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St. Anthony's Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic


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St. Petersburg, Florida
United States
St. Anthony's Healthcare
60F / 16C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 42m 14s
Overall Rank = 1037/3800
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 151/284
Pre-race routine:

On Thursday, drove down from Atlanta and checked into the Vinoy Hotel, which was adjacent to the race site. Friday, checked in, got the race packet, and met a bunch of other BT'rs at the Athlete's reception. Saturday, I did a small brick 30 min bike and 10 min run. Then, I met up with the other BT'rs for a 20min swim around 2pm. That evening, we a killer pasta dinner with other BT'rs. Wendi (G8RSAX) was kind enough to organize a dinner at her Bed and Breakfast. The meal was great and it was a lot of fun meeting other BT'rs.

I was asleep by 10pm Saturday night. I woke up at 3:30am and ate a Cliff Bar. Went back to sleep till 4:30. Got up, dressed and headed down to set up my transition area.
Event warmup:

As the Star Spangled Banner was sung, the sun popped up over the horizon, and sent this orange hued light across the water towards us. It was simply a beautiful morning. I watched the pros start at 7am, then I donned the wetsuit and swam for a while just to get loosened up. My wave went off at 7:30. I saw Wendi, Mike, Sue and Lisa at the start. Everyone was nervous, including me.
Swim
  • 26m 51s
  • 1500 meters
  • 01m 47s / 100 meters
Comments:

This was a great swim for me. I felt great in the water. I was nervous about the start, so I lined up on the right hand side (away from the bouys) but right up in front. My plan was to allow the faster swimmers to get going while I navigated my way over to the left during the first 200 yards or so. It worked out very well. By the first bouy, I was on the line and in a groove.


I passed a lot of people on the swim and caught quite a few folks from the waves ahead of me. There were two left hand turns and all the bouys were on the left. I'm a right side breather, so navigating was a bit tricky. The water was calm and I really just enjoyed this swim. The wetsuit and added bouyancy in the salt water made me feel very fast, I could see the water rushing by over my head as I came up to breathe.

I swam alongside this other fellow who was also in my swim wave. I breathed to the right, he breathed to the left. Our stroke timing was so well matched that each time we came up to breathe, we were looking right at each other. I never saw him again once I exited the water, but it was great, if not comical, to have someone there to help steer and to pace me.

The real problem with this leg of the race was the fact that I swallowed so much water and air. I've done this in the pool while training but learned to belch the air out while swimming. I guess I was so focused on everything around me that I didn't realize what was happening. I nearly threw up on the run into T1 and in hindsight, I should have put a finger down my throat and gotten rid of all that air and water. It killed my race performance towards the end, which I'll explain later.
What would you do differently?:

Try to avoid swallowing so much water.
Transition 1
  • 03m 37s
Comments:

T1 took a while since my gut was really hurting. I sat for a few seconds just hoping I could rid myself of some of this air. No dice. So, I got my gear on and headed out with my bike.
What would you do differently?:

Go ahead and puke.
Bike
  • 1h 09m 40s
  • 25 miles
  • 21.53 mile/hr
Comments:

I decided to really push the bike. All I could hear in my head was Fromer saying "attack, attack". So, I did. I rode hard, keeping my cadence up between 95 and 110. I hit 120 at one point. My HR was up around 160, which I knew was high, but it was a race and I wanted to meet my time goals. My gut was really hurting and it made it literally impossible to drink any fluids. I had a full bottle of my drink mix and only was able to drink about a third of it. Normally, I would have consumed all of it on the bike. I didn't get any calories nor fluids into my body during the ride. I was wondering when I would begin to "crash".
Transition 2
  • 02m 38s
Comments:

Changed into running shoes, grabbed my drink bottle, and headed out.
Run
  • 59m 29s
  • 6.2 miles
  • 09m 35s  min/mile
Comments:

I ran the first mile at 8:30, the second at 8:45, then I basically crashed at the turnaround point at mile 3.1. I threw my fluid bottle away since I still couldn't drink. Even a small sip caused real discomfort. I ran with a stitch the entire time, trying to breathe out when my left foot hit the ground to minimize the pain. This run sucked. I trained very hard so that on race day, I would have lots of juice left in my legs for the run. But, due to the air bubble in my stomach, nothing could get past and into my system. Because I couldn't drink, I just crashed. I gutted out the final 3 miles in considerable discomfort.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around looking for the other BT'rs as they finished.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Stomach ache.

