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Tierra Verde, Florida
United States
Florida Race Place Magazine
70F / 21C
Sunny
Total Time = 1h 23m 57s
Overall Rank = 271/727
Age Group = M30-34
Age Group Rank = 36/68
Pre-race routine:

I was completely discombobulated. Even though I woke up at 5am, I still was so disorganized. Plus the race was in a totally different place than last year and it seems that most people didnt' realize this. UGH.
Event warmup:

Not much. I was running around frantically trying to get my bike into transition, get everything set up, and get my race number and body marking taken care of, so I guess that was my warmup.
Swim
  • 19m 39s
  • 875 yards
  • 02m 15s / 100 yards
Comments:

I was gonna wear my bike shorts under my wetsuit but the water was warm and I was already sweating when I got finished with getting my bike set up so I said forget the wetsuit. So I wound up swimming in my bike shorts. This could have had something to do with my slowness. Weird thing though. I passed two elites in the water. Their wave had gone off 3 minutes before mine. I was like "what's wrong with you? Must be a good cyclist/runner!"
What would you do differently?:

Not much. I'm sure I could have pushed harder, but I was happy. My breathing was great, my face stayed in the water, and I only turned over to backstroke for a minute to catch my breath after the initial craziness. My wave was 140 people, it was pretty crazy.
Transition 1
  • 04m 28s
Comments:

This T1 included a .6 mile run from the beach to transition. The timing mat for transition was at the water exit. I've always wished they'd do this...now they have! I dryed off my feet (no time to fill tub before race due to lateness and craziness) put my socks and shoes on, grabbed my bike, and put my helmet on. Then I just ran with it and hopped on. Probably my best T1 to date.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing. Great transition. Just found out (4.17.06 2100) that the .6 run was part of the total 4 miles at the race. Poop.
Bike
  • 29m 23s
  • 10 miles
  • 20.42 mile/hr
Comments:

I had a great ride! With an average speed of 22+mph how could I be anything but happy!! They need to do something about those roads out there though, it's like riding on paved gravel. OUCH!
What would you do differently?:

Not forget to drink more. I only took a little bit of Gatorade at about mile 6 and that was it.
Transition 2
  • 00m 58s
Comments:

Just rack and go. This T2 would have been faster if there weren't 40 rows of bikes to run past. I saw Terri and started talking and forgot to take a swig of Gatorade before I left.
What would you do differently?:

Not forget to drink before leaving [email protected]
Run
  • 29m 31s
  • 3.4 miles
  • 08m 41s  min/mile
Comments:

I passed 15 people in my age group on the run. Two of them were in the last half mile. Had a good run except for the fact that the last two miles were like beach sand. It was very tough on the legs. I think I may have done something to the toes on my left foot. I took water or Gatorade at every drink station on the run course because I was so dehydrated from the bike leg.
What would you do differently?:

Nothing.
Post race
Warm down:

Lots of water. At least a quart and a half in the first hour. I was very dehydrated from not drinking enough on the bike and in T2.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Hydration, nerves from being late, swimming.

Event comments:

I had yet another PR here. My goal was to beat my time from Chilly Willy...same course, 19.05mph, 31.30 split...and I did! My runs are staying consistent. Last year at every event my bikes got faster and my runs got slower. This year my runs are staying where I want them and the bike times are getting better. Now I just have to work on the swim. I'm pretty happy though, since my swim time from Suncoast was almost as much as this one, and this one was twice the distance.

The race organizers need to be more specific about location when this race has been held in one place for however many years and now they decide to change it. MANY athletes pulled into the place where they had it last year and were confused when no one was there. Part of the reason I was late.

Still though, I was really happy about the outcome. It was a grea race and I had a good time. I met some cool people. Terri came to watch, and after the race I treated myself to a nice pair of Boston Bill sunglasses that go with my trigear. After Terri left, I spent some time at the beach, it was a gorgeous day! The water was beautiful, and I felt all cool with my body all marked up!!!

EDIT: Just had to change the run split. Damn that really sucks. Here I thought I had a great run, and I really had a sh!tty one. UGH. REAL BIG DOWNER. REAL BIG.




Last updated: 2006-02-22 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:19:39 | 875 yards | 02m 15s / 100yards
Age Group: 41/68
Overall: 0/727
Performance: Good
Suit: Bike shorts!!
Course: Out about 100 yards, 600m along shore, and then 100m in. LOTS of cross-action waves.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: Medium
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Good Drafting: Average
Waves: Average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 04:28
Performance: Good
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
Biking
00:29:23 | 10 miles | 20.42 mile/hr
Age Group: 50/68
Overall: 0/727
Performance:
Wind: Little
Course: Fort DeSoto main road course that I've done three times now. I've got this one licked!!
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 90+
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 00:58
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:29:31 | 03.4 miles | 08m 41s  min/mile
Age Group: 35/68
Overall: 0/727
Performance: Good
Course: Parking lots and bike/ped trail for 2 miles. Then the steps of the fort at mile two. Run the fort, down the other side steps, and immediately onto sand for the last part.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Evaluation
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] 4

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2006-04-16 5:32 PM

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Master
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Subject: Escape From Fort DeSoto Triathlon XX

Can't wait to beat this one next year!!



