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Clermont, Florida
United States
Sommer Sports
90F / 32C
Overcast
Total Time = 00m
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = Military
Age Group Rank = 0/
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 3am and ate a bagel with peanut butter and went back to bed until 5:30am. My alarm didn't go off at 5:30 but luckily I had a wake up call as a back up. Unfortuntely this was a precurser of things to come for the day. Drove to the race site parked and walked down to the transition area. I will cover more of this in the post race but the transition area was a disorganized mess!!
Event warmup:

Didn't get to warm up unless you count my mad sprint to the water as I was waiting in line to use the porta potty.
Swim
  • 1h 15m
  • 4400 yards
  • 01m 42s / 100 yards
Comments:

The swim was good and fast although I think it was too warm for wetsuits. However I was not going to give up that competative advantage to everyone else.
What would you do differently?:

Swim faster!!
Transition 1
  • 07m
Comments:

After finally getting to use the porta potty, my T1 went rather well.
Bike
  • 2h 50m
  • 112 miles
  • 39.53 mile/hr
Comments:

Well here are where the problems started. We had to go through the beach park to get to the course and this involved jumping a curb which ejected 2 of my water bottles and my aero drink bottle also. Obviously I had to go back and get them, unfortunately my yellow sponge thing rolled down a storm drain so it was gone forever and I had water sloshing on me the whole bike lap. The aid stations were not stocked as advertised with the first two having water only. I felt really good starting the bike but I noticed my HR was higher than it normally is at that pace and cadence. It was hot but pleasently overcast for most of the ride. Got to the Buckhill/Sugarloaf area and started to feel a bit queesy (sp?) so I layed off the gels and water for a bit to try and get to feeling better. Unfortunately this didn't work and at mile 55 I pulled over on the side of the road and barfed my brains out. This was the end of my day. Some times you just don't have it and today wasn't my day.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing really, I didn't deviate from my nutrition that I had practiced on my long rides so the only thing I can figure is the infection that I had (looked like strep but strangely wasn't) wasn't entirely gone and it sapped my energy and made me sick. However, I was very pleased at how I did on the bike as I finished the first lap in 2:50 even with stopping to barf! I was disappointed as you might expect but I did stay around to cheer on the other BTers in the Half and the IMCOMET in the full.
Transition 2
  • 00m
Run
  • 00m
  • 26.2 miles
  •  min/mile
Post race
Warm down:

Went back to the hotel and took shower, got a bit of food and came back to cheer on the other athletes.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

The fact that I was sick....

Event comments:

I am going to give Sommer Sports the benefit of the doubt on volunteers as they have a hurricane going on there now and I can understand people not wanting to come out and help, that being said there is no excuse for not having enough drink stations or supplies to support the athletes. Also I didn't get to use the porta potty prior to the race even though I arrived an hour and a half before the race. The body marking and chip pick up was so disorganized that it took forever to get through, as well as the fact that the transition area was flooded with HIM athletes even though their race didn't start until after 8am. The race people need to either have a Half line and a Full line for body marking etc or tell the half people not to show up until later. They were in the way and had no reason to be there that early. Also, SR 19 has to be taken out of the race course before someone gets killed. Its bad enough that the roads aren't closed but this road is way to dangerous, I had an 18 wheeler scream past me at 50+ mph. You can't expect to have a race on the shoulder of the highway.
Obviously I am disapponted as I have never DNF'd a race in my life, I would not recommend this race for first timers and not really to anyone.




Last updated: 2005-10-24 12:00 AM
Swimming
01:15:00 | 4400 yards | 01m 42s / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
First lap was great..35 and some change and I felt good. Second lap was good until some jackass keep grabbing my feet and either intentionally or unintentionally tore off my timing chip. I then had my goggles knocked off and had to stop and put them back on, as I did this my calves cramped horribly...again a precurser of things to come.
Suit: yes
Course: triangle course 1.2 miles long.
Start type: Run Plus:
Water temp: 79F / 26C Current: Low
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 07:00
Performance:
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
02:50:00 | 112 miles | 39.53 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance: Good
HR was high the whole time
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: 2 lap 56 mile course with some hills at the end.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Good
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 00:00
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:00:00 | 26.2 miles |  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Course:
Keeping cool Drinking
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall:
Mental exertion [1-5]
Physical exertion [1-5]
Good race?
Evaluation
Course challenge Just right
Organized? No
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? No
Plenty of drinks? No
Post race activities: Bad
Race evaluation [1-5] 2

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2005-10-24 8:13 AM

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2005-10-24 8:27 AM
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I admire your attitude towards your day and appreciate all your help. You didn't miss much on the second loop except the stations running out of supplies and volunteers...

You kicked ass up Buckhill/Sugarloaf, that was awesome.

