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St. Petersburg, Florida
United States
70F / 21C
Overcast
Total Time = 2h 29m 44s
Overall Rank = 463/3100
Age Group = M35-39
Age Group Rank = 90/356
Pre-race routine:

Woke at 4:30. Yogurt and some Red Bull then water/gatorade. Sat in car and snoozed outside La Veranda until some half naked strange person started jumping on my bumper (It was either Kreuser or Mike S..I can't remember) The usual - bodymarking, setup T-area, chip pickup. Walked over to the swim start with Kreuser and ran into the rest of the extended family while over there. Oh...and if you ever get a chance to meet Karl's sister - she's smoking hot...married, but still smoking hot. Heh heh.
Event warmup:

At 60 mins before the start, I jogged until I could feel the legs loosen up. Gelled 30 mins before my wave's start. 15 mins prior to start, got in my warmup in the water. Peed in my wetsuit..*cough*colostomy bag *cough*, then went into the start chute.
Swim
  • 23m 34s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 26s / 100 yards
Comments:

My coach instructed me to go easy and relax to the first buoy, then build to the second and hammer it home after the 3rd. Did exactly what he said. It was a freaking washing machine with the waves. The first 200 I felt uncomfortable with the wetsuit tight around me, but not gasping or anything. One goggle got kicked and leaked during the outbound leg. Kicked on my back for about 7-8 kicks to get them re-set. Learned a cool technique for turning at the buoys, and did that for both. After the first turn, I was settled in and started my build. Lots of trouble breathing to the right with the incoming waves. Went from bilat to 2/4 count breathing to the left side and felt great. Going easy on the first leg gave me tons of energy left in the arms to hammer the last part and it felt great. I was sitting on someone's feet whenever I could and passing when they got slow. Sighting was good too. I sighted much less than last year and generally just followed the crowd. The bilat breathing kept me pretty straight as well. Great swim for me. Totally happy with my swim. Took about 2.5 mins off of last year's time and in worse conditions than last year.
What would you do differently?:

Keep getting stronger in the pool.
Transition 1
  • 01m 55s
Comments:

Left foot stuck for just a second. Right foot came right out. Had half the wetsuit off by the time I got to my rack.
What would you do differently?:

Gotta learn to tie up the shoes and put the feet in while on the bike course. Could save 30 sec easy that way.
Bike
  • 1h 12m 54s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 20.45 mile/hr
Comments:

A little disappointed with the bike this year. Did the bike last year at roughly the same time. This year, I had a tri-bike and a disc on the back. Coach's plan was to spend the first mile at a med-high cadence in a lower gear to get everything settled in. Then find a race gear and hold there. Save energy for the last 10 miles when the headwinds and the slow grind back to T2 were underway. I did ok with the plan, but expected to be in the 21-22 range.

Oh yeah..nearly forgot. I gelled twice on the bike. One at the 5 mile mark and one at the 20 mile mark. The gel at the 20 mile mark, I squeezed and the son of a bitch exploded all over my hand. So here I am biking in aero with this thick, sticky, goopy stuff running down my hand. So I start licking my hand. LOL! Trying to get it off. That got me nowhere. Next, I wipe on the pants. That just made everything sticky. I ended up getting a big mouthful of gatorade and blowing it all over my hand to wash off as much as I could. I just couldn't get it off. It stayed with me until I got to the first water station on the run.
What would you do differently?:

Longer and more consistent on the bike.
Transition 2
  • 01m 13s
Comments:

Good T2. 1:13 is right in there when you look at the top finishers in my AG. Went crusing into T2 standing barefoot on one pedal. Watched the volunteers panic as I approached the dismount line at about 10 mile/hour then hopped off the pedal and started running. Honestly, when I hit the ground, I was going a little too fast and had to sprint a bit to catch up. If I could learn to go sockless I could pick up another 10 secs.