Event comments:

St. Anthony's is a first class, well organized, and awesome event. I will be doing it again next year. This was great fun.

At 6pm, all the BT'rs (Wendi-G8RSAX, Mike-G8RLA94, Jeff-JkBostic, Chris-Coredump, Sue-Sue7013 and Renee-RENEE), met up at the Bar on the veranda of the Vinoy Hotel. We sat, drank, and laughed away the night while reliving our races and making fun of Chris (coredump) for getting dinged with a drafting penalty. We were in awe of Sharon's performance (Snikpos) who finished somewhere around 2:35! We talked about a lot of stuff and agreed that none of it should show up on the BT board. Suffice it to say, my legs are sore, my head hurts, but I feel great. Laughter is great medicine. The best memories I'll take home from this race are the times spent with the other BT'rs. Now I realize for certain why this is such a great forum. The people make it what it is.

Instead of posting pics here, I'll put them in my album...here's the link: http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/photos/photo-thumbnail...




Last updated: 2004-10-13 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:26:51 | 1500 meters | 01m 47s / 100meters
Age Group: 48/284
Overall: 0/3800
Performance: Good
Suit: Yes
Course: Course was one leg straight out from shore, then a 90 degree turn to the left, then a final 90 degree turn to the left back to shore.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 03:37
Performance:
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
01:09:40 | 25 miles | 21.53 mile/hr
Age Group: 90/284
Overall: 0/3800
Performance: Good
(oops, I originally thought the bike was 26 miles, but it was actually 25 miles. My MPH was really 21.5, not 22.3, sorry for the error).
Wind: Little
Course: Course was a loop of sorts, there were quite a few hairpin turns which really bled off a lot of my speed. The course was flat and fast. I passed a lot of folks on the ride.
Road: Smooth  Cadence: 100
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 02:38
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:59:29 | 06.2 miles | 09m 35s  min/mile
Age Group: 228/284
Overall: 0/3800
Performance:
Course: Flat course through very neighborhoods lined with big Spanish mansions.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race? Ok
Evaluation
Course challenge
Organized?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2005-04-25 11:22 AM

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2005-04-25 11:44 AM
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Great race man, way to gut out the stomach problems.  Sounds like you all had a great time.
2005-04-25 12:10 PM
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Way to battle through it... Congratulations....
2005-04-25 12:20 PM
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Great work, KARL.

"there were quite a few hairpin turns which really bled off a lot of my speed"

Uhh... dude, you went 22+!!   I damn well hope you are pleased with that split! 

Glad you followed my advice and ATTACKED the bike.  It's your best event and you should maximize your talent! 

At least when you race next time you will know what you are capable of...and damn, you had better not settle for less!!!



Edited by fromer 2005-04-25 12:21 PM
2005-04-25 12:43 PM
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Great race...was it the combination air and water or more of salt water that caused your stomach problems? When did you get out of your wetsuit, at T1 or in the water? Excellent bike split!

Clay
2005-04-25 12:57 PM
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Great race. Way to attack and fight through your stomach problems. Nice meeting you and your family.


2005-04-25 1:56 PM
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Awesome race Karl!    You did great!  running with stomach issues just plain sucks!  Nice work getting through
2005-04-25 2:11 PM
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Glad you had fun.  Hope you are feeling better.  Nice to meet you. SMO
2005-04-25 2:12 PM
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Awesome race! What an excellent bike time! Great run through the stomach pain. Great memories.
2005-04-25 2:13 PM
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Karl - great race, great comraderie, nice way to get it done through the crap that is saltwater in your stomach.  You are just off the hook with your bike...that's sooo solid.  Congratulations again...

And I threw up and quit in my first saltwater multisport event.  It's a dubious tradition?!

2005-04-25 2:24 PM
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FREAKING FAST BIKE SPLIT!!! 22mph?!?!?!??!

way to go to gut it out even with the stomach discomfort!

U ROCK KARL!!!!



2005-04-25 3:43 PM
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Damn, how did you get that slow-assed Felt to go so fast? Just think what you could do on a GOOD BIKé !

