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St. Petersburg, Florida
United States
82F / 28C
Total Time = 1h 06m 36s
Overall Rank = 131/736
Age Group = U39 Clydes 225+
Age Group Rank = 1/12
Pre-race routine:

First race that I wasn't able to pick up my race packet the day before. Got up at 4:10, had toast with Nutella and peanut butter and a glass of milk. On the road by 4:45, arrived at race by 5:30. Line for pick-up was long and slow.
Event warmup:

It's FLORIDA, I set up transition and walked to the beach, that's as much of a warm-up as one needs. Did swim a little right before my wave was called to the starting area.
  • 08m 17s
  • 400 yards
  • 02m 04s / 100 yards

Had goggles kicked off in the first 25 yards. Had someone try to swim over me before the 50 yd mark. Very rough swim, thought about getting to the outside and taking it easy. Glad I didn't.
What would you do differently?:

Don't really know, had a good line, wide of the first bouy, and still had problems. Learn to swim faster, I guess.
Transition 1
  • 03m 2s

Came out of the water and started passing people, felt great. At that point I figured I should push hard and go for the win. One of my best T1's of the season.
What would you do differently?:

Tri specific shoes, that's it.
  • 26m 59s
  • 10 miles
  • 22.24 mile/hr

Great bike ride today. Got passed right at the start by another Clyde, but kept him in sight and passed him with 2 miles to go. Thought I might get a penalty for crossing the yellow line to pass a group that was taking up the ENTIRE lane, but maybe the official was writing down their numbers.
What would you do differently?:

Tri shoes and aero helmet.
Transition 2
  • 01m 11s

Got squeezed on the rack when I got back to T2. Had to slide over a bike to re-rack my bike. Didn't get upset, just took a few seconds to make sure no bikes were scratched. Took a few extra seconds to with off my feet.
What would you do differently?:

Douse myself with the extra water bottle I froze the night before. Forgot to use the cold water, duh!
  • 27m 9s
  • 3.2 miles
  • 08m 29s  min/mile

Had a really good run. Had another runner, also named Chris, catch up to me about a half mile in and we stayed together for most of the run. It was nice having someone to pace with. Also helped with drafting on the way back.
What would you do differently?:

Not much other than a quick soak before leaving T2.
Post race
Warm down:

Walked out of finish chute right to the massage booth.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Not enough time in the pool.

Event comments:

Could have used a water station in the way in from the swim. Needed more people handing out cups on the run. Both station only had 2 people and if there was a crowd, it was either stop or skip it.

Last updated: 2010-05-10 12:00 AM
00:08:17 | 400 yards | 02m 04s / 100yards
Age Group: 4/12
Overall: 258/736
Performance: Average
Suit: Zoot Trisuit
Course: North to South point to point. Swim exit was north of the lagoon, so there was no run through the muck like Top Gun.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 86F / 30C Current: Low
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Average
Breathing: Below average Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 03:02
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
00:26:59 | 10 miles | 22.24 mile/hr
Age Group: 1/12
Overall: 107/736
Performance: Good
Wind: Little
Course: Standard Ft. DeSoto loop, out of T1 south then east to turn around then west and north to 2nd turn around then back to T2.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:11
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Bad
Shoe and helmet removal Good
00:27:09 | 03.2 miles | 08m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 1/12
Overall: 202/736
Performance: Good
Course: Out of T2 to beach, some soft sand but mostly hard packed sand and shell. Turn around was just north of the Fort then returned on the asphalt trail. Slight head wind on the return actually felt good. Approach to finish was goofy. They took us back to the service road then several quick turns right before the finish chute. No real chance to see the end and go for it.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 5
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2010-08-21 6:59 PM

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Bradenton, Florida
Subject: 2010 Publix FFW - Battle at Ft. DeSoto

2010-08-21 9:02 PM
in reply to: #3056766

Subject: RE: 2010 Publix FFW - Battle at Ft. DeSoto

Nice biking there !

That humidity was bad on the run. 

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