Proud that I ran the whole race - not even stopping for a walk break in the water stops.
What would you do differently?:

Switch to racing flats? Somehow I've got to learn to pickup some time by running without socks.
Run
  • 50m 9s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 08m 05s  min/mile
Comments:

Was the most worried about this portion of the race. Coach's plan - steady until mile 4, then start dropping the pace for the last two miles. Followed the plan....ran 8:05-8:12 for the first 4 miles, mile 5 was still a little slow - I slowed to jog beside a guy who was in the newspaper down there for competing with MD. Shook his hand, told him he was looking great and to keep on hanging in there, and then took off. Don't know if it was karma or mental, but my next mile I clicked off at 7:45ish pace and I felt no pain. Last .2 miles seemed to take forever and I was hurting, but got a good kick in at the finish. Cool to see wifey right before I crossed the line! Did the run 1 minute faster than last year.
What would you do differently?:

Meh....calf issues killed me for most of 2006 mentally and physically. Next year I'm going to kick this course's ass.
Post race
Warm down:

Found a few ice cold towels and some gatorade. Got my breathe back, chip taken, medal and headed over to the massage tent. The massage hurt, but this guy that did it knew what he was doing. Went in limping, came out feeling way better and getting around. I was surprised to be hurting so much along my upper bicep/lower shoulder and in along my ribs.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Calf injury/tendonitis really hurt performance with the run
Work travel schedule is killing my outside biking opportunities.

Event comments:

This is a great race. The bike and run courses are flat - very flat. The swim was an exception this year - it was very choppy and made life miserable for everyone.

Saw tons of faces from last year and a heck of a lot of new ones. If I wasn't drinking so damn much beer, I'd probably remember more of you. LOL! Actually, we got to see lots of cool people.

Denise aka BonBonNeaser, my wife, decided to volunteer after she dropped out of the race due to sickness/mono issues. So, she signs up for bike transition area and gets there. They ask her if she's ever done a tri before (she has). She gets assigned to hang with the head freaking ref for the duration of her shift. She proceed to make 2 pros go buy new helmets because they didn't have the appropriate safety rating. She moves one pro's bike because he was being sneaky (putting his #5 bike in the #1 spot). She freaking helps Hunter Kemper pump up his tires, all the while shooting the shit with him. Holy flipping shit.

What a weekend! Had a blast with the crew. Drank more beer than I have all year combined. I'm happily exhausted as I write this knowing that I met even more cool BT'ers. I met the ever elusive RON! :) Great race everyone. It was an honor and a pleasure to see you all again, and in some cases meet you for the first time. I'm so looking forward to racing with you guys again. Huge props for the jock staps there too. Lane, Jess, Dan, Jeff, Tom, Shannon, DENISE! and I'm sorry for who else I'm omitting - but thank you all for being out there. You're presence makes a tangible difference in my race and performance. Great to see you all and I hope I can pay it forward in the future. (and I'll make sure to remember by driver's license, and sharpies too).

Hey Kreuser - you beat the freaking waves bro. Way to go!
Hey G8RMike - you beat Wendi bro! The seagulls found you this time.

ok...I can go on forever here....see you in 2007





Last updated: 2005-12-07 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:23:34 | 1640 yards | 01m 26s / 100yards
Age Group: 27/356
Overall: 0/3100
Performance: Good
Suit: Ironman Instinct
Course: 3 sides of a rectangle. 1st leg was longest and into the waves. 2nd leg shortest and across the waves. 3rd leg middle distance and with the currrent.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 76F / 24C Current: High
200M Perf. Good Remainder: Good
Breathing: Average Drafting: Good
Waves: Good Navigation: Good
Rounding: Good
T1
Time: 01:55
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
No
Wetsuit stuck? Yes Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Average
Biking
01:12:54 | 24.85 miles | 20.45 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/356
Overall: 0/3100
Performance:
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: 1 big loop
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence:
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
T2
Time: 01:13
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes Good
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Good
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
00:50:09 | 06.21 miles | 08m 05s  min/mile
Age Group: 150/356
Overall: 0/3100
Performance: Below average
Course: Out and back - flat, flat, flat.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
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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2006-05-01 2:46 PM

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2006-05-01 2:51 PM
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AWESOME! As in full of awe! Your swim speed is so inspiring!

Great to see you again, Jeff.

2006-05-01 2:59 PM
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Great race. It was great to meet you and your wife and the Pink Dragon. Sorry I didn't get to meet more of your family... they could have steps on my toes too. hahaha
2006-05-01 3:04 PM
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Well Jeff, just a killer race dude!!! You smoked those waves! You lowered your time this year even with all the traveling and the calf issues! Can't wait to race with you in the future; maybe I'll get my slack-ass to St. A's one day!!!!