Way to gut it out on the run. Sounds like y'all had a great weekend!

2005-04-25 3:50 PM
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Great race Karl--wow you really flew through those transitions, even though you were trying to settle the stomach. Bummer about the tummy though, but you did spectacularly in spite of the difficulty. Way to go!

--Debbie
2005-04-25 4:00 PM
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Great job and a great bike time! The pictures are awesome in your album - thanks for posting. Sorry to hear about the stomach issues - I'll bet it never happens again.
2005-04-25 4:10 PM
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Outstanding!! wish I was there, waited to late to sign up & had to backout of the TNT due to an unforseen incident. But I will be there next Year, you can count on it. Can't let you have all the fun.
2005-04-25 4:17 PM
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Incredible swim and bike Karl!  Great job gutting out that run too.  I had a great time meeting everyone.  What a blast!

I'm wondering how you managed to "pop" that tummy bubble just in time to have some beer after the race (had to replace those fluids, EH? wink wink)  And what's this I hear about champagne?  WHERE'S MINE???

Oh, BTW, let's set the record straight.  If I'd done a 2:26, I'd be in awe of myself too!  It was 2:36 actually.  If I ever get up the energy for a RR, you'll see the breakdown too.  Speaking of times, why does your report say it took you 7 hours?  Did that include T3 at the beer tent??

Sharon



2005-04-25 4:17 PM
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Oops.  Got a little impatient with the enter key again.



Edited by snikpos 2005-04-25 4:18 PM
2005-04-25 4:40 PM
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Awesome race Karl!!  You kicked butt, as always...

Glad I finally got to meet Betty!  She's beautiful!

2005-04-25 7:21 PM
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Great race & sorry I didn't get a chance to meet you, we got delayed in traffic Friday night. Interesting item, you were #1165 I was #1164 & judging from your photo, I think I was just behind you at the swim start...Great job & maybe we'll get to meet there next year.
2005-04-25 7:51 PM
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You ran a great race. Be proud of your accomplishment - you kicked ass! AWESOME job on your swim.

I enjoyed the social hours; everyone was really great to hang with. Thanks for your hospitality last night!
2005-04-25 9:23 PM
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Yeah Karl!!  You kicked some major butt out there!

Why DOES it say 7 hours for your overall time???? Does that include the beer drinking??

Jen



2005-04-25 9:40 PM
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keepitup - 2005-04-25 9:23 PM

Why DOES it say 7 hours for your overall time???? Does that include the beer drinking??

Jen

'cause the field name is "Race Time", I thought that meant the time the race started (7am).  I corrected it to show the actual time to complete the race.  Thanks for the head's up. 

Regarding the air, I walked around for about an hour and yes, it did "pass" through me.  Once it was out, I was able to enjoy the beer and champagne.  My dad's a Gastroenterologist and told me just to keep walking, that it would work itself out (thankfully, it did).

2005-04-25 9:44 PM
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Holy crap you can freaking bike man!  Good thing it wasn't your wheel that guy was walking outta the transition area with.  I had a great time training, racing, and partying with you.  Definitely a highlight of my life.  The high five you gave me during the run was one of my fastest miles I ran out there - thanks for the lift.

Way to overcome the stomach issues too.  I'm hoping that the post race beer and festivities made that feel a little better.  I had a great time learing about the nuaces of birds on wires, marriage and eating ice cream cones.  LOL!

Can't wait to race with you again sometime.

2005-04-25 9:44 PM
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Karl you did great man!! What a race!! I'm so sorry that your mother didn't teach you NOT to drink the water while you swim, shame on you!! You will have to learn NOT to do that, hee-hee! You are the most organized person I 'know'. You would make a great coach!
I'm so glad that you all had a fantastic time. AND that your parents got to join you for the fun. I know they were proud of their son. I loved the description of your swim...I only hope that Memphis in May will be close to that for me. Again, congrats on a great race. AND thanks for such a descriptive post.

Kristi
2005-04-25 9:45 PM
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keepitup - 2005-04-25 9:23 PM

Yeah Karl!!  You kicked some major butt out there!

Why DOES it say 7 hours for your overall time???? Does that include the beer drinking??

Jen

LOL...if he included the beer drinking his time would be 20+ hrs.

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