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St. Petersburg, Florida
United States
75F / 24C
Total Time = 3h 43m 38s
Overall Rank = 2762/3030
Age Group = 30-34
Age Group Rank = 165/173
Pre-race routine:

I apologize if I screw up any BT'ers names but from never meeting any to about 30 of them, I was inundated. On Saturday I got in a drove around about an hour around The Pier trying to figure out where to park and where stuff was. Janice (Foolproof) was, I think, the first BT'er I met live.

I got my packet and walked around the expo but mainly I kept going back to the swim exit to watch the OWS practice. The ocean was not looking like it was my friend. I was mesmerized wondering what I was going to do the next morning. Went back on pulled out the Iron Maiden-my MTB. Got it in the transition area and then it was pasta dinner time where I met the rest of the gang. MIND YOU, I'm am a quiet, shy, introvert. You know the type, 'building model airplanes/bookworm/science guy' meeting about 30 strangers, that I knew (oxymoron?) was a little surreal.

They told me to not change anything on race day so I did just that. Went home with some BT'ers (TriTakeMeAway, Jamesreeves, coredump, Jeff) and then after they went to bed, I drank a half a pot of some RICH, THICK coffee...which was very good ;) and proceeded to stay up for another two hours. Went to bed around 11pm the night before and went to sleep around 1am...woke up at 3:30am-so all according to plan so far...Had some oatmeal and more coffee and drove about 30mninutes to the race.
Event warmup:

Arrived around 5:30am, place was crawling with people, still dark. Got numbered, laid out the transition, had about 12oz of gatorade then ran with jamesreeves to the beach as was running hindsight, a good warmup for this swim. Jamesreeves is a good guy, very supportive as the freaked look pre-swim washed over my face. We arrived near the end of the prayer and anthem. Got the chip installed, went to the beach as the 2nd wave started. Was lining up with my wave and reached to get my swim cap...NO WHITE CAP! OMG! And there was aboslutely no way I or superman had 20minutes to go back to the transition area to get it in 2 minutes. Luckily the girl I panickly asked told me the chip people had extras. It was true. I thank them for the attention to detail.
  • 46m 5s
  • 1640 yards
  • 02m 49s / 100 yards

THE SEAS WERE ANGRY THAT DAY MY FRIENDS Wow. All I'm used to is the frigid Ohio lakes that remain relatively calm. This was warm...but....tumultuous. The first 1/4 mile I did mostly breast-stroke and side-stroke. Catching my breath wasn't the issue, it was trying to find some rythm in this water between swells. When I got the turn and was swimming perpindicular to the waves, it became better and I was able to get a good rythm of freestyle to sidestroke. I dare not do any alternate breathing freestyle. Just breathed every stroke. The last 1/4 mile I was going with the waves and it just got easier. I really found a good rythm of freestyle at this point and could have gone another 1/2 mile. Most of the, I think, red caps swam passed me and the silvers were beginning to. I hung on the rail and almost fell down getting out. Being in an angry ocean for 45minutes then on solid land is a little disorientating.
What would you do differently?:

Just do the crawl and not spend so much time sighting for who is going to swim over me. Oddly my swim time was only a few minutes off of my other Oly's in much more placid conditions. I guess it's attributed with a lot of swim training focus the last several months. I like swimming, so I guess I did good at this.
Transition 1
  • 05m 15s

I mostly walked in and out. I downed a gel as I got in, took my time drying the feet, put on socks, shoes and helmet and walked my bike out..WITHOUT my sunglasses. Luckily the sun wasn't much of a problem this early.
What would you do differently?:

Remember my sunglasses.
  • 1h 40m 29s
  • 24.85 miles
  • 14.84 mile/hr

Well, it was on an MTB with knobbies-so no excuses. Not much else I could do. I had only about 2 weeks of 'bike training' peaking at one hour for this race. Truthfully, I was only ready for half the bike distance. Obviously training for the bike is my least favorite of all three. I just wished I didn't get a flat-as I had not a backup plan. I drank my 30oz of gatorade in quarters during the ride and had a gel at the halfway and end of the ride. The MTB did not go un-noticed.
What would you do differently?:

Train for the bike. Like it. Embrace it. Get a road bike.
Transition 2
  • 02m 1s

This is where it got difficult. My legs were spent from the bike since I didn't train much on that. Getting off the bike was otherworldy. Rubber legs is an understatement. I just walked the bike into the transition area, racked it walked out of the transition area. I jogged on my way out passed the people.
What would you do differently?:

Train for some bricks.
  • 69m 50s
  • 6.21 miles
  • 11m 15s  min/mile

I have only trained up to 30minutes running this year, although mostly consistent. Since my legs were spent already, I jogged a 1/2 mile out of the transition till I got past the mobs. Then I walked for 2minutes and noticed my left calf was tight, then ran for another 1/2 mile and walked two minutes through the first aid station. I continued running a mile and walking 2minutes through the aid stations. It helped a lot instead of trying to run through without stopping.
What would you do differently?:

Train for the distance.
Post race
Warm down:

I walked for about an hour trying to keep loose drinking another 20oz of gatorade. Met up with jldcarlo and we then, eventually, found the blatantly obvious BT banner. Had some beers, met more BT'ers and compared swim notes. Then went to the postrace B&B and relaxed. I think I was catatonic most of the time.