Now, I'm curious to hear all the POST race stories!!!! Any Pics?

2006-05-01 3:22 PM
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Dude, you rocked that swim.  That is freakin' rock-star fast.

Get some more run-time on that healed calf and you'll be sub-2:20.  Then you win the bet.

This year was awesome.  Next year, we're going to tear the roof off! 

-C 

2006-05-01 3:39 PM
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Jeff....you freaking rock the house!!  As always, it was great to spend time with you and BonBon!  Ya'll are just good people!! 

 



2006-05-01 5:06 PM
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Look at those times!! Did you swim the same course as the rest of these people at the race??

Hell, were you even at the same RACE VENUE?

 

Nice job!

2006-05-01 5:56 PM
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Attaboy.  What a great race, Jeff.  Plan the work, work the plan, and the plan worked.  Or something like that.    Next year, count me in on the 'going fast' part of the weekend.

As usual, it was a fantastic weekend - Great to see you and Denise again, and we've got plenty more chance to race this year.  Plus the December 15 party. 

2006-05-01 6:06 PM
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Great race, Jeff! It was so great to "re-meet" you and Denise. What great people.

2006-05-01 6:27 PM
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You have reached an amazing level ... you absolutely rock!  Excellent race, my friend. 
2006-05-01 6:28 PM
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You have reached an amazing level ... you absolutely rock!  Excellent race, my friend. 


2006-05-01 6:40 PM
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Dude, it was great to finally meet you.  I had a blast this weekend!!!

You are absolutely right....Karl's sister is HOT!!!

 

Anyone have a sharpie I can borrow??? 

2006-05-01 6:58 PM
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A great race and all that energy still to burn.  You two are a howl!  Congrats on a great race, espeically after bouncing back from injury.  Hope to see you two next year! 
2006-05-01 7:36 PM
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which one was Karl's sister? 

wow. you're speedy.   How about Denise hanging with the peltzmeister?? 

 

2006-05-01 7:37 PM
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jeff, i still remember reading your 1 year anniversary post talking about how you started all this because you sat in your lazy boy and realized you had a gut.  look at how far you've come!  holy effin A you rocked that sh*t! 

 and the best part is, you got gu squirted all over yourself! i laughed when i read that snippet. 

2006-05-01 7:40 PM
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Man nice race and what a swim!!1


2006-05-01 7:52 PM
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WOW! Those are some great times. I peed in my wetsuit too but didn't have any gels blow up in my face. Imagine your times if you had been healthy the past few months.
2006-05-01 8:34 PM
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Boss, you just keep getting faster and faster.  Great race, love that swim time...Chris is right, you get rock star status for that one.

You and Denise are awesome people.  I am wondering, however, why you would ever buy something for your wife called "Pink Dragon".

 

2006-05-01 9:12 PM
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Your swim times never cease to amaze me but doing 1:26 100's in that chop is just freakin amazing. I have read lots of the St. A's race reports and you are the only one it NOT slow down.

Don't worry about that bike. It will come. My travel is screwing things up too. Just keep doing what you're doing. Awesome race Jeff.

Fred

2006-05-01 9:21 PM
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Wow you were smokin' fast right across the board!  Nice race!!

LOL @ the gel mess...like having an elephant snot all over your hand.  Some days you just can't win! 

 

2006-05-01 10:00 PM
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You just blew away last year's times, Jeff!  You were terrific.

Sharon



2006-05-01 10:06 PM
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Jeff, you nuked the freakin race. Outstanding job. Look forward to seeing you there in 2007.
2006-05-01 10:54 PM
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Great Race... looking forward to being there next year
2006-05-01 11:01 PM
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Wow....great race!

Amazing swim....good to see you work your plan...gels...was it chocolate by chance? What a mess!

2006-05-02 7:28 AM
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Wow, what a great report!  Damn that swim freaking ROCKED HARD!  I have a goal now!  You guys inspired me to the uppermost level this weekend...I can't wait to do this race with all of you next year!  It was great meeting you and Denise this weekend...OMG the pictures...I can't even imagine!!!  Congrats on an awesome race Jeff!! Woohoo!!

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