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Gulf Coast Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Panama City Beach, Florida
United States
Sommers Sports
82F / 28C
Total Time = 7h 58m 8s
Overall Rank = 1166/1250
Age Group = Clysdale
Age Group Rank = 27/32
Pre-race routine:

Gotup early and drank coffee. Ate Power bar and bananna. Prayed, walked around and visited with friends.
Event warmup:

Stretched, put on wet suit, got in water for a brief swim.
  • 1h 03m 31s
  • 2112 yards
  • 03m 01s / 100 yards

I need to learn to not slow down when people are swimming up behind me. I thought they would swim over me. I need to get more comfortable with the waves and ocean swims. I wanted sub 1:00 and could have achieved it if I would not have freaked out when the waves came up behind me.
What would you do differently?:

Swim stronger. Got a fater start before the other groups came up on me. Keep working on open water.
Transition 1
  • 05m 49s

I could not find the strap to remove the wetsuit. It is a long run to the transition and then out to start the bike. I should have run with the bike. The girl next to me fell. That freaked me out. She was OK.
What would you do differently?:

Faster run to trasition, work on gettting wet suit off faster.
  • 3h 18m 30s
  • 56 miles
  • 16.93 mile/hr

I could not get comfortable in Aero Condition.
What would you do differently?:

Work on Aero. Get computer calibrated.
Transition 2
  • 04m 27s
What would you do differently?:

faster at shoes and socks. Put on Vasoline.
  • 3h 24m 33s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 15m 37s  min/mile

I got blister so bad I could not run. I tried but just felt like my feet were going to explode. I had that IT hip thing going on for the last three weeks. I was really unsure if i would be able to run anyway. Spend a year injury free and then two weeks before my hip starts killing me. So having that to deal with, I am happy.
What would you do differently?:

Keep training for transtion runs, Find some shoes or orthopedics that help my feet from blistering
Post race
Warm down:

Kissed my kids and carried them across the finish line.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

blisters and anxieties on the swim

Event comments:

A great race and so many stations and volunteers that it makes other races seem unorganized

Last updated: 2005-12-01 12:00 AM
01:03:31 | 2112 yards | 03m 01s / 100yards
Age Group: 30/32
Overall: 0/1250
Performance: Average
Suit: Ironman long John wet suit legal
Course: Out approximately 900 meters to first buoy, right turn, then back to shore. Choppy as all get out. Run on sand up the beach through shower jets and into T1.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Bad Navigation: Below average
Rounding: Average
Time: 05:49
Performance: Below average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Bad
03:18:30 | 56 miles | 16.93 mile/hr
Age Group: 27/32
Overall: 0/1250
Wind: Some with gusts
Course: Flat as a pancake. But the headwind was bad on the way back. It was kind of a swirling wind but not terrible. The road was so roung from mile 20-40.
Road: Rough Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 04:27
Riding w/ feet on shoes Bad
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Below average
03:24:33 | 13.1 miles | 15m 37s  min/mile
Age Group: 26/32
Overall: 0/1250
Performance: Bad
Course: Great course.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %.8
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 2
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

2005-12-01 7:55 PM

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Subject: Gulf Coast Triathlon

2006-05-15 8:37 AM
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Des Moines, Iowa
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Congrats on your first HIM!  Must feel great to acheive a goal after so much work.  Too bad about the hip and blisters.  Guess it's just one of those learning things.  That's cool you carried your kids across the finish line.  I read somewhere else that the water was very choppy.  Caused some motion sickness with them.  Hey, once again, great job and congrats :-)
2006-05-15 8:51 AM
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Atlanta, GA
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Congrats on your first HIM. Sorry to hear about the hip an blister problems. Way to push throught them!
2006-05-15 11:20 AM
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Gulf Shores, AL
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Great job and sorry we didn't meet up. I watched for your number but at that distance the mental haze is tough. Keep up the great effort!
2006-05-15 11:23 AM
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Reply to jamesreeves race report: Great time and race. way to go.  I read your report. Your were well prepared mentally and physically.  Time to go for that iron distance.


Edited by stephen strange 2006-05-15 11:28 AM
2006-05-15 11:41 AM
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Nashville TN
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great job!! I have orthodics and it helps and you know I put on socks...for me I blister if I dont'...worth the extra few seconds

soooo proud of you...the waves would freak me out

2006-05-15 12:13 PM
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Marietta, GA
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Congratulations on your first HIM.  I'm impressed at how you raced and finished with the obstacles thrown at you.  I saw that Joey did well too.  A fine showing for the Alex City boys!
2006-05-15 2:06 PM
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thanks you can be with us next year. Joey did real well.  We did the run together.  He dealt with cramps in his legs.  But long course is about perserverance.  Thanks for the encouragement.
2006-05-15 8:34 PM
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New Orleans, LA
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Congrats Stephen, I actually saw you cross the finish line.  Way to go!!!
2006-05-16 2:52 PM
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Vestavia Hills
Subject: RE: Gulf Coast Triathlon

Congrats on completing your first half-iron ... take a minute to bask in it b/c as long as the run felt after the swim and the bike, it must have been forever having to suffer through the blisters + the twinge in your hip!

Btw, based upon your RR, I bet the parishoners are never late to lunch on Sunday!

Here's to a great season for you ...

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