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Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon (Triathlon - Mini-Sprint) - TriathlonSprint

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Gulf Shores, Alabama
United States
Team Magic
85F / 29C
Total Time = 1h 08m 24s
Overall Rank = 123/324
Age Group = 30-34M
Age Group Rank = 11/24
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4:15am, ate breakfast (bagel w/ peanut butter, bananna, cup of coffee). Finished breakfast, used the restroom, gathered gear and headed off to race. Arrived at the race site right at 5:30am and proceeded to set-up transition area (brought trash bags in case it was wet, 1 lg towel, 2 sm towels, goggles, swim cap, ear plugs, bike shoes, socks, helmet, sunglasses, water bottle to squirt feet (didn't need it), running shoes, hat and race belt, garmin 305 watch, water bottles for bike (one water one G2 gaterade). Put everything out on towel, not a bad setup for first transition setup. Worked pretty well. Walked around and checked everything out, got marked, checked out other transition areas.
Event warmup:

Got swim cap, goggles and ear plugs about 6:30am and made my way to the beach. Went into ocean and swam about 100yds, got used to the water and moved my arms a legs a bit. Left the water and went back in for a few seconds. Finished and got ready to line up for race start. I was 213 out of 499 or so.
  • 07m 57s
  • 300 yards
  • 02m 39s / 100 yards

Pretty good swim for first tri. Better than expected time. Very choppy water, pretty nice size swells, took a lot of getting used to. I kept thinking, "dang, this is really hard". Felt like i was getting no where fast, but I guess i went somewhere with a pretty good time for me. Never got in a really good rythm. Swam a little wide going and got a little wide coming back in. Overall, not too bad though.
What would you do differently?:

Try to stay on course better, get into a better rythm, which would hopefully require a little less energy.
Transition 1
  • 03m 20s

Not a bad transition. 160/324 overall. Ran up beach, stopped and walked up stairs to rest a second, jogged into transition area, wiped feet off with towel,took sip of water, put socks on, slipped shoes on, put helmet & sunglasses on, grabbed bike and jogged out of transition with bike. Did running mount onto bike. Could definitely improve, but overall probably not bad for fist transition.
What would you do differently?:

Go without socks. Quickly wipe feet off. Run faster from swim to transition area, take a drink on bike not at transition.
  • 34m 8s
  • 10 miles
  • 17.58 mile/hr

Good ride, pushed hard on the bike. Started out fast getting up to speed, passing some slower riders. Kept pace with person in front of me the entire ride. Passed many people on the bike leg. Only got passed 3 times by people on Tri bikes. Legs were doing well throughout the ride. Upped Cadence at end to stretch legs. Averaging over a 17mph pace was very good, and met my expectations for my first tri. Knocked it out.
What would you do differently?:

Drink more on the bike, take in more gaterade with electrolytes. Maybe pushed a little hard on the bike, but don't know that I would change that. Need more time in the saddle, building legs.
Transition 2
  • 01m 10s

73/324 on this transition. Not too bad. Dismounted quickly from bike, ran into transition. Bike up, helmet off, shoes on, grabbed hat and race belt. Ran out of transition. Put hat and race belt on while running.
What would you do differently?:

Not much. Get bike shoes off quicker. Maybe take bike shoes off on bike before reaching transition.
  • 21m 51s
  • 2 miles
  • 10m 55s  min/mile

Slow pace. Was hoping for a little better to avg a 10 min/mile pace. Legs were hurting after bike. Calves were tight, right leg quad wanted to cramp. Ran/walk/ran/walk/ran/walk the entire run. Finished strong into the finish. Overall, not too bad for me on the run avg 11 min pace. Had legs felt better, probably could have gotten the 10 min pace. Just not a fast runner overall.
What would you do differently?:

Need to stay better hydrated on bike for run. Maybe carry hydration with me on run? Work on bike/run bricks. work on better pace to increase run performance.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around and drank some water and settled down. I was pretty exhausted.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Need to improve overall fitness. Work on transitions, biking and running paces.

Event comments:

Good race. Would definitely recomend the Alabama Coastal Triathlon. Team Magic did a good job organizing the race and it was very well run. There was also an Oly distance race. I'm glad I chose this as my first tri. Had a great time.

Last updated: 2009-09-21 12:00 AM
00:07:57 | 300 yards | 02m 39s / 100yards
Age Group: 8/24
Overall: 77/324
Performance: Average
Suit: None
Course: Out and Back in Gulf. Start at public beach in Gulf Shores.
Start type: Run Plus: Time Trial
Water temp: 78F / 26C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Below average
Waves: Average Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 03:20
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed:
00:34:08 | 10 miles | 17.58 mile/hr
Age Group: 10/24
Overall: 108/324
Performance: Average
Wind: Some
Course: Out beach rode, headed east. Turned left onto gulf state park rd 2 to turn around, then back on beach rode to transition.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:10
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:21:51 | 02 miles | 10m 55s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/24
Overall: 226/324
Performance: Below average
Course: West on beach Blvd for 1 mile, turn around and 1 mile back.
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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

2009-09-21 11:16 AM

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Subject: Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon (Triathlon - Mini-Sprint)

2009-09-21 3:27 PM
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Gulf Shores, AL
Subject: RE: Brett Robinson Alabama Coastal Triathlon (Triathlon - Mini-Sprint)
Congrats on a great race and report!
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