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St. Petersburg, Florida
United States
70F / 21C
Sunny
Total Time = 2h 47m 4s
Overall Rank = /
Age Group = 40-44
Age Group Rank = 151/269
Event warmup:

Wow. Where do you start? I essentially didn't train for the last 4 months due to a multitude of reasons; a promotion to a new role in my company, projects around the house that were ignored during my Ironman training, and pure, unadulterated laziness. With only three weeks before race day, I decided to get my ass in gear and get ready. So, I developed a "Three Week - Couch to Oly" program. I was 13lbs heavier and out of shape, but determined to at least finish this race.

As race weekend approached, a bunch of BT'rs decended upon St. Petersburg for the 23rd annual St. Anthony's Triathlon. How cool is that? We all stayed in local BnB's or hotels around the race site. Each night, we'd meet at the Veranda (BT Central) for great company, beer and hilarious conversations.

I reconnected with many BT'rs from races past and met a ton of new friends. I'd say there were 40 BT'rs present, give or take a few. We were even honored with the presence of the "Ron", BT Founder. There were a variety of BT events, from dinners to impromptu drinking sessions out on the Veranda's porch. Suffice it to say, I had an absolute blast.

Here was the schedule:

Thurs: Arrive in St. Pete, meet BT'rs for brewskies on the Veranda porch.
Fri: Met at the Veranda, more Coronas before heading out to Ft. Desoto for an OW swim and a 15 mile bike ride with Jeff, Chris, Rick, Mike, Denise, Lane and Wendy. Afterwards, had dinner with family and met BT'rs later for more laughter and beer.
Sat: OW Swim at race site with my sister. Met up with BT'rs and rode the run course. Had dinner with the Bostics, Schulte's, Rick Krueser, and my sister. Got back early to pack up the transition gear and get to bed.

Sunday: Got up at 5am, over to Transition, set up the bike and gear. Ran into Denise Bostic (who was volunteering) and helped my sister get her stuff set up. We then walked the mile over to Spa Beach for the swim start.

The wind was really blowing and the surf was getting rougher as the minutes passed. We sat there, calming our nerves before the season's first race. They sang the National Anthem as the sun rose over the horizon.
Swim
  • 27m 39s
  • 1640 yards
  • 01m 41s / 100 yards
Comments:

2005 Time: 26:51
48 seconds slower

That was the most challenging open water swim I've had. The course was rectangular, whereby we swam out directly away from the beach, took a 90 degree turn to the left, then another 90 left over to the swim exit. Going out, we were hitting the surf at about a 20 degree angle, the second leg, at a more obtuse angle, then finally, almost down current on the way back. The combination of rolling surf and wind made for a really tough first leg (lots of folks swallowing seawater). I passed a ton of folks who were treading water to catch their breath. The surf was really challenging us all.
Transition 1
  • 02m 58s
Comments:

2005 Time: 3:37
39 second pickup
Bike
  • 1h 15m 9s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 19.84 mile/hr
Comments:

2005 Time: 1:09:40
Lost 5:29 versus last year. This bike was harder (windier) and the rider was fatter.

I'm pleased with the bike. Not nearly as strong as last year, but I managed to hold my own with very little training. The wind affected the swim, but it really made things hard on the bike. I felt good, though, didn't push it...just kept a very high cadence, between 95 and 100 knowing there wasn't much power in the legs.

I hydrated well on the bike but forgot to eat the gel. I regretted this later.
What would you do differently?:

Pay closer attention to nutrition.
Transition 2
  • 02m 25s
Comments:

2005 Time: 2:38
Picked up 13 seconds
Run
  • 58m 54s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 09m 29s  min/mile
Comments:

2005 Time: 59:29
Picked up 35 seconds.

This is probably the easiest Oly run you'll ever have. Its flat, fast and well paved. I just didn't have much left in the legs and basically ran out of gas (due to poor nutrition on the bike) at the 4 mile marker. I'm sure that if I had eaten more on the bike, I'd have had something left for the race finish.

I didn't walk at all, just kept the legs moving.

I saw a lot of BT'rs along the way. Rick Krueser caught me at mile 1 and ran 2 more with me. I know I held him back, but it was cool to have some company and to have a real runner pace me for a while. He took off at the 3 mile mark and I limped on home.

Saw lots of BT'rs, including Jeff Bostick and James Reeves. Its very cool to have a "family" at the race.
Post race
What limited your ability to perform faster:

Lets see:

1. Waiting till 3 weeks before the race to begin training.
2. The bulk of my diet consisting of Corona and fresh limes.
3. Age and genetics.

Event comments:

These BT events just get better and better. The weekend was one big social interrupted on Sunday morning for 3 hours of swimming, biking and running. What an absolute blast. All of the BT'rs I met were incredible people, diverse, individually unique but joined by this crazy sport of triathlon. I only wish we could do this kind of thing more often.

Links to my race pics are here:

http://www.beginnertriathlete.com/discussion/photos/photo-thumbnail...





Last updated: 2006-01-05 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:27:39 | 1640 yards | 01m 41s / 100yards
Age Group: 82/269
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Suit: Long-john Wetsuit
Course: Rectangular
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: High
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Rounding:
T1
Time: 02:58
Performance:
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
Biking
01:15:09 | 24.85 miles | 19.84 mile/hr
Age Group: 139/269
Overall: 0/
Performance:
Wind: Strong
Course:
Road:   Cadence:
Turns: Cornering:
Gear changes: Hills:
Race pace: Drinks:
T2
Time: 02:25
Overall:
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike
Running with bike
Racking bike
Shoe and helmet removal
Running
00:58:54 | 06.21 miles | 09m 29s  min/mile
Age Group: 211/269
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?
Events on-time?
Lots of volunteers?
Plenty of drinks?
Post race activities:
Race evaluation [1-5]

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2006-05-01 7:56 PM

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2006-05-01 8:09 PM
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Subject: RE: St. Anthony's Triathlon

The couch-to-corona plan worked just fine.  Or the IM fitness showed right though, I'm not sure which. 

