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St. Petersburg, Florida
United States
Bay Care
85F / 29C
Overcast
Total Time = 4h 08m 56s
Overall Rank = 2929/3500
Age Group = 35-39
Age Group Rank = 347/356
Pre-race routine:

Got up at 5 am. Ate a cliff bar and drank a bottle of water and headed down to transition to get my stuff set up. Helped a lady and Wendi pump up their tires...Found Denise and gave her my insulin pump for safe keeping. (Thanks!!! BonBon) Then back to the room to get my wetsuit on and help Wendi get into hers (always a fun moment for me)lol....then down to the start and I must admit I cut it kind of close as I was getting my timing chip as the National Anthem was playing. Headed to the beach got wet got a hug and kiss from the wifey and headed for the chute!!!!
Event warmup:

Walking back and forth to the room and the walk down to the beach. Walking around beats just standing and waiting to go....
Swim
  • 50m
  • 1640 yards
  • 03m 03s / 100 yards
Comments:

As it turned out the event I felt the most confidence in was the one that let me down the hardest. As we swam the days leading up to the race I felt good even with 3'-5' waves. As the gun went off I proceeded in to the water and about waste deep stared swimming out watching the Pier the whole way. I had a hard time as the waves rolled in. I could not find the rhythm that I had in the practice secessions the days before. As I made the first turn using the technique that Bostic described from his swim class (which worked like a charm and I will continue using) I started down the second leg where all heck broke loose. After a few strokes I received a large dose up my nose and down into my gut which immediately turned around and I puked. At this point all I could think of was my poor wife who even on a calm day has a propensity to chum the fish and sea gulls. In my mind I always knew she was really sick but she always laughed it off and had fun with it. I for one will never find it very amusing again as I puked at least 6 more times between that turn and the water exit. When I did finally get there I was very weak and disoriented (I know not much different for those of you who know me) As I grabbed the railing and started up the stairs I sort of fell back on the girl who helped pull me out of the water she pushed me up and off I went.
What would you do differently?:

I really do not know other than do not puke and quickly find a good swimming rhythm
Transition 1
  • 07m 6s
Comments:

When I got into T-1 Denise Bostic (BonBon Neaser) held me up, gave me my insulin pump and pointed me to my bike. To her I just want to say thank you a kind word and a point in the right direction I cleared my head and slowly moved to my bike. I really just plodded along but at that point I was happy I was moving and planning on continuing the race. At this point I knew all hope of making any of my goals (even the undisclosed ones) were lost so just finishing was the new plan. As I was leaving T-1 my normal occurrence of leaving my insulin pump on top of my bad happened again. I just sat my bike down right where I was and went back and got it.
What would you do differently?:

Not get sick on the swim
Bike
  • 1h 38m 14s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 15.18 mile/hr
Comments:

The bike was just slow from the fatigue and a very sick stomach. Luckily the first half of the course was pretty easy and I had a decent pace. I had to stop one time after about 5 miles to puke again. I could not puke on the move as some other more talented pukers are able to do. I guess I was drinking Gatorade too fast but I could tell I was really getting dehydrated. The second half sucked because it was mostly up hill and against the wind. I had no energy at all by the end of the bike and my back and neck had become increasingly stiff. I headed into T-2 more determined than ever to finish this race and take in every amount of experience I could.
What would you do differently?:

Train more on the bike and not get sick on the swim.
Transition 2
  • 04m 25s
Comments:

Actually a pretty good transition..... I was feeling much better and I was about a minute faster in T-2 than I was last year (go figure) I even checked my blood sugar and everthing was smooth at this poit.
What would you do differently?:

move my a$$
Run
  • 1h 29m 13s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 14m 22s  min/mile
Comments:

I was spent and and my back and neck really hurt. I ran walked most of the first three miles. Puked at miles one again I think I just drank the Gatorade to fast on an upset stomach. Saw Rick (rkreuser) and got a high five in the first couple of miles and really was the first friend I saw all day. That lifted my spirits as I continued on running more and walking less the rest of the way. I saw Wendi (g8rsax) and seeing my wife is always a comfort and a motivation. So after that I decided to run the last 1.2 miles... I was able to do it and have a decent kick or at least I picked up speed on the way in. With about 100 yards to go I saw my kids (Ben and Beka) and they crossed the finish line with me. My family is so important to me so to have them there and know Wendi was still out on the course makes everyday great even if my race was not what I had hoped or planned for.
What would you do differently?:

Train more not get sick!
Post race
Warm down:

Got an ice towel and walked around with the kids then back down the course to wait for Wendi to finish so the kids could cross the finish line with her.

What limited your ability to perform faster:

the puking on the swim

Event comments:

This was not what I had hope for but I think I can take what I learned and say this was a day I was not a Pu%$y (to quaote a famous BTer) and my mental toughness went up several notches in my book.




