved on my "actual" time in T1 if the conditions were somewhat normal...This race was just set up bad for a quick T1 time.
  • 49m 10s
  • 15 miles
  • 18.31 mile/hr

Now finally on the run...YES!!! The swim is finally over, so let's go!!! Out of T1, on the bike, out of the parking lot and dead into a friggin' headwind for the 1st half of the race. Kept trying to push the effort that my coach wanted (slightly above comfortable). Felt like I did that well. Just was exhausted after the swim and was pissed about the headwind....kept just telling myself how much fun the ride back was going to be. Don't have my splits, but I saw a few 13s, 14s, 16, 17s going out, and maintained 20+ coming home....max of 26.5, but would say the average was approximately 22 mph on the second half.
What would you do differently?:

Push harder.
Transition 2
  • 00m 18s

This split isn't completely correct, but it is what I have, but that is because I forgot to hit my split until after I got the bike racked. Which means a faster bike time (no more than 30 secs) and slower T2 time. Stil fast in T2, racked the bike, dropped the helmet, put on my Tennessee visor changed shoes and was off.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing...think I nailed this one!
  • 30m 11s
  • 3.25 miles
  • 09m 17s  min/mile

Felt like I was going slower than I was, but the times can't lie. Just pushed on and enjoyed the moment. Not great times, but for me, I like seeing the 9 min/miles. I am thrilled about them today.
Post race
Warm down:

Grab a gatorade and went to clean up my transition area and put the bike and gear back in the truck and wait for Kristi to finish.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Big Fat belly, slow ass legs.....Sorry, but had to use Madcow's line...I just love it!!! Thanks Tom!

Event comments:

I really enjoyed this small race, but they did a great job with it. Everything except the dangerous swim conditions was dead on!!! Still say that they should have never let us out there in those water conditions.

Last updated: 2005-01-17 12:00 AM
00:24:02 | 587 yards | 04m 05s / 100yards
Age Group: 9/19
Overall: 0/
Performance: Below average
Suit: Cervelo Ego Tri-suit
Course: 630 feet out, turn right around bouy, 500 feet, turn right around bouy, 630 feet back in to the beach. This is what it was supposed to be, but they had to reset the bouys a couple of times before the race as the currents kept moving them. I honestly think the swim was MUCH longer than the distance noted above.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current: High
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 02:29
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
00:49:10 | 15 miles | 18.31 mile/hr
Age Group: 13/19
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: Out and back course.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 00:18
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:30:11 | 03.25 miles | 09m 17s  min/mile
Age Group: 16/19
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
Course: Out and back around some condos and side streets.
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: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2005-04-23 2:11 PM

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Pensacola, Fl
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2005-04-23 6:19 PM
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Adrian, MI
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Wow.  That swim sounded scary.  Living in Michigan I don't worry about waves and currents.  Yikes!  Sounds kind of exciting actually, although not for you I bet !

I think you did GREAT, Lane!  I cannot imagine how tired you could have been after the swim... to hold 18's for the bike is good stuff! 

Enjoy a few longnecks!  I was surpised that you didn't belly up to the bar for a shot of Jack during T1!

Edited by fromer 2005-04-23 6:20 PM

2005-04-23 8:44 PM
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Kingston Ontario
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Hey Lane!  Great job in crappy conditions!

Man, I would have practically drowned in all those waves.  You're tough!

What's next on the race agenda?

2005-04-23 9:06 PM
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Way to see it through! Sounds tough, but it sounds like you at least kept your sense of humor. Congrats on a good finish to a tough night and day! 
2005-04-23 9:40 PM
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Marietta, Ga
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Damn, Lane, that swim sounded awful.  Reminds me of a real bad version of the Crab Trap race.  Glad you made it, buddy.  You finished and made some great times!


2005-04-23 10:18 PM
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Broomfield, Colorado
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Wow Lane, that just plain SUCKS!  The swim anyway....but you still kicked butt!  Nice work....great times....and now go chill! 

2005-04-23 10:58 PM
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Frisco, Texas
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Wow.  What a swim!  I enjoyed reading your narrative...even though I 'm sure you didn't like living it.  But you made it and didn't DNF.

Nice bike time in the headwinds.


2005-04-23 11:05 PM
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Littleton, CO
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Great job to stick with it Lane - would the wetsuit have made it any easier?Hope you scouted the good spots in town for our November post-race fiesta
2005-04-24 9:40 AM
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Frugal Gear Geek
having fun with the kids
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Wow way to kick ass even with a lousy swim. I am sorrry the weather was sooo bad, but it is good training for furture races. If you can survive this your ready for anything.
2005-04-24 7:01 PM
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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That is an outstanding effort in some hairy stuff, brother.  Congratulations on *enduring* the swim, smoothing the bike and stomping the run.  Bet the bod and the brain were whipped.

And I'm sure that you weren't in chat last night 'cause you were partying like a Kennedy!  WooHoo!  Next!?

2005-04-24 7:50 PM
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wrightsville beach, North Carolina
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YIKES!!!! what a wild ride. Fanstastic push thru the entire race. Great endurance and perserverance lane!!

2005-04-24 9:42 PM
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You doing the next one in the series?

2005-04-25 4:53 PM
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Plant City, FL
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What a race!  You should have come to St. A!!  

Great job with the terrible conditions.  I would have quit on the swim!! 

2005-04-25 9:48 PM
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Again, great race Lane. It was a pleasure meeting you and hanging out together. Yes, you are a perfect gentleman in every way. Thank you! BUT not so sure I will listen to you again when you tell me "oh, you can stand up all the way!".

You took off and conquered on that swim, you are tough as nails!! You did fantastic and will be so very prepared for IMFL!!! Go Lane!!

2005-04-26 9:43 AM
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Plant City, Florida
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Holy Head wind Batman ....sounds like a dicey to me glad you made it out alright and were able to finish the bike and run so strong....Wendi is right should of come to St. Anthony's what a post race party....great race man keep it up....
2005-04-26 10:06 AM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Great job in terrible conditions. at least the bike and run were fun. Great run splints...come to st A next year -SMO

2005-04-27 12:52 PM
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Pensacola, Fl
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OK, the offical results are posted, but the numbers are skewed a bit with the locations of the timing mats...and of course, the "swim from hell".

Swim:  24:02  (this includes 3:03 of walking back on the beach to get to the finish of the swim)
T1:  2:29  
Bike:  49:10  (whoo hoo, I picked up another couple of tenths on bike speed!)
T2:  0:18 (see my point of mat placement...I did good, but not this good)
Run:  30:11  (run grew longer/slower due to the mat location again, guess that is how I had a 18 sec T2!)

Overall finish (35-39 & Military combined):   13/19 

I finished 9th of 19 in the swim for my AG.  The average swim time for these 19 was 25:31 for a 587yd swim....ouch!!!  (but I was ahead of the average by 1:30.

Edited by Cavu9 2005-04-27 1:02 PM

2005-04-27 1:20 PM
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Philadelphia, south of New York and north of DC
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Wow, Lane.  I assume that in your Navy training you've been in some pretty sketchy water.  So, if you think the conditions were bad, they must have been really, really bad.

My hat is off to you and anyone who completed this race.

Well done!!!
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