Seriously, congratulations on a great race, in spite of the conditions on the course.  It was a pleasure to meet, party, train, race, and party with you, as well as meet your family.  A great time, a great event, the first of many, to be sure. 

And next time:  I will take out Shanghai like I did Tokyo!!!!  Pass the broccoli.  HAHAAA!!!

2006-05-01 8:17 PM
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I've already petitioned Ron to include the 3-week crash couch-to-oly program.

Limited to experienced triathletes only.  ( Do not attempt this at home )

Dude, you kicked some serious *** in those 3 weeks.  You even beat your time on the run!  I don't want to hear anymore talk about being out shape.  Get out there and race! 

Awesome to meet up with ya once again.  The pre-race training, carb-loading sessions, post-race debauchery...    Priceless. 

2006-05-01 8:22 PM
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Awesome race Karl!! You never fail to impress the hell outta me!!   (insert kid screaming YEAH! here...

 

2006-05-01 8:42 PM
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3 weeks of training and if was there you would have kicked my tail. Great race, great pics.  I'll definitely see you there next year!

2006-05-01 9:18 PM
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Hmmm...3 week couch to potential heart attack program seems to fit you just fine.  I think maybe just add a couple more weeks to that and you're in top form for Lake Placid IM!  See, 5 weeks training, race, then kick back and watch I Love Lucy re-runs!!

Ain't it great having BT-ers to help you through the day...makes a big difference!

 



2006-05-01 9:18 PM
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I am impressed. 3 weeks of training and you pop out a solid race! See you in Dunedin.
2006-05-01 9:29 PM
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Absolutely a fantastic job Karl. Can't believe you rocked this course with just a little prep. Good testament to your prior training.
2006-05-01 9:47 PM
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Karl, you absolutely rock!!  I have no doubt the pre-race Coronas are probably your worst-kept secret for triathlon success, but they did good for you!

Great seeing you again.

Sharon

2006-05-01 10:18 PM
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Great RR as usual Karl, great pics too.. Not a bad race for a fat guy.... jk
2006-05-02 8:12 AM
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Sweetcheeks, it was GREAT to see you again! Fun times, fun times! Way to squirt out that Oly!


2006-05-02 8:22 AM
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Good company-Coronas..and a race thrown in for good measure- sounds good to me! Nice job, impressed with the 3 week hop into it routine-!
2006-05-02 8:41 AM
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Great weekend and great job with all that training!! Maybe next year I'll do the Corona thing instead of the 24 oz can of Bud from the gas station! Enjoyed seeing you again.
2006-05-02 8:45 AM
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It was awesome meeting you this weekend!  Great race, great race report!  Thanks for the laughs!  Awesome job...the conditions out there were brutal, way to punch through it!
2006-05-02 8:59 AM
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Karl you are certainly amazing....What a great race for 3 weeks of training and i think tou should write a book...the title are endless....It was a blast as usual...and btw FSU stills sucks big, green donkey dic%$....

 

2006-05-02 9:42 AM
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Way to go Karl, thats an awesome race effort for 3 weeks of training. Can you be my coach? Was great meeting you this weekend.


2006-05-02 10:40 AM
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Couch to Corona plan- I like that! Thanks for the champagne. I think we'll crack it open this weekend. You'll have to thank Mr. Bowden for signing it himself. What a treat! Glad Barry was able to ride w/ you guys too- it gave him something to do, other than listen to me complain and whine about how nervous I was...he's already planning to do St. A's next year. He just needs to learn to swim. Good to see you again as always...unfortunately it's back to the real world this week- I wish the fun could last forever!
2006-05-02 1:21 PM
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Nice to see you again! Great race on 3weeks training. Maybe I need more corona and fresh lime in my diet!
2006-05-02 4:34 PM
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You sure do have the stuff.  Great race!  Way to get yourself off the couch and post some nice times.  Great fun meeting you!  Enjoy your season!
2006-05-02 4:57 PM
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I always have such a great time when I'm in a race that you are in.  We've got to do this more often this year if we can work out the schedules. 

Let me tell you...I'm impressed.  You have the base from hell.  Your 3 week plan put you in the game. Totally impressive bro.  As always its a tremendous pleasure and I look forward to doing this again with you.

2006-05-02 9:47 PM
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GREAT race, Karl!  I can't believe you beat my time without training!  SOOO not fair!

Good to finally meet you...see you in Memphis!



2006-05-03 10:51 AM
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Karl -

the Corona to Couch triathlon plan sounds like a winner! I trained for 5 months and our times were less than 10 minutes apart?  (I am obviously not drinking enough beer.)

Congrats on a solid start of the season. You are going to rock this summer!

2006-05-03 11:13 AM
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Pam is great.
2006-05-03 12:06 PM
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Great race for only trianing for 3 weeks- I'm jealous.  Hopefully I'll meet you sometime- surely we'll bump into each other at a race this summer!
2006-05-04 10:27 AM
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Hey Karl...good to see you as always   Amazing race.  I'm beginning to think less is more witht he training   Great pics too.  Whers the one of my foot???
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