Edited by F150TPA 2006-04-16 5:34 PM


2006-04-16 5:48 PM
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Subject: RE: Escape From Fort DeSoto Triathlon XX
Congrats on  great race!!! Glad the wheels worked out for you   I did a race in that stupid sand...my second tri ever  with an injury and VOWED I would NEVER do a race at that venue again because the sand SUCKED.  Nice end to a hectic week for you
2006-04-16 10:55 PM
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Subject: RE: Escape From Fort DeSoto Triathlon XX
Great Job!!!! You gotta love a PR!!!!
Must be something about that location.
I did the Publix Family Fitness Rollerblade Race and 5K there last year and none of us could find where the race was set up until the last minute.
I will pass on the beach run, hope your toes are ok.
2006-04-17 11:31 AM
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2006-04-17 12:07 PM
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Subject: RE: Escape From Fort DeSoto Triathlon XX
GREAT bike + run splits ... what a great way to start the season.
2006-04-17 12:53 PM
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oneword - 2006-04-17 12:31 PM

Terrific race man. Maybe I'll run a sub 8:00 pace in a 5K someday...


I know I'm gonna sound like a party pooper but you didn't run a sub 8 min mile.
That run was only 3.5 You and I both ran the same time within secs. More
like an 8:25/mile on your part. Please don't shoot the messenger.
It was a great job none the less. I'll see ya at the Sharks in Sarasota.

The report on the same race.

http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/forums/thread-view.asp...


2006-04-17 8:06 PM
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Master
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Subject: RE: Escape From Fort DeSoto Triathlon XX

OH well gee that sucks.  Way to ruin my day!  Not you, them.  Sheesh.

 

EDIT:  Man now I'm really pissed.  I wish I'd seen that before, there it was, at the top of the results...T1, includes .6 mile run, total run 4 miles.  Completely misread that.  I don't know if I'm freaking blind or what.  F*^&!!!  I feel totally defeated.  I went from having one of the best run splits, to having the WORST one.  This does NOT help my confidence.  Now I feel like I suck. Hmmph. 

Thanks for the info though ty...I guess it needed to be said.  Although PMing me might have been better! LOL    But thanks for the accolade!



Edited by F150TPA 2006-04-17 8:18 PM
2006-04-17 8:56 PM
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Subject: RE: Escape From Fort DeSoto Triathlon XX
Dude,

I'm so sorry, I publicly apologize, your right I should have pm'd you. I didn't
find out about that difference in run distance til I was standing on the beach and
the announcer goes, "Oh by the way, the run to t1 counts as part of your run"

Gee thanks a lot guys! I came all the way from NJ to do this 4 mile. Serious!
I rented a house with my bro in saint pete. My buddy came from OHIO!
When we picked up the goodie bag we were totally blown away! Only a water
bottle and gel pack for an $80 buck entrance fee!!!

I've done only sprints to date and I wanted to bump up the run distance just a little.
Oh well. So much for that. But man..anything under 9:00/mile is sweet! imho.

I think I saw you signed up for the shark in sarasota right? Me too. If you ever
want a running buddy, call me. I'm in a rental house over near Snell Isle. We'll
get our run into sub 8!

Tyler
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2006-04-17 9:08 PM
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Master
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Subject: RE: Escape From Fort DeSoto Triathlon XX

No prob man.  I may have to come down that last week before Sarasota and get that run into the sub 8 range.  I know it can be done, my usual run times (in running races) are low 7's.  My last 5K was 21:55.  I can do better than I did Saturday.  I do appreciate the info, even if it hurt!  Anyway, thanks for the offer, I just may take you up on that!

 

2006-04-18 3:00 PM
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2006-04-18 3:28 PM
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Subject: RE: Escape From Fort DeSoto Triathlon XX
betsybromley - 2006-04-18 4:00 PM

Nice race!!! no wetsuit???? were you not freezing in that water??? burrr........

Yes I am a cold water wimp, that is why my 1st tri this year is Dunedin in June.

As a matter of fact I thought it was quite warm, and by the time it was over, I was sweating! 



2006-04-18 3:51 PM
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betsybromley - 2006-04-18 4:00 PM

Nice race!!! no wetsuit???? were you not freezing in that water??? burrr........

Yes I am a cold water wimp, that is why my 1st tri this year is Dunedin in June.



Being from NJ I couldn't believe people were wearing wet suits. It was like a bathtub.
But then I remembered how when I did an 13 yr stint in FL, my blood got as thin as
the vodka I drink, and thought "oh yeah, now I remember"

2006-04-18 3:56 PM
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Master
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Subject: RE: Escape From Fort DeSoto Triathlon XX
I feel ya man, I'm originally from NJ too...Bergen County...and I remember how cold the water is up there compared to here.  I of course forgot this last October when I went bareback in the gulf at that same venue and the water was 68 degrees.  Had I moved here recently, that water would have been beautiful to me.  But since I've lived here for seven years now, I thought it was like ice.  Funny how that happens!  I think the water was gorgeous on Saturday.  Any warmer and it's too hot to swim hard.
2006-04-18 7:16 PM
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Congratulations on your race!
2006-04-18 9:08 PM
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Awesome job on the race!!!

2006-04-20 11:27 PM
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Subject: RE: Escape From Fort DeSoto Triathlon XX

Still sounds like a good race to me!  Dang, I'd take that run time any day of the week!  Congrats on the nice bike split too...smokin' fast.

 



2006-04-21 6:03 AM
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Subject: RE: Escape From Fort DeSoto Triathlon XX
Jeff, I hate it when you beat yourself up. Are you forgetting the SAND?!?! You had an awesome, solid performance! Your racing is strong!! Be proud! Your bike split is killer and you know it! Great job!!!!!!
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