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Festival of Flowers Triathlon - TriathlonOlympic

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Ninety Six, South Carolina
United States
Setup Events
91F / 33C
Total Time = 3h 35m 59s
Overall Rank = 181/195
Age Group = Clydesdale
Age Group Rank = 8/8
Pre-race routine:

Ate two whole wheat bagels with natural peanut butter and drank a cup of coffee. Drove to the race sight. Once at the sight, we parked, unloaded the bike and my bag. Walked my stuff to transistion, got body marked (bib #46) and picked up my timing chip. I was hurried to set up my transition area as we were running a little later than I liked.
Event warmup:

Short swim. Did not really warm up.
  • 44m 20s
  • 1500 meters
  • 02m 58s / 100 meters

I started out the swim a little too fast. Initial sighting was extremely difficult for me as we were all trying to sight looking straight into the morning sun. I heard that they changed the swim course somewhat from previous years to address the sighting issues. Sighting and swimming got better after the first buoy. I did get off track somewhat, but not nearly as much as I did on my other triathlon. I did have to stop at a few buoys just to find my next target sometimes because the course was laid out differently than what I have experienced.
What would you do differently?:

I had the swim endurance for this race, which was all I was hoping for with my truncated swim training. I just need to focus on getting faster in the water. I am happy with my swim performance in this race.
Transition 1
  • 02m 10s

I did not try to do the flying mount, nor did I try to have my shoes on the bike prior to mounting. I just ran to my transition area, rolled on my socks, threw on my shoes, headband, helmet, gloves, and glasses. I then jogged some of the way out of transition. I did take a few seconds to drink a bit of Gatorade before I left my transition area.
What would you do differently?:

My transition is definitely getting better. I will work on mounting and dismounting the bike while moving and with shoes staying on the bike
  • 1h 22m 40s
  • 24 miles
  • 17.42 mile/hr

I felt good on the bike. This course was nice for me. The road was a little rough most of the time, but I moved along at my intended pace. I was not pushing it to go as fast as I could. I took a conservative approach to ensure I had plenty left in the tank. I actually stopped at the water bottle station (mile 13) and refilled my water bottle up with the ice/water mixture that the volunteers were keeping the disposable water bottles in. This was a great idea, as I had no place to store the disposable water bottle, and I needed every ounce of hydration I could get today out on this hot course.
Transition 2
  • 01m 24s

I stopped and dismounted the bike, then ran into the transition area found my rack and racked my bike. I then took off the helmet, gloves, and cycling shoes, and slid on my running shoes. I purchased the laces that do not have to be tied, and they work great.
What would you do differently?:

Like T1, this was much better than in the past.
  • 1h 25m 27s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 13m 46s  min/mile

HOT! About 40% of the course had shade. The rest felt like I was running in hell. I mostly walked this course, to keep my temperature down. I ended up walking the uphills and running the downhills. I stopped at each aid station (every mile) and had 3-5 cups of water plus dumped 1-2 on my head. Immediately after the aid station I could run normally for a short while before I started heating back up. I went into the run knowing that I had plenty of time left to finish the race, which was my only goal for this race. So I took it pretty easy on this leg.
What would you do differently?:

In the future I will run more.
Post race
Warm down:

Immediately after I crossed the finish line, I was escorted into a "cool down" tent with huge fans and buckets of ice and water. There was also a cool shower tent and that was nice. I spent the immediate post race trying to find a way to cool off my pregnant wife and 2 year old daughter both of whom had been standing in the 90 degree weather for the last 4 hours.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

My weight, my training, and the temperature

Profile Album

Last updated: 2009-12-10 12:00 AM
00:44:20 | 1500 meters | 02m 58s / 100meters
Age Group: 8/8
Overall: 189/195
Performance: Good
Suit: Pearl Izumi Tri suit
Course: Semi-circular route marked by big bright bouys
Start type: Deep Water Plus: Waves
Water temp: 86F / 30C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
Time: 02:10
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
01:22:40 | 24 miles | 17.42 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/8
Overall: 179/195
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: Single loop on rolling hills and some rough roads.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 01:24
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
01:25:27 | 06.21 miles | 13m 46s  min/mile
Age Group: 8/8
Overall: 181/195
Performance: Below average
Course: Hot. Out and back loop out of the park, down a 1.5 mile section of Hwy 702 which was totally not shaded and felt like running on the sun.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
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

2010-06-13 4:47 PM

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Simpsonville, SC
Subject: Festival of Flowers Triathlon

2010-06-13 6:05 PM
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Greer, SC
Subject: RE: Festival of Flowers Triathlon
Nice race out there.  I like your comments about running in hell and running on the sun.  - How true.  It was blazing out there.
2010-06-13 7:20 PM
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South Carolina
Subject: RE: Festival of Flowers Triathlon
Ugh, sooooo HOT!!!  Thank god for that "shower" tent thing.
2010-06-13 8:01 PM
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Columbia, South Carolina
Subject: RE: Festival of Flowers Triathlon
40% had shade, huh?  I think you're being optimistic!  Anyway, great job out there!
2010-06-16 7:24 AM
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On your right
Subject: RE: Festival of Flowers Triathlon
Nice race.  Hopefully you'll be all recovered for going this weekend too.
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