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Jacksonville, Florida
United States
HammerHead Triathlon Club
90F / 32C
Total Time = 2h 53m 51s
Overall Rank = 110/269
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 13/27
Pre-race routine:

Breakfast - Smoothie, 1/2 Cliff bar, sipped e-fuel drink & water...took 2 ibuprofen 1 hr prior to race.
Got to race site around 6 am for 7:30 start
Just to set the tone for this report...I loaded the bike on the car @ 5am & the temp was 80 degrees, by the hottest part of the day the heat index was recorded at 105 degrees.
I don't point this out to set up excuses for a slower time instead, if you read on, to point out my error in hydration & nutrition for the hot conditions - this almost cost me a DNF.
Event warmup:

2 miles on the bike, 1/2 mile run w/pick up, about 300 meter warm up swim.
  • 32m 11s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 58s / 100 yards

Good start although I went real wide & had to make up that distance. After the first turn I found similar age grouper & drafted him for about 3/4 of the distance. Drafting this guy made navigation easier & he also cut through the earlier waves as we caught them.
The finish was tough because the sun is at that angle in the morning that is directly in your eyes. I followed the leading trail of swimmers for navigating to T1.
What would you do differently?:

I'm pleased w/my swim strategy, just need to keep working on technique & pace.
Transition 1
  • 01m 55s

No issues here other than went to put on the sunglasses and one of the lenses was missing. Took a shot of e-fuel, ran out with the bike to start the 2 lap course.
What would you do differently?:

One day learn how mount w/shoes already clipped in...I have practiced this techniuque but can't get it perfected enough to use in a race.
  • 1h 11m 33s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.84 mile/hr

Second race with the new Cannondale 200 IM...What a great bike...I had outfitted with my Mavic SL's from my Cannondale 2000 road bike & put the upgraded pro racing tires on the rims. got through the 1st lap ok, worked the smaller chain ring more on the rollers in the 2nd lap & seemed to help with saving the legs.
Because of the heat I tried to keep to a pacing strategy & only exert energy on a few passes. On one pass I tried moving left but couldn't because of the officials on motorcyle, so as they're passing I'm into a pass of another rider & look up to see the ref timing my pass so, I hammer the pedals to get through...apparently no penalty given & can't tell you how long the pass took but was somewhat hindered by them!
I really tried to keep up the hydration based on training rides, had one water bottle & one E-Fuel bottle. Ingested one of the complimentary gel packs about mile 10 & then took an E-Gel pack at mile 20. A side note here...comparing the contents of the 2 gels;E-Gel has 2 to 3 times the sodium & potassium.
What would you do differently?:

Hydrate more & more often...should have done 3 on...
Transition 2
  • 00m 50s

Great transition, took feet out of the pedasl at about 100 yards out & pedaled w/feet on top of shoes to a good one sided dismount & into run to the rack. Took a swig of now WARM water sitting in bottle next to bike. Shoes have the quick laces w/cord socks...put on running hat & grabbed the race belt to head out for the run.
What would you do differently?:

I think I've got this T2 part down.
  • 1h 07m 24s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 10m 51s  min/mile

OK - Here comes the fun...the start of the run is fine, I've done enough of these along w/regular brick workouts that the transition from bike to run is not an issue.
The first water station is at the 1st mile & the wonderful part is they have cold sponges available! Take a 30 sec walk break, use 2 sponges & drink a cup of water.
Moving on - right turn in to mile 3, slight grade up & now the sun is blasting your back side down this open road. I can see the the next water station & seems to take forever to get there! Same drill as the 1st station - the volunteers were young girls somehow connected with the military & they were phenomenal with their encouragement & of the girls would run along with you encouraging you (To which I commented to another racer; "Hope this isn't considered outside assistance"):)
It was a nice touch & everyone really appreciated their attitudes & their help.
Ok - on to the final calf started twinging about mile 3 & became concerned but fortuntately it subsided after about a mile. Mile 4 or 5, I can't remember heads up the hill & now I start to feel the first twinges in both quads that I've never felt before in my quads on a run - now I'm getting a little concerned about finishing. I just kept thinking "one foot in front of the other - press on."
I walked the last 2 aid stations & forced down gatorade...just after the last station they were handing out gels but my stomach just didn't feel up to it.
Now the quads are talking to me & as I approach the homestretch & the thought of totally cramping up is concerning or should I say scaring me. I did a couple of high knee lifts to try to stretch things out..seemed to help a little. The last mile comes down a slight grade, then teases you with another incline into a corner that obscures the finish. You just keep thinking...this is the longest dam$ mile I've ever run. My neighbor, who started in the wave 3 minutes behind & did the swim 8 minutes slower, passes me & all I can do is watch him keep pulling away...Good for Him!
1/2 mile away & now I'm beginning to have visions of collapsing before the finish...the quads are screaming & the heat is becoming unbearable. At this point I see fellow church member just starting her run...OMG! I hope she makes it in this heat! (she did but I have yet to speak with her)
Finally, around the last corner & I see my son standing there...just the inspriation I needed...who put him there & thank you!!! So, I finally finish this run through Hades and can barely walk but keep moving around because now my hamstring feels like it wants to roll up like a yo-yo. I made it, it's over! That was the most brutal run I've ever done!
What would you do differently?:

Go back to lake & swim instead!
Post race
Warm down:

I felt that if I sat down the legs would cramp & probably not be able to stand up again so I kept walking around...they had a large sprinkler system for athletes to stand under & cool down...spent some time there & just kept after water bottles.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

I thought I did a good job in the days prior to the race with nutrition & maybe so, but on race day I severly underestimated the additional racing effort that requires more hydration & electrolyte relplacement under these conditions. I have done training sessions in this heat, training sessions that last as long & have done fine w/hydration without cramp issues. Big Difference Here - I underestimated the additional effort of race day & all the adrenaline that requires more energy. Also should have done more pre-race hydrating...shame on me! Oh yeah - Still need to work on running...

Event comments:

This race is put on by the local tri club of which I'm a member. The first time I've done the race & depsite the heat, I really like it & maybe a little bias:
-The course is challenging & closed,
-The lake is much prefearble to the ocean for swimming
-Only about 300 participants so there is not the chaos of throngs of racers. (the race did grow by 120 participants from last year)
Overall a great venue & great race - wait til next year...

Last updated: 2005-08-29 12:00 AM
00:32:11 | 1640 yards | 01m 58s / 100yards
Age Group: 7/27
Overall: 0/269
Performance: Good
Course: Billed as 1500 olympic distance, by consensus, most finsihers felt it was probably 300 meters you may have read in read Kendallf's race report.
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 82F / 28C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Good
Waves: Navigation: Good
Time: 01:55
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
01:11:33 | 24.85 miles | 20.84 mile/hr
Age Group: 8/27
Overall: 0/269
Performance: Good
Wind: Some
Course: 2 loops included some rollers. Much of it exposed to the sun. This event takes place on a National Guard installation, Camp Blanding, so excpet for the few on-base vehicles there are no cars to contend with. Since it does have some elevations & is closed course I really like the route. Wish it was available for training rides.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering:
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
Time: 00:50
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
01:07:24 | 06.21 miles | 10m 51s  min/mile
Age Group: 18/27
Overall: 0/269
Performance: Bad
Course: Out on the same road as the bike, right turn up a gradual incline, 180 degree turn around, right turn then up about a 4-5% grade for .5 miles to another 180 degree turn around & then back the same route to the finish. Very little shade!
Keeping cool Below average Drinking Not enough
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Below average
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Ok
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] 5

2005-08-29 2:12 PM

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Jacksonville, FL
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2005-08-29 2:22 PM
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Subject: RE: H.O.T. - Hammerhead Olympic Tri
Great times despite the difficult run. Congrats!
2005-08-29 5:00 PM
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Great job, man! You must've been hauling on the were 10 minutes faster than me! Or I'm really slow....

Your bike time was killer also; I will be interested to see what sort of times the top finishers turned in as I think you're probably biking close to the fastest of them.

That last uphill to the turn-around on the run was something. I hadn't checked out the course before hand and when that came into view all I could think was "You have to be kidding me.. ". I second the comment about that last mile; I could see the lake and kept thinking that the finish had to be just out of sight.

I forgot to mention that your son cheered me on across the finish line..tell him thanks!
2005-08-29 8:33 PM
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KendallF - 2005-08-29 6:00 PM Great job, man! Your bike time was killer also; I will be interested to see what sort of times the top finishers turned in as I think you're probably biking close to the fastest of them.

Nice of you to say but...I'm not close to those guys...they amaze me....

2005-08-29 9:37 PM
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Great way to finish Peter!  The heat has been so bad here!!  I don't know how you did it!
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