What limited your ability to perform faster:


Event comments:

Great race. You couldn't get off-course if you tried. Everything was marked and attended. Very timely. Lot's of people though-but everyone was nice and helpful.

Last updated: 2005-12-01 12:00 AM
00:46:05 | 1640 yards | 02m 49s / 100yards
Age Group: 171/173
Overall: 0/3030
Suit: None
Course: Out about 1/4 mile from the beach. Cut acrossed parallel to the beach for 1/2 mile, swim back in a 1/4 mile to the ladders/transition area.
Start type: Run Plus: Waves
Water temp: 75F / 24C Current: High
200M Perf. Below average Remainder: Average
Breathing: Average Drafting: Bad
Waves: Below average Navigation: Average
Rounding: Good
Time: 05:15
Performance: Average
Cap removal: Good Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike: Yes
Jump on bike: Yes
Getting up to speed: Good
01:40:29 | 24.85 miles | 14.84 mile/hr
Age Group: 169/173
Overall: 0/3030
Wind: Strong
Course: All over the city. Most of the roads were nicely closed-off and monitored at intersections. Only a few small rolling hills. Flattest bike course I have been on.
Road: Smooth Dry Cadence: 90
Turns: Good Cornering: Good
Gear changes: Good Hills: Average
Race pace: Comfortable Drinks: Just right
Time: 02:01
Overall: Average
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Below average
Running with bike Below average
Racking bike Good
Shoe and helmet removal
00:69:50 | 06.21 miles | 11m 15s  min/mile
Age Group: 155/173
Overall: 0/3030
Performance: Bad
Course: Nice course through a wealthy part of the neighborhood. Relatively flat. Aid stations about every mile. I used gatorade at each.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 3
Physical exertion [1-5] 3
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? Yes
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Average
Race evaluation [1-5] 5

2006-05-03 10:47 PM

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2006-05-04 7:09 AM
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Ron! It was uber-uber-cool to meet you!

Sounds like you were on the Do An Oly On A Whim Training Program? Am I hearing that right? Wow. Not for the faint of heart.

Have you found a Race Director for the First Inaugural BT Triathlon?????

Props for the Costanza; can't believe no one has used that 'til now!

2006-05-04 7:09 AM
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great race considering everything leading up to and the day of!   Put your sunglasses in your bike helmet- so you won't forget them.  

again, great meeting ya and enjoy the rest of your vacation here! 


Edited by Lucy 2006-05-04 7:10 AM
2006-05-04 7:23 AM
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Vestavia Hills
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Road bike for triathlons ... who knew?

Saw you on the run as you were headed for the barn, nice BT garb - it looks great.

2006-05-04 7:56 AM
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Ron, It was greating meeting you and the BT group at St A's. Thanks for giving us a great site. Great race!
2006-05-04 10:02 AM
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Williamston, Michigan
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Good Job Ron.  It was so cool to meet you  Get a road bike buddy...or even better a tri bike...going fast is fun trust me on this.  I hope we didn't overwelm you too much   We were just all so excited to met RON!!!!!  Hope you have safe travels home

2006-05-04 10:09 AM
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Helena, MT
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Wow. Oly on a MTB and only trained for 30 min of running! Burly! Well, considering that stuff, you really did great! Congrats on finishing and surviving that swim!
2006-05-04 7:41 PM
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Plant City, FL
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Ron---it was GREAT to meet you finally!!  You fooled me!  That pre-swim scared face looked like "I'm gonna kick those waves in the behind confidence"!!    Can't wait to race with you again!!


2006-05-04 9:58 PM
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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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Ron, as much as I appreciate all you do for this site...


Congrats on the race.
2006-05-04 10:05 PM
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St Charles, IL
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 It was great finally meet the man, the myth, the legend, the guy who started it all. 

I hope we didn't overwhelm you too much.  Thanks for letting us kidnap you the night before.  Hope that allowed you to get a bit more rest before the race.

Considering what you've done for training, you ran a great race!  Heck, you survived the swim alone, which was a feat in and of itself on Sunday.

