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St. Petersburg, Florida
United States
5150 Triathlon Series
80F / 27C
Total Time = 2h 53m 22s
Overall Rank = 466/994
Age Group = Female 25 to 29
Age Group Rank = 61/104
Pre-race routine:

Breakfast was rice krispy treats made with chocolate peanut butter. Walked the dog around the block before heading to transition.
Event warmup:

Warm-up was walking to transition and then the LONG walk to the swim start! They shortened the swim because of the conditions, and moved it so we were pretty much swimming with the current the whole way… and they added like 1/2 mile run from the swim exit to transition!
  • 16m 2s
  • 1000 meters
  • 01m 36s / 100 meters

I was (thankfully) in an early swim wave. I lined up, and the competition looked fierce! I decided to step back from the front lines and hang just behind the leaders. BAD IDEA. This was by FAR the roughest, most violent swim start ever. I’ve never been in a pack of girls more determined to beat the living crap out of each other. I seriously considered getting to the outside and just chilling until the storm passed, but as soon as I did, it seemed to open up. That didn’t last. It was awful until the final turn buoy. Then, I got some space and cruised by a few people. My pace was 1:37/100m, so nothing to complain about there!
What would you do differently?:

Start out harder and break out of the pack earlier. I was going more for sustainable pace than hard race, and it didn't work out on the swim.
Transition 1
  • 06m 32s

T1 was FOREVER long. We ran pretty far, barefoot, on the sidewalk, back into transition. I jogged lightly, trying to keep the IT band happy. Once inside, my transition was quick! My run was pretty slow, and that really shows on the results. I chatted with a super-awesome fellow AGer in T1, and it was a nice lift of my spirits!
  • 1h 31m 16s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 16.34 mile/hr

I ran out of T1 and quickly mounted my bike. I hit cruise control. I didn’t want to go too hard, but I wanted to be steady. The wind was nuts! I’d be doing 18-19mph with the wind, and like 14 against it. The course had tons of turns and was pretty cool. I had my new aero water bottle mounted between my bars. I liked it. I ended up finding a girl doing about my pace, so I sat like 15 yards behind her for a really long time. Before the halfway mark, I saw an athlete bleeding on the ground with a few people around him, waiting for an ambulance. Scary. I hope he’s ok! I would have stopped, but with other people there, there was really nothing I could do. I made sure the next officer directing traffic was aware of the situation. At the halfway point, there was water! I didn’t really need it, but I grabbed it anyway. I figured it was good to practice, since I wasn’t really pushing it. I topped off my aero bottle, and chucked the one they gave me – it was so efficient! A few miles later, however, the aero bottle had come loose. I only had 4 to go, so I worked with it. Luckily, 1 mile before the brick road leading into transition, I saw Patrick! I chucked my bottle at him so I didn’t have to worry about it anymore. I picked up the pace and hammered right to the dismount line.
What would you do differently?:

Train harder for the bike! My training had been inconsistent lately, and rather than push it and destroy my chances at doing ok on the run, I went slower.
Transition 2
  • 02m 58s

I jogged my bike into T2, but as soon as I got past the fence, I walked. I was nervous about the IT band and didn’t want to just start going. I changed shoes, switched from helmet to visor, and grabbed my number.
What would you do differently?:

At least jog the whole way. Not sit down to put my shoes on.
  • 56m 34s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 07s  min/mile

I decided to just run until pain started, then do run/walk intervals. I made it to the first mile sign in 8:40! I was feeling good and I was so HAPPY to be running! I walked all of the aid stations. It was getting hot out there, so at least 2 cups at each one – drink one, pour one over my head. A few families in houses along the course even had hoses out, and were spraying runners! I made it FIVE miles before my knee started to complain a little. I took a walk break, knowing I could make it in under three hours.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing :)
Post race
Warm down:

Walked around. Got an ice pack from the med tent for the IT band. Ate food, drank beer :)

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Under-trained on the bike. Injured IT band. BUT I think I managed the race wonderfully to my abilities. In hindsight, I probably could have pushed the bike a little, but oh well. I don't regret it.

Event comments:

Loved the race. The course was great. The volunteers and spectators were awesome.

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Last updated: 2011-04-05 12:00 AM
00:16:02 | 1000 meters | 01m 36s / 100meters
Age Group: 15/104
Overall: 421/994
Performance: Average
Suit: Tri Suit
Course: Altered course was basically out, turn, swim parallel to shore with the current, turn back into shore
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current: High
200M Perf. Average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Average Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
Time: 06:32
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Good
01:31:16 | 24.85 miles | 16.34 mile/hr
Age Group: 80/104
Overall: 2745/994
Performance: Below average
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: A good amount of turns, roads were mostly smooth, but with plenty of rough patches and even some brick roads.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:58
Overall: Below average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Below average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
00:56:34 | 06.21 miles | 09m 07s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/104
Overall: 0/994
Performance: Good
Course: An out and back. Shaded at parts.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Good
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2011-05-02 12:23 PM

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Subject: St. Anthony's Triathlon

2011-05-02 1:00 PM
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Austin, Texas
Subject: RE: St. Anthony's Triathlon
Congrats on the race Elaine!!!!
2011-05-02 1:04 PM
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Dirt Road
Subject: RE: St. Anthony's Triathlon

Congrats on your race. The swim was violent for me as well. Violent from people and the wind. 


Great job!

2011-05-02 8:30 PM
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Bradenton, Florida
Subject: RE: St. Anthony's Triathlon
Awesome swim time!  I am truly amazed by how fast some people can swim.  I saw a few cyclist down as well, all were already being treated when I passed.  I did the same at the bottle exchange, more for the practice than anything.  Kind of cool to grab a bottle at 17 mph.
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