2005-10-24 8:55 AM
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Sorry to hear about the race. Haley is right about your attitude, it's great. I know how your pain about the timing chip. I had nearly the same thing happen yesterday, but the guy didn't quite manage to pull the chip off. The down side was that I was freaking out about it the whole swim because it felt loose and I thought it still might come off.
2005-10-24 8:56 AM
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Hey so sorry about your day but better to stop than get serioulsy sick!!!  Take care of yourself
2005-10-24 10:39 AM
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sorry about the day but it was great to meet you and listen to all of you great tri stories....congrats on knowing when to say enough is enough....thanks for all the encouragement...
2005-10-24 10:56 AM
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*ahem, cough, cough*

dgunthert - 2005-10-24 9:55 AM  Haley is right 



2005-10-24 11:14 AM
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You made the right decision.  Let me tell you, people, this man was white as a ghost! He was very sick and unstable for a good few hours after stopping.

 But let me also state for the record:  IT WAS NOT THE BROWNIES!!!

Jess

2005-10-24 11:14 AM
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Thank you all for your kind words.....still bummed though. I think its a combination of end-of-the-season, post-race, cold weather coming, didn't finish, don't get to "redeem" myself until next spring, blues.
2005-10-24 11:20 AM
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I also have to give credit and thanks to Jess for taking care of me...she went over and above the duties of a normal jock strap.....
2005-10-24 11:32 AM
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I'm not going to go there....

Ok maybe I will. Is that why she stopped sending Welshy updates on my race?!? She ditched me for you...

Rocket Man - 2005-10-24 12:20 PM I also have to give credit and thanks to Jess for taking care of me...she went over and above the duties of a normal jock strap.....

2005-10-24 11:37 AM
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Bad Comet!!!


2005-10-24 11:45 AM
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Hey, Brett, good race up until...you'll get another swing at it...you took what the day had to offer and did your best with it.  Nice effort despite the disorganization etc....
2005-10-24 12:16 PM
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Sorry about the DNF. I bet it was the marinara sauce!
2005-10-24 12:20 PM
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That is what I  was afraid of!!!
2005-10-24 12:26 PM
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Brett:  Sorry to hear you had a bad day.  Congratulations anyway for your strong attempt.

2005-10-24 12:44 PM
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Thanks Mike....actually I don't think it was the marinara that made me sick....it was the thought of your avatar!!


2005-10-24 12:45 PM
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HEY!  I gave him tons of updates after that!!  I sent him at least 2 TXT messages while we waited for you to finish the bike, honey!! It's not my fault is someone else took over the job....
2005-10-24 1:00 PM
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I don't care...I was teasing b/c you were taking care of the sick!
2005-10-24 1:06 PM
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Thank you for making me sound like a leper or a child in a Third World country with flies all around me....(come to think of it I DID have some flies around...hmmmm...must of been the dried up puke!)

2005-10-24 1:11 PM
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Brett, sorry about DNF, but like everyone's said, great attitude and better to stop before you made yourself even worse.

I appreciate that you still took the time to write up a RR on how Sommer Sports runs their races....it was very helpful to me. Thanks!

Enjoy your off-season.
2005-10-24 1:11 PM
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LMAO!!!

Brett, I admire your strength to call it a day. Thats hard to do and take it the way you are.

I'm still proud you kicked ass on the loop and made it up Sugarloaf!



2005-10-24 1:21 PM
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Thanks Haley,

And again I am proud of you for doing the race with a big smile on your face...it was clear to see that you weren't going to be denied!!

On another note, I said to myself that I was going to take the Natacha Badmann approach to the race and smile the whole time no matter how badly it hurt....unfortuntely my body thought it was the Badmann from '03 when she puked on the side of the road....she finished though!!

2005-10-24 1:40 PM
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Rocket Man - 2005-10-24 2:21 PM

On another note, I said to myself that I was going to take the Natacha Badmann approach to the race and smile the whole time no matter how badly it hurt

That is the reason I made myself take the time and tell myself I was having fun and to keep smiling. I remembered you saying that when I was being a bitch when I was trying to pack my gear bags. Smiling really does help and I got thanked on the bike for being so cheerful to other riders.

2005-10-24 2:30 PM
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Fake it till you make it.  It works! And Haley, you helped others with your attitude and that is what it is all about!  I think that will be my most lasting memory of the weekend.  Your attitude was amazing.

 Brett, LMAO about the flies.  Would you prefer I say that you looked perfectly healthy and I really don't understand why you dropped out other than an insatiable desire to spend the day with me?

2005-10-24 2:42 PM
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Tri Take Me Away - 2005-10-24 3:30 PM

you looked perfectly healthy and I really don't understand why you dropped out other than an insatiable desire to spend the day with me?

I KNEW IT!!!!

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