Hope to see you around at more races.  

And if you ever need a stunt double, let me know. 


2006-05-05 7:10 AM
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Renee - 2006-05-04 8:09 AM

Have you found a Race Director for the First Inaugural BT Triathlon?????

Not volunteering, but suggesting a nude division.

2006-05-05 8:16 AM
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South Florida
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I feel so much better knowing you did the Oly on a MT bike! I've been whining about not having a road bike, but now I guess I have to remind myself of the mantra - Suck it up, Buttercup.
2006-05-05 8:34 AM
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Evergreen, Colorado
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And if you ever need a stunt double, let me know. 

Now THAT is funny!  But oh-so-true!  We should have lined up dumpster, bostic, and Ron and taken a picture!

Congrats on getting back in the game!  Fabulous race!

And yeah...ride your bike more!  But I'm glad to hear somebody else likes the swim!

Sorry if we overwhelmed'll get used to us...we're rowdy.  Hang out in the chat room more and that might help you adjust!

2006-05-05 8:59 AM
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Fairport, NY
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Great job on the training you put in. Good mental toughness on the swim. Sounds like everyone had a lot of fun.

Getting a bike other than my incredibly heavy old hybrid made all the difference in the world about my attitude towards cycling. It went from being drudgery to one of my favorite things to do.

2006-05-05 9:28 AM
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Hey Ron, hope you had a good time in St. Pete...St. A's is one of my favorite races to do. Hopefully you can find time to squeeze in some more training and definitely look into a road bike. Great meeting you and hope the sunburn didn't hurt too much.

2006-05-05 10:29 AM
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Great RR Ron and great race, I wasnt there but heard about you from some other St A participants. Kind of funny a guy who runs a tri site and under trained for a tri race...

I am sure that sitting there around all of these people that if it wasnt for you (and your site), they would have never been together... Very Surreal.... Awesome job and though I am sure you have heard it a million times, THANKS for this wonderful site, you geek guy you....

2006-05-05 11:17 AM
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In my bunk with new shoes and purple sweats.
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Great race report Ron and way to hang on the MTB. It was very good to see you there with such a large group of BTers. Thanks for BT and for all you do to keep it going. I agree that James Reeves is one very cool guy, just avoid going out in a boat with him, especially if he lacks familiarity or a chart. Hope we're blessed with more opportunities to gather as we did at St. A's.
2006-05-05 2:56 PM
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Red Sox Nation
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Heh ... quiet, shy and introverted.  And you picked this group to start with?  Guess we beat that out of you.  Add brave to the list.

Congrats on a great race!  Glad you could make it down.  And thanks so much for BT - I wouldn't be where I am in this sport if it weren't for the support I've found here.  But then ... my race reports aren't much, so consider the source!    Great to meet you!  CU next year!

2006-05-05 6:38 PM
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Marietta, Ga
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I guess when you first thought up BT, you had no idea what kind of freaks would flock to this site, now did you?  Well, we all enjoyed meeting the "man behind the curtain" of BT.  You're a rock star in tri circles.  You should make one of the bike companies give you a killer bike in return for posting their logo somewhere on the boards.

Buddy, it was very cool racing with you.  I hope to see you at many more races in the future.

Edited by Motivated 2006-05-05 6:39 PM
2006-05-06 10:25 PM
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Rochester Hills, Michigan
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What a great event, and a fantastic performance considering the conditions / equipment / etc.

It was a pleasure to meet you, and a privlege to hang in the midst of the masses that your handiwork brought together. How cool is that?

Until the next time.

Edited by rkreuser 2006-05-06 10:25 PM
2006-05-07 8:17 AM
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wrightsville beach, North Carolina
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very cool ron!!!!  Oly distance is quite a challenge!!

2006-05-07 11:58 AM
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So Ron when are you going to come hang out and meet your MASS BT fans????Cranberry is an OLy ..bookend your season! We'll make you a banner...and we've already GOT the cooler !!!!
Sounds like you had fun-overwhelmed tho you were with this motley crew you have assembled!
We are all VERY glad you created this place Sending an official Mass Bt {hug} your way!
2006-05-08 2:33 PM
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Brooklyn, NY
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Outstanding performance considering the "Oly on a whim training" program. I have been training four days a week for the past 3 months plus taking swimming lessons, etc, etc and I have road bike AND you beat me on the swim and the bike and I barely beat you on the run. LOL

It was great meeting you. Thanks for sticking around with me and my friend after the PASTA Dinner. I am the one who showed up late (I thought it started at 6). You hung out with us after everyone else left.

Thanks for all of the hard work you put in to the Begginner Triathlete site.

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