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Atlantic Coast Triathlon - Triathlon1/2 Ironman

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Fernandina Beach , Florida
United States
DRC Sports
80sF / 0C
Total Time = 4h 32m 46s
Overall Rank = 25/171
Age Group = overall female
Age Group Rank = 2/
Pre-race routine:

I live an hour from the race so had everything packed night before and just grabbed my super strong coffee and pnut butter on toast and hit the road. I kinda like a long drive to a race cause it gives me time to warm up and listen to good music to get me energized! Once I got to the race, which I was later than I wanted, there was too much down time. I spent most of it obsessing over keeping my stuff dry. I did not want my running shoes to get wet. I did not plan on rain so did not come prepared and don't like soggy shoes!
Event warmup:

Stretched some... wasn't sure how to warm up for a time trial bike start. Especially since it was raining right before. Met some nice people and did some chatting.
  • 00m
  • 2112 yards
  • / 100 yards

I was not happy with no swim. It made me not want to do the race, almost. Swimming is my strength, but they did what was best and canceled it. People would have gotten hurt, or worse, with those conditions.
What would you do differently?:

Why couldn't we have swam in the pool I parked my car in front of? :-)
Transition 1
  • 00m
  • 2h 41m 11s
  • 56 miles
  • 20.85 mile/hr

I knew I had to go hard on the bike to compensate for no swim. I felt like I would have ranked a little higher overall but am happy with how I did. I absolutely hate, hate, hate wind so am happy with my mental ability to get over it and move on.
What would you do differently?:

I came off the bike dehydrated. I needed to drink more.
Transition 2
  • 01m 27s

I am soooooo happy I chose to go sock-less on the bike. It cost me a little time in T2 putting socks on but then I didn't have to run 13.1 miles with squishy feet.
  • 1h 50m 8s
  • 13.1 miles
  • 08m 25s  min/mile

Not my best run, not my worst run. I could have pushed it a little harder. I was hoping for around 8-8:10 min/mile. I started to fall apart at the end, but some guys also doing the race were being so encouraging they really helped me push through. The attitude of all the athletes was great. Everyone encouraging everyone!
What would you do differently?:

Drink more on the bike to hydrate the run.
Post race
Warm down:

Coca cola!!!

What limited your ability to perform faster:

Wind during the bike and humidity during the run

Event comments:

The think DRC since a good job with the conditions they had to work with. I am happy they waited until most of the rain had passed to start the race. The only thing I wished they did differently was the time trial bike start. I was in the very last group to go; I'm not sure why. I wish they would have used the anticipated finish time they asked everyone to provide in order to rank the bike start. It would have been nice to have a better sense of where I stood in placement throughout the race. But, overall, good race!!!

Last updated: 2012-07-16 12:00 AM
00:00:00 | 2112 yards | / 100yards
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 0/171
Course: No swim. BOOOOOO!!!!
Start type: Plus:
Water temp: 0F / 0C Current:
200M Perf. Remainder:
Breathing: Drafting:
Waves: Navigation:
Time: 00:00
Cap removal: Helmet on/
Suit off:
Wetsuit stuck? Run with bike:
Jump on bike:
Getting up to speed:
02:41:11 | 56 miles | 20.85 mile/hr
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 40/171
Performance: Good
Wind: Some with gusts
Road: Smooth Wet Cadence:
Turns: Average Cornering: Average
Gear changes: Average Hills: Good
Race pace: Hard Drinks: Not enough
Time: 01:27
Overall: Good
Riding w/ feet on shoes
Jumping off bike Good
Running with bike Average
Racking bike Average
Shoe and helmet removal Average
01:50:08 | 13.1 miles | 08m 25s  min/mile
Age Group: 0/
Overall: 21/171
Performance: Average
Course: The first 4-5 miles were off-road and painful: humid, hot, in the sun, uneven terrain. I was not a fan. But the rest of the course was wonderful. Very shaded and cool.
Keeping cool Good Drinking Just right
Post race
Weight change: %
Overall: Good
Mental exertion [1-5] 4
Physical exertion [1-5] 4
Good race? Yes
Course challenge Just right
Organized? Yes
Events on-time? No
Lots of volunteers? Yes
Plenty of drinks? Yes
Post race activities: Below average
Race evaluation [1-5] 4

2012-10-16 7:01 PM

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Subject: Atlantic Coast Triathlon

2012-10-16 8:41 PM
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Subject: RE: Atlantic Coast Triathlon
Nice race. Great time, too.  It was tough conditions for sure.
2012-10-16 9:40 PM
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Subject: RE: Atlantic Coast Triathlon
Nice job. Tough a ride as it could have possibly been and the rain didn't help the first 4 miles of the run. Great race
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