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Great Floridian Triathlon - Ultra Distance Race - TriathlonFull Ironman

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Clermont, Florida
United States
Sommer Sports, Inc.
55F / 13C
Total Time = 12h 32m 38s
Overall Rank = 47/197
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 7/18
Pre-race routine:

Woke up at 4 AM and had a Mix1 and half a Granola bar. Woke up at 5:30/6 ish to have a waffle.
Get down to race and put bottles on bike, pump tires, get on the wetsuit and try to stay calm.
Event warmup:

Putting on the wetsuit and trying to stay warm were plenty of warmup for me.
  • 1h 04m 48s
  • 4224 yards
  • 01m 32s / 100 yards

Water was nice. Swimming in a wetsuit was nice.
Start was a little crowded and I had trouble finding a place to swim. There was rough chop due to wind on the outbound part of the loop. I didn't feel bad, but caught some elbows and water in the mouth. My sighting was off as well.

Still a swim PR for me and happy overall.
What would you do differently?:

Practice sighting and maybe be more aggressive about surging to pick a spot.
Transition 1
  • 06m 17s

Strippers got my suit off fast, but I dropped it while running in.
No seats in T1 when I got in, so I lost time trying to balance
Nick came in behind me and was pissed I was there.
I helped him with his arm sleeves, as getting those things on wet is impossible.
Also had to use the port-o-let.

Still an improvement over last IM transition.
What would you do differently?:

Practice peeing on the swim.
Grab a seat or sit on the ground.

  • 6h 18m 15s
  • 112 miles
  • 17.77 mile/hr

This course was tough. Rolling hills and some big ones, and it was windy as well.
A little cold on race day, which helped me. I wore running gloves so my fingers wouldn't get numb.
I was worried my nose would chafe from me having to blow it so often on the bike.
I felt good about my ride. I think I was consistent across all three laps.
I did have to stop on lap 1 to pick up my gear bottle that had ejected when I hit a pothole.
I also had to stop 3 times on loop 3, once for a banana, once for a pee, and once because my chain dropped and I had to yank it into place.
What would you do differently?:

A little more hill work, but overall, my bike was just what I wanted.
Transition 2
  • 04m 33s

Bike Valet, so no worries about racking, which is nice.
Dumped my gear, stuffed the bag with bike shoes and helmet and headed out. Legs felt good, and I was sooooo glad to be off the bike.
What would you do differently?:

Not much.
  • 4h 58m 47s
  • 26.2 miles
  • 11m 24s  min/mile

Running is by far my weakest discipline in Ironman. However, I felt good about my run this time. I was solid, did my run walk 9 min run and 1 minute walk with occasional extra walk at the water stop where it didn't match up.
Since it was cool, I didn't need as much fluid as usual. Still had some issues with nausea on the run, but overall I was happy.
My pace felt solid, but I couldn't keep the pace on the hills at the end of each loop. Nothing hurt specifically, but it was tough.
Still, 15 minutes better than my IM Cozumel run. Could have been 30 minutes better!!!!
What would you do differently?:

More run training. I never did anything longer than 15 in training and rarely had more than 20 miles per week. That just isn't enough.
Post race
Warm down:

Hug family and sit with friends. Some stretching, a shower and then manned the water station until 1 in the morning cheering on my friends and other competitors.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Some training issues. Overall, I was happy.

Event comments:

I really enjoyed the race. Smaller race and local feel. Bike course is tough since it is an open course. It was AMAZING to have so many friends there to see and cheer. Made the bike and run that much easier to handle.
I would do this one again, as the course is a challenge, and isn't that part of the point?

Last updated: 2011-09-27 12:00 AM
01:04:48 | 4224 yards | 01m 32s / 100yards
Age Group: 5/18
Overall: 30/197
Performance: Good
Came out of the first lap around 31:04. Was pretty happy about that
Suit: Sleeveless Xterra
Course: Two loop triangle course. Out of water and beach run back in after first loop.
Start type: Wade Plus:
Water temp: 72F / 22C Current: Low
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Average
Waves: Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 06:17
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed:
06:18:15 | 112 miles | 17.77 mile/hr
Age Group: 7/18
Overall: 39/197
Performance: Good
avg 133 max 170
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Three loop course, first and 2/3 were different by one hill.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:33
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal Good
04:58:47 | 26.2 miles | 11m 24s  min/mile
Age Group: 9/18
Overall: 57/197
Performance: Average
135 average 150 max Did the first 9 miles at 10 minute pace
Course: Three times around an out an back. Hills at one end were tough.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2011-10-24 8:57 AM

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Subject: Great Floridian Triathlon - Ultra Distance Race

2011-10-24 9:16 AM
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Atlanta, Georgia
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Subject: RE: Great Floridian Triathlon - Ultra Distance Race
Congrats on your day!

That bike course is no joke - way to get through it.
2011-10-24 9:23 AM
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West Palm Beach
Subject: RE: Great Floridian Triathlon - Ultra Distance Race
Congratulations! This race is definitely on my to do list :-)
2011-11-09 9:08 PM
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Alpharetta, GA
Subject: RE: Great Floridian Triathlon - Ultra Distance Race
Great job! Way to hang tough at the end.
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