Last updated: 2005-12-07 12:00 AM
Swimming
00:50:00 | 1640 yards | 03m 03s / 100yards
Age Group: 351/356
Overall: 0/3500
Performance: Bad
Suit: Pro Motion Wetsuit
Course: retangle
Start type: Wade Plus: Waves
Water temp: 74F / 23C Current: High
200M Perf. Bad Remainder: Bad
Breathing: Bad Drafting: Average
Waves: Good Navigation: Average
Rounding: Average
T1
Time: 07:06
Performance: Bad
Cap removal: Average Helmet on/
Suit off:
Yes
Wetsuit stuck? No Run with bike: No
Jump on bike: No
Getting up to speed: Below average
Biking
01:38:14 | 24.85 miles | 15.18 mile/hr
Age Group: 342/356
Overall: 0/3500
Performance:
Wind: Strong with gusts
Course: lots of turns but should have been very fast
Road: Rough Dry Cadence: 88
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills:
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Not enough
T2
Time: 04:25
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Average
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Good
Running
01:29:13 | 06.21 miles | 14m 22s  min/mile
Age Group: 344/356
Overall: 0/3500
Performance: Bad
Course: This is a fast easy running course....There is nothing the course does to slow you down.
Keeping cool Average Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Average
Mental exertion [1-5] 5
Physical exertion [1-5] 2
Good race? No
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] 5

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2006-05-02 11:21 AM

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2006-05-02 11:26 AM
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Way to face adversity, Mike. Great job!
2006-05-02 11:33 AM
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good race Mike, you aren't a pu$$y either in my book. 

 

2006-05-02 11:46 AM
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Hey Mike, Glad I got to see you out there on the run course. Sorry I couldn't stop and chat. I knew if I stopped, that was it- I wasn't gonna start running again! I'm glad you made it thru the swim okay- if you can swim thru that, you can swim thru anything!! Another great weekend was had by all. : GO GATORS!! Love that gator sandwich!

2006-05-02 11:52 AM
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Sometimes the toughest battles, in hindsight, are the ones most worth fighting - and if it doesn't kill ya, it'll make ya stronger.  Nice race, even though you didn't hit the numbers you wanted. 
2006-05-02 12:07 PM
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Mike, great job, you didn't give up and that is whats important.  There is always next year for the undisclosed goals.  And more time to add new ones.    


2006-05-02 2:32 PM
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The only goals that aren't worth your time are the ones you don't chase.  You did great.  Puked six times during the swim but you stuck it out.  FINISHING THAT SWIM IS A FEAT IN ITSELF!  Great job Mike!  Congrats!
2006-05-02 2:39 PM
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Mike.....dude..your puttin tears in my eyes with all the talk of family and love and pukin' 6 times. Man it's so....well...retrosexual. This race was to you what a bottle of Crown Royal is to me. It makes me all sentimental and then I throw up and then I feel better.
Jus kiddin. Good to meet you and your wife and hope to race St. A's with you next year.
2006-05-02 3:59 PM
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Whoa...so all those seagulls were around you then.  I guess instead of calling it "Wendi'ing", it will have to be called "Miking".  Hmmmm....I'll be the first guy to puke in a tri was called Ralph.

Anyway....you got your composure back and cranked it back up.  Tough race because of the conditions.  Maybe we should have a Baywater drinking contest a couple days before the event so that we can acclimate you.  LOL!  Gratz on your finish Mikey!

2006-05-02 4:58 PM
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What a tough day for you!! I am proud of you for getting through it. It hurts just reading your report!
2006-05-02 8:34 PM
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Awesome friggin' RR.  I give you major props, and feel like my bad race Saturday was nothing compared to the adversity you faced at St. A's.  Your race story is very inspiring, and I am proud of you for sticking it out!  I can say, I would have been tempted to shut it down at T1, but you went onward!  Excellent job, Mike!


2006-05-02 8:40 PM
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You rock!  And that swim took stones...excellent work!!
2006-05-02 9:31 PM
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Jeff beat me to it!  I was going to make a Wendi'ing comment...oh well!

Seriously...great to finally meet you!  Tag along with Wendi more on these BT trips, eh?

GREAT job finishing despite all the digestive pyrotechnics.  And yeah...that swim course sucked great big donkey balls.   Just getting through it was a HUGE accomplishment for everyone!



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2006-05-02 10:15 PM
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If your football team has half the guts you do, they might even win a few games this year.  Awesome effort in the race.  Obstacles are what they are.  You showed that you've got a lot of guts to tough out this kind of a day.

Can't wait to do it again next year.

2006-05-02 10:38 PM
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I am just impressed with both you and your wife. You two are amazing. I think it IS something when we push through moments in our lives that don't go according to plan.

I know you know in the midst of trials we build perseverance and perserverance builds character and character builds hope and hope does not fail us!
2006-05-03 9:57 PM
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You did great big guy!! I'm very proud of you!! I struggled with nausea on the swim too, but knew I'd quit if I let the chum fly so I held it in, you did awesome!! I'm so glad I spotted you and wendi at the expo in the autograph line, too cool!!

take care and talk to you again soon,

Kristi

p.s. you rock!!



2006-05-03 10:28 PM
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Mike, you totally pushed it to the limits!  You were awesome!

It was great seeing you and Wendi again.  Just for the record, now that I know that both you AND Wendi are veteran pukers, I REALLY wish my swim wave was before yours!  I can't imagine what all I swam thru!

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2006-05-04 10:14 AM
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Hey Mike....That swim was brutal.   I was worried abotu Wendi and Janice the whole time.  Do you guys have like a puking mold in your house or something?  Hope you are feeling